Centrifugal Pump Experiment for Chemical Engineering Undergraduates


  • Nicholas Vanderslice University of Nebraska
  • Richard Oberto University of Missouri
  • Thomas R. Marrero University of Missouri


The purpose of this paper is to describe a Centrifugal Pump Experiment that provided an experiential learning experience to chemical engineering undergraduates at the University of Missouri in the spring of 2010 in the Unit Operations Laboratory course. Lab equipment was used by senior students with computer-based data and control technology. In addition to pump performance results, lab reports included paragraphs on: educational assessment, applicability to chemical engineering practice, and students’ opinion of the new pump experiment. This experiential learning experience is encouraging for the continued use of the Centrifugal Pump Experiment in the Unit Operations Lab.

Author Biographies

Nicholas Vanderslice, University of Nebraska

Nicholas C. Vanderslice received his B.S. degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His main interests include sustainability and bioengineering.

Richard Oberto, University of Missouri

Rich Oberto is a research electronic technician in Engineering Technical Services at the University of Missouri College of Engineering. He has been employed at MU for the last 24 years. In addition to his avid interest in electronics, Rich has a passion for playing the snare drums.

Thomas R. Marrero, University of Missouri

Thomas R. Marrero, P.E., is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He earned his B.S. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, M.S. from Villanova University, PA, and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, all in chemical engineering. Tom has been employed by four large corporations for a total of 15 years in areas of research and design engineering. He is interested in environmental and sustainable engineering, teaching, and research on carbon dioxide direct reduction, acetylene fuel for distributed power source(s), and the transport of containerized coal in hydro-pipelines.