Enhancing the Undergraduate Computing Experience in Chemical Engineering CACHE Corporation


  • Thomas F. Edgar corresponding author, CACHE Corporation


This white paper focuses on the integration and enhancement of the computing experience for undergraduates throughout the chemical engineering curriculum. The computing experience for undergraduates in chemical engineering should have continuity and be coordinated from course to course, because a single software solution is difficult to achieve in practice. This paper covers the topics of teaching computer programming, software selection, mathematical modeling instruction, and teaching process and product design, and discusses how selected departments can integrate the computing experience for undergraduates.

Author Biography

Thomas F. Edgar, corresponding author, CACHE Corporation

Thomas F. Edgar is the Abell chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas, where he has been a faculty member for 35 years. He is also executive officer of the CACHE Corporation, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes development and distribution of technology-based educational aids for the chemical engineering profession.