Integration of particle technology with pharmaceutical industry applications in the chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum and K-12 education

Zenaida Otero Gephardt, Stephanie Farrell, Mariano Savelski, Krchnavek Robert, C. Stewart Slater, Vladimir DeDelva, Michael Glasspool, Muhammad Iftikhar, Keith McIver, Katherine Ross, Kathryn Whitaker, Tatsiana Sokal

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Rowan University, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS), is developing teaching modules and problem sets to introduce students to engineering concepts in the particle and powder technology of pharmaceutical processing and drug delivery systems. The Center is hosted by Rutgers University and also includes Purdue University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. The goal of the Center is to become a national focal point for developing structured organic particulate systems used in pharmaceuticals and their manufacturing processes. Rowan University has partnered as an outreach/education member institution to develop teaching modules for K-12 and college level students. Teaching modules for nano-particle manufacturing, V-mixer applications, and general particulate properties have been developed and implemented. In addition, problem sets illustrating drug delivery systems and pharmaceutical manufacturing concepts have been developed. These problem sets and the flexible and interactive teaching modules are excellent educational vehicles to introduce students to pharmaceutical processing, drug delivery and basic principles in particle and powder technology. These efforts will also serve to teach engineering concepts in the context of pharmaceutical industry particle and powder operations. The teaching modules and problem sets will be used in undergraduate mass and energy balances, fluid mechanics and transport courses. They will also be used in workshops for middle and high school students and teachers. The completed educational materials will be incorporated into the C-SOPS website for use by Center members and faculty at other schools. This work will serve to expand and strengthen the educational impact of the Center in the region and throughout the country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2010Jun 23 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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