Workshop Develops Curricula for Undergraduate Pharmaceutical Engineering

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The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (CSOPS), headquartered at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, organized a pharmaceutical engineering faculty workshop. The workshop was held at the University of Maine (UMaine) as part of the 2012 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Faculty Summer School.


This workshop addressed the lack of pharmaceutical engineering education at the undergraduate level. It was designed to give the 20 attending professors hands-on experience with the fundamentals of pharmaceutical engineering and how they could incorporate it into their respective curricula. The workshop materials were distributed to all of the professors attending the ASEE summer school.


The workshop was hosted by Drs. Stephanie Farrell, Zanaida Otero Gephardt, Mariano Savelski, and C. Stewart Slater of Rowan University’s chemical engineering department, who themselves have created and published undergraduate courses in pharmaceutical engineering and manufacturing. The professors at the workshop, who came from institutions from across the country, performed experiments that demonstrate the principles used in drug formulation, manufacturing, and delivery.