Workshop on Biotransport Education during Summer Bioengineering Conferences, Farmington, PA, June 22-25, 2011 and Summer 2012

Sponsor: NSF: CBET: BME: 1127262
Performance Period: 5/1/11-4/30/13
PI: Rupak Banerjee, co-PIs: Ram Devireddy and Chris Rylander

The long-term goal of this Biotransport Education workshop is to improve biotransport education. The objective of this Biotransport Education workshop, to be conducted during the 2011 and 2012 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference (SBC), is to broadly disseminate successfully proven methods for teaching this interdisciplinary topic to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The hypothesis is that such a workshop is an effective platform for efficient exchange of teaching ideas between diverse institutions involving complex topics of biotransport. To address the hypothesis the three specific agendas are to:

(1) Pre-conference agenda: We will develop a repository of biotransport course syllabi from top universities around the world. We will invite experts in the field of biotransport who have taught graduate and undergraduate courses to speak followed by panel discussion at the workshop during 2011 and 2012 ASME SBC.

(2) Conference agenda: We will exchange ideas for teaching biotransport by having experts share their own successes and failures and permitting questions by the audience consisting primarily of junior faculty.

(3) Post-conference agenda: We will develop a website for posting the repository of biotransport course syllabi, book and journal chapters, and course materials such as quizzes and exams. A journal publication on Biotransport education will be submitted to either the JBME or ABME, or the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Robert Roselli (left), Vanderbilt, exchanging ideas with Alan Eberhardt (right), University of Alabama at Birmingham.Portonovo Ayyaswamy, University of Pennsylvania

Left: Robert Roselli (left), Vanderbilt, exchanging ideas with Alan Eberhardt (right), University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Right: Portonovo Ayyaswamy, University of Pennsylvania, presents “Biotransport: Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer”.