Student Performance Enhancement by Cross-Course Project Assignments: A Case Study in Bioengineering and Process Modeling


  • Gülnur Birol Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Ìnanç Birol Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Ali Çinar Illinois Institute of Technology


An initiative on a cross-course project assignment is tested in teaching bioengineering and process control courses.  A model study on glucose-insulin interactions in the human body was selected as the project topic. Students showed a high level of interest in such an activity and had the opportunity to use their knowledge and expertise in different fields while optimally allocating their limited time.

Author Biographies

Gülnur Birol, Illinois Institute of Technology

Gülnur Birol holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. She was a senior research associate at IIT's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She is currently a research professor in Northwestern University's Biomedical Engineering Department. Her research interests include glucose-insulin interaction in human body, metabolic pathway analysis and modeling and monitoring of bioprocesses.

Ìnanç Birol, Illinois Institute of Technology

Ìnanç Birol received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering and PhD degree in Physics all from Bogazici University, Istanbul, and is currently a senior research associate at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His current research interests include study of complexity via autocatalytic reactions, model order reduction and web-based programming.

Ali Çinar, Illinois Institute of Technology

Ali Çinar received his BS degree in chemical engineering from Robert College, Turkey (1970), and his MEngng (1973) and PhD (1976) degrees from Texas A&M University. His teaching and research interests are process modeling and control, statistical process monitoring and fault diagnosis, and use of knowledge-based systems for real-time process supervision and control.