Education Division Webinar: Chemical Engineering Mobile Apps
- Type: Archived Webinar
- Level: Basic
- Duration: 1 hour
- PDHs: 1.00
Although we have seen a nearly complete shift among chemical engineering students from desktop to laptop computers, it has merely created an incremental change in their education. However, the benefits of mobile devices in engineering education still remain largely untapped. There is a great need and opportunity to put chemical engineering data and problem-solving tools in students’ (and faculty members’) pockets. This webinar will discuss 5+ years of effort and motivation behind the development of several chemical engineering-oriented mobile apps, including Chemical Engineering AppSuite. Through the use of embedded analytics, measuring user demographics and interaction with the apps reveals interesting details about what kinds of calculations and what types of data chemical engineers are most interested in and use most frequently. While using these mobile apps has a number of benefits for expediting calculations and facilitating access to data, the associated analytics can help shape teaching chemical engineering in the 21st Century.
- Develop mobile apps to simplify and streamline the most common chemical engineering calculations.
- Democratize access to data and knowledge typically relegated to textbooks and appendices.
- Understand how users interact with these apps as a means of redirecting educational efforts.
Jason E. Bara is the Reichhold-Shumaker Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama. He received degrees in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S.) and the University of Colorado (Ph.D.). Bara is one of the founders of ION Engineering, where he served as Vice President of Engineering from 2008-2010. His research focuses on process engineering for energy efficient CO2 capture and gas processing technologies utilizing solvents and/or membranes. Additionally, he is active in the areas of new polymers and liquid crystal...Read more
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