M.A.P.S. Laboratory (Materials, Automation, Processing, and Simulation)
The M.A.P.S laboratory is a project
funded by the Dow Corning Foundation for the purpose of creating a
paradigm shift in teaching design skills through laboratory experiences.
Prior to the M.A.P.S project, student projects in the chemical
engineering laboratories tended to be cook-book recipes for conducting
an experiment and caculating an engineering parameter from the results
obtained. In the M.A.P.S paradigm, students are asked to design a
process using the methods learned in lecture classes, then build or
assemble the equipment to meet their design, and finally to test their
design by operating the process, taking appropriate measurements, and
simulating equipment/process performance.
Thanks to the Dow Corning Foundation and Mr. Doug Aldrich, formerly of
Dow Corning, for their generous support of our program through the
M.A.P.S laboratory grant.