John Thornton Bell
STATEMENT OF TEACHING INTERESTS:
I believe that a professor's teaching activities are every bit as important
as his or her research efforts. I therefore strive to not only deliver
the best possible education to my students, but also to continuously develop
new and better methods of training future engineers and to share those
new techniques with other engineering educators.
of Virtual Reality as an Educational Tool. Under an NSF grant, the applicability
of virtual reality as an educational tool is being investigated through
the development of modules covering chemical kinetics and reactor design,
safety and hazard analysis, thermodynamic relationships, multi-dimensional
mathematics, and other topics.
Development. Completely revised the first semester senior plant design
course to improve the cohesion of the course and increase the relevance
of the material covered.
8000 hours of classroom experience in chemical engineering and computer
Classes Taught at The University of Michigan:
- ChE 486 - Plant Design and Simulation I:
- 1995: 155 Students. Course revision as described above. Ratings(2)
: 3.37, 3.69
- 1994: 150 Students, ( co-taught with Levi Thompson. ) Ratings: 3.07,
- ChE 344 - Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering:
- 1995: 80 students, ( coordinated with H. Scott Fogler ) Ratings: 4.03,
- ChE 460 - Unit Operations Laboratory
- 1996: Two sections of 15 students each.
- ChE 490 - Directed Undergraduate Research
- 1994 - 1996: 10 Students. Included C programming and virtual reality
Classes Taught at The Computer Classroom, Inc.:
- 1990-1994: 40 Hours lecture per week for 200 weeks.
- Estimated 300 classes, ( 1 to 5 days each ), encompassing 2000 total
- Courses taught include Introduction to UNIX, UNIX System Administration,
Serial Communications, TCP/IP Network Administration, Shell Programming,
C Programming, Computer Maintenance Workshop, and similar topics.
Classes Taught at The University of Wisconsin ( Teaching Assistant
- 1985 - 1989: Chemical Plant Design and Simulation, 15 students per
- 1990: Computer Training for Chemical Engineers in all ChE courses.