Pilot-scale Laboratory Instruction for Chemical Engineering: The Specific Case of the Pilot-Unit Leading Group


  • Anne-Marie Billet University of Toulouse
  • Séverine Camy University of Toulouse
  • Carole Coufort-Saudejaud University of Toulouse


This paper presents an original approach for Chemical Engineering laboratory teaching that is currently applied at INP-ENSIACET (France). This approach, referred to as “pilot-unit leading group” is based on a partial management of the laboratories by the students themselves who become temporarily in charge of one specific laboratory. In addition to meeting the classical pedagogic requirements of the laboratories, this teaching method allows the students to actively experience technical project management.

Author Biographies

Anne-Marie Billet, University of Toulouse

Anne-Marie Billet completed her engineering degree and her Ph.D. thesis in process engineering at “Institut National Polytechnique” in Toulouse (France) in 1992. She is now an associate professor in the Engineering school (French ‘grande e´cole’) INPT-ENSIACET (Toulouse, France), in the Chemical Engineering Department. She carries out research activities at the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique (Toulouse, France) in the field of hydrodynamics and mass transfer in bubble reactors.

Séverine Camy, University of Toulouse

Séverine Camy obtained her undergraduate degree and M.S. in chemical engineering in 1997 and her Ph.D. in chemical and process engineering in 2000, from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT). She joined ENSIACET at the University of Toulouse as an associate professor in 2006. She carries out her research at the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique in Toulouse on the topic of supercritical CO2 separation and reaction processes.

Carole Coufort-Saudejaud, University of Toulouse

Carole Coufort-Saudejaud completed her engineering degree in 2001 and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA Toulouse, France) in 2004. Since 2006, she is an associate professor of chemical engineering at Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques (Toulouse, France). Her research interests are the analysis and the optimization of fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition processes at the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique (Toulouse, France).