Education

Courses Taught

  • Senior Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory (CHEN 4130) – Fall 2016, Fall 2017
    Undergraduate course
  • Chemical Engineering Materials (CHEN 4440) – Spring 2017
    Undergraduate course
  • Fluid Dynamics (CHEN 3200) – Spring 2016
    Undergraduate course
  • Intermediate Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CHEN 5370-001) – Fall 2015
    Graduate course
  • Engineering Properties of Polymers – Spring 2008-2014
    Undergraduate course
  • Simulation of Nanoscale Materials – Spring 2007, Fall 2010, Fall 2012
    Graduate course
  • Advanced Characterization of Functional Polymers – Fall 2011, Fall 2008
    Graduate course
  • Advanced Functional Polymers – Fall 2007, 2009
    Graduate course
  • Nanocomposites – Spring 2008
    Graduate course (with S. Jana and M. Soucek)
  • Department Seminar (Organizer) – Spring 2007

 

Undergraduate Research

Seven undergraduate students made valuable contributions in our research projects since Fall 2015 as part of independent study, UROP, and voluntary research programs, in part supported by NSF grants. We are looking for motivated and interested students year round.

Programs with High Schools

Some PhD students are engaged in regular teaching in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools to engage children and teenagers in science and engineering (e.g. Crestview Elementary). Maintaining relationships with teachers and students at all levels is very valuable for us. It is our mission to recruit and support PhD students with interests in broader education and community service as part of our educational experience.

Past Outreach Activities

Until 2015 at the University of Akron, Ohio, our research group organized annual Engineering Career Days for high school students, parents, and teachers as an introduction to the various engineering disciplines and career options. The annual one-day events included short presentations, lab tours, and Q&A sessions with faculty and undergraduate students.

During 2007 to 2015, we coordinated the local and national level qualifying exams for the international chemistry olympiad for High School students in a three-county region in Akron, OH, supported by NSF and the local section of ACS. This program promotes the participation of gifted students in the National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) and in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). The program also provided an opportunity for motivated students to participate in further science and engineering projects at the University.