Improving Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce: A Hands-On Experience in Project Management for a Graduate-Level Protein Engineering Class


A hands-on polypeptide engineering experience that focuses on project management was developed and incorporated in a graduate-level course. The goal was to have doctoral students in chemical engineering learn about project planning tools, and experience what it might be like to plan and execute a project in industry or business. The motivation behind this goal was to help students best-utilize their technical skills in the private sector, where 42% of doctoral recipients in science and engineering work.

Author Biographies

Nuttanit Pramounmat, Case Western Reserve University
Nuttanit Pramounmat is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She obtained her BS degree in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, where she also gained experience in biomolecular research and catalysis research after her graduation. She later joined Dr. Renner’s lab for doctoral study at CWRU to pursue her interest in fundamental study of thermoresponsive proteins and their application in clean hydrogen energy and bioelectronics.
Julie Renner, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Julie Renner started as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University in 2016 and was honored with the Climo Assistant Professorship in 2018. Her group works at the interface of polypeptide engineering and electrochemistry. Prior to becoming a professor, she spent four years conducting industrial research initially sponsored by an ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship. She completed her PhD as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering.