Teaching Process Design to Chemical Engineering Undergraduates at the Technion – an Evolution


  • Daniel Roberto Lewin Technion
  • Abigail Barzilai Center for the Promotion of Teaching and Learning, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel




The capstone design sequence provides chemical engineering students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in process engineering, acquired during their entire degree, and is the ultimate “reality check” in outcome verification. This paper describes the current status of the design sequence followed by chemical engineering students at the Technion. The sequence has evolved over time, with the changes made resulting from perceived needs and opportunities, and all have been made with the objective to provide the most added value to our students. Invariably, these curriculum changes have been introduced hand-in-hand with changes in teaching pedagogy, which were incorporated to increase the degree to which students actively participate in their own learning process, culminating in the introduction of flipping in the complete sequence. Classroom experience with the flipped-class approach indicates that overall, students came to class and to the tutorials far better prepared than with the lecture-based approach. Furthermore, the performance of the students in final exams has been significantly improved since classroom activity has been transformed to active learning.

Author Biographies

Daniel Roberto Lewin, Technion

Daniel R. Lewin holds the Churchill Family Chair at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at Technion. He is the co-author of the book, Product and Process Design Principles, published by John Wiley and Sons, which is a widely used teaching text in chemical process design. From 2019, the enhanced eBook of the 4th Edition includes approximately 90 video clips and associated quiz questions, making it the first flipped textbook on process design.

Abigail Barzilai, Center for the Promotion of Teaching and Learning, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel

Abigail Barzilai serves as the Head of the Centre for the Promotion of Learning and Teaching (CPLT) at Technion. Throughout her career, Dr. Barzilai has been deeply involved in both local and national efforts to improve teaching and learning. Dr. Barzilai has wide experience in designing and conducting evidence-based professional academic development programs, in the evaluation and implementation of new educational technologies and in the assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning.