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Integrating Biofuels Education into a Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.986.1 - 26.986.11



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Q. Peter He Tuskegee University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Q. Peter He is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tuskegee University. He obtained his BS degree in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 and MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering in 2002 and 2005 from the University of Texas, Austin. Besides engineering education, he is also interested in process modeling, monitoring, optimization and control; renewable energy; biostatistics and cancer informatics. He has published over 30 journal papers, over 20 conference proceedings, and two book chapters. He was the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Performance Award in Research from Tuskegee University.

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Jin Wang Auburn University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jin Wang is B. Redd Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. She obtained her BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering (specialized in biochemical engineering) from Tsinghua University in 1994, and 1999 respectively. She then obtained a PhD degree (specialized in control engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. From 2002 to 2006 she was a development engineer and senior development engineer at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. During her tenure at AMD, her R&D yielded 13 patents granted by USPTO. In addition, she received several prestigious corporate awards for being instrumental in developing effective advanced control solutions.
Dr. Wang joined Auburn University in 2006 as B. Redd Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in 2011. The central theme of her current research is to apply systems engineering, in particular, control engineering principles and techniques to understand, predict and control complex dynamic systems which cover both industrial processes and microbial organisms. Currently, she has extended her research focus to metabolic network modeling and analysis, as well as related experimentations. The system identification based framework for metabolic network analysis has been proving to be a highly effective tool to extract biological knowledge from complex, genome-scale metabolic network models, and has been successfully applied to understanding several industrial relevant microbes. She was the 2008 recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Her graduate student also won the inaugural AIChE CAST Director’s Presentation Award in 2011. Her research is funded by various US federal and state funding agencies including NSF, USDA, Department of Education and DOT as well as private foundations. She has over 40 journal publications, plus additional conference proceedings (>40) and presentations (>70). Her recent publications mainly focus on biotechnology and bioengineering related modeling and experimental research.

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Integrating biofuels education into chemical engineering curriculum Q. Peter He1 and Jin Wang2 1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088 2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849AbstractThis is a project funded by national science foundation (NSF) division of undergraduateeducation (DUE) under the transforming undergraduate education in science (TUES) program.The primary goal of this project is to create educational materials that systematically integratebiofuels technology into undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. The ultimate goal is tohelp prepare a technologically advanced workforce and innovative researchers for the biofuelstechnology field.Two years ago at ASEE, we discussed the need of biofuels education in engineering and the gapbetween advanced biofuels research and undergraduate biofuels education. We also presentedour proposed modular approach. This year, we plan to present the classroom and web moduleswe have developed. We will also present our experiences with integrating the modules into twochemical engineering courses: thermodynamics and reaction engineering for two semesters:Spring and Fall of 2014. Finally, we will discuss potential ways to disseminate the modules sothat other professors and institutions can use them.

He, Q. P., & Wang, J. (2015, June), Integrating Biofuels Education into a Chemical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24323

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