A Novel Chemical Engineering Laboratory Model at the University of Kansas

  • Ethan Abraham Finberg Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas
  • David Michael Griffin, Dr. University of Kansas, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Mark Brandon Shiflett, Dr. University of Kansas, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Abstract

A Unit Operations Laboratory (UOL) is fundamental to undergraduate chemical engineering education. This article discusses a new course structure for the University of Kansas UOL and details for three new experiments covering the fundamentals of vapor-liquid equilibrium, fluid mechanics, and kinetics. Students apply knowledge from these courses as well as learn about safety, statistical data analysis, ASPEN Plus™ modeling, oral communication, report writing, referencing and comparing results with literature, leadership, ethics, and (most importantly) time-management.

Author Biographies

Ethan Abraham Finberg, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas

Ethan A. Finberg graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Kansas in 2019. Following graduation, Ethan was hired by the Chemical & Petroleum Department to be an instructor for the Senior Chemical Engineering Laboratory course. Ethan continues to teach this course and is now working with Dr. Shiflett in pursuit of a M.S. in Chemical Engineering.

David Michael Griffin, Dr., University of Kansas, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

David M. Griffin directs the undergraduate chemical engineering laboratories at the University of Kansas (KU).  Dr. Griffin joined KU in 2013 and has overseen the senior laboratory courses ever since; teaching students as well as commissioning new experiments and maintaining current ones.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas.

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Mark Brandon Shiflett, Dr., University of Kansas, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Mark B. Shiflett is a Distinguished Foundation Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU).  Dr. Shiflett joined KU as a Foundation Professor in 2016 after retiring from the DuPont Company.  He worked for DuPont for 28 years and was a Technical Fellow in the Central Research and Development organization at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware.  He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and is an inventor on 45 U.S. patents and has published over 100 articles. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware. 

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Published
2020-10-05
Section
Manuscripts