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Teaching Concepts of ’Scale-up’ from Chemistry to Chemical Engineering Using Process Flow Diagrams (Resource Exchange)

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 14

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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D'andre Jermaine Wilson-Ihejirika P.Eng. BrainSTEM Alliance

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D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika completed her B.Eng in Chemical Engineering at McGill University and her MASc. from the Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship (CMTE) at the University of Toronto. She worked for several years as a Professional Chemical Engineer in the Athabasca Oil Sands, before taking a Project Management role in Research & Innovation at York University.
D'Andre is the founder the STEM education consulting initiative, BrainSTEM Alliance, whose vision is for every person to have the opportunity to be empowered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
D'Andre is also the co-founder of a non-profit in her home country of the Bahamas called BETA, Bahamas Engineering & Technology Advancement.
D'Andre has won multiple awards including Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation 'Agents of Change' in 2011, Alberta Venture's 'Next 10' award in 2013, Top 50 under 50 for YMM Magazine in 2017 and SunCares Changemaker in 2019.

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One of the key tasks for a chemical engineer is to facilitate the plant design process, and transform lab-scale chemical reactions to full-scale chemical plants. To do this, the chemical engineer must understand the properties of all of the components in the chemical reaction process as well as the relevant chemical engineering equipment for plant design. This activity is designed to introduce the fundamentals of chemical engineering and process engineering as well as concepts of materials engineering. The activity is targeted towards grades 6-8 students (ages 11-14) but can be adjusted and modified for younger or older audiences. The activity can be broken down into 3 components: materials, chemical and process engineering. Each of the components asks students to use various aspects of critical thinking, problem solving and design thinking, while applying fundamental knowledge of math and chemistry. The first component of the activity looks at the material properties of certain substances and leads into the second component, allowing students participate in a simple chemical reaction that will result in a product with differing material properties. The third component looks at engineering design and introduces the Process Flow Diagram (PFD).

Wilson-Ihejirika, D. J. (2020, June), Teaching Concepts of ’Scale-up’ from Chemistry to Chemical Engineering Using Process Flow Diagrams (Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35271

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