Results of the 2010 Survey on Teaching Chemical Reaction Engineering


  • David L. Silverstein University of Kentucky
  • Margot A.S. Vigeant Bucknell University


A survey of faculty teaching the chemical reaction engineering course or sequence during the 2009-2010 academic year at chemical engineering programs in the United States and Canada reveals change in terms of content, timing, and approaches to teaching. The report consists of two parts: first, a statistical and demographic characterization of the course and its content; and the remainder seeks to bring out the most innovative and effective approaches to teaching the course in use by instructors. Additionally, a historical comparison is made between the current survey results and surveys on the same course that were conducted in 1974, 1984, and 1991.

Author Biographies

David L. Silverstein, University of Kentucky

David L. Silverstein is currently the PJC Engineering Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering Extended Campus Programs in Paducah. He received his B.S.Ch.E. from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville; and has been a registered P.E. since 2002. Silverstein is the 2004 and 2011 recipient of the William H. Corcoran Award for the most outstanding paper published in Chemical Engineering Education during the previous year, and the 2007 recipient of the Raymond W. Fahien Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness and Educational Scholarship.

Margot A.S. Vigeant, Bucknell University

Margot Vigeant is an associate professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University, where she has enjoyed working with students since 1999. She graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from The University of Virginia. With Mike Prince and Katharyn Nottis, she received the 2011 "best paper" award from the ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division and from PIC IV. Since 2009, Margot has also been moonlighting as an associate dean of engineering.