Education

Courses taught by Dr. Huang   

CHE 4932: Lab 1 (Spring 2014)
CHE 4932: Lab 2 (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
CHE 5634: Intro to Material Science (Fall semesters of odd years)
CHE 4232-01/02: Chemical Process Control (all Spring semesters)
CHE8663-10/DL: Systems Biology (Fall 2012, Fall semesters of odd years)
CHE 4831: Sr Research (all Fall semesters)
CHE 4832: Sr Research (all Spring semesters)

Inverted-classroom teaching modules to educate MATLAB in chemical process control

USA students are following behind their peers in other countries as shown in this news. The aim of our study is to develop innovative teaching modules to facilitate students' learning in the field of process modeling and control. In particular, we implemented the core teachniques of process modeling and control in MATLAB/Simulink, which offers friendly user interface and which makes solving math problems like kids playing Lego. Three Teaching modules are developed, including 11 examples and 13 videos that deal with solving ODE models, performing Laplace transform, and designing PID controllers. The handout of each module can be downloaded below. Our teaching modules have been published in Paper "X. Li, Z. Huang. An Inverted Classroom Approach to Educate MATLAB in Chemical Process Control, Education for Chemical Engineers, 19, 1-12, 2017. " These materials are only allowed for academic purpose, NOT for commercial usage. Questions are welcomed to send to Dr. Huang (zuyi.huang@villanova.edu), but they are not guaranteed for prompt response due to Dr.Huang’s work commitment. 
1) Paper "X. Li, Z. Huang. An Inverted Classroom Approach to Educate MATLAB in Chemical Process Control, Education for Chemical Engineers, 19, 1-12, 2017" can be downloaded here.
2) Supplemental document 1 (Example 1) can be downloaded here.
    Videos for Example 1 include Part 1Part 2, and Part 3
3) Supplemental document 2 (Examples 2-9) can be downloaded here.
    Videos can be downloaded for Example 2Example 3, Example 4, Example 5, Example 6, Example 7, Example 8, and Example 9.
4) Supplemental document 3 (Examples 10-11) can be downloaded here.
    Videos can be downloaded for Example 10 and Example 11

A MATLAB based teaching module for solving and analyzing biological ODE models (Systems Biology)

Dr. Huang is enthusiastic in educating students with practical modeling skills that can be implemented in MATLAB. He is developing innovative teaching strategies (such as flipped-classroom) to enhance students’ enthusiasm in learning process simulation and control techniques. 

The MATLAB based teaching module for solving and analyzing ODE models was presented in the paper: K. Lee, N. Comolli, W.J. Kelly, Z. Huang. MATLAB Based Teaching Modules in Biochemical Engineering. Chemical Engineering Education, in press, 2015.The ODE model as well as the MATLAB programs can be found in this document

A mini-intern-project to educate high school students techniques in STEM field

U.S. high school students are often weak in math and science, thus it is important to broaden the participation of high school students in these fields before they start to lose confidence and interest in them. One way to attract more high school students in math and science is through interesting research projects. Dr. Huang used his summer time to develop a mini-intern-project for educating high school students to design a controller for a lab-scale microbial fuel cell (MFC) that can generate electricity from the organic compounds in the waste water. Several local high-school students have successfully finished this project. The first student participating this project got the project done by working two days per week for one month. He also made a presentation in ASEE regional conference on this project. Please see the ASEE SE conference paper here. It is glad to know that he chose a STEM college major.

A video to  introduce Cell Metabolism recorded by Dr. Huang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvBVffHNL7A