Math Doesn’t Need to Be Hard: Integrating Experiential Learning and Interactive Online Resources for Chemical Engineering

TitleMath Doesn’t Need to Be Hard: Integrating Experiential Learning and Interactive Online Resources for Chemical Engineering
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2018
Project Summary

Two of the most computationally intensive heavy courses in chemical engineering are reactor design (CHBE 355) and process control (CHBE 356). Undergraduates with limited mathematical knowledge have difficulty understanding core concepts. The design and implementation of modern, real-world process systems require programming skills and problem-solving proficiency. Graduates with only spreadsheet skills and limited programming abilities are uncompetitive in the job market. To address these issues, we propose creating open-source and interactive course content using Jupyter Notebooks and implementing a collaborative final design project. The online notebooks will integrate text, equations, and code in a productive, visual environment that supports active learning. Tight integration of Python programming in these courses will simultaneously teach students modern software tools and programming practices in solving engineering problems. The design project will combine concepts from CHBE 355 and CHBE 356 in the design and fabrication of a functional reactor with an integrated control system.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorBhushan Gopaluni
Year 1: Funded Amount33,545
Year 1: Team Members

Bhushan Gopaluni, Professor / Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Vikramaditya Yadav, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jonathan Verrett, Instructor I, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorBhushan Gopaluni
Year 2: Funded Amount12,785
Year 2: Team Members

Bhushan Gopaluni, Professor / Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Vikramaditya Yadav, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jonathan Verrett, Instructor I, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

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