Introduction to Chemical Engineering

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • What does a Chemical Engineer do?
  • Common Engineering Introduction Textbooks
  • Experiments and Activities employed in first year introduction to engineering courses
  • Undergraduate Introduction to Chemical Engineering Example Syllabi
  • Current Resources for Freshman Engineering
  • Tips for Freshmen
  • K-12 Introduction to Engineering

What does a Chemical Engineer do?

Common Engineering Introduction Textbooks

Strategies for Creative Problem Solving, 3/E, H. Scott Fogler, Steven E. LeBlanc, Benjamin Rizzo This text teaches engineers one of the fundamental aspects of engineering:  How to solve problems.

Introductory Engineering Design: A Projects-Based Approach – online text from University of Colorado at Boulder

Developing a Freshman Introduction to Engineering Textbook – This is an ASEE article reviewing current freshman engineering texts and developing a new one.

Studying Engineering, R.B. Landis, Discovery Press, 2000 (ISBN: 0-9646969-5-9).

Introduction To Engineering Design and Problem Solving, A.R. Eide, F.D. Jenison, L.H. Mashaw, and L.L. Northup, McGraw Hill, 1998 (ISBN: 0-07-018922-6).

Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving, M.D. Burghhadt, McGraw Hill, 1999 (ISBN: 0-07-012188-5).

Concepts in Engineering, M.T. Holtzapple and W.D. Reece, McGraw Hill, 2005 (ISBN:0-07-282199-X).

Introduction to Engineering, P. Wright, John Wiley & Sons, 3rd edn., 2002, (ISBN: 0-471-57930-0)

Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering, 5th Edition, S. Moaveni, Brooks/Cole, 2008 (ISBN-13: 9781305084766).

 

 

Experiments and Activities employed in first year introduction to engineering courses

Reverse Engineering Coffee Machines:

Marchese, A. J., R. P. Ramachandran, R. P. Hesketh, and J. L. Schmalzel, The Competitive Assessment Laboratory:  Introducing Engineering Design via Consumer Product Benchmarking, IEEE Transactions on Education, 46(1) 197-205 (2003).

Hesketh, R.P., “Wake-Up to Engineering,” Chem Eng Educ, 30 (3) 210 1996.

Farrell, S. and R. P. Hesketh, An Introduction to Drug Delivery for Chemical Engineers,  Chemical Engineering Education 36(3) 198 (2002)

Hesketh, R. P., C. S. Slater, S. Farrell, and M. Carney, Fluidized Bed Polymer Coating Experiment, Chemical Engineering Education 36(2) 138 (2002).

Fluidized Bed Lab Handout
Pictures of coated objects

 

Hesketh, R. P. and C. S. Slater, “Using a Cogeneration Facility to Illustrate Engineering Practice to Lower Level Students,”  Chemical Engineering Education, 33 (4) 316 Fall 1999.

Process Measurements

          1. Cogeneration
            1. Student Tour Handout
            2. HYSYS Simulation of Collected Data
          2. Flowrate and Temperature Measurement (Data Acquisition & Analog)
          3. Pressure hydrostatic and vacuum (Data Acquisition & Analog)

Freshman Design Projects at University of Colorado at Boulder

Ideas for Freshman Engineering Courses by Jason Keith, David Silverstein, Donald Visco, and Lisa Bullard

Survey of First Year Engineering Programs – Brannan and Wankat

Who needs these Headaches – Felder

How we teach:  Freshman Introduction to Chemical Engineering – Silverstein et al– Survey on the freshman engineering courses and details how freshmen are introduced to engineering, what topics are taught, in what environment they are taught, and how they are assessed. Teaching methods and novel approaches are focus elements of this survey. While the survey focuses on courses specific to chemical engineers, innovative teaching methods in general introduction to engineering courses are included as well.

 

 

Undergraduate Introduction to Chemical Engineering Example Syllabi

Rowan University Freshman Engineering Hesketh Section

National Resource Center:  First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.  This is a listing of sample syllabi for first year courses.

University of Pittsburgh – Freshman Engineering

Drexel University Freshman Engineering (101-103)

Villanova Freshman Engineering

 

 

Current Resources for Freshman Engineering

ASEE First-Year Programs Division

 

Tips for Freshmen

A Survival Guide to Chemical Engineering by Lisa G. Bullard

 

K-12 Introduction to Engineering

Introduction to Engineering to K-12