Seminar Series 2019 – Matthew Cooper, Ph.D.
September 9 @ 9:35 am - 10:25 am
Matthew Cooper, Ph.D.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
“Digital Experiences in Chemical Engineering Education”
An advantage of our modern world is high-quality communication through digital avenues. In this talk I will discuss ways to leverage digital communication methods toward applications in chemical engineering education. In the beginning of the talk, we will examine the assessment of process safety decision making, drawbacks of completing this assessment in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, and the advantages of using virtual environments to give students authentic decision-making experiences with competing incentives and disincentives. The second topic of discussion will center on the development, deployment and assessment of an online/distance education “bridging” course intended to provide ChE graduate students whose undergraduate degrees are in a non-ChE field the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in graduate study. Examples of digital experiences and student experiences in the environments will be provided and discussed.
Dr. Matthew Cooper is an Associate Professor (Teaching-Track) in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. He has taught Senior Design, Unit Operations Laboratories, Transport Phenomena, Material and Energy Balances and Mathematical / Computational Methods. Dr. Cooper has received a number of teaching and engineering education research awards including NC State’s 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award and distinction as the 2019 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, as well as the 2016 ASEE ChE Division Raymond W. Fahien Award. Dr. Cooper currently serves as Chair of the ASEE National ChE Division and also as an ABET program evaluator. Dr. Cooper’s research interests include effective teaching, conceptual and inductive learning, integrating writing and speaking into the curriculum and professional ethics.