The Chemical Engineering department and the Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education (IE3) showcased the importance of separation materials and process design during the event “Girls Engaged in Gator Engineering Day!” organized by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering on Thursday, March 15.
Around 25 students were challenged to build a cost-effective water filtration system for Puerto Rican communities impacted last year by Hurricane Maria.
Students were presented with an article describing the current health and environmental issues that affect the island and discussed possible ways in which chemical engineers can work to help those communities. Also, they learned how chemical engineers contribute to the design of better adsorption materials and filtration processes to address 21st-century engineering challenges.
Students had fun while learning about keeping an engineering design notebook, team building strategies, safety, and waste management.
Dr. Rivera-Jimenez served as the activity facilitator and participated in the Panel Discussion “Why We Need more Females in Engineering and STEM Disciplines.”