There are several central points which define my general teaching philosophy. I believe bringing contemporary research efforts into the classroom aids in keeping the students motivated, challenged, and eager to learn. Teaching engineering courses requires a careful balance between abstract and applied problems, between theoretical and empirical knowledge, and between current and future technology. Part of being an effective professor is maximizing the time spent with the students outside of the classroom by dedicating time to tutoring, mentoring, and getting involved with student groups such as AICHE. Although often taken as granted, professors must also instruct students in ethics both by lecture and by example. This is particularly important because the chemical engineering student of today will have a tremendous economic, technological, social, and environmental impact in the near future.
This course starts with a review of chemistry. From the basics of atomic bonding, the students will learn how materials can organize into crystalline structures. By understanding the crystalline or non-crystalline nature of solid materials, the mechanical properties of metals will be introduced. In summation, the course provides a broad background in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on industrial metals with some coverage of polymeric materials.CHEE 417: Polymer Engineering - - - Click here for the syllabus
In order to provide the students with a deeper understanding of polymer behavior, the first half of the course provides an introduction to polymer science. Just as a chemical engineer must begin with math and chemistry before he can learn his trade in earnest, polymer engineering requires some background in polymer science. The second half of the course will utilize the students' understanding of polymer science and chemical engineering background in math, thermodynamics, and organic chemistry to better understand the unique nature of polymeric properties and how they affect the way polymers are processed.CHEE 405: Process Heat Transfer - - - Click here for the syllabus
This course will build the students' confidence in solving chemical engineering heat transfer problems. Students will learn to apply fundamental principles, such as Fourier's Law, Newton's Law of Cooling, and Calculus, to solve applied engineering problems. Students will also build technical problem solving skills as they will be required to identify problems, make necessary assumptions, understand the implications of their assumptions, and proceed to calculate solutions. The last project in the course will be the competitive design of a heat exchanger for an industrial application.