Plenary & keynote Lectures

grossmannIgnacio E. Grossmann: "Evolution of Process Systems Engineering and Future Trends in Research"

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Prof. Ignacio E. Grossmann is the Rudolf R. and Florence Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and director of the "Center for Advanced Process Decision-making"

He is member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the Mexican Academy of Engineering, associate editor of the AIChE Journal and member of the editorial boards of Computers and Chemical Engineering, Journal of Global Optimization, Optimization and Engineering, Latin American Applied Research, and Process Systems Engineering Series. He was named “One of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE and has received a long list of Awards and distinctions, like the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, the Luis Federico Leloir Award for International Cooperation, the William Walker Award for Excellence in Publications, the IChemE Sargent Medal, etc.

The goal of Professor Grossmann's work is to develop efficient mathematical programming models and techniques (mixed-integer and logic-based optimization, stochastic programming, etc.) for a variety of problems in Process Systems Engineering, like process synthesis, energy integration or enterprise-wide optimization. This work has significantly contributed to the expansion of the CAPE/PSE methods and tools to reach most Chemical Engineering areas (and others outside Chemical Engineering as well),  leaving an indelible mark on the current CAPE research and practice.

At ESCAPE-27, Prof. Grossmann will receive the Long Term Achievements Award (EFChE - CAPE Working Party) in recognition of these outstanding contributions to mathematical programming modelling and optimization in chemical engineering.

gintarasGintaras V. (Rex) Reklaitis: "Prospects and Challenges for Process Systems Engineering in Healthcare"

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA

Gintaras. V. (Rex) Reklaitis is the Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University (USA).

Professor Reklaitis' research involves the application of computing and systems technology to support the design and operation of processing systems. Areas of recent emphasis are the support to batch and semi-continuous operations as well as methodologies for plant- and enterprise-wide planning and optimization. For these purposes, large scale linear, nonlinear, and discrete optimization methods, statistical techniques, probabilistic decision tools, knowledge-based methods, as well as combined discrete-continuous simulation tools are used. The results are applicable over a wide range of sectors and problems, such as the development of pharmaceutical products and processes (design, manufacture and drug product administration), or the design of RTO systems which can accommodate combined batch and continuous plant operations planning under uncertainty, including R&D planning as well as supply chain optimization applications.

Prof. Reklaitis is member of the US National Academy of Engineering and has received several professional recognitions, including the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award (AIChE), the ChE Lectureship Award (ASEE), or the Long Term Achievements in Computer Aided Process Engineering Award (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.


Robin Smith: "Process Integration: Current Status and Future Challenges"

Manchester University, Manchester, UK

Professor Robin Smith is Director of the Centre for Process Integration in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science of the University of Manchester. He is President of Process Integration Limited and a director of Process Asset Integration Management Limited, both spin-out companies from the University.

He has extensive industrial experience with Rohm & Haas in process investigation, production and process design, and with ICI in process modelling and process integration. He has acted extensively as a consultant to industry in process integration projects. He has published widely in the field of process integration and is author of “Chemical Process Design and Integration”, published by Wiley. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the UK and a Chartered Engineer. In 1992 he was awarded with the Hanson Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers for his work on waste minimisation.

He currently has an active research programme in the design, retrofit and optimization of heat recovery systems, process utility systems, distributed energy systems, separation systems, and the design of sustainable processes.

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