Enhanced Undergraduate Learning Through Integration of Theory and Computational Tools


  • Kirti Maheshkumar Yenkie Rowan University


The current business trends, such as Industry 4.0, require a modern chemical engineer to know about programming, advanced computational tools, and holistic thinking. To this end, an integrated approach, where theoretical concepts are supplemented by computational lab-based exercises and team projects promoting “Design Thinking” is presented. For each course topic, a supporting computer lab session was designed to substantiate learning. Additionally, guidelines for topic selection, workplan development, and evaluation rubric were provided for team projects.

Author Biography

Kirti Maheshkumar Yenkie, Rowan University

Kirti M. Yenkie is an Assistant Professor at Rowan University. She holds a B.Tech. (2008) and M. Tech (2010) in Chemical Engineering from India and Ph.D. in Bioengineering (Univ. Illinois Chicago 2014). Her research focuses on leveraging Process Systems Engineering principles in the areas of environmental sustainability and healthcare. Her multidisciplinary work involves methods from mathematical modeling, simulation, data analytics, optimization, control, uncertainty, and stochastic processes. Her teaching methodology to incorporate computational tools for explaining theoretical concepts led to her selection as one of the Outstanding Young Chemical Engineering Educators (2019) by the CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering) Committee.