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Interactive, Modular Experiments and Illustrative Examples to Integrate Pharmaceutical Applications in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum and K-12 Outreach Programs

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.797.1 - 24.797.21



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Zenaida Otero Gephardt Rowan University

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Zenaida Otero Gephardt is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where she has served as founding Director of Engineering and Assistant Dean. Her interests are in experimental design and data analysis. She teaches fluid mechanics, process fluid transport, process dynamics and control and unit operations. She developed the laboratory operations and safety program at Rowan University. Dr. Gephardt is a registered professional engineer. She serves as Vice President in charge of accreditation activities for the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), is chair of the Societal Impact Operating Council of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and is a past Chair of the AIChE-Delaware Valley Section. Dr. Gephardt has also served as secretary/treasurer of the ASEE International Division.

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Stephanie Farrell Rowan University


Mariano Javier Savelski Rowan University

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Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering

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C. Stewart Slater Rowan University

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Rowan University, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded EngineeringResearch Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS), continues to develop teachingmodules and problem sets to introduce students to engineering concepts in the particle and powdertechnology of pharmaceutical processing and drug delivery systems. The Center is hosted by RutgersUniversity and also includes Purdue University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and theUniversity of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. The goal of the Center is to become a national focal point fordeveloping structured organic particulate systems used in pharmaceuticals and their manufacturingprocesses. Rowan University has partnered as an outreach/education member institution to developteaching modules for K-12 and college level students. The Rowan University efforts have focused onmobile, hands-on teaching modules, problem sets and illustrative examples. Mobile, self-containedexperiments in V-mixing, pneumatic conveying, particulate deagglomeration and segregation, andhopper flow have been designed, constructed and integrated in chemical engineering courses and K-12outreach efforts. Experiments involving the statistical analysis of pharmaceutical tablet compositions,fluidization of excipients, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, drug delivery using environmentallysensitive polymers, and strip film drug delivery have been developed and integrated in lower and upperlevel chemical engineering courses. Illustrative examples to teach life cycle analysis concepts inpharmaceutical processes have also been developed. This work will highlight the experiments andproblem sets developed and present methods to integrate them in the engineering curriculum andoutreach efforts. In addition, methods to teach engineering and scientific principles using thepharmaceutical applications illustrated by the modules and problem sets will be presented in detail.The self-contained, mobile educational modules, problem sets and illustrative examples give studentsthe opportunity to learn technologies important to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and toapply foundation chemical engineering principles. The completed educational materials will beincorporated into the C-SOPS website for use by Center members and faculty at other schools. Thiswork will serve to expand and strengthen the educational impact of the Center in the region andthroughout the country. It also serves to integrate important technologies in the chemical engineeringcurriculum and enhance the understanding of and interest in engineering among K-12 students.

Gephardt, Z. O., & Farrell, S., & Savelski, M. J., & Slater, C. S. (2014, June), Interactive, Modular Experiments and Illustrative Examples to Integrate Pharmaceutical Applications in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum and K-12 Outreach Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20689

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