Education, Outreach, Classes and Advising

The onsite portion of the workshop for middle school teachers "Inquiry Approaches to Climate Weather and Energy in the 6-9 Classroom" was completed in June 2011. See more details here. The course is officially listed as 07E:340:WKB Smr11 Advanced Topics in Teaching and Learning.

Group photo of workshop participants

Information here is primarily on the classes that I teach or have taught. These support the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering undergraduate and graduate curricula. For outreach beyond the classroom, some exciting projects are through the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at UI, which is doing outreach to local middle and high schools. Also see the links and news pages (many of the organizations that I am a member or officer of have extensive outreach activities).

Lists of links, linked in professional networking sites, and diigo link-sharing websites that go with my education, outreach, and advising activities.

University of Iowa Chemical and Biochemical Engineering group on Linked In

University of Iowa CBE Energy and Environment Elective Focus Area group on Linked In

List of websites from past Green Chemical and Energy Technologies courses

Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook - full text access for University of Iowa students, staff, and faculty. Link (current as of 8/23/2013)

Information resources page for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, created by the University of Iowa Libraries. (NIST resources, Knovel resources, thermo- physical- chemical- data, MSDS links, EHS and toxicology data, etc.)

University of Iowa Classes

These are courses that I am teaching or have taught in the past.

059:009 Engineering Fundamentals: Thermodynamics
052:103 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
052:151 Engineering Flow and Heat Exchange
052:185 Process Dynamics and Control in Design
052:193 Graduate Professional Development Seminar
052:236 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
052:237 Green Chemical and Energy Technologies
052:217 Transport Phenomena
07E:340:WKB Smr11 Advanced Topics in Teaching and Learning (Inquiry Approaches to Climate Weather and Energy in the 6-9 Classroom)

Advising Resources

Other Classroom Items

Thermodynamics Review for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)

And last but not least...
I manage the Energy and Environment Elective Focus Area within the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department. Please contact me if you have any questions. The EFA was changed from "Environmental Engineering" to "Energy and Environment" in 2007 to better reflect the content that we offer.

University of Iowa Classes

052:151 Engineering Flow and Heat Exchange

Fluid flow and heat transfer for chemical engineers. Covers fluid flow in closed conduits, pump selection, heat transfer mechanisms, and heat exchanger selection. (S2006, S2007,S2010,S2011,S2012).

I have rotated off of engineering heat and flow.

052:103 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics for chemical engineers. (S2013, S2014). Most recent syllabus here.

052:185 Process Control and Dynamics in Design

Typically for seniors in chemical engineering, theory and application of process dynamics to the design of chemical process control systems (F2009,F2010,F2011,F2012).

Most recent syllabus here.

NOTE: the F2013 instructor was Kristen Sorenson.

052:236 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (next offered S2014)

The primary goal of the class is to strengthen student knowledge of the fundamental and applied issues in atmospheric chemistry, through a combination of lectures, problem sets, and projects. Gas-phase and aerosol-phase problems are considered on urban, regional and global scales. The course is targeted to both undergraduates and graduate students, and counts toward the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering EFA. In-depth assignments and mini-projects will be tailored to the student’s level. Graduate students will be expected to do more comprehensive and fundamental projects. Undergraduates can use models as “black boxes” without exploring their inner workings. Problem sets may have two levels of questions (grad vs. undergrad).

The course will be taught every 2nd years and was offered in S2006, S2008, S2010, S2012, S2014.

Topics to be covered include global circulation, global biogeochemical cycles, synoptic meteorology, vertical transport of pollutants, sampling techniques for gas phase compounds, aqueous phase reactions, deposition, gas-particle partitioning, photolysis, atmospheric residence time, aerosol size distributions, dynamics of aerosol particles, dynamics of aerosol populations, radiative transfer involving aerosols, cloud formation, and sampling techniques for aerosols.

A minimum one course background in thermodynamics and/or physical chemistry is required. Exposure to environmental chemistry, environmental science, numerical methods, computer programming, and/or environmental engineering is helpful, but not required.

Most recent syllabus here.

052:237 Green Chemical and Energy Technologies


Course web resources (extensive list, dozens of links)

In some years, this course will be coordinated though videoconferencing with the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) and at Prairieview A&M (Prairiewview, TX). These schools participate in the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) which is founded in part to foster Green Chemistry and Green Engineering research and implementation.

A discussion and project-based survey of environmental issues in chemical engineering and energy production, including
- greenhouse gas accounting
- environmental conscious design
environmental fate and transport
- green chemistry
- life cycle analysis.
Directed at juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Key course for the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department Energy and Environment Focus Area (see below).

The course is divided into four parts:

PART 1. Introduction to environmental issues, science, energy and regulation -- Introduction to environmental issues, science, energy, and regulations. We do a lot of reading here, there are some problem sets. We cover energy and combustion basics, rudimentary climate science, biofuel basics, key environmental regulations, and touch on some air and water pollution issues..

PART 2. BuildingTools for environmental and energy assessment. We establish standard methods for greenhouse gas inventories. We look at chemical, physical and biological properties needed for sustainability
assessment (e.g. global warming potential, bioaccumulation factor, ozone depleting potential, etc.). We then cover property estimation methods, green chemistry principles, pollution prevention, industrial ecology, and tier 1 – tier 3 environmental assessments. This culminates in our coverage of Life Cycle Assessment.

PART 3. Case studies, application of the tools, and process integration. In this section, we examine case studies that involve the assessment tools, and look more in depth at improving energy efficiency and reducing waste in continuous chemical processes. Process heat integration and pinch technology are discussed.

PART 4. Contemporary environmental issues. As if that was not enough ... throughout the course we will be discussing (as time allows) contemporary environmental issues such as localism, life cycle assessment of popular products, biofuels, fuel cells, hybrid vehicles, nanotechnology, green buildings, Asian dominance of production in rare earth elements needed for green technologies, and climate science disputes. A new hot topic that we may try to fit in for 2013 is unconventional fossil fuels. For many students, this is their favorite part.

Offered Spring of odd years at the University of Iowa

Graduate Professional Development Seminar (new in Spring 2011)

For our growing group of BS/MS and non-thesis masters students, a seminar where students develop personalized lists of seminars at the University of Iowa (e.g. CBE, chemistry, environmental engineering, biochemistry, etc.), professional development training, and career networking..

Most recent syllabus here.

052:217 Transport Phenomena (F2008 and F2010)

Greg Carmichael and I are co-teaching graduate transfer phenomena in fall 2008. We will be using the 2nd edition of Bird Stewart and Lightfoot. We will be covering momentum, heat, and mass transfer with an emphasis on mass transfer and recognizing analogies between the three types of transfer phenomena. We will emphasize physical understanding, scaling, and order of magnitude calculations. Exposure to research-grade PDE solvers is planned. Analytical solutions will be included, but only to illustrate key features and approximate solutions.

059:009 Engineering Fundamentals: Thermodynamics (Fall)

A general intro to engineering thermodynamics, typically for sophomores in all engineering departments. Text:"Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics" by Moran and Shapiro. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters by the faculty of the College of Engineering. Taught by me F2004, F2005, F2006, F2007, and F2008.

Advising Resources

Visit the incoming graduate course selection page here.

An excellent website for what it's like to be a Chemical Engineer (plus many other career choices): Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Includes video interviews of dozens of chemical engineers.

My favorite career book. Good for picking a major, deciding on grad school, etc. The Pathfinder by Nicholas Lore.

Test anxiety. Here are several resources for developing skills to overcome test anxiety:

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