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Kidney and Lung Demonstrations to Introduce Engineering Concepts to Middle School Students and Their Grandparents

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

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Teaching Professional Skills in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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20

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Ashlee N. Ford Versypt University at Buffalo Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9059-5703

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Dr. Ashlee N. Ford Versypt is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Engineering Education at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. This project was conducted while she was an assistant and associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. at the University of Oklahoma. She did postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on developing computational models for multiscale tissue physiology and pharmacology including the kidneys and lungs as key organs of interest. Her teaching interests focus on chemical reaction kinetics and computational science and engineering. She received an NSF CAREER Award in 2019. She is the 2020-2021 Chair of the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division.

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Samantha Lyn Carpenter Oklahoma State University

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Samantha Carpenter received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University cum laude in the spring of 2021. She has been a part of Dr. Ashlee N Ford Versypt's research lab in the department of chemical engineering since May 2019. Her interests include biomedical computations, mathematical models, and 3D modeling and printing.

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Troy Lamarr Adkins II Oklahoma State University

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Troy Adkins graduated in 2021 from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology & Molecular Biology with an option in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Troy has decided to further his academic career and obtain a masters in Public Health.

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Ted Anderson Sperry Oklahoma State University

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Ted Sperry graduated with a bachelor’s degree in from Oklahoma State University in 2019, and has since pursued a PhD in Chemical Engineering with further research applying CFD and PBPK modeling toward pulmonary health goals.

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Yu Feng Oklahoma State University

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Dr. Yu Feng is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He is also a center investigator in the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases (OCRID). Yu Feng was a Research Assistant Professor and Lab Manager of the Computational Multi-Physics Laboratory (CM-PL) at North Carolina State University. He has also held an affiliation with the DoD Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute (BHSAI) as a Research Scientist II. Dr. Feng’s lab focuses on making contributions to the medical world and human life by providing well-posed solutions to patient-specific pulmonary health problems using multi-scale modeling techniques. He and his research team specialize in assessing the occupational exposure risks using computational fluid-particle dynamics (CFPD) models and Physiological based Toxicokinetic (PBTK) models spans over 10 years and has been summarized in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal papers and 40 conference proceedings. Dr. Feng is currently the Vice Chair of Health Related Aerosol Working Group in the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR).

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Abstract

The authors have developed a series of hands-on activities and demonstrations themed around the organs of kidneys and lungs to introduce engineering concepts in a summer camp for 4th-8th graders and their grandparents. The examples are motivated from the faculty members’ research labs, which emphasize understanding and treating kidney and lung damage. The kidney activities focus on the chemical engineering concept of separation via filtration, and the lung activities center around transport and fluid mechanics. This paper details the physical games, custom 3D printed models, and activities developed around kits available for purchase that the authors have deployed in the summer camp along with some discussion guides on the topics and on the engineering design principles underlying artificial kidneys and aerosol medications targeted to regions of the lungs.

Ford Versypt, A. N., & Carpenter, S. L., & Adkins, T. L., & Sperry, T. A., & Feng, Y. (2021, July), Kidney and Lung Demonstrations to Introduce Engineering Concepts to Middle School Students and Their Grandparents Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37415

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