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Role of Process Systems Engineering in Chemical Engineering

In this talk we give a general overview of the nature of Process Systems Engineering, an area that was pioneered by the late Professor David Rippin at ETH. After briefly reviewing the history of Chemical Engineering, we highlight how academic research over the last decade has had a strong push towards science, largely due to emergence of areas like nanotechnology and biotechnology, which has caused some disconnect between academia and industry. However, despite these trends, Process Systems Engineering (PSE) remains a core area in Chemical Engineering that one the one hand has expanded its scope from the process engineering level down to the molecular level, and up to the enterprise and global level. Furthermore, PSE is regaining prominence due to the increasing importance of the areas of energy and sustainability. Traditionally, PSE has been subdivided into process design, process control and process operations. In this talk we argue that PSE is becoming much broader in terms of scope due to future trends. We describe efforts for simultaneous product and process design, modeling and optimizing processes for effectively exploiting fossil fuels like shale gas and alternative sources like biomass, and finally in enterprise-wide optimization that is aimed at designing and operating supply chains for the process industry in which planning, scheduling and control can be integrated more effectively.

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Public Seminar
Prof. Dr. Ignacio Grossmann
Carnegie Mellon University
Jun 07, 2017   17:00

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Biographical Sketch:
Professor Grossmann is the Rudolph R. and Florence Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been Department Head (1994-2002), and director of the "Center for Advanced Process Decision-making" at Carnegie Mellon (2005-2015). A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has received the following AIChE awards: Computing in Chemical Engineering, William H. Walker for Excellence in Publications, Warren Lewis for Excellence in Education, and Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering. In 2015 he was the first recipient of the Sargent Medal by the IChemE. He has honorary doctorates from Abo Akademi in Finland, University of Maribor in Slovenia, Technical University of Dortmund in Germany, University of Cantabria in Spain, and from the Russian Kazan National Research Technological University. His research interests are in the areas of mixed-integer, disjunctive and stochastic programming, energy systems including petroleum, shale gas and biofuels, water networks, and planning and scheduling for enterprise-wide optimization. He has over 400 publications and has graduated over 50 Ph.D. students.