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April 28: Media Advisory: Chemical Engineering Students Invent Products for Consumer and Industrial Users

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Chriss Swaney                        
412-268-5776
swaney@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Chemical Engineering Students
Invent Products for Consumer and Industrial Users

Event: Carnegie Mellon University chemical engineering students are creating a variety of products for home and office use in a required laboratory course. In an "invention-based learning" project, junior Sarah Sukal and her teammates created a portable Jacuzzi system. She reports that the new $250 system is more economical than existing commercial systems costing more than $1,500 to install. Chemical Engineering Professor Paul Sides and class co-instructor Matt Cline say the project "is not your typical undergrad lab project." Sukal's team is one of 13 teams preparing to unveil new products in an experimental assignment designed to improve student learning of chemical engineering principles by promoting student creation and ownership of ideas. Other team projects include a way to dry hair at lower temperatures and converting parking lots into solar thermal collection centers.  

When: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1.

Where: Doherty Hall, Room 100, Carnegie Mellon University, off Frew Street.  

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