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Using Energy Modules to Introduce Sustainable Engineering and Improve Retention of Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

"Modular" Learning

Tagged Division

Chemical Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

23.1314.1 - 23.1314.11

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https://peer.asee.org/22699

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42

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Jason M. Keith Mississippi State University

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Dr. Jason M. Keith is a professor in and director of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He is also holder of the Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr. Chair. Prior to joining Mississippi State University, Dr. Keith was employed at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Keith has received numerous teaching and research awards, most notably the Raymond W. Fahien Award from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Keith has taught courses in transport phenomena, separations, fuel cells, and hydrogen energy fundamentals during his academic career.

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Bill B Elmore Mississippi State University

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Now in his 24th year in engineering education, Bill Elmore holds the Hunter Henry Chair and serves as the associate director for the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering. His current research interests are in community engagement and service-learning for enhancing the undergraduate engineering experience, in process miniaturization and in biotechnology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

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William Todd French Mississippi State University

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Hossein Toghiani Mississippi State University

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Dr. Hossein Toghiani is the Thomas B. Nusz Endowed professor and an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State. He received his B.S.Ch.E, M.S.Ch.E, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A member of the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Dr. Toghiani has taught a variety of courses at MSU, including Process Control, Transport Phenomena, Reactor Design, Engineering Materials, Thermodynamics, both Unit Operations Laboratories and graduate courses in Advanced Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena and Chemical Kinetics. He performs research in the areas of catalysis, fuel cells and nanocomposite materials.

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Rebecca K. Toghiani Mississippi State University

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Dr. Rebecca K. Toghiani is an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at MSU. She received her B.S.ChE, M.S.ChE and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She
received the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award and the 2005 Outstanding Teaching Award from the ASEE Southeastern Section. A John Grisham Master Teacher at MSU, she is an inaugural member of the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She has also been recognized at
MSU with the 2001 Outstanding Faculty Woman Award, a 2001 Hearin Professor of Engineering award, and the 1999 College of Engineering Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.

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Abstract

Using of Energy Modules to Introduce Sustainable Engineering and Improve Retention of Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Students ABSTRACTIn the present economy, state appropriations are beginning to be tied more closely with studentretention and graduation. This can have a big impact on engineering programs in particular,where student engagement can be an important component in improving retention. At x, we areusing active learning with energy modules for hydrogen production or hydrogen use in fuel cells,solar energy, and alternative energy carriers in the classroom.The introduction of energy technology provides a vehicle to apply the chemical engineeringfundamentals to broad problems in sustainable energy production and use. This is particularlyhelpful in chemical engineering, as most of our majors choose chemical engineering as a careerso that they can help others.This paper describes the use of energy modules in the chemical engineering curriculum at x. Thepaper outlines efforts in the freshman seminar course, mass and energy balances course, theengineering materials course, and the chemical engineering reactor design course, as well as anelective course on hydrogen energy fundamentals.The modules illustrated in this paper show a connection between traditional chemicalengineering fundamentals and applications to real world energy problems, such as how achemical engineer can impact both domestic energy independence and on worldwide energyavailability. In addition, students become more aware of the stewardship of energy resources.

Keith, J. M., & Elmore, B. B., & French, W. T., & Toghiani, H., & Toghiani, R. K. (2013, June), Using Energy Modules to Introduce Sustainable Engineering and Improve Retention of Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22699

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