Plenary Speakers (5):
Presentation Title: Towards a Circular Economy Systems Engineering Framework
Texas A & M University
Stratos Pistikopoulos is the Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute and a TEES Eminent Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK (1991-2015) and the Director of its Centre for Process Systems Engineering (2002-2009). He holds a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University and he worked with Shell Chemicals in Amsterdam before joining Imperial.
Stratos Pistikopoulos has authored or co-authored over 500 major research publications in the areas of modelling, control and optimization of process, energy and systems engineering applications, 12 books and 2 patents. He is a co-founder of Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) Ltd, a Fellow of AIChE and IChemE and the current Editor-in-Chief of Computers & Chemical Engineering.
In 2007, Prof. Pistikopoulos was a co-recipient of the prestigious MacRobert Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award of CAST/AIChE. He received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Politehnica of Bucharest in 2014, and from the University of Pannonia in 2015. In 2013, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.
Presentation Title: Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering, a NICE Approach to Sustainability and Innovation
University College London (UCL)
Marc-Olivier COPPENS is Ramsay Memorial Professor and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL, since 2012, after academic posts at Rensselaer, USA, and TU Delft, Netherlands (1998-2006), where he became Professor in 2001, and Chair in Physical Chemistry and Molecular Thermodynamics in 2003. He holds chemical engineering degrees (1993; PhD 1996) from Ghent University, Belgium.
In 2013, Marc-Olivier founded the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL. He is most recognised for pioneering work on nature-inspired chemical engineering (NICE): learning from fundamental mechanisms underpinning desirable traits in nature to develop innovative solutions to engineering challenges, including those in catalytic and separation processes. He has over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and delivered more than 50 named lectures, invited plenary and keynote lectures at international conferences.
Marc-Olivier is Fellow of AIChE (2016) and IChemE (2014), Qiushi Professor at Zhejiang University (2017) and elected corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, Germany (2018). He is Editor-in-Chief of Chemical & Engineering Processing: Process Intensification, and serves on several Editorial Boards, including Powder Technology, KONA and RSC Molecular Systems Design & Engineering.
Presentation Title: Artificial Intelligence in Chemical Engineering: Past, Present, and Future
Venkat Venkatasubramanian is Samuel RubenPeter G. Viele Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Computer Science (Affiliate), and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (Affiliate) at Columbia University. He taught at Purdue University for many years, before returning to Columbia in 2011. He earned his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering at Cornell.
Venkat is a complex dynamical systems theorist interested in developing mathematical models of their structure, function, and behavior from fundamental conceptual principles.
Venkat's research interests are diverse, ranging from AI to systems engineering to theoretical physics to economics, but they are generally focused on the theme of understanding complexity and emergent behavior in different domains.
Venkat received the Norris Shreve Award for Outstanding Teaching three times at Purdue University. He won the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from AIChE and is a Fellow of AIChE. In 2011, the College of Engineering at Purdue University recognized his contributions with the Research Excellence Award.
He is a past-President of the CACHE Corporation. He currently serves as an Editor for Computers and Chemical Engineering.
Presentation Title: From Molecules to a Circular Chemical Industry
André Bardow is professor for energy & process systems engineering at ETH Zurich. He is also director of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-10) at the German national lab Forschungszentrum Jülich. He was professor and director of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University (2010-2020). He was a visiting professor at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara (2015/16). He earned his Ph.D. degree at RWTH Aachen University.
His current research spans from molecular modeling and advanced measurements techniques for thermodynamic properties to computer-aided molecular and process design which he integrates with life-cycle assessment and sector- and economy-wide systems models to guide the transition to sustainable industries and societies.
André is a fellow of the Royal Chemical Society and chairs the Technical Committee for Thermodynamics of VDI – The Association of German Engineers. He received the Recent Innovative Contribution Award of the CAPE-Working Party of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) in 2019, and the PSE Model-Based Innovation (MBI) Prize by Process Systems Enterprise in 2018. He was the first recipient of the “Covestro Science Award. In 2009, he received the Arnold-Eucken-Award of the VDI-Society for Chemical Engineering (GVC).
Presentation Title: Shahjalal Fertilizer Company Limited (SFCL): In Retrospect
Professor (Retired) Dr. A K M A Quader
Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)