A Student-Led Approach to Integrate ASPEN Plus® in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum at The University of Kansas


  • Michael Shao University of Kansas
  • Mark B Shiflett University of Kansas




Simulation software has experienced growing interest in chemical engineering curriculums for its usage in commercial engineering practices.  This article describes the ASPEN Plus® version 10 (V10) simulations and a student teach students approach to integrate ASPEN in the chemical engineering curriculum at the University of Kansas (KU). Videos, handouts, and lectures created by the first author, an undergraduate senior, effectively teaches ASPEN to other chemical engineering students and enhances the learning experience of the classroom.

Author Biographies

Michael Shao, University of Kansas

Michael Shao graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2020. Since his Freshman year at KU, Michael had worked with Dr. Mark B. Shiflett on developing Aspen modules for undergraduate courses in the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department. Following graduation, Michael was hired by Black & Veatch as a Process Engineer in their Water Technology Department

Mark B Shiflett, University of Kansas

Mark B. Shiflett is a Distinguished Foundation Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). Dr. Shiflett joined KU as a Foundation Professor in 2016 after retiring from the DuPont Company. He worked for DuPont for 28 years and was a Technical Fellow in the Central Research and Development organization at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and is an inventor on 45 U.S. patents and has published over 100 articles. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware.