ASEE ChED Newsletter – October 2023

Hello ChED community!

As your new newsletter chairs, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves a little bit.

Lorena Grundy (

Lorena is a postdoc at Tufts University working with Milo Koretsky studying the interactions between educational ecosystems and instructional practices. The fall 2023 meeting was her first ASEE conference, and she signed on as a newsletter co-chair to get more involved in the awesome chemical engineering education community.

Monika is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut. She joined the faculty in August 2022, and is a teaching focused faculty. She’s currently teaching Unit Ops,  Senior Lab, and Senior Design. She is interested in bringing in open ended questions to the classroom and hearing her students thoughts on the intersection between technology and society. She was excited to see an opportunity to get more involved in ASEE, and is excited to serve as a newsletter co-chair.

Monika Crowl (

We both want to thank Elif Eda Miskioğlu for her long service as the newsletter editor and for her mentorship as we take it over – any errors are our own! To streamline the collection of announcements and make sure they don’t get lost in our inboxes, we’ve created an email account to collect them; it is If you have announcements to share, you can send them straight to that account, and if you have any feedback or opinions on the newsletter, please feel free to email that account or either of us directly.

We are excited to get to know more of you as we develop the newsletters moving forward!


Lorena Grundy and Monika Crowl

To submit announcements to future newsletters: Please send announcements to Moving forward, we will be sending newsletters mid-month, so try to submit announcements by the 10th of the month (November 10 for the next newsletter). Thank you!

Summary of Announcements

  1. Congratulations to Richard Felder, Phillip Wankat, Stephanie Farrell, and Adrienne Minerick!
  2. ASEE Abstract Submissions – No Deadline Extensions
  3. Interested in hosting ASEE/AIChE Summer School in 2027?
  4. Chair position at University of Maine
  5. Tenure-Track Positions in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University
  6. Teaching professor position at Northeastern University
  7. Faculty positions open at University of Michigan

Detailed Announcements

Congratulations to Richard Felder, Phillip Wankat, Stephanie Farrell, and Adrienne Minerick!

Richard Felder, Phillip Wankat, Stephanie Farrell, and Adrienne Minerick were selected as four of the 2023 ASEE Hall of Fame Inductees. This award recognizes engineering and engineering technology education standouts whose work has made a significant impact on engineering education. A well deserved honor, congratulations!

ASEE Abstract Submissions – No Deadline Extensions.

A reminder that there will be no extensions on the deadlines for ASEE abstract and paper submissions. Please be sure to submit your abstracts by November 1, 23:59 ET (11:59 PM ET).

Interested in hosting ASEE/AIChE Summer School in 2027? Planning for the 18th

ASEE/AIChE Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty, to be held in 2027 is underway. The Summer School provides an opportunity for new faculty to develop knowledge and skills in both teaching and scholarship, and for almost a century has been vital to strengthening our community of chemical engineering educators. For now, we are seeking proposals for host sites.

Historically, Summer Schools have been held both on university campuses and, though less frequently, in resort-style retreats. Please consider whether your institution or a nearby location might be a welcoming and enjoyable venue for the next Summer School. Please do not hesitate to reach out ( if you have any questions.

Chair position at University of Maine

The Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Maine is currently searching for a new department head.

Tenure-Track Positions in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University

The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (ChEMS) department at Michigan State University is hiring for several tenure-track faculty positions this year. One is open-rank and open-area and two are open-rank in Semiconductor Science and Engineering. Interested applicants can apply here:

Open Area: MSU Careers Details – Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure

Semiconductor Science and Engineering: MSU Careers Details – Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Teaching professor position at Northeastern University

The Northeastern chemical engineering student body includes approximately 400 undergraduate and 100 Masters and PhD students. Candidates would join a department of 25 tenure-track and 4 non-tenure-track teaching faculty, as well as several affiliated and visiting faculty. Northeastern University teaching professor faculty have opportunities for educational impact in both the university and their broader professional field. The main responsibility of the Chemical Engineering teaching faculty is high-quality student-centered teaching, including course preparation, delivery, and assessment. The annual course responsibility is six courses. The Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching Professor also participates in department, university, and professional service activities and will be engaged in a modest level of scholarship for their own professional development around education and pedagogy. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until through November. Applications can be submitted at—Chemical-Engineering_R113747

Faculty positions open at University of Michigan

There are open searches for tenure-track faculty positions within Chemical Engineering as well as Engineering Education Research at University of Michigan.

Chemical Engineering tenure-track or tenured faculty positions – Deadline December 1, 2023

Engineering Education Research Tenure Track Faculty – Deadline November 15, 2023

ASEE ChED Newsletter – Fall 2023

 A Message from the Chair

Reginald Rogers
University of Missouri
ChED Chair, 2023-2024

Greetings to everyone! I hope the start of the new academic year is going well for all of you.  It has been a busy time for all of us and for the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division since our last newsletter. It was great to see many of you in Baltimore for the ASEE Annual Meeting back in June.  We had a huge success with our 2023 meeting.  A huge thank you to Janie Brennan who served as our Program Chair.  Additional thank you goes out to Neha Raikar for her hard work in serving as our local events coordinator.

It was also a time to recognize our peers for their outstanding work, and to continue that recognition please take note of all of the award winners highlighted in this newsletter. Thanks to the Awards Committee for coordinating all of the judging! Please take note that the nomination period for 2024 is opening soon, so be thinking about who you work with that should be recognized next year.  Please especially consider nominating individuals for the Donald R. Woods Lectureship for Lifetime Achievement in Chemical Engineering Pedagogy.  Additional information on all of the ChED Awards can be found on the division website.

Even as the Fall term continues to cruise by us all, there is yet more to come! Planning is underway for the 2024 ASEE Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. The Call for Papers will be issued in the coming weeks. Submissions will soon be accepted for the program. Please take a few minutes to review the Call featured in this issue and consider what you can share with the community at the June 2024 meeting.

Finally, I want to thank Elif Eda Miskioğlu for her dedicated work of producing this newsletter.  Since 2017, Elif has worked hard to ensure our members had the most up-to-date information on the business of the division.  After 6 years in the role, she has transitioned the role to our new newsletter co-editors.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Monika Crowl and Lorena Grundy to the team.  They will be working together to continue publishing the newsletter, picking up where Elif left off in her role.  We are planning to continue the format of a monthly email newsletter featuring the same items but becoming more current with announcements.

In the meantime, enjoy this newsletter. If you’d like to offer your perspective on the continuance of the newsletter or to volunteer to take on a more active role in the ChED, drop me an email at In the meantime, I look forward to hopefully seeing many of you in person in Orlando in early November at the AIChE Annual Meeting!

Reginald Rogers

Fall 2023 Newsletter

ASEE ChED Newsletter – June 2023 – Conference Edition

 A Message from the Outgoing Chair

David Silverstein
ChED Chair, 2022-2023

Dear ASEE Chemical Engineering Division,
It seems hard to believe that the summer is well underway, and that means it is time for the ASEE Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our time to Baltimore will be well spent thanks to the efforts of Program Chair Janie Brennan, Local Arrangements Chair Neha Raikar, and the scholarship of our authors presenting their work. If you haven’t already made your plans to participate, perhaps the schedule of sessions plus special events (starting page 4) will entice you to make a last-minute trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor!

In addition to the aforementioned conference information, we have more news of importance. Our elections were recently concluded resulting in some terrific additions to your Division leadership (see page 2). As a bonus for those attending, you’ll have the opportunity to meet those officers (and other members) that you don’t already know. While the scholarly aspect of our meeting is important, I have always believed that the opportunity to engage with our colleagues was the real value-add of attendance. So do not hesitate to reach out and meet a few new people (even if you’re an introvert like me—we can meet and then talk or not talk depending on where our social reserves are at the time!) while at the conference.

I would be remiss if I didn’t emphasize that if you’re interested in getting involved with Division activities, we have a range of chances for you to do so. Some are elected positions, and some are appointed. Plus we’re always interested in supporting our colleagues with ideas we can help make a reality. Just come to our business meeting on Tuesday of the Conference, or reach out to any of our officers.

This conference also marks the beginning of the end of my service to the Division as your chair. I am grateful for the chance to serve in this role as our Institutional Leadership has risen to the need to address the fiscal challenges faced by ASEE. Despite the constraints of deferred financial resources, we’ve still been able to plan our banquet (thanks again Neha!), award our recognitions (thanks committee co-chairs Margot Vigeant and Ashlee Ford Versypt and our many reviewers), and execute our conference plan. Our key activities (both of which are funded independently from ASEE) remain strong, with an excellent 2022 Summer School led by Margot Vigeant and her crew and a high quality yet rapidly developing Chemical Engineering Education journal led by Editor Don Visco and Publications Board Chair Milo Koretsky.

In the midst of facing acute challenges, I have been highly impressed (and not extremely surprised) at how our community has responded. There have been many good questions asked, but none with malice. There has been concern expressed, but often accompanied by offers to help. Because of our shared commitment to our students and each other (and the leadership resulting from that commitment), ASEE and the ChED will emerge from this situation stronger than ever.

I am very pleased to be able to turn leadership of this Division over to the very capable Reg Rogers as incoming Chair and Janie Brennan as incoming Chair-elect at the end of the month. While I cannot imagine a time not being involved with the ChED, I know each of these individuals will leave their mark in service through their leadership.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Baltimore!
David Silverstein
2022-23 ASEE ChED Chair

Conference Newsletter

Memorial: Daniel Lepek

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

—John Dewey,an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. 
Daniel Lepek on “In the (Fume) Hood”

In 2015, he received the Ray W. Fahien Award from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education for his teaching excellence and contributions to engineering pedagogy. Four years earlier he earned an Engineering Education Mentoring Grant from the same division to develop innovations in engineering education and pedagogy…

Dan served as Chair of the Education Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a role he saw as a long-term commitment in order to have a meaningful impact on chemical engineering education and increase diversity in the field.

– From The Cooper Union’s In Memorial: Professor Daniel Lepek

The Cooper Union’s “In Memorium: Professor Daniel Lepek”

Listen to Dan on “In the (Fume) Hood” Podcast

Letter from ChED Chair (2022-2023), David Silverstein

Dear ASEE Chemical Engineering Division members,

I am saddened to share with you news of the passing of one of our members, Dr. Daniel H. Lepek of Cooper Union. Daniel began his time as a faculty member in 2009 and immediately began to engage with this community both through ASEE and through AIChE. He brought a sense of humor, an appreciation of food at an entirely different level than I had personally experienced previously, and a passion for his students that inspired many of his colleagues at Cooper and worldwide.



ASEE ChED Newsletter – May 2023 – Election Special

A Message from the Chair-Elect

Reg Rogers, Chair-Elect

Classes are winding down (if not already done)…the air is warming up…and that can only mean one thing: summer has arrived! I hope all of you had a successful academic year and are looking forward to some much deserved down time before the 2023-2024 academic year kicks into high gear.

Summer is also a season of transition. As we prepare for the upcoming annual conference in Baltimore, we look forward to the transition of officers, thanking those who have spent many hours in the background facilitating the continual forward movement of the Chemical Engineering Division.

While ASEE continues to work through some challenges, we continue to build upon our current successes to usher in new ideas and innovation within the Chemical Engineering classrooms and laboratories. We also look forward to celebrating the achievements of several individuals through our division awards. Many of you have done exceptional jobs in various facets within the teaching realm. Those we highlight during our celebration have, and continue to do, superior work in Chemical Engineering education. Let us look forward to learning from them as well as the rest of our colleagues. We will always be continual learners of the field. Let us come with an open mind to embrace new knowledge that we can carry back to our respective institutions.

This year’s conference theme is “The Harbor of Engineering Education”. Let us, as the Chemical Engineering community, be a shining example of serving as a harbor for continual education and growth of the next generation of chemical engineers. I look forward to seeing many of you next month in Baltimore!

Very Respectfully,
Reg Rogers

Special Election Newsletter

Vote via the Google Form by Friday, June 14th, 2023!

ASEE ChED Newsletter – April 2023

Hello, ChED Colleagues!

I hope this finds you well. As your Newsletter Editor, part of me feels that by writing this month’s “letter from…” I’m breaking some sort of fourth wall. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin the magic!

Our highlight this month is the Call for Nominations for division positions – see the first announcement below! Whether you’re a long-time member of our division or just joining, the executive committee is a great opportunity to work with an amazing group of leaders in the Chemical Engineering Education community.

As Newsletter editor I have had the privilege of working closely with our chairs, past chairs, and web directors in particular throughout the years. Each has led with a clear mission to serve our community, and support our members in any way we can.

I know we all have a lot on our respective plates and taking on additional service roles can sometimes be daunting. For what it is worth, there is no group I know that is more supportive, more gracious, or more understanding to work with. The first time I ran for an elected position a few years ago, I lost, but running gave me the opportunity to articulate my relationship with the division and further increase my presence in the community. The next time around, I won a seat of Director – a position I especially recommend for anyone seeking to get involved but unsure where to begin! I am truly honored to be a part of this team, and I want to share a little bit about what the division means to me. This is both my thank you letter to the division, and my argument for getting involved.

I first started engaging with members of the division as a graduate student. Upon discovering the discipline of engineering education, I began sneaking away from my labmates at AIChE and heading over to see the sessions in the Education Division. I sat in the back, taking furious notes in amazement at all the cool things happening in education that I was unaware of. I soon realized this is where I wanted to be, and kept showing up.

I started dabbling in engineering education work, and presenting first at AIChE (since I was there already) and then ASEE ChED. I’ll be the first to admit I had a lot to learn, and I will never forget how readily I was welcomed into the ChED community. Every person I approached gave me their time, and seemed genuinely excited to speak with me. I received both validation and constructive feedback from this community when presenting my work. This support gave me the courage to pivot from my technical research in genetic engineering to pursue a career as an engineering education scholar. I could not be happier that I took that leap.

To our long-time members, thank you for creating such a strong and positive culture. To our new(er) members, welcome to the community – this is a great one to be a part of. To all, please consider standing for election!

Elif Eda Miskioğlu

Newsletter Editor, Outgoing Director

Summary of Announcements

  1. Call for ASEE ChED Executive Board Nominations! Submit nominations by Friday, April 14!
  2. ASEE 2023 Conference Updates
  3. Call for Volunteers: AIChE Education Division Elections Committee

Detailed Announcements

Call for ASEE ChED Executive Board  Nominations! 

Submit nominations by Friday, April 14th  via email to Past Chair Tony Butterfield and Newsletter Editor Elif Miskioğlu.

Nominate yourself or a colleague for the following 2023-24 positions:

  • Chair-Elect (then serves as Chair in 2024-25)
  • Director (2-year term)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1-year off-cycle term, current incumbent willing to remain)

Have a question on a position? Feel free to reach out! All terms begin after the annual conference in June.

ASEE 2023 Conference Updates

Final Draft Revision deadline extended

  • Draft Revision deadline is now April 14th at 11:59 PM!

ChED Banquet tickets available!

  • Tickets are now available for purchase for ticketed conference events. If you have registered for the conference (and are logged into the site), you can purchase tickets to the CHED Banquet on the NEMO.

Unit Ops Tour at Johns Hopkins (free, ticketed event) tickets available!

  • ChED will also be coordinating a tour of the Johns Hopkins Unit Ops lab for anyone who is interested and can provide their own transportation. This will be a free event, but it does require a ticket. You can get a ticket after registration for the conference and as an event on NEMO.

Call for Volunteers: AIChE Education Division Elections Committee

The Education Division of AIChE needs a volunteer to serve on our elections committee.

We will be holding elections in Summer/Fall 2023 for 4 positions:

  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2nd Vice-Chair
  • Director 1
  • Director 2

The committee will likely meet 2-3 times between now and the conclusion of elections on October 1, 2023. If you are willing to volunteer for this role, please reach out to the Division Past Chair Ben Davis. Thank you!

ASEE ChED Newsletter – March 2023

Greetings from the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division!

As the winter turns into spring for most of us, it brings up visions of things many of us look forward to: Spring Break, mowing lawns, warm weather walks, and registering for the ASEE Annual Meeting!  As you guide your classes through midterm, please start making your plans to join us in Baltimore for the meeting June 25-28. We also have our banquet planned for June 27 for what I am confident will be an evening of camaraderie for all who join us. Registration for the meeting is currently open and tickets for the banquet will be on sale soon.

When you think ASEE these days you probably think about how your colleagues at ASEE meetings have impacted your teaching methods, or how ASEE contributes to your students’ success in its administration of fellowship programs and scholarship programs. You might also be wondering about the financial state of the Society.

In February, ASEE held a Town Hall meeting at which they updated attendees on the current financial state of ASEE. The attendees were primarily volunteer leadership. Here are my takeaways from the meeting:

  • ASEE started the current crisis with a $5.7 million shortfall. Including reimbursements from the 2022 Conference. It was discovered that in addition to the current year shortfall, long-term reserves were depleted nearly to zero.
  • All but one reimbursement has now been made, and payment plans are in place for other external debts. $2.1 million has been paid off. $1.6 million owed externally. Staff levels have been significantly reduced and other cost-saving measures are in place.
  • $1.1 million is owed internally to Divisions and other entities. Those funds were co-mingled with operating funds. Funds received by Divisions and other internal entities since October 1 have been tracked, held in an account separate from Operating Funds, and are available as needed. Old funds will be paid back as soon as feasible, but that will likely be longer than one year from now.
  • Funds collected after October 1 are available (including ticket sales and external sponsorships). All planned events or other commitments must be revenue neutral. Awards, travel stipends, other expenditures follow the same guidelines.
  • Dues paid to entities are being tracked but are not to be distributed until sometime in the future.
  • Ticket sales will be tracked and be immediately available.
  • The root cause of the difficulty is being investigated through an external audit. Results will be shared once available.

In short, we are able to continue with our work in planning and executing our conference program. Additionally, we can now accept your tax-deductible gift to assist in Division operations, such as mentorship grants and complementary banquet registration for award winners. For the time being, all award honoraria and reimbursements are suspended with the intent of a retroactive award at a future time, with the key exception of externally sponsored awards that will be presented as we have previously committed. We are continuing to seek sponsors to enable us to fully recognize awardees at this year’s meeting, but with or without these funds we will celebrate the winners and their achievements at the June meeting and banquet.

In the meantime, take particular note of the opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague for service in the Division as an officer (see below)!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this role and more importantly to be able to learn from so many of you through our connections both in-person and virtually. It is a privilege to be a member of this Division with each of you.


David Silverstein

Chair, ASEE ChE Division (2022-23)

Summary of Announcements

  1. Call for ASEE ChED Executive Board Nominations! Submit nominations by Friday, March 31!
  2. ASEE Conference Updates: Conference registration, housing, and on-site childcare registration open!
  3. Call for Potential Panelists/Speakers at ASEE – AI/ChatGPT
  4. Announcements from the ASEE Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!
  5. Call for Volunteers: CACHE teaching resource center
  6. Call for Participation: Survey on Process Safety across the curriculum
  7. Call for Participation: AIChE Annual Meeting
  8. Call for Nominations: AIChE Education Division Awards!

Detailed Announcements

Call for ASEE ChED Executive Board Nominations! Submit nominations by Friday, March 31!

Submit nominations by Friday, March 31st  via email to Past Chair Tony Butterfield and Newsletter Editor Elif Miskioğlu.

Nominate yourself or a colleague for the following 23-24 positions:

  • Chair-Elect (then serves as Chair in 24-25)
  • Director (2-year term)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1-year off-cycle term, current incumbent willing to remain)

Have a question on a position? Feel free to reach out! All terms begin after the annual conference in June.

ASEE Conference Updates

Baltimore Convention Center MD
June 25-28, 2023

Conference Registration:Register Now*

*Reminder to 2022 attendees, you should have an email with a (one-time use) registration coupon code for $50 off for yourself, and a second code to share

Hotel Reservation: Reserve Room

Childcare: ASEE is offering complimentary childcare for Annual Conference attendees. Learn More: Annual Conference On-site Childcare

Call for Potential Panelists/Speakers at ASEE – AI/ChatGPT

With the rise of ChatGPT, the impact of AI is an increasingly present thought for many of us. We’re hoping to facilitate a discussion on the topic at ASEE and are looking for potential paneslits/speakers. If you have expertise on how AI/ChatGPT can be used to ask and answer ChE questions, or know someone who does, we’d love to hear from you! Email Conference Chair Janie Brennan and Current ChED Chair David Silverstein.

Announcements from the ASEE Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!

Chairs update: Review CDEI Chair update from Homero Murzi with the key highlights from the commission committees.

Connect with us: To learn more about the CDEI programs and other DEI opportunities:

Follow us on Twitter (@ASEEDiversity) and Join our ASEE CDEI LinkedIn

Share your DEI news: Send us relevant DEI news, activities, and best practices to share on Twitter by emailing and LinkedIn by emailing

Call for Volunteers: CACHE teacher resource center

The CACHE trustees need Chemical Engineering faculty volunteers to help maintain / update webpages for their teaching resource center.

The topical areas where this help is needed are:

  • fluid mechanics
  • heat transfer
  • engineering math
  • thermodynamics
  • separations / mass transfer
  • bioengineering.

Interested parties should contact John Falconer.

Call for Participation: Survey on Process Safety across the curriculum

Did you wonder why the capstone design survey last fall had so few questions about safety? We held those back for an off-cycle survey on process safety across the curriculum! Please have someone familiar with the process safety offerings in your department complete the Education Division’s Survey Committee’s survey. Please contact the committee chair with questions: Laura Ford.

Committee Members:

Chris Barr, Janie Brennan, Tracy Carter, Kevin Dahm, Hunter Flodman, Luke Landherr, David Silverstein, Stephen Thiel, Bruce Vaughen, Troy Vogel

Call for Participation: AIChE Annual Meeting

The Education Division is trying a new approach for abstract submission this year. Instead of predetermining our sessions for abstract submission, we are asking that you submit to a theme, and the program chairs will sort the abstracts into sessions based on what you choose to submit. No matter what you want to share, it should fit into one of our bins – just find the one that you think most appropriate. Based on your feedback in the programming meeting in Phoenix and our experience with what is usually submitted, the following themes are now available in Confex:

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Teaching professional skills
  • Core ChE curriculum courses
  • Elective ChE Courses
  • Computing/data/numerical methods in the ChE curriculum
  • Laboratory, hands-on, or experiential learning
  • Social justice and societal impact in the ChE classroom
  • Sustainability and global impact in the ChE classroom
  • Teaching process safety
  • Assessment methods
  • Student support and advising
  • Faculty professional development
  • Instructional methods and teaching tips

If presenting a poster is your preference, you may still submit an abstract on any chemical engineering education topic directly to the EdDiv poster session.

Call for Nominations: AIChE Education Division Awards!

Please consider nominating a colleague for an AIChE Education Division (EdDiv) Award!  The nomination deadline is June 1, 2023.

Nominations and/or inquiries can be sent to the EdDiv Past Chair, Ben Davis.