This project will explore the use of the Vertically Integrated Team Design Project in an expanded role as a component of the chemical engineering curriculum and as a change instrument for the chemical engineering curriculum.
Enhancing the Vertically Integrated Team Design Project as a component of the ChE curriculum by: o Increasing and improving the use of outside, industrial mentors o Establishing the Vertically Integrated Team Design Project as an integral part of the core curriculum o Increasing the assessment component of both the students participating in the project and the project itself o Developing additional project modules to incorporate emerging technologies as the project themes
Planning for the use of the Vertically Integrated Team Design Project as a change instrument for the ChE curriculum by using it as:
o an assessment tool for specific affective and technical skills in our students o a collaborative vehicle for involvement of industrial colleagues in shaping the ChE curriculum o a test bed for incorporating professional level computational tools into the core ChE curriculum o a test bed for material and methods intended to displace rote solution legacy materials and methods in the core ChE curriculum
We believe that this use of a Vertically Integrated Team Design Project will provide a tool for continuous improvement of our department's chemical engineering curriculum, the model should be very easily extensible to other chemical engineering departments and easily extensible to other engineering disciplines.