Almost all engineers deal with processing of solids, liquids or vapors in batch or manufacturing processes. The underlying science principles are usually taught in a conventional chemical or mechanical engineering curricula as a sequence of courses in transport phenomena (Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and, perhaps, Mass Transfer). These transport topics are often introduced from a somewhat sterile phenomenological perspective with emphasis on mathematical formalism. We propose to introduce the same topics through manufacturing applications without losing fundamental rigor. We believe the proposed approach provides an interesting way for students to gain a fundamental understanding of the engineering sciences that form the basis for design and operation of manufacturing processes. This technique capitalizes on our experience gained in the E4 program, which tells us that increased 'relevancy' holds the students' interests.


We continue to evaluate the effectiveness of our approach by monitoring the students' ability to recall, apply, and extrapolate the concepts introduced in these one-week, applications-oriented modules. We have captured our approach in two media: textbook in a browsable form (given here) and as an Authorware-based self-standing multimedia. The multimedia offers a very powerful means to create "portable courses" and is available to interested parties on a CD ROM.