Using Ongoing Laboratory Problems as Active Learning Research Projects in Transport Phenomena


  • Ryan R Hansen Kansas State University
  • Audrey C Anderson Kansas State University
  • Niloy Barua
  • Logan M McGinley



This report evaluates the use of active, open-ended research problems taken from the instructor’s laboratory and assigned as mid-semester projects in Transport Phenomena. Projects are structured in a POGIL format and designed to engage students by providing them the opportunity to impact real research problems in their department. The impact of these assignments on student comprehension and engagement is evaluated by comparing exam performance of students with and without POGIL projects and through student surveys.

Author Biographies

Ryan R Hansen, Kansas State University

Dr. Ryan Hansen is an assistant professor in the Tim Taylor department of chemical engineering at Kansas State University. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (2001) and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado (2008). His research focuses on soft material interfaces and lab-on-a-chip systems for separation and characterization of microorganisms. 

Audrey C Anderson, Kansas State University

Audrey Anderson received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Kansas State University in 2018. She was an undergraduate research assistant and transport phenomena teaching assistant for Dr. Ryan Hansen during the time of this study. 

Niloy Barua

Niloy Barua is a Ph.D. student in the Hansen lab. He is currently developing a lab-on-a-chip platform for the study of microbial interactions. Prior to his graduate studies, he completed his B.S. from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where his research focused on wastewater treatment. 

Logan M McGinley

Logan McGinley received his B.S. in chemical engineering and chemical sciences from Kansas State University in 2018. He worked in the Hansen lab as an undergraduate research assistant.