Mixed Reality in Chemical Engineering Education

A Proof of Concept


  • Keisha C.A Antoine Prairie View A&M University
  • Lealon L. Martin Prairie View A&M University
  • Jorge F. Gabitto Prairie View A&M University




In this paper we demonstrate that using mixed reality (MR) technology can innovate our chemical engineering laboratory curriculum at Prairie View A&M University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Particularly, we describe the development of a MR proof of concept to carry out a traditional fluid mechanics lab – pressure drop as a function of flow through a straight-run pipe – that can allow for the possibility of remote instruction for a traditionally hands-on practicum. 

Author Biographies

Keisha C.A Antoine, Prairie View A&M University

Keisha C.A. Antoine, PhD, PE obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering in 2001 and a M Eng and PhD in Materials Science & Engineering in 2004 and 2007, respectively from Lehigh University. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and is a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at Prairie View A&M University. Her research interests are interdisciplinary in nature involving the use of immersive technologies in engineering education.

Lealon L. Martin, Prairie View A&M University

Lealon L. Martin, PhD, JD is a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department at Prairie View A&M University. He received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tuskegee University, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at UCLA. He is also a licensed attorney and a member of the State Bar of Texas. Dr. Martin’s primary research interest lies in the synthesis and reconstruction of metabolic networks using state space optimization-based approaches.

Jorge F. Gabitto, Prairie View A&M University

Jorge F. Gabitto, PhD obtained a BSc and a ScD.in Chemical Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the chemical engineering department at Prairie View A&M University in Fall 1991. Dr. Gabitto has published more than 60 scientific articles in refereed journals. He has carried out more than 20 research projects. He has been a faculty intern and external research collaborator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1999 until the present.





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