Plenary and Keynote Lectures

Plenary Speakers

Three plenary speakers have been invited to give the plenary lectures at the PSE15/ESCAPE25 conference representing the regions of Asia, Europe and North America. The plenary speakers are Prof. Ignacio E. Grossmann from USA, Prof. Ka Ming NG from Hong Kong, Prof. Kai Sundmacher from Germany and Prof. Gintaras V. (Rex) Reklaitis from USA.

A brief biography and the topic of the plenary lectures are given below.


Ignacio E. Grossmann: "Recent Advances in Mathematical Programming Techniques for the Optimization of Process Systems under Uncertainty"

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Ignacio E. Grossmann Professor Ignacio E. Grossmann is the R. R. Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He was Department Head of Chemical Engineering from 1994 to 2002, and is currently director of the "Center for Advanced Process Decision-making." He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Major AIChE awards include Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, William H. Walker Award, Warren Lewis Award, and Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering. He has honorary doctorates from Abo Akademi, University of Maribor and Technical University of Dortmund. He was named “One of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE. His research interests are in the areas of mixed-integer and logic-based optimization, stochastic programming, process synthesis, energy integration, and enterprise-wide optimization.

Ka Ming NG: "A Multidisciplinary Hierarchical Framework for the Design of Consumer Centered Chemical Products"

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong

Ka Ming NG Professor Ka M. Ng is Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 1980-2000, he served as Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He joined the Hong Kong department in 2000 and served as Head from 2002-2005. He was CEO of the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Ltd., a government funded R&D center, from 2006-2013. He served as Corporate Science and Technology Advisor for Mitsubishi Chemical, Japan, from 2001 to 2013. He held visiting positions at DuPont, MIT, and the National University of Singapore. His research interests center on product conceptualization, process design and business development involving water, natural herbs, nanomaterials, and various advanced materials. He is an editor / editorial board member of various journals. Professor Ng is the recipient of the General Electric Outstanding Teaching Award. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers where he received the Excellence in Process Development Research Award in 2002.

Kai Sundmacher: "Multiscale Design of Process Systems for Efficient Chemicals Production and Energy Conversion"

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany

Kai SundmacherProfessor Kai Sundmacher concluded his diploma studies in Chemical and Process Engineering at the Clausthal University of Technology in 1990. In 1995 he obtained his Doctoral Degree of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in process engineering at Clausthal University of Technology where he in 1995 to 1998 was working as a Research Leader. In 1997/98 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He was awarded habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil) and Venia Legendi in the subjects of Chemical and Separation Engineering. He has won numerous awards including; Carl-Zerbe-Award by German Scientific Society of Petrochemistry in 1998, Arnold-Eucken-Award by German Society of Chemical Engineers in 1999, and Meyer-Struckmann-Award by Cottbus University of Technology in 2008. He has been a Professor for Process Systems Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg since 1999 and the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg since 2001. He is also the Executive Editor of "Chemical Engineering Sceince" at Eslevier and has an Einstein Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since 2010 he has been a Guest Professor at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China.

Gintaras V. (Rex) Reklaitis: "Highlights and New Directions for PSE"

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA

G.V.R ReklaitisGintaras.V. (Rex) Reklaitis is Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University (USA) and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems. At Purdue he has served as the Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Computer Integrated Process Operations Center. His expertise lies in process systems engineering, the application of information and computing technologies to process and product design, process operations and supply chain management. Current research interests include applications of process systems methodology to improve pharmaceutical product design, development, manufacture and administration as well as systems studies of integrated energy networks and supply chains. He was educated at the Illinois Institute of Technology (BS ChE), received MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, has held an NSF Postdoctoral fellowship (Zurich, Switzerland) and a Senior Fulbright Lectureship (Vilnius, Lithuania). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, fellow of AIChE, and past Editor-in-Chief of Computers & Chemical Engineering. Among the recognitions he has received are the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award (AICHE), the ChE Lectureship Award (ASEE), the George Lappin (AIChE) and Van Antwerpen Awards (AIChE) and the Long Term Achievements in Computer Aided Process Engineering Award of the EFChE. He has served on the Board of Directors of AICHE, the Council for Chemical Research and the CACHE Corporation and continues to serve on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published over 250 papers and book chapters and edited/authored eight books.

Keynote Speakers

The list below, provides a partial list of already accepted invited keynote speakers. More keynote speakers will be added.

Speakers from Academia Speakers from Industry

Adisa Azapagic, Professor

Sustainable production and consumption: A decision-support framework based on a systems approach to integrating environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability

University of Manchester, UK. [More info]

Subash Balakrishna, Vice President

Advances in Chemical Reaction Analysis and Optimization

Optience, USA. [More info]

Dr. Mario Richard Eden, Department Chair and McMillan Professor

Process Systems Engineering Approaches to Multi-Scale Chemical Product Design

Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, USA. [More info]

Andreas Bode, Dr.-Ing.

Process Technology Licensing: An Interface of Engineering and Business

BASF New Business GmbH, New Business Incubation, Germany. [More info]

Krist V. Gernaey

A perspective on PSE in fermentation process development and operation

CAPEC-PROCESS, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. [More info]

Iiro Harjunkoski, PhD Corporate Research Fellow

Industrial perspectives on deployment of scheduling solutions

ABB Corporate Research, Germany. [More info]

Shinji Hasebe, Professor

Systematic Design Procedure of Micro Chemical Plants

Department of Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. [More info]

Concepción "Conchita" Jiménez-González, PhD Program Lead

The role of Process Systems Engineers on designing sustainable products and processes

GlaxoSmithKline, Global Manufacturing and Supply. [More info]

Yinlun Huang

Advanced Chemical Manufacturing and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration Approach

Wayne State University, USA. [More info]

Dorus van der Linden, Competence Manager Process Modeling

Supply Chain Simulation: Creating Competitive Advantage for DSM

DSM, Netherlands. [More info]

Marianthi Ierapetritou, Professor and Chair

Modeling and Optimization of Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes

Rutgers University, USA. [More info]

Khavinet Lourvanij, Dr., Process Innovation Manager

New Perspective of Simulation & Modeling to Accelerate Development of Petrochemical Products

SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd., Thailand [More info]

Johannes Khinast, Professor

Large-scale Multiphase Models for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Optimization

Graz University of Technology/Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH, Austria. [More info] [More info]

Jason Mustakis

Challenges and opportunities in API process development (will not be presented)

Pfizer Research and Development, USA.

Jay H. Lee, Professor and Head

Supply Chain Optimization Problems for Emerging Energy Technologies: Issues and Some Promising Directions

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Korea. [More info]

Patrick M. Piccione, Syngenta Fellow Group Leader

Industrial Reflections on Modelling of Fine Chemicals and Seeds Process/Product Design

Process Studies Group, Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre, Syngenta, UK. [More info]

Philip Lutze, PhD

PSE Tools for Process Intensification

Laboratory of Fluid Separations, Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Technical University Dortmund, Germany. [More info]

Gavin Reynolds, Dr.

Challenges and opportunities for process system modelling in the development of new medicines

AstraZeneca, UK. [More info]

Davide Manca, Professor

A PSE approach to patient-individualized physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling

PSE-Lab, CMIC Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. [More info]

Bent Sarup, General Manager

Advances and Challenges in Modelling of Processing of Lipids

Alfa Laval Copenhagen A/S, Denmark. [More info]

Christos Maravelias, Professor

Advances in Chemical Production Scheduling: From Models to Online Solution Methods

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin, USA. [More info] [More info]

Antoon ten Kate

Industrially applied PSE for Problem Solving Excellence

AkzoNobel, Netherlands. [More info]

Stratos Pistikopoulos, Professor FREng

Towards the integration of design, control & scheduling – Are we getting closer?

Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA.

Konrad Triebeneck, Dr.-Ing.

Modeling in Process Industry: Needs, Applications and Challenges

Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Germany. [More info]

Jeffrey J. Siirola, Professor

Incorporating Process Synthesis in the Processing Systems Design Course

Carnegie Mellon University & Purdue University, USA.

Roel Hoefnagels, Principal Scientist

Modeling in API downstream process development

Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson, Belgium.

Sigurd Skogestad, Professor

Simple rules for economic plantwide control

Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology, Norway.

Brenno C Menezes, Dr.

Scheduling Technology in Crude-Oil Refining Industries: Moving from Simulation to Optimization

Petrobras headquarters, Refining Optimization, Brazil. [More info]

Rajagopalan Srinivasan

Cognitive Engineering: Towards Preventing Human Error during Process Operations by Real-Time Monitoring of the Plant Operator

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India.

Hansheng Suo, Dr.

The research review for smart plant in petrochemical industry

Petro-CyberWorks Information Technology Co., Ltd(PCITC), China.

Metin Turkay

Structure Based Drug Discovery and Design from Optimization Perspective: Observations, Applications and Results

Koc University, Turkey.

Erik Skibsted, PhD, Principal Scientist

Statistical modelling and in-line near-infrared spectrometry in process development of tablet manufacturing

Oral Analytical Development, Novo Nordisk, Denmark.

Venkat Venkatasubramanian

Enterprise Risk Management in Complex Socio-Technical Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Columbia University, USA.

Toshiharu Morishita, Assistant Manager

Steam System Optimization at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Kashima Site

Process Control Technology Group, Maintenance and Engineering Department, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Kashima Plant, Japan.

John Villadsen, Professor

Economic evaluation of large scale bioprocesses - technical and business issues

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Maria K. Burka, PhD, Program Director

NSF Programs and Initiatives in Process Systems Engineering

National Science Foundation, USA

John Woodley, Professor

Economic evaluation of large scale bioprocesses - technical and business issues

CAPEC-PROCESS, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Loïc d'Anterroches, Geschäftsführer

Property modelling issues: data, parameter regression and consistency

Céondo, Germany

Fengqi You, Assistant Professor

Mixed-Integer Fractional Programming: Models, Algorithms, and Applications in Process Operations, Energy Systems, and Sustainability

Northwestern University, USA. [More info] [More info]

Xiangping Zhang

New paradigm of chemical process design: from molecule to system

Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. [More info]

Jinsong Zhao, Professor

Abnormal situation management challenges and opportunities in the big data era

Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. [More info]

Nimir ElBashir, Associate Professor

Modeling the Fixed-Bed Fischer-Tropsch Reactor in Different Reaction Media

Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar.

M. Nazmul Karim, Professor

Sustainable Production of Liquid Fuels (will not be presented)

Texas A&M University, USA.