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Chemical Engineering Introductory Courses

CHEMENG 35N. Renewable Energy for a Sustainable World

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. An overall world energy assessment, projections, and technologies. How to assess good and bad potential impacts of leading renewable energy candidates: benefit versus impact ratio using quantitative cradle-to-grave approach. Technologies suitable for near-term application in developing economic systems. Governmental policies, governmental versus private sector investments, raw materials supply issues, and impact of cultural influences on technology choices and speed of implementation.

3 units, Aut (Swartz, J)

CHEMENG 60Q. Environmental Regulation and Policy

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. How environmental policy is formulated in the U.S. How and what type of scientific research is incorporated into decisions. How to determine acceptable risk, the public's right to know of chemical hazards, waste disposal and clean manufacturing, brownfield redevelopment, and new source review regulations. The proper use of science and engineering including media presentation and misrepresentation, public scientific and technical literacy, and emotional reactions. Alternative models to formulation of environmental policy. Political and economic forces, and stakeholder discussions. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Aut (Robertson, C; Libicki, S)

CHEMENG 70Q. Masters of Disaster

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. For students interested in science, engineering, politics, and the law. Learn from past disasters to avoid future ones. How disasters can be tracked to failures in the design process. The roles of engineers, artisans, politicians, lawyers, and scientists in the design of products. Failure as rooted in oversight in adhering to the design process. Student teams analyze real disasters and design new products presumably free from the potential for disastrous outcomes. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Aut (Robertson, C; Moalli, J)

CHEMENG 80Q. Art, Chemistry, and Madness: The Science of Art Materials

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Chemistry of natural and synthetic pigments in five historical palettes: earth (paleolithic), classical (Egyptian, Greco-Roman), medieval European (Middle Ages), Renaissance (old masters), and synthetic (contemporary). Composite nature of paints using scanning electron microscopy images; analytical techniques used in art conservation, restoration, and determination of provenance; and inherent health hazards. Paintings as mechanical structures. Hands-on laboratory includes stretching canvas, applying gesso grounds, grinding pigments, preparing egg tempera paint, bamboo and quill pens, gilding and illumination, and papermaking. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Spr (Frank, C; Loesch-Frank, S)

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