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Interactive Pedagogical Tools to Integrate Pharmaceutical Applications in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum: News from the ASEE 2012 Summer School

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Bringing Industrial Applications into the Classroom

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Chemical Engineering

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23.793.1 - 23.793.15



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Zenaida Otero Gephardt Rowan University

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Dr. Zenaida Otero Gephardt is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University where she has served as Director and Assistant Dean of Engineering. Her major interests are in experimental design, data analysis and multi-phase systems. She teaches fluid mechanics, unit operations and process dynamics and control. Dr. Gephardt is Chair-elect of the AIChE Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) and is Vice President for Accreditation of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI). She also serves on the board of the AIChE-Delaware Valley Section and is its immediate past president. Dr. Gephardt holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware and conducts workshops and consults in the areas of experimental design and data analysis for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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C. Stewart Slater Rowan University


Stephanie Farrell Rowan University

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Dr. Stephanie Farrell is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at Rowan in 1998, she was an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University until 1998. Dr. Farrell has made significant contributions to engineering education through her work in experiential learning, focusing on areas of pharmaceutical, biomedical and food engineering. She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education with several teaching awards such as the 2004 National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the 2005 Quinn Award for experiential learning. Stephanie has conducted workshops on a variety of topics including effective teaching, inductive teaching strategies and the use of experiments and demonstrations to enhance learning.

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Mariano Javier Savelski Rowan University

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The pharmaceutical industry plays a key role in today’s global economy and chemical engineerscan make strong contributions to the industry. In addition, pharmaceutical process and productapplications provide an excellent vehicle to introduce students to novel technologies andexperimental design and data analysis techniques. This work focuses on the development andimplementation of interactive modular experiments, demonstrations and calculations to engagestudents and introduce them to the chemical engineering aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.This work includes particle and powder processing and drug delivery experiments anddemonstrations, pharmaceutical engineering problem sets and life cycle analysis applications.Through these experiments, demonstrations and interactive analysis experiences, students areintroduced to pharmaceutical applications, experimental design and QbD methodologies in waysthat engage and enhance learning. This work is the basis for a workshop presented at the 2012ASEE Summer School. Aspects of the workshop will be also be highlighted. This project is partof the educational/outreach activities of the NSF-ERC on Structured Organic ParticulateSystems.

Gephardt, Z. O., & Slater, C. S., & Farrell, S., & Savelski, M. J. (2013, June), Interactive Pedagogical Tools to Integrate Pharmaceutical Applications in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum: News from the ASEE 2012 Summer School Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19807

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