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Non Traditional Laboratory Experiments: Olive Oil Manufacturing And Testing

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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7.888.1 - 7.888.10



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Mariano Savelski

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Session 1526

Non-traditional Laboratory Experiments: Olive Oil Manufacturing and Testing

Mariano J. Savelski, Robert P. Hesketh, Stephanie Farrell and C. Stewart Slater Chemical Engineering Department. Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028

Abstract As part of an integral approach in using hands-on teaching and learning, the Chemical Engineering Department at Rowan University is constantly developing unique experiments in which students learn fundamental principles through exploration of familiar objects, products, and processes. The manufacturing and analysis of olive oil utilize a series of chemical processes and analytical techniques that are not traditionally covered in chemical engineering and/or chemistry curricula, but that are commonly encountered in industry. In this project we will develop novel hands-on chemical engineering experiments by examining the manufacturing process steps. Each step will be a laboratory module. These modules will be integrated throughout the chemical engineering curriculum. The manufacturing steps range in complexity from fundamental engineering and science principles shown in gravity decantation of immiscible liquids to more complex principles required to describe filtration theory and identification of compounds using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy.

Introduction At Rowan, a hands-on minds-on approach to teaching and learning is used. Students are introduced to engineering principles and fundamentals starting at the freshman through what we called engineering clinics. Our program include interdisciplinary engineering clinic every semester. Sharing many features in common with the model for medical training, the clinic provides an atmosphere of faculty mentoring hands-on, laboratory setting. These clinics allow

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Savelski, M. (2002, June), Non Traditional Laboratory Experiments: Olive Oil Manufacturing And Testing Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10381

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