Irish Engineering Graduates Advancing Global Manufacturing Competitiveness: Design Simulation for the Process Industries
Project Lead: University College Dublin
Project Partners: Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Cork, University of Limerick.
The project will yield a strategy and supporting resources for sustainably embedding the effective use of discipline-specific simulation tools in Chemical Engineering degree programmes (and cognate Sciences) in Irish HEIs, for the achievement of professionally-relevant graduate skills. The project will be implemented by a multi-institutional partnership, representing total core discipline coverage, within the framework of professional (IChemE) accreditation guidelines for simulation skills and practices. Practicing engineers* and graduate employers* from the process* and consultancy* sectors, will provide input on current and anticipated graduate simulation skills needs. The emphasis will be on building the digital capacity to support students in forging deep-seated connections between Chemical Engineering theory, experimental work and intelligent use of simulation tools.
Activity will be designed to facilitate:
Outcome 1: In-depth, critical evaluation of current practices in the use of simulation tools in academic and industrial Chemical Engineering environments, to inform the identification, achievement and assessment of simulation-related, discipline-/curriculum-specific learning outcomes.
Outcome 2: Suite of shared academic ‘toolkits’, encompassing theory, simulation and experimental elements (hands-on and virtual), tailored to the achievement of specific learning outcomes, with horizontal and vertical integration of simulation tools into Chemical Engineering curricula, at increasing levels of complexity (e.g. vertical integration: distillation or bioreaction systems) and from different perspectives (e.g. horizontal integration: analysis of distillation or bioreaction systems from thermodynamic, mass transfer, heat transfer and/or reaction engineering perspectives).
Outcome 3: Validation of ‘toolkit’ implementation, including sustainable training packages for students, technical staff and academic staff. Academic and T&L staff in partner institutions will provide expert content and pedagogical oversight. A partner institution with expertise in technology-enhanced learning will lead multi-media development. Students are engaged at all project stages.
*External partners, from whom financial and/or in-kind support for the project has been guaranteed, pending fundind