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A Tale of Two Houses
At Thanksgiving dinner, Uncle Bubba and Uncle Bill are arguing over whose house is more expensive to heat or cool: Bubba's Georgia home in the summer or Bill’s North Dakota home in winter. Student teams play the role of Bubba and Bill's niece or ...

Cool as a Cucumber
In this case study, students are asked to design a new refrigeration system for a company that stores produce. Students will need to consider various aspects of refrigeration system design, such as single- versus multi-stage, size, operating temperatur...

Corn Ethanol: Using Corn to Make Fuel?
This problem-based case study guides students through a systematic exploration of the scientific issues surrounding the production and development of bio-fuels. A PowerPoint presentation introduces a New York Times article outlining the impact current ...

Flowing Fine: Moving Fluids on an Industrial Scale
In this case study, students assume the role of a process engineer for a pilot plant. Students are tasked with selecting a piping arrangement from a list of available options, creating a diagram of the flow system, determining the terms needed in the g...

Fuel from Water and the Sun
This problem-based case study presents recent advancements in the development and application of technologies geared towards harnessing sunlight for the production of hydrogen from water. A PowerPoint presentation introduces the topic with a New Yo...

Hydrogen Powered Cars
This problem-based case study guides students through a systematic exploration of the scientific issues surrounding the application and development of hydrogen fuel technology. A PowerPoint presentation introduces a New York Times article abou...

Is It a Meteorite?
In this interrupted case study, two friends find unanalyzed mass spectra of a green rock suspected to be a meteorite. Students are tasked with identifying the elements present in the meteorite by analyzing the mass spectra. The purpose of this case is ...

Tasty and Safe: Heat Transfer in Orange Juice
In this case study, students assume the role of process engineers in an orange juice production facility. They determine modes of heat transfer to and from the orange juice, develop equations for the heat transfer scenario they have identified, and des...

The Flint Water Crisis
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, provides a compelling context for understanding the importance of each of the major classes of chemical reactions: precipitation reactions, acid-base reactions, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Each of these react...

Those Pesky Side-Reactions
The characters in this dilemma case must balance personal financial considerations, their professional futures, and time constraints against ensuring that the new product they are proposing is safe. The case explores the issues surrounding ethical deci...

Whey Off Balance
In this case study, students assume the role of a process engineer on a whey refinement process.  As the process engineer for the line, students must develop a block diagram of the process, perform a mass balance on each step of the process, and d...