Chemical Engineering 1 STUDENT-FACULTY CONFERENCE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Committee Members 2 Sabrina Sun Senior, Biomolecular Track Reuben Britto Senior, Materials Track Kevin Gu Senior, Process Track Alex Wang Senior, Biomolecular Track Connor Coley Junior, Materials Track Richard Flagan Irma and Ross McCollumWilliam H. Corcoran Professor; Executive Officer John Seinfeld Louis E. Nohl Professor Michael Vicic Lecturer Zhen-Gang Wang Professor Topics of Discussion 3 ChemE curriculum 1. Incorporation of new core Numerical methods course 2. Career plans Interest in industry Life after Caltech 3. Miscellaneous issues TA-to-student ratio Senior thesis Student-faculty interaction ChemE Curriculum 4 • • INCORPORATION OF NEW CORE NUMERICAL METHODS COURSE New Core Requirements and Course Changes 5 New core Changes to Ph2 series Ma1abc (27) Ph2a: Waves Ph1abc (27) Ph2b: Quantum Ch1ab (15) Ph2c: Stat mech / thermo Bi1, Bi1x, or Bi8 (9) Menu (9) Ch3a and other intro lab (12) Scientific writing (3) Hum/SS (108) PE (9) New Core Requirements (Cont.) 6 Majority rated Ma2 and Ph2 as neutral or above in importance to the option Ma2/Ph2 are prerequisites for required courses Ma2 for ACM95 Ma2/Ph2 for Ch21a Incorporation of New Core 7 Proposal: Keep Ph2a Replace Ph2b with Ch21a Stat mech / thermo taught by Prof. Miller Keep Ma2a Quantum taught by Prof. Okumura Replace Ph2c with Ch21c Preparation for Ch21a Preparation for ACM95 Replace Ma2b with ChE statistical analysis course Programming focus ChE Numerical Methods Course 8 You would be interested in a recommended ChE Matlab, Mathematica, and COMSOL coding class. Number of Students 25 20 15 10 5 0 Strongly Agree Somewhat agree Neutral Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Numerical Methods Course (Cont.) 9 Issue: Strong interest in computation class tailored to chemical engineers Action: Implement numerical methods class as option requirement 9 unit course taught by Professor Flagan Replaces Ma2b Focuses on MATLAB and Mathematica Possibly incorporate probability/statistics Sample Schedule 10 Sophomore Junior Fall Winter Spring Ma2a Numerical Methods Elective/Hum/SS Ph2a Elective/Hum/SS Ch9 Ch41a Ch41b Ch41c ACM95a ACM95b ACM95c ChE62 ChE63a ChE63b Ch21a Ch21b/Ch24 Ch21c ChE103a ChE103b ChE103c Elective/Hum/SS ChE101 ChE105 Elective/Hum/SS Elective/Hum/SS Elective/Hum/SS Elective/Hum/SS Elective/Hum/SS Elective/Hum/SS Career Plans 11 • INTEREST IN INDUSTRY • LIFE AFTER CALTECH Familiarity with Industry 12 Familiarity with possible career paths within industry 14 13 12 10 10 9 8 6 4 2 2 0 Very unfamiliar Somewhat unfamiliar Somewhat familiar Students are not well informed about opportunities in industry Very familiar Experience in Industry 13 Internship experience or intent to get an internship in industry 16 15 14 12 10 10 9 8 6 4 2 0 Yes No Probably not Some have experience working in industry Interest in Industry 14 Interest in working in industry 16 15 14 14 12 10 8 6 4 4 2 1 0 Very disinterested Somewhat disinterested Somewhat interested Despite overwhelming interest… Very interested Life After Caltech 15 Short-term plans immediately following graduation 25 21 20 15 10 7 4 5 2 0 PhD MS Sci/Eng Job Other or Undecided Most students plan to go to graduate school Interest in Industrial Contacts 16 Desire to have an online database of industry-related contacts 30 25 25 20 15 10 8 5 1 0 Yes No Probably won't use it Strong interest in access to industry contacts AIChE Student-to-Industry Mentoring Program 17 Usefulness of AIChE student-to-industry mentoring program 18 17 16 14 12 11 10 8 6 4 4 2 2 0 Very not useful Somewhat not useful Somewhat useful Very useful Mixed opinions about AIChE’s mentoring program Careers in Industry 18 Issues: Lack of familiarity with opportunities in industry Very few chemical engineering companies at career fair Lack of accessibility to industry contact information Careers in Industry (Cont.) 19 Actions: Continue asking the career center to invite more chemical engineering companies Develop online database of contact information Refer students to Dr. Vicic for advice/contacts Work with AIChE to improve industry mentoring program Miscellaneous Issues 20 TA-TO-STUDENT RATIO • SENIOR THESIS STUDENT-FACULTY INTERACTION • • TA-to-Student Ratio 21 Objectives of improving ratio: Graduate: shorter turnover period for grading Undergraduate: more individual help during office hours In general, would you like to have more TAs for ChE core classes? No 7 (21%) Yes 27 (79%) Prefer more undergraduate or graduate TA's for these classes Graduate 28 Undergraduate 14 0 5 10 15 20 For those who responded yes to the previous question 25 30 TA-to-Student Ratio (Cont.) 22 Issue: Strong interest in more TAs, especially graduate TAs Action: Survey former TAs of ChE courses Graduate: Hours spent weekly? Undergraduate: Comfort with grading sets? Senior Thesis 23 Issue: Students do not know what is expected or how they will be evaluated for senior thesis Action: Post detailed instructions on CCE website Prof. Flagan will hold organizational meeting at beginning of term to go over guidelines Student-Faculty Lunches 24 I would be interested in student-faculty lunches with ChE professors How often would you like to have these lunches? Student-Faculty Lunches (Cont.) 25 Issue: Student faculty lunches are desired for increased interaction between undergraduates and professors Action: Informal monthly lunches with faculty who regularly go to Chandler Arrange on ad hoc basis for a group of 4-5 ChemE undergrads Requires minimal effort to set up Not ideal for students interested in particular faculty member Discussion Time! 26 Incorporation of new core Numerical methods course Careers in industry TA-to-student ratio Senior thesis Student-faculty lunches Other questions/concerns?