April 06, 2010

R. Mohan Sankaran Earns Glennan Fellowship

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The academic fields and disciplines of the 2009-2010 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects in which they are engaged.

Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). The awards are designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars. Each Glennan Fellow has been awarded $6,500 to be used toward their projects.

The Daily will continue to feature each of the award recipients. Today, learn about R. Mohan Sankaran's project.

R. Mohan Sankaran, assistant professor of chemical engineering

Project: "Chem-E-Car Experience as an Educational Tool for Undergraduate Chemical Engineers"

As a Glennan Fellow, Sankaran plans to implement a new Chem-E-Car experience for undergraduates in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

"A Chem-E-Car competition occurs annually through the leading organization for chemical engineers, AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)," Sankaran wrote in his proposal. "My objective is to use the competition, which involves building a fuel cell vehicle, as an educational tool to expose students to important concepts in chemical engineering and to make them aware of relevant societal issues such as sustainability."

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Fourth-year students Andrew Krajewski and Curtis Grant have been working together as a team to design, build and test the car. Meanwhile, faculty members have provided guidance on building the car, and some have even incorporated their own research into the design of the car. Sankaran said additional students are welcome to join the team.

The car will eventually be powered by an H2 fuel cell. Once the vehicle is completed, it will be unveiled at next year's AIChE conference. Sankaran plans to incorporate the project into several of his classes.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 6, 2010 11:11 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Grants, Research, Students

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