Ann Flynn

Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Ann Marie Flynn ’81 first started her career with Manhattan College as a college freshman. She joined the staff of the Chemical Engineering Department in 1991 as the first female alumna to teach at the college as a full-time faculty member. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Flynn received her master’s from Manhattan College. 

Prior to college at Manhattan, Dr. Flynn split her childhood years between the west end of Ireland and Woodside in Queens, N.Y. Her early education began at the young age of 11 with the Convent of Jesus and Mary nuns in County Mayo, Ireland until she returned to New York for college in 1977. She credits this education and the one she received from the De La Salle Christian Brothers at Manhattan College as the key to her successful career in chemical engineering.

Education

  • B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College
  • M.E. in  Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • CHML 305: Chemical Engineering Principles II: Heat Transfer  
  • CHML 321: Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • CHML 403: Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
  • CHML 404: Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 
  • CHML 411: Transport Phenomena
  • CHML 423: Process Control 
  • CHML 440-446: Communications Skills for Practicing Chemical Engineers
  • CHML 456: FE Review for Chemical Engineers 
  • CHML 535: Air Pollution Control
  • CHML 572: Accident and Emergency Management
  • CHML 575: Food Engineering
  • ENGS 115: Introduction to Engineering I 
  • ENGS 201: Materials Science 

 


  • Research

    Developed and conducted research on Engineering Awareness for High School Counselors

    An all day workshop and workbook developed for high school counselors has been offered at Manhattan College as well as on site in NY, NJ, CT, and PA high schools since 2009. In 2015, the workshop was run as a professional development course for the NY State School Counselors Association.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Books

    • A.M. Flynn and L. Theodore, Health, Safety and Accident Management in the Chemical Process Industries, Marcel-Dekker, New York, 2002.
    • U. Siriphonlai, A. Flynn, L. Theodore, Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) – Problems and Solutions for Chemical Engineers, Theodore Tutorials, Educational Testing Service, Roanoke, Virginia, 2000.

    Journal Publications and Proceedings

    • Slater, S., Hesketh, R., Henry, J., and Flynn, A.M.  2007. “Expanding the Frontiers for Chemical Engineers in Green Engineering Education,” International Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 309-324.
    • Flynn, A.M., Naraghi, M., Austin, N., Helak, S., Manzer, J.  2006 “Teaching Teachers to Teach Green Engineering,” Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, Vol. 7, Issue 3 & 4, pp. 13-24.
    • Flynn, A.M., Naraghi, M., 2006, “The Optimization and Incorporation of Green Engineering into Heat Transfer Using Spreadsheets,” Computers in Education Journal, Vol XVI , No. 1, pp. 66-77.
    • Slater, C.S., Hesketh, R., Savelski, M., Flynn, A.M., Henry, J. Abraham, M., “Web-Based Course Modules To Incorporate Green Engineering Concepts Into The Chemical Engineering Curriculum,” Proceedings of the 10th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, June 2006, Washington D.C.
    • Flynn, A.M., Austin, N., “A Continued Assessment of Green Engineering Pedagogy,” Proceedings of the AIChE Regional Conference, Orlando, FL, 2006
    • Flynn, A.M., 2005, “Assessing the Incorporation of Green Engineering into a Design-Oriented Heat Transfer Course,” Chemical Engineering Education: Graduate Division, Vol 39, No. 4, pp. 320-326.
    • Flynn, A.M., Naraghi, M., Shaefer, S., 2005, “Greening A Design-Oriented Heat Transfer Course,” Chemical Engineering Education, Vol 39, No. 3, pp. 216-220.
    • Flynn, A.M., “The Greening of Chemical Engineering Students,” BEST PAPER AWARD: Chemical Engineering Division Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2005, Portland, OR
    • Slater, S., Hesketh, R., Henry, J., Flynn, A.M., and Fichana, D., “Expanding the Frontiers in Green Engineering Education,” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2005, Portland, OR
    • J. Henry, S. Slater, R. Hesketh, A. Flynn,  “Examples of Teaching Green Engineering in Engineering Courses," Paper presented at AIChE Annual Conference, November 11, 2004, Austin, Texas
    • Flynn, A.M., and Theodore, L. “Involving Students in Environmental Publications,” Paper presented at AWMA, June 2004
    • Flynn, A.M., and R.H. Heist, “A Longitudinal Retention Study in an Urban Engineering School” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 16-19, 2003, Nashville, TN
    • Flynn, A.M., J. Reynolds, and L. Theodore, "Courses for Chemical and Environmental Engineering Students Using an Open-Ended Problem Approach," Proceedings of the Air & Waste Management Association Meeting, June, 2003, San Diego, CA.
    • Flynn, A.M.,  J. Reynolds, and L. Theodore, “Why Settle for an MBA?”. Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 16-19, 2002, Montreal, Canada. 
    • Flynn, A.M., J. Reynolds, and L.Theodore, “A Course on Health, Safety & Accident Management,”, Proceedings of the 95th Annual AWMA Meeting, June 2002, Baltimore, MD. 
    • Flynn, A.M., J. Reynolds, and L. Theodore, “A Course on Accident and Emergency Management in the Chemical Process Industries,” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 2001
    • Flynn, A., L. Theodore, “Air Pollution Control Equipment Design Course for Chemical and Environmental Engineering Students Using an Open-Ended Problem Approach,” Proceedings of the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Rowan University, Glasboro, New Jersey, 2001
    • Anid, N., A.M. Flynn, “Writing in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum,” Proceedings of the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Rowan University, Glasboro, New Jersey, 2001
    • Famularo, J. A.M. Flynn, H.C. Hollein, C.S. Slater, L. Theodore, Chemical Engineering Laboratory Manual, CD ROM Edition, Manhattan College, 2001. 
    • Flynn, A., “The Combustion of Sodium in a Partially Pre-Mixed, Laminar, Hydrocarbon/Air Flame,” Proceedings of The 33rd Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, 2001.
    • Flynn, A.M., and R.B. Barat, “The Experimental Monitoring of Sodium in a Methane/Air Flame,” Proceedings of the Eastern States Combustion Conference, Hartford, CT, 1997
    • Flynn, A.M., D. Apostolou, and R.B. Barat, “The Modeling of Sodium in a Hydrocarbon/Air Flame,” Proceedings of the AIChE Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 1997

    Conference and Meeting Presentations

    • Slater, C.S., R. Hesketh, A. Flynn, J. Henry, “Expanding the Frontiers in Green Engineering Education,” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2005, Portland, OR
    • Flynn, A.M., Austin, N., Helak S., Manzer J., “Teaching Teachers to Teach Green Engineering,” 2nd International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry and the 9th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, Washington D.C., June 20-24, 2005
    • First Annual Conference for Girls on Careers in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Trades, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, New York, New York, March 27, 2004. Panel Discussion on “The Engineering of Make-up”
    • Flynn, A.M., and Theodore, L., “Involving Students in Environmental Publications,” Paper presented at AWMA June 2004
    • Flynn, A.M., R. Heist, “A Longitudinal Retention Study in an Urban Engineering School” ASEE Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, June, 2003
    • Flynn, A.M., J. Reynolds, L. Theodore, “Courses For Chemical and Environmental Engineering Students Using an Open-ended Problem Approach,” AWMA Annual Conference, San Diego, California, June, 2003
    • Flynn, A.M., J. Ragona, and D. DiToro, "Combustion Kinetics of Sodium Flames," presented at the AIChE-Tappan Zee Section Annual Student Spring Poster Competition, White Plains, New York, April, 2003. 
    • R. Ventimiglia, P. Chang, C. Graham, and A.M. Flynn, "Safety Analysis of a Pharmaceutical Process Using the Advanced Reactive System Screening Tool (ARSST)," presented at the AIChE-Tappan Zee Section Annual Student Spring Poster Competition, White Plains, New York, April 2003. 
    • Flynn, A.M.,J. Reynolds, and L. Theodore, “Why Settle for an MBA?” ASEE Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2002,
    • Flynn, A.M.,J. Reynolds, and L. Theodore, “A Course on Health, Safety & Accident Management,”. 95th Annual AWMA Meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2002.

     

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Memberships:

    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers         
    • American Society for Engineering Education        
    • Chemical Engineering; Women in Engineering; Educational and Research Methods
    • Society of Women Engineers 
    • Faculty Moderator Student Chapter: 1997 – 2014 

    Honorary Societies:

    • Tau Beta Pi; Omega Chi Epsilon; Epsilon Sigma Pi; Pen and Sword
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Harden- Simons Prize for the Outstanding Computers in Education Journal Paper at the National ASEE Conference, Computers in Education Division, “The Optimization and Incorporation of Green Engineering into Heat Transfer Using Spreadsheets,” Chicago, IL.
    • Joseph J. Martin Award for Best Paper at the National ASEE Conference, Chemical Engineering Division, “The Greening of Chemical Engineering Students,” Portland, OR, 2005
    • Inspirational Leader Award presented by Price Waterhouse Cooper and Manhattan College’s Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society
    • Who’s Who Among American Teachers
    • Who’s Who in Engineering Education
    • Pen and Sword Honor Society - Faculty Honoree, presented by Manhattan College Pen & Sword Honor Society
    • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, presented by Tau Beta Pi Student Chapter Women Space Award for Mentoring and Motivating Future Engineers, presented by SWE Student Chapter
    • “Women in the Environmental Field”, Clear Waters Magazine: New York Water Environment Association, Inc., Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 2004
  • Other

    Chemical Engineering Curriculum Innovation 

    Study Abroad for Chemical Engineers

    Winter 2014

    Because all chemical engineering students at Manhattan College are strongly encouraged to seek either an internship or research experience [REU] during the summer months, it is extremely difficult for students to participate in a study abroad program.  Piggybacking on an effort to create a more symbiotic relationship between LaSallian Universities around the world, students from the chemical engineering department at Manhattan College had the opportunity to take chemical engineering courses at DeLaSalle University [DLS] in Mexico City. Faculty from Manhattan College taught Computer Simulation and Sustainable Energy at DLS during the January 2014 Intersession term. The courses, populated by both Manhattan College students as well as students from DLS Mexico, will be offered again in January 2015. 

    Petroleum Engineering Option:

    Fall 2013

    In a continuing effort to ensure that Chemical Engineering at Manhattan College stands apart from its peers, the department capitalized on the faculty’s rich experience in the petroleum industry and the (renewed) interest in hydrocarbon fracking in the northeast United States by developing an option in petroleum engineering. This option was launched and course instruction began in fall 2013 by Dr. Gennaro Maffia who has many  years of experience working and consulting in the petroleum and petrochemical industry.  

    Chinese for the Professional Engineer

    Fall 2012

    Having been Inspired by Thomas L. Friedman’s, The World is Flat and a USA Today article entitled “Sybase CEO John Chen shares inside look at China's influence”, the Board of Advisors approved the department’s request to require all chemical engineering students to complete a two-semester Chinese for the Professional Engineer sequence. Chinese I and II were introduced as required courses in the senior year in fall 2012. The sequence focused on language as well as professional customs, traditions, and values in Asia. 

    Cosmetic Engineering Option

    Spring 2011

    Building on a tradition of excellence in Chemical Engineering, the first option in Cosmetic Engineering in the United States was developed and offered at Manhattan College in January 2011. In addition to the standard Chemical Engineering core courses, the program includes a set of four electives. This rigorous program has been designed in consultation with several international cosmetics companies: L’Oreal USA; Revlon; Avon; Cosmetic Essence [Victoria’s Secret Beauty]. However, since the processes and principles covered in the curriculum are not unique to the cosmetics industry, they can be easily applied in the food, pharmaceutical and advanced coatings industries. The program was developed in response to the industry use of a number of advanced processes and new technologies beyond basic chemical engineering training. The cosmetic engineering program provides a specific knowledge base to meet those needs.

    Communication Skills for Practicing Chemical Engineers

    Spring 2010

    To answer a need voiced by employers and alumni that engineers, in general, do not possess adequate written and verbal communication skills, the chemical engineering department introduced a 5-semester Communications sequence for Practicing Chemical Engineers. The course is a typical 3-credit, 45-hour course that is broken up into five 9-hour modules [six 1.5 hour classes] spread over five semesters. The sequence begins in fall semester of sophomore year and concludes in fall semester senior year. The five modules are as follows: Presentation Theory; Presentation Technique; Technical Writing; Resume Writing & Interview Skills; Capstone Assessment. The sequence has been extraordinarily successful with students and employers. 

    High School Outreach

    • Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, Bronx, NY
    • Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY
    • Aviation High School, Long Island City, NY
    • Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn, NY
    • Bishop Kearney, Brooklyn, NY
    • Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ
    • East Northport High School, East Northport, NY
    • Garden City High School, Garden City, NY
    • Telecommunications, Arts, & Technology, New York, NY
    • Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Township, NJ
    • Kennedy Catholic High School, Somers, NY
    • Long Island Science & Engineering Fair, Woodbury, NY
    • Monsignor Farrell, Staten Island, NY
    • New York Hall of Science, Corona, NY
    • North Rockland High School, Thiells, NY
    • Pearl River High School, Pearl River, NY 
    • Plainedge High School, North Massapequa, NY
    • Rosedale Center for Girls, Bronx, NY
    • Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg, NY
    • The Ursuline School, New Rochelle, NY 
    • Sacred Heart Academy, West Hempstead, NY
    • School of the Holy Child, Rye, NY
    • Suffern High School, Suffern, NY