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Introducing K-12 Students to the Field of Pharmaceutical Engineering

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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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23.819.1 - 23.819.9

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Daniel Lepek The Cooper Union

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Dr. Daniel Lepek is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He received his Ph.D. from New Jersey Institute of Technology and B.E. from The Cooper Union, both in chemical engineering. In 2011, he received the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division "Engineering Education" Mentoring Grant. His research interests include particle technology, transport phenomena, and engineering education.

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Charmian Wu Tufts University

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Charmian Wu received her B.E. in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 2012. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Bioengineering from Tufts University. Her research interest is in metabolomics, particularly the use of computer simulations to predict metabolic pathways and metabolites.

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Ryan Poling-Skutvik

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Introducing K-12 Students to the Field of Pharmaceutical EngineeringThe design, development, and engineering of drugs provide chemical engineers with manyopportunities and challenges in the pharmaceutical industry. In an effort to engage thesurrounding communities, New York City public high school students were introduced to thefield of pharmaceutical engineering over the course of six weeks. Through the use of lectures,teamwork activities, and laboratory experiments, students learned about the fundamentals of oralsolid dosage forms, drug dissolution, and experimental design. Examples of experimentsperformed include building their own “in-house” drug dissolution devices, studying the effect ofimpeller geometry and velocity on dissolution rates, and obtaining drug dissolution profiles forvarious oral solid dosage forms containing Ibuprofen using UV-Vis spectroscopy. Students werealso trained in communication skills, such as writing a technical report and giving an oralpresentation.In this paper, we will provide an overview of the program, as well as suggested laboratoryexercises and activities for those who might consider developing a similar K-12 outreachprogram focused on pharmaceutical engineering. Additionally, the use of assessmentinstruments in measuring student learning as pertaining to this project will be discussed.

Lepek, D., & Wu, C., & Poling-Skutvik, R. (2013, June), Introducing K-12 Students to the Field of Pharmaceutical Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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