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Workshop Format

  June 20, 1999 Educator's Workshop Format
"New Educational Materials for the Chemical Engineering Curriculum"

The Green Engineering Educators Workshop was hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)exit EPA disclaimer and was held prior to the ASEE annual meeting at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The session was led by Dr. David Allen of the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. David Shonnard of Michigan Technological University, as well as by representatives from the Chemical Engineering Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Overview: This workshop was an interactive session describing new educational materials on Green Engineering developed for chemical engineering curricula. Draft chapter materials of a new textbook and sample copies of supporting software tools were distributed to registered participants. An incentives program, sponsored by ASEE for faculty and students using the new course materials, was described.

View or print the overview presentation (PDF, 40 KB).

Case Study Module Format: A series of six case study modules that utilize the textbook and software are presented on this website. These modules can be used either as special lectures for existing courses, or as elements of an advanced elective on improving the environmental performance of chemical processes and products. The modules include an introduction to screening chemicals based on environmental impacts, a demonstration of the current use of chemical screening tools via the Premanufacture Notification (PMN) process, and information on environmental assessments of flowsheets, process synthesis for pollution prevention, total cost assessment, and life cycle assessment.

Each module includes a packet of materials comprised of the following:

  1. Sets of lecture notes;
  2. recommended list of classes where material could be used (e.g., design, transport);
  3. background material for module / reference to appropriate textbook material;
  4. case studies / example problems; and
  5. example problem solutions.
This modular format facilitates the incorporation of Green Engineering material into multiple areas of a chemical engineering curriculum. It is intended to provide assistance to both professors who have some type of environmentally focused technical elective already in place, and those who are looking for ways to incorporate pollution prevention into established core courses.
Workshop Agenda Case Study Modules

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