The Interface Between ChE and Mathematics: What Do Students Really Need?


  • Michael D. Graham University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Susan L. Ganter Clemson University


The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is conducting a major analysis of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, its goal being a set of recommendations to assist mathematics departments in curriculum development. To gather information for this analysis, a set of workshops is being hosted by MAA for partner disciplines-the engineering workshop occurred in May 2000. In this article we describe the MAA program and present the report of the chemical engineering working group, reflecting the priorities and concerns that arose in the workshop discussions. It is our hope that this document will stimulate discussion and progress in providing effective mathematics education for chemical engineering students.

Author Biographies

Michael D. Graham, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mike Graham received his BS from the University of Dayton in 1986 and his PhD from Cornell University in 1992, both in chemical engineering, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Houston and Princeton University. His research interests encompass instabilities and nonlinear dynamics in flows of complex fluids, molecular and multiscale simulation of polymeric liquids, and interfacial and multiphase flows.

Susan L. Ganter, Clemson University

Susan L. Ganter is Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University. She has directed several local and national evaluation studies, including a recent residency at the National Science Foundation in which she investigated the national impact of the calculus reform initiative and helped to develop the evaluation plan for the Institution-wide Reform Program in the Division of Undergraduate Education.