Education

Wahoo Wizards: A University of Virginia Classroom Outreach Story

. by ChEnected Guest

Wahoo Wizards is a community outreach program that was started eleven years ago and is supported by the AIChE student chapter at the University of Virginia. Named after the unofficial mascot of the university, this program aims to immerse K-6 students in the Charlottesville, VA, community in science and engineering.

K-12 Outreach – ChE’s Giving Back

. by Francis Petrocelli

AIChE, through its Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC), wants to establish a community of its members who are interested in using K-12 outreach as a way to spread the message about the positive impact that chemical engineers have on society, and about the great career opportunities that exist in our profession.

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Finance

. by Arkan Kayihan

Most engineers I knew in my MBA program went into finance. It’s not too surprising: you need to be analytical and highly skilled in Excel. Our academic cousins in Physics were applying differential equations at Long Term Capital Management (the case study for “math gone wrong”) and prior to the housing crisis Wall Street was even hiring engineers without their MBAs (article). But there is a difference between finance for the Street and the finance used to drive operations. We’ll focus on the latter and how it ties into our fundamental building block for ChE: The Material & Energy Balance.

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Intro

. by Arkan Kayihan

An experience all chemical engineers (ChE) share is the variety of reactions they get at parties: “You’re a chemist? You destroy the environment? You have a life outside of crunching numbers? Or perhaps the reaction is the inevitable eye-glazing and quick transition to the weather. Occasionally, one meets a person who knows a ChE and their reaction is something more along the lines of, “So, you’re a smarty pants.”

Dr. Laura Dietsche of Dow Speaks at Mid-Michigan Event

. by ChEnected Guest

On February 23, at a meeting of the Mid-Michigan Section of AIChE, Dr. Laura Dietsche presented a view of chemical engineering education programs in the U.S. She spoke from her perspective as a team leader and commissioner at ABET, the organization that reviews and accredits engineering programs at colleges in the U.S. I came away from her talk with two strong impressions: Dr. Dietsche and her colleagues at ABET are providing a very valuable service to the profession – and on a strictly volunteer basis!

Three Wikipedias?

. by Cory Jensen

It really bothers me when I see engineering students working on homework that rely upon computer-based references for equations.

2011: A Chemical Odyssey

. by Elizabeth Guenther

When the ball dropped in Times Square December 31 a few seconds before midnight, it marked the beginning of a new year—a year to “celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.”

Video Games + Biology= Awesomeness!

. by ChEnected Guest

There are many reasons why we game. Some game to escape, others to compete, and my personal favorite, to learn. Now, gamers have another—and even loftier—goal behind their time in front of the screen: contributing to science. Thanks to a new game developed by a team of bioinformaticians at McGill University, players can contribute in a fun way to genetic research.

Can We Teach Ourselves? Sugata Mitra and Minimally Invasive Education.

. by John Vasko

This is a question that Sugata Mitra, a professor and scientist set out to answer based on the premise that there are places on earth, in every country, where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go.

This fascinating video shows highlights of the experiments conducted in India, South Africa, and Italy.

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