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Modeling Biodegradation Kinetics Using Mat Lab

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.725.1 - 6.725.7



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Raul Ordonez

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Jahan Kauser

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Ravi Ramachandran

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Session 2451

Modeling Biodegradation Kinetics using MatLab Kauser Jahan, Raúl Ordóñez and Ravi P. Ramachandran Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028

Abstract A major objective of the Junior/Senior Engineering Clinics at Rowan University is to introduce students to open-ended engineering projects. All engineering students from the four engineering disciplines, namely Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical share a common engineering clinic class. This class is a major hallmark of the Rowan engineering program for all students throughout their eight semesters of study. The purpose of the clinic classes is to provide engineering students with hands-on, multidisciplinary experience throughout their college education. The junior and senior clinics emphasize multidisciplinary projects of progressive complexity. This paper focuses on the use of MATLAB for modeling biodegradation kinetics of organic compounds. A multidisciplinary team of students and faculty participated in this project. Environmental engineering students conducted experiments on biodegradation of organic pollutants and set up the model equations for determining biodegradation kinetics. Electrical and computer engineering students assisted in using MATLAB for the mathematical modeling studies. The entire study can be also be used in various core environmental, chemical and electrical engineering classes. This type of multidisciplinary interaction is of great value not only for students but faculty too. It provides first hand experience as to how relevant skills of engineers from various disciplines can be brought together for efficient creative solutions to problems.

Introduction Rowan University is a regional state university committed to teaching and community service. The enrolment is approximately 9,000 students. The College of Engineering at Rowan University was initiated in 1996 as a result of a $100 million donation in 1992 from the Rowan Foundation. The engineering faculty use innovative methods of teaching and learning to better prepare students for entry into a rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace1-4. The Rowan Engineering curriculum encourages innovative integration of course work, topics and research within the four engineering programs Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical Engineering 5-6. To best meet these objectives, the four engineering programs of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering have common engineering clinic classes throughout their programs of study, in which undergraduates work in teams on hands-on open-ended projects. The descriptions of the Rowan Engineering Clinics are well documented1-6.

This experimental work was conducted over two semesters of the Junior/Senior

Ordonez, R., & Kauser, J., & Ramachandran, R. (2001, June), Modeling Biodegradation Kinetics Using Mat Lab Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9565

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