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Unit Operations For Bioprocess Engineers

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Trends in BAE

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9.1342.1 - 9.1342.13



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Chenming Zhang

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Unit Operations for Bioprocess Engineers

Chenming (Mike) Zhang

Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Unit Operations in Biological Systems Engineering was introduced into the

curriculum at Virginia Tech in 2000. It is a lecture and laboratory combined course. The

lectures and experiments covered in the course had a narrow focus before the author took

over in 2002. To broaden the education for students selecting the Bioprocess

Engineering option within the curriculum, the author has revised the content of the course

to give the students an opportunity to understand that different unit operations can be

applied in various industries, namely food, biochemical, and biotechnology. The

experiments have been decreased from 14 to 8 so the students could have a better grasp

of the theories and applications. Students’ responses showed that it is important to design

the experiments in a way to stimulate their desire to learn and perform. The author found

that it is possible to give the students a better view of the various unit operations in

bioprocess engineering.


Zhang, C. (2004, June), Unit Operations For Bioprocess Engineers Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12918

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