Brenda Prager

Contact Information

Dr. Brenda Hutton-Prager, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Mississippi

140 Anderson Hall
University, MS 38677-1848

662-915-2184

Education

  • PhD – Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia (1999)
  • M. Teach, The University of Melbourne, Australia (2013)
  • B. Eng (Chem – Hons), The University of Melbourne, Australia (1994)
  • Dip. Training and Assessment in Adult Education, Selmar Institute, Australia (2010)

Brief Work History

Dr. Prager has had a diverse career since graduating with a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1999, holding both industry and academic positions. She is the owner of a patent as a result of work conducted at Kodak Australia Research Laboratory. She also led a large process development effort of a new point-of-care sensor whilst at Universal Biosensors Incorporated, Australia, which involved developing a full-scale manufacturing process from pilot-scale trials. In academia, Dr. Prager has an extensive paper-coating background after spending five years as Research Fellow at the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute, Monash University, Australia, coupled with her current work on multifunctional coatings at the University of Mississippi, USA. During this time, she took a brief break from Chemical Engineering and retrained as a high school teacher where she was a classroom teacher and head of Science at Victorian Department of Education Schools. This experience, together with her educational research background, has formed her current interests in exploring differentiated teaching and learning at University-level, thereby extending the common differentiation principles from K-12 classrooms.

Publications

  • Hutton-Prager, B. (2017). The Power of Differentiated Learning in Higher Education. Journal of Contemporary Research in Education, Spring: In press.
  • Rutter, T., Hutton-Prager, B. (2017). Development of Hydrophobic Coatings on Cellulose-Fiber Substrates Using In-Situ Polymerization of Silane. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. In Preparation.
  • Prager, B. H. “An Analysis of the Current VCE Mathematics Study Design and Comparison with other Equivalent Designs with respect to the Principles of Differentiation”. Masters. The University of Melbourne, 2013.
  • Hutton, B. H. and Parker, I. H. “A Surface Study of Cellulose Fibres Impregnated with Alkyl ketene Dimers via Subcritical and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide”. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 334(1-3), 2009, 59-65.
  • Hutton, B. H., Kendel, F. and Parker, I. H. “Development of a High-Speed, Film-Press Laboratory Coater”. Appita Journal, 61(5), 2008, 370 – 378.
  • Hutton, B. H. and Parker, I. H. “Immediate consolidation behaviour of aqueous pigment coatings applied to porous substrates”. Chemical Engineering Science, 63(13), 2008, 3348 – 3357.
  • Hutton, B. H. and Shen, W. “Sizing effects via AKD vaporisation”. Appita Journal, 58(5), 2005, 367-373.
  • Shen, W., Hutton, B. H. and Liu, F. “A new understanding on the mechanism of fountain solution in the prevention of ink transfer to the non-image area in conventional offset lithography”. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. 18(15-16), 2004, 1861-1887.
  • Hutton, B. H., Morris, P., Seeling, C. H., Sultana, D. “Bubble elimination tube with acutely angled transducer horn assembly”. US Patent no. 6 620 226 B2, October, 2001.
  • Hutton, B. H., Perera, J. M., Grieser, F., Stevens, G. W. “AOT Reverse Microemulsions in scCO 2– A Further Investigation”. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 189, 2001, 177 – 181.
  • Hutton, B. H. “Use of Surfactants to Enhance the Selectivity of Supercritical Extraction Processes”. PhD. The University of Melbourne, 1999.
  • Hutton, B. H., Perera, J. M., Grieser, F., Stevens, G. W. “Investigation of “AOT Reverse Microemulsions in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide”. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 146, 1999, 227 – 241.

Conference Presentations / Posters

  • Hutton-Prager, B. (2017). Personalized Learning in Higher Education. Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Mississippi, April 25, Oxford, Mississippi.
  • Hutton-Prager, B. (2016). Design of Differentiated Curricula in Freshman Chemical Engineering Courses. AIChE Annual Meeting, Nov 13 – 18, San Francisco, California.
  • Hutton-Prager, B., O’Haver, J. (2016). Work in Progress – Implementing a Differentiation Framework into Freshman Engineering Classes. First Year Engineering Education Conference, July 31 – August 2, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Ho, J., Hutton, B. H., Proctor, J. and Batchelor, W. “Development of a tissue creping test rig”. Chemeca 2007, Melbourne, Victoria. September 23 – 26, p. 1334 – 1340.
  • Hutton, B. H. and Kendel, F. “Immediate Surface Characteristics of an Aqueous Pigment Coating Applied to a Porous Substrate”. 13 th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium, Denver, Colorado. September 10-13, 2006.
  • Zhang, H., Hutton, B. H. and Shen, W. “Investigations on the Various Mechanisms of AKD Sizing”. International Pulp and Paper Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 2005.
  • Hutton, B. H., Leye, J-C. and Kendel, F. “A Study of CRX Thickener on a High-Speed, Laboratory Film-Press Coater”. Proceedings: 59 th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition, Auckland, May, 2005.
  • Kendel, F. and Hutton, B. H. “High Speed Pilot Coating Machine”. Proceedings: 59 th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition, Auckland, May, 2005 (poster presentation).
  • Hutton, B. H. and Shen, W. “AKD Vapourisation Study”. Proceedings: 58 th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition, Canberra, April, 2004.
  • Hutton, B. H., Huseman, M., Shen, W., Parker, I. “AKD Spreading Phenomena on Chemically Heterogeneous Surfaces”. Proceedings: 57 th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, May, 2003.
  • Hutton, B. H. “Design of a research-scale, high-speed pilot coating machine”. Proceedings: 57th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, May, 2003.
  • Wijaya, S., Jeffrey, M., Hutton, B. H. “Effect of Adhesion Strength of Adhesive on Creping of Tissue Paper”. Proceedings: 57 th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, May, 2003 (poster presentation).
  • Hutton, B. H., Perera, J. M., Imison, B., Grieser, F., Stevens, G. W. “Solubility and Extraction Kinetics in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide”. The 4 th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, May, 11 – 14, Sendai, Japan. Vol B, 1997, 727 – 730.