I have been experimenting with giving engineering students a wider flavor of possible projects that they can take over using linear algebra and coding. Towards this directions we did the following activities.
(1) A session on reading an introductory article on chemometrics, followed by a quiz. The reading was open network where students were encouraged to find references and understand notations used. I gave a brief introduction and then let them figure out some of the technicalities for the quiz.
(2) A mechanical engineering colleague, Dr. Oza and a chemical engineering colleague Dr. Rabari talked to the students about various applications.
I hope to do more intense work with student projects this year. Your comments and insights are welcome.