The Design and Anatomy of a First-Year Connection Course for Chemical Engineering Students


  • Bahman Ghorashi Tennessee Technological University


Studies have shown that students’ positive experience during their first year in college plays a significant role in their success in terms of persistence and satisfaction. That premise has been the motivation for the development of a first-year connection course by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Tech University. Recent implementation of a methodology  to help students develop a vision of their future within the chemical engineering profession is described, and the results in terms of retention and progression from first-year to second-year are presented and analyzed.

Author Biography

Bahman Ghorashi, Tennessee Technological University

Dr. Ghorashi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University. He served as the Provost and Vice President at TTU.  Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of Fenn Academy, Fenn Research and Development Institute, Dean of Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland State University.  He is the author of How to Become an Exceptionally Successful Young Person. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University and his B.S. degree from Wayne State University.  He holds a management and leadership in education (MLE) certificate from Harvard University.