Deran Hanesian, Ph.D., of Nutley, was recently honored with a prestigious award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Washington, D.C., for developing a laboratory that teaches the scientific method to students of all ages and capabilities.
The Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education presented to Hanesian was one of only 12 honors awarded this year and is highly coveted among engineering professionals and academics. Xerox Corporation sponsored the program.
The honor cited how Hanesian developed a successful laboratory that taught students how to take proper measurements, collect data, reduce data to meaningful quantities, correlate data, write reports and make oral presentations.
Senior chemical engineers were the first group to use the program. The results were so good that several years later Hanesian readapted the material for freshmen engineering students. Several years after that, he amended it again for sixth to twelfth graders. The students were enrolled in NJIT’s pre-college summer program that caters to inner city youngsters.
“Deran has a wonderful ability to simplify complicated topics in chemical engineering and present them to an audience as young as 12 years old, ” said his colleague of 36 years, Angelo J. Perna, Ph.D., professor of chemical and environmental engineering at NJIT. Perna nominated the well-liked professor for the award.
Hanesian is a Fellow and Emeritus Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) and a Fellow and Life Member of ASEE. Hanesian holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Cornell University. His research interests include chemical reaction engineering and reaction kinetics; pollution prevention and abatement; insitu soil remediation and plastics recycling. Hanesian served as chairman of the combined departments of chemical engineering, chemistry and environmental science at NJIT from 1975 to 1988.
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