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    September 22, 2009 Meeting: Engineering in High School

    posted Sep 7, 2009, 3:40 PM by Shannon Kramer

    Dallas AICHE – September Meeting Announcement


    Tuesday September 22nd, 2009


    TIME:                     6:00 PM Officer / Director’s Meeting

                                    6:30 PM Social Hour (Bring your business cards)

                                    7:00 PM Dinner

                                    8:00 PM Presentation


    PLACE:                  Two Guys From Italy Restaurant

                                    (West side of Webb Chapel Rd, South of Forest Lane)

                                    11637 Webb Chapel Rd.

                                    Dallas, TX 75229



    COST:                    Cost of meal (typically $8-15)


    RSVP by email to Shannon Kramer at Skramer@bcd.tamhsc.edu.  If by phone, please call Nancy Garnett at 972-647-3414.


    SPEAKER:             Dr. Lynn Melton – Lead Instructor, Engineering Science Institute for Teachers

    University of Texas at Dallas


    TOPIC:                   Engineering in the High Schools – Does Chemical Engineering Have A Role?


    There is currently a strong push for high schools to offer a year long engineering course since the State of Texas will soon require four years of science/engineering for graduation.  Some schools want the engineering course at the ninth grade level, where it can attract students to STEM fields.  Others want it at the twelfth grade level, as a capstone course.  UT Dallas, through its 2009 Engineering Science Institute for Teachers, is assisting twelve teachers in acquiring both engineering content and the skills to deliver engineering at the high school level in a project-based classroom setting.  After a brief description of the current efforts, including the ESIT curriculum, the author will seek input from the audience about possible chemical engineering modules that might be effective in a high school curriculum.


    Lynn Melton has taught at the University of Texas at Dallas since 1972, the first 35 years in the Chemistry Department, and the last two years as a member of the Science/Mathematics Education Department.  He has attained the rank of professor, and for many years carried out a nationally funded research program in laser diagnostics for hydrocarbon fuel sprays and chemical mixing.  He has twice taken a year in industrial research laboratories. In 1981-82, he worked at United Technologies Research Center (East Hartford, CT; supports Pratt & Whitney gas turbine engines); in 1998-99, he worked at Dow Chemical Company (Freeport, TX) in the Fluid Mechanics and Mixing R&D Group.  He has a strong interest in helping to upgrade secondary school science teachers, particularly middle school teachers.  Because of his interest in teachers and his prior engineering experience, he was chosen as the lead instructor in the 2009 UT-Dallas Engineering Science Institute for Teachers, which seeks to help current high school math/science teachers prepare to offer a new, year-long engineering course.  He is a long time member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.



    NEXT MEETING anticipated on October 27th.