Leadership Development, Experiential Learning, Design Education, Open Educational Resources (OER), Energy Generation and Use, Sustainability
Associate Professor of Teaching
Office:
CHBE 427
Education
McGill University, Montreal, 2016, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
McGill University, Montreal, 2011, B.Eng. Chemical Engineering (Environmental Engineering minor)
Research Interests

My current focus is solely on educational research, with my research interests being leadership development, experiential learning, design education, and open educational resources (OER). There are many overlapping and complementary skills developed through leadership, experiential learning and design experiences. I support and study this skill development in student-led projects including design projects, extra-curricular teams, research and entrepreneurship. My OER interest centres on ensuring educational best practices are disseminated and accessible. All these activities have a strong alignment with disciplinary and institutional values around service of the applied science professions to the public.

My technical research has focused on a variety of energy-related fields including gas hydrates, photocatalysis and biohydrogen production. My Ph.D. work focused on the thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallizing systems (such as gas hydrates) for their use in industrial processes.

Select Publications

J Verrett, A Dowling, F Boukavala, Z Ulissi, V Zavala (2020). Computational notebooks in chemical engineering curricula. Chemical Engineering Education. 54(3), 143-153. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4709-6276

M Cassol, J Verrett (2020). Evaluating a new second-year introduction to chemical engineering design course using concept mapping. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference 2020 (ASEE 2020), Virtual On Line. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2–34593

G Mcsorley, A d’Entremont, J Verrett, Nadine Ibrahim, John Dickinson, Rick Sellens, Deena Salem (2020). Open Educational Resources in Undergraduate Education: Opportunities and Challenges. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2020), Montreal, Canada. https://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.vi0.14183

A d’Entremont, J Verrett, S Hu, J Abello, N M Harandi, T Lorenzo, W C W Fong (2020). Multi-factorial patterns of online homework usage in engineering: a pilot study. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2020), Montreal, Canada. https://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.vi0.14122

G Potvin, J Verrett (2020). Curriculum Renewal for Better Design-Related Student Outcomes in Second-year Chemical Engineering. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2020), Montreal, Canada. https://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.vi0.14126

A d’Entremont, N M Harandi, J Verrett (2019). Developing for and deploying WeBWorK across disciplines in second-year engineering. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2019), Ottawa, Canada. https://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.vi0.13702

G Co, Z Xu, G Sgarbi, S Cheng, Z Xu, A d’Entremont, J Abelló, N M Harandi, J Verrett (2019). Student submission patterns in online homework and relationships to learning outcomes: a pilot study. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2019), Ottawa, Canada. https://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.vi0.13725

M Marshall, L Wilkinson, V Yargeau, M Orjuela-Laverde, M Bloom, B Caron, L Meunier, G Zilberbrant, P Okrutny, J Verrett, M Shoen, E Qi, T Teslenko, K Miller, H Golpour (2019). Preparing Tomorrow’s Engineer-Communicators: A Review of Models for Effective Communication Instruction. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2019), Ottawa, Canada. https://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.vi0.13820

A Maleki, C Piccolo, J Verrett (2018). Effect of a mini lesson on self-regulated learning on students’ learning. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2018), Vancouver, Canada. http://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.v0i0.13023

J S Lee, J Verrett (2018). WeBWorK as an open online homework system in a second-year material and energy balances course. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2018), Vancouver, Canada. http://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.v0i0.13047

M Schoen, T Teslenko, E Qi and J Verrett (2018). Integrating Writing and Engineering Instruction to build a foundation for student success in their engineering disciplines. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2018), Vancouver, Canada.

AG d’Entremont, H Gustafson, J Verrett, KA Lyon, K Greer, A Ali. (2017) Gendered Words in US Engineering Recruitment Documents. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference 2017 (ASEE 2017), Columbus, OH. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2–28401

J Verrett (2017). OpenChemE: Open Educational Resources for Material and Energy Balances. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference (CEEA 2017), Toronto, Canada. http://doi.org/10.24908/pceea.v0i0.7338

Awards

2020 Ron Britton Engineering Education Vanguard Award, Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
2019, 2020 Open Educational Resources Champion Award, UBC Alma Mater Society
2017, 2019, 2020 Chemical and Biological Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering Undergraduate Student Society

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)

Courses

APSC 100/101 – Introduction to Engineering I/II

APSC 366 – The Art of the Possible: Engineering for Non-Engineers

CHBE 220 – Founding Principles in Chemical and Biological Engineering I

CHBE 376 – Computer Flowsheeting and Unit Operation Design

CHBE 453 – Biological Process and Product Design

CHBE 454 – Chemical Process and Product Design