Rose-Hulman associate professor receives engineering education award

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology announced over the weekend that one of its associate professors is a co-recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Chemical Engineering Division’s prestigious William H. Corcoran Award for outstanding scholastic achievement in chemical engineering education.  

Sponsored by Eastman Chemical, the award is presented annually to the author of the most outstanding article published in the Chemical Engineering Education journal. Rose-Hulman Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Daniel Anastasio was one of the award’s recipients this year.

Anastasio contributed to the article, “Revealing the Decision-Making Processes of Chemical Engineering Students in Process Safety Contexts,” as the result of research on experiential process safety training supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program. 

Anastasio shares co-authorship of the winning paper with his research collaborators Cheryl Bodnar and Brittany Butler of Rowan University, Daniel Burkey of the University of Connecticut, Matthew Cooper of North Carolina State University and Emily Dringenberg of Ohio State University. 

A member of the Rose-Hulman chemical engineering faculty since 2015, Anastasio has a research background in engineering pedagogy, with a special focus on game-based learning and laboratory experiment design. He has also studied membrane separations for desalination and water purification.

Anastasio was also the co-recipient of a North American Membrane Society Education Innovation Fellowship with fellow Rose-Hulman professor Marissa Tousley in 2020. 

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