Athens, OH 17 November 2011 – It has been a busy few weeks as the quarter has been winding down. I’ve been working on projects and getting ready for exams. One interesting project in particular is my design project for my unit operations class. In unit ops, we do experiments with all types of systems; that way we can learn how chemical systems work in the real world.
At the end of the quarter, each student does a design project over one of the systems that they worked with that quarter. For my design project I had to design a system that would move 3000 gallons of a chemical from one tank to another tank that was much higher up and almost half a mile away from the first tank. It was a challenge, but it was a lot of fun working out what I had to do to make the safest, most efficient system that I could. I also thought that it was really cool because I felt like a real engineer. I even had to figure out how much the system would cost and take that into account when determining what I thought was the best system.
I can still hardly believe that only three years ago I never could have done this project, but now I can take what I have learned the first three years of my college education and actually apply it to design a chemical system like one that would actually be used in industry.