466453 Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering: A New Elective Course for Senior Undergraduate and Graduate Students
To complement the new research center, a new senior undergraduate / MSc-level elective course on Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering was developed and taught by us. One of the main learning objectives of the course was to stimulate creative thought in leveraging natural phenomena to solve chemical engineering problems. This was achieved by using a variety of active learning and pedagogical techniques, such as, annotated textbook readings of current journal publications, oral presentations highlighting the balance between nature and technology, laboratory demonstrations, and a semester-long group project motivated by student interest in learning from nature to create innovative solutions to chemical engineering problems. Examples of all these activities, including highlights from the final student projects, will be presented.
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