Spring break 2019 provided a joint experiential learning opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University to visit Singapore. The overarching goals were for students to gain a better understanding and world view of the oil and gas industry, sustainable energy, energy storage and transportation, and to be exposed to the academic and industrial environment of chemical engineering in Singapore.
Sponsored by the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR), an Engineering Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation, the Singapore learning experience was jointly led by Fabio Ribeiro, R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering and CISTAR Director at Purdue University, and William F. Schneider, H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering and CISTAR Thrust 2 Lead at Notre Dame.
Students visited the National University of Singapore, Nayang Technological University, the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), and Jurong Island - home to many petrochemical companies, including ExxonMobil, where students toured the Singapore Chemical Plant. Immersed in the Singapore culture on a daily basis, students concluded their week with a visit to the Singapore City Gallery and Asian Museum.
Students from Notre Dame were Abigail Happ, Tiffany Khong, Cameron Lucas, Nicole Lukesh, Cesar Moreno, Hannah Swope, and Noah Wamble, all chemical engineering majors, and from Purdue were Peyton DiGregory, Neeti Gandhi, Alex Hale, Jeff Nickels, and Laura Titzer.