Reflections and Assessment of the 2022 Chemical Engineering Summer School


  • Margot A. Vigeant Bucknell University
  • Daniel Anastasio Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Daniel D. Burkey University of Connecticut
  • Michael Barankin Colorado School of Mines
  • Taryn M. Bayles University of Pittsburgh
  • Laura P. Ford University of Tulsa
  • Tracy Q. Gardner Colorado School of Mines
  • Milo D. Koretsky Tufts University
  • Daniel Lepek The Cooper Union
  • Matthew W. Liberatore University of Toledo



The ASEE/AIChE Chemical Engineering Summer School (ChESS) is a week-long quinquennial faculty development event that brings together early-career faculty for workshops and community building for nearly 100 years. The most recent ChESS took place from July 25-29, 2022 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, and brought together over 200 participants and presenters. The Summer School is a community-building exercise unique in engineering. It is our hope that by capturing some of the outcomes and processes in this paper that it will facilitate future offerings of the Summer School.

Author Biographies

Margot A. Vigeant, Bucknell University

Margot A. Vigeant is the interim provost at Bucknell University where she is also professor of chemical engineering. She received her BS at Cornell University and her MS and PhD at the University of Virginia. Margot is a promoter and scholar of effective teaching practices and brings food into the classroom both pedagogically and literally as often as she can. 

Daniel Anastasio, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Daniel Anastasio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees, all in chemical engineering, from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include game-based pedagogy, design of laboratory experiments and equipment, effective outreach strategies, and membrane separation technology. His teaching interests include fluid mechanics, process control, unit operations, and engineering ethics.

Daniel D. Burkey, University of Connecticut

Daniel D. Burkey is the Castleman Term Professor in Engineering Innovation and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He received his BS from Lehigh University and his MS and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. He also holds an MAEd in Educational Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of Connecticut.

Michael Barankin, Colorado School of Mines

Michael Barankin is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Barankin received his BS and PhD from the University of CA, Los Angeles, and he received his MS from the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. His primary teaching and course development responsibilities include the Unit Operations Lab and Senior Design (including Aspen), among other undergraduate core courses. His research interests include digital and online methods in engineering education.

Taryn M. Bayles, University of Pittsburgh

Taryn M. Bayles is a Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education in the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh.  She has spent her career working for Exxon and Westinghouse and teaching chemical engineering at UNR, Pitt, UMCP and UMBC.  Her research focuses on engineering education and outreach; the goal of this research is to increase participation in engineering, as well as to understand what factors help students be successful. 

Laura P. Ford, University of Tulsa

Laura P. Ford is an Associate Professor in the Russell School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tulsa.  She received her BS degree from Oklahoma State University and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering.  She advises the Engineers Without Borders – USA chapter and the Delayed Coking Joint Industry Project.  Her recent courses include unit operations laboratories, applied process control, mass transfer, separations, and fluid mechanics.

Tracy Q. Gardner, Colorado School of Mines

Tracy Q. Gardner is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM).  She earned two BS and one MS degree at CSM in math/computer science and chemical engineering and her PhD in CE at the University of Colorado and did her postdoctoral studies at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Her research interests include membrane technology and pedagogy.  She has taught over 20 different courses at CSM including most of the CE core as well as distance running for the Athletics Department.

Milo D. Koretsky, Tufts University

Milo D. Koretsky is the McDonnell Family Bridge Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in the Department of Education at Tufts University. He received his BS and MS degrees from UC San Diego and his PhD from UC Berkeley, all in chemical engineering. He studies learning and engagement in the classroom targeted at the development of conceptual understanding and disciplinary practices.

Daniel Lepek, The Cooper Union

Daniel Lepek was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union. His research interests included technology-based active learning and digital textbooks, as well as particle technology and transport phenomena.

Matthew W. Liberatore, University of Toledo

Matthew W. Liberatore is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo. He earned a BS degree from the University of Illinois Chicago and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. His research involves the rheology of complex fluids, active learning, reverse engineering online videos, and interactive textbooks.





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