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Work in Progress: Hands-on Learning Devices for Exposure to Biomedical Applications within Chemical Engineering

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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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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Work in Progress: Hands-on Activities

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Chemical Engineering

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Diversity

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7

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10.18260/1-2--35642

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Kitana Kaiphanliam Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9799-0463

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Kitana Kaiphanliam is a second-year doctoral student in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Washington State University. Her research foci include T cell biomanufacturing for immunotherapy applications and miniaturized hands-on learning devices for engineering education.

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Olivia Reynolds Washington State University

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First year chemical engineering doctoral student pursuing research on the development and dissemination of low-cost, hands-on learning modules displaying heat and mass transfer concepts in a highly visual, interactive format. Graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 2017 and with an M.S. focused on potentiometric biosensing in 2018.

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David B. Thiessen Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-5914

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David B.Thiessen received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in
1992 and has been at Washington State University since 1994. His research interests include fluid
physics, acoustics, and engineering education.

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Olusola Adesope Washington State University

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Dr. Olusola O. Adesope is a Professor of Educational Psychology and a Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education at Washington State University, Pullman. His research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of instructional principles and assessments in STEM. He is currently a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education.

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., and did his postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a visiting lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University (WSU) faculty for 37 years and for the past 21 years has focused on innovative pedagogy research and technical research in biotechnology. His 2007-2008 Fulbright exchange to Nigeria set the stage for him to receive the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at WSU. He was also the recent recipient of the inaugural 2016 Innovation in Teaching Award given to one WSU faculty member per year.

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Abstract

Chemical engineers have a breadth of opportunity to utilize their skills in projects involving the life sciences and medical field, yet the misconception that this is not the case is noted to be prevalent at the undergraduate level. This perception can misguide underclassmen students as they choose between chemical engineering and bioengineering as a major. We propose the use of two hands-on, interactive learning tools to expose freshman-level chemical engineering undergraduate students to applications that go beyond the traditional oil refining and catalysis foci. The first device simulates fluid flow phenomena that occur in blood vessels that widen due to an aneurysm. The design features transparent tubing with a rounded, expanded midsection and standpipes to allow students to easily observe pressure trends. The second device introduces students to blood separation principles through the use of an entertaining and simple fidget-spinner-inspired centrifuge design. On each arm of the spinner, there exists a clear chamber filled with fluid and microbeads at various ratios, which simulates the effect of blood cell density and size on settling speed and terminal position—phenomena that are utilized to enhance blood separation efficiencies. Both devices will be implemented in a spring 2020 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (CHE 110) course along with motivational surveys to assess pre- and post-implementation attitudes toward chemical engineering. We hypothesize that focusing on biomedical applications early in student undergraduate experience will help them understand that traditional chemical engineering knowledge can be easily transferred to biological systems, with the potential of increasing retention of women, who as a population tend to gravitate more toward public-service-oriented careers.

Kaiphanliam, K., & Reynolds, O., & Thiessen, D. B., & Adesope, O., & Van Wie, B. J. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Hands-on Learning Devices for Exposure to Biomedical Applications within Chemical Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35642

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