Apps for Chemical Engineering Education: Off the Shelf and Do It Yourself Development Options


Applications or “apps” for computers and mobile devices are ubiquitous in modern technology. Several apps are available for teaching chemical engineering and are disseminated inexpensively or are freely available online. This paper highlights software apps that chemical engineering instructors may use “off the shelf” for iOS, Mathematica, Excel, R, WebMO, MATLAB, and COMSOL. Brief notes on additional resources and time demand are provided for those interested in customizing or developing their own educational apps.

Author Biographies

Ashlee N. Ford Versypt, Oklahoma State University

Ashlee N. Ford Versypt is an assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. She earned a BS from the University of Oklahoma and an MS and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering. She received an NSF CAREER Award. She currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE.

Jason E. Bara, University of Alabama

Jason E. Bara is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the 2018 winner of the ASEE Fahien Award and the 2017 winner of the David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education Award from AIChE.

Rachel B. Getman, Clemson University

Rachel B. Getman is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. She earned BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration from Michigan Technological University in 2004 and a 2009 PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She conducted postdoctoral research at Northwestern University. She received a NSF CAREER award in 2016 and a Professor of Affordable Learning Award from the South Carolina Affordable Learning Group in 2019.

Chris A. Kieslich, Auburn University

Chris A. Kieslich is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. He earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Saint Louis University and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California, Riverside before conducting postdoctoral research in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University and Texas A&M University.

Roman S. Voronov, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Roman S. Voronov is an assistant professor in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Oklahoma and served as an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, all in Chemical Engineering. He chairs the AIChE Meet the Faculty Candidate Poster Session.