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Panel Discussion on Teaching ChemE Labs Online

Originally delivered Jul 1, 2020
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Many chemical engineering departments are contemplating the need to teach laboratory classes fully or partially online in the fall. This panel discussion will share insights from first hand experiences teaching unit ops labs online during the current summer semester at Iowa State University, the University of Alabama and Georgia Tech. In addition, Laura Ford will share information and ongoing activities resulting from an open working group that has been hosted by AIChE’s Education Division for several months. The group will also discuss approaches for teaching unit ops labs in a “hybrid” in person/online mode.


Laura Ford

Dr. Ford has been on the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Tulsa for 21 years.  She has been in charge of the unit operations laboratory for at least a decade. With Tracy Carter (Northeastern) and Jennifer Pascal (UConn), she co-leads the AIChE Education Division's Labs Virtual Community of Practice formed in April 2020.  ...Read more

Stephanie Loveland

Dr. Loveland is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University. She has been the director of the undergraduate teaching laboratories in the department since 2003, and has been the program director for an international summer lab course since 2015. Her teaching interests include process safety, unit operations, and technical communication. ...Read more

Stephen M. C. Ritchie

Stephen M. C. Ritchie, PhD, is an associate professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Dept. at the Univ. of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) (Email: He has been working in the area of functionalized membranes since 1996. His research group has developed functionalized membranes for acid catalysis, protein fractionation, protein concentration, and affinity adsorption. He also spent two years as a visiting research scientist at Sepro Membranes (Oceanside, CA), where he worked to scale up functionalized membranes,...Read more

Yonathan Thio

Yonathan Thio is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech.  He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from MIT.  He has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech since 2005. His current primary duties are teaching core undergraduate courses and developing new instructional materials for the courses, which include the undergraduate labs.  ...Read more

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