Plead ignorance to the Hype Cycle or the Dunning-Kruger effect. Please enlighten.
Privileged to have Professor Pangarkar as one of my teachers, I can vouch for the fact he treated everyone equally. Fraternity is to be taken to mean community here.
On to the topic of discussion though: it seems there is some thought to minimize teaching of traditional (and still dominant) unit operations of distillation, absorption and extraction, while trying to squeeze in bioseparations and such in the separations course. The attempt is to cover these three in the chemical engineering thermo course (thermo concepts in turn shoe-horned into material/energy balance course), to make room for emerging separation techniques. I think this does a great disservice to the students by negatively impacting all three courses.
Vivek Utgikar, PhD PE
Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021
Phone - (208) 885-6970; Fax (208) 885-7462