Adaptation of Professional Skills in the Unit Operations Laboratory


  • Deniz Rende Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Sevinc Rende lsik University
  • Nihat Baysal Yeditepe University


We introduce the design of three consecutive unit operations laboratory (UOL) courses that retain the academic rigor of the course while incorporating skills essential for professional careers, such as ability to propose ideas, develop practical solutions, participate in teamwork, meet deadlines, establish communication between technical support and suppliers and oversee financial issues. We follow up the course outcomes with a survey targeting the graduates of the program. The results show that the implementation of these skills varies across post-graduate careers, highlighting the need for adaptive approaches for different graduate trajectories in designing the course.

Author Biographies

Deniz Rende, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering, at Bogazici University, Turkey. Her current research focuses on supercritical fluid assisted processing of polymer nanocomposites and foams, and glass transition temperature phenomena in con filed systems.

Sevinc Rende, lsik University

is currently a full-time assistant professor at the Department of Economics, lsik University, Turkey. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Economics, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. She worked extensively on child work and gendered consequences of social policy. Her academic work maps the web of social and economic relations in which households are embedded and analyzes inequities in access to social service and insurance programs.

Nihat Baysal, Yeditepe University

is currently a full-time assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Yeditepe University, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bogazici University, Turkey. He has more than 18 years of exp erience in programming, including designing web-based dissemination protocols, building strategic frameworks on geospatial data systems, network building with largescale data. His research focuses on molecular dynamics simulations on carbon dioxide con finement in SWNTs, exfoliation of carbon nanotube bundles, and crystallization of polymers in the presence of nanoWers.