A Service Learning Project on Aluminum Recycling—Developing Soft Skills in a Material and Energy Balances Course


  • Christy Wheeler West University of South Alabama • Mobile, AL 36688


This paper describes a project carried out in a sophomore chemical engineering course, in which students studied the energetic differences between refining and recycling aluminum. They worked in teams to prepare a presentation about the importance of aluminum recycling to a lay audience. The project reinforced classroom learning and provided an opportunity to develop the professional skills addressed in the ABET student outcomes criterion.

Author Biography

Christy Wheeler West, University of South Alabama • Mobile, AL 36688

Christy Wheeler West is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of South Alabama. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Alabama, and her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include heterogeneous catalyst synthesis and phase-transfer catalytic systems.