Curriculum and Resources

While engineering and science have different emphases, they work hand-in-hand. Engineers rely on science in their day-to-day work, but also consider issues beyond the science, including economic, manufacturing, cultural, environmental and safety constraints.  

students making soap
Our hands-on curriculum weaves science and engineering together, with a focus on how engineering can help individuals use the natural resources that are readily available to them to produce the products that play an important role in their daily lives. 

Starting from plant seeds and stalks, students make real products like soap, biodiesel and paper. Molecular structure is connected with product function, and processes are evaluated economically. Hands-on lab activities include building miniature chemical factories with pumps and reactors and chemical separation units—the operations of which are related to the underlying scientific concepts. 

Diagram of continuous process machine
Sample miniature factory project.

Resources for Educators

Resources coming soon!


Learn More

Contact Daniel Lacks, Director, Gelfand Global STEMpower Initiative and C. Benson Branch Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at to learn more about the Gelfand Global Fellows Program at Case Western Reserve University.