CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND SOCIETY
Chemical Engineering 311 treats the main topics of ethics, environment (including energy
production considerations), and safety in the context of societal and professional responsibility.
Issues in these areas are prone to subjective differences of opinion and can be highly
politicized; therefore, critical thinking and objective communication will be central to our course
of study so that we become proficient at formulating fact-based and well-reasoned opinions and
at presenting sound arguments for policies and practices.
We will also touch on several other
topics, which are important in professional practice, including leadership, teamwork, and valuing
All of these topics are foundational to good engineering, and so we treat these early
in the chemical engineering curriculum so that as you take other courses (e.g., Fluids, Heat
Transfer, Kinetics, Plant Design) and learn chemical engineering science, your learning will
develop upon this strong foundation.
This course will have some lecturing, but will also have a strong “active-learning” and
“cooperative-learning” flavor which will require students to come to class prepared to discuss
and reason and even teach each other concepts and applications.
This may distance you from
your comfort zone, but I guarantee that it will increase your learning and your enjoyment of the
Students are expected to
1- attend class
2- be on time
3- be prepared to participate
4- enthusiastically and respectfully contribute
To understand, commit to, and practice sound ethical behavior.
2. To understand, commit to, and gain experience in environmentally
3. To understand, commit to, and gain experience in engineering safety.
W. Vincent Wilding
Hours: MWF 9-10, 11-12
Hours: MWF 9-10, TTh 10-11:30
MWF 8:00 - 8:50 a.m.; 256 CB
Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications, Second
Edition, Daniel A. Crowl and Joseph F. Louvar, Prentice Hall, 2002.
Note: There will be other required reading resources in the course.