Process and Energy Systems Engineering

McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering | The University of Texas at Austin

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Chemical Processes and the Operation of the Power Grid

On August 25, 2016, Assistant Secretary Hoffman announced that the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability of the US Department of Energy is investing in new research projects that "address risk and uncertainty in the grid." Among the five proposals funded, the interdisciplinary project proposed by our group in collaboration with Dr. Ross Baldick in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT focuses on the ability of electricity-intensive chemical processes to participate in (and enhance) grid operations, effectively acting as "batteries" that can store energy in the form of...


Abby and Krystian win Energy Bowl

Image credit: ExxonMobil

October 22, 2015: Abigail Ondeck and Krystian Perez were members of the first place team at the Net Impact and ExxonMobil Energy Bowl held at UT Austin. The Energy Bowl, a trivia based competition, tested students’ knowledge of energy issues using a series of questions around energy sources, efficiency, and projected...


Cara Touretzky named EPA STAR Fellow

Cara Touretzky received the STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her work on energy management in the built environment. The highly selective EPA STAR fellowship aims to "encourage promising students to...


2015 E-Week is a Success!

Five members of our group took home one third of the Prizes awarded at the poster competition at the 2015 UT Energy Week.

Cara Touretzky and Krystian Perez both took home the First Prize in their respective categories...


Krystian wins Pike Powers Fellowship

Krystian Perez won first place in the Pike Powers Research Fellowship Competition sponsored by the Pecan Street Research Institute. The Pecan Street Research Institute operates the nation’s largest research database on customer and distribution level electricity and natural gas use. It develops most of the original data in this database through its customer and field research. The Institute is the research division of Pecan Street Inc. The fellowship is awarded yearly to the student who...

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March 2017: Siyun and Jodie's paper on autocovariance-based MPC plant-model mismatch estimation with measurable disturbances accepted in J. Proc. Contr.

February 2017: Calvin sets new record by having two papers (AIChE J. and Comput. Chem. Eng.) accepted in one day!

January 2017: Productive and fun weekend group retreat in Fredericksburg. Check out the pics!

January 2017: Steve's paper published in Nucleic Acids Research.

January 2017: See our plenary talk with the Ierapetritou group at CPC/FOCAPO.

January 2017: Warm welcome to Joe Costandy, who joins us as a Ph.D. student!

November 2016: Michael Baldea elected Director of the CAST Division of AIChE.

November 2016: Michael Baldea gives seminar UC Santa Barbara.

October 2016: Ankur successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations DOCTOR Kumar!

October 2016: Lingqing and Morgan have joined the group. Welcome!

October 2016: Congratulations to DOCTOR Perez, who successfully defended his thesis on October 13!

October 2016: Hari Ganesh successfully defended his thesis proposal and acceded to candidacy. Congratulations!

September 2016: Congratulations to DOCTOR Pattison on his successful defense on September 15!

September 2016: Congratulations DOCTOR Sowa! Steve successfully defended his dissertation on September 7.

September 2016: Michael Baldea appointed to the Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Fellowship in Chemical Engineering.

August 2016: Our group receives support from the US Department of Energy for interdisciplinary research on demand-side management in chemica process systems.

August 2016: Congratulations to DOCTOR Wang! Siyun successfully defended his PhD Dissertation on August 3.

June 2016: Richard receives CAST Division Travel Award to attend AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco

May 2016: Melissa's paper accepted in Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification

May 2016: Ankur publishes two papers in AIChE J. and Control Engineering Practice

May 2016: Paper by Cara, Dana and Jena published in Applied Energy

April 2016: Michael Baldea presents invited seminar at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

April 2016: Conan successfully defends his PhD Dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Park!

April 2016: Cara successfully defends her PhD Dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Touretzky!

April 2016: Krystian's paper on integrating HVAC control and with scheduling of smart appliances accepted in Energy and Buildings

March 2016: Jodie receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations!

March 2016: Paper by Richard, Cara and Ted on scheduling under dynamic constraints published in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.

March 2016: Michael Baldea will travel to Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, as Visiting Professor

February 2016: Joint paper with Prof. Truskett's group published in Journal of Chemical Physics

January 2016: Shu's paper on diagnosis of plant-wide oscillations published in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.

December 2015: Papers on integrating scheduling and control by Cara, Juan and Conan published in AIChE J. and Energy and Buildings

November 2015: Group travels to Salt Lake City for AIChE Annual meeting: please follow our presentations

October 2015: Cara and Krystian win travel awards for 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 2015: Michael Baldea presents seminar at Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen, and invited talk at the 8th Sino-US Chemical Engineering Conference in Shanghai

September 2015: Michael Baldea gives seminar at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech

August 2015: "From Process Integration to Process Intensification" published in Comput. Chem. Eng.

July 2015: Ted completes his MSc Dissertation as a joint effort between UT Austin and KTH Stokholm. Congratulations!

May 2015: Vincent graduates with MSc degree and joins Rockwell Automation. Congratulations!

March 2015: Michael Baldea presents invited seminar at "Babes-Bolyai" University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

February 2015: AnkurCara, Richard and Vincent receive awards at UT Energy Week, recognizing their contributions in energy research

January 2015: Ankur's Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. paper selected as ACS Editors' Choice for January 12, 2015, and will be available in Open Access

December 2014: Michael Baldea receives NSF CAREER award

December 2014: Ankur's paper on smart manufacturing appears in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.

November 2014: Krystian's work featured in AIChE CAST Division Plenary Lecture

October 2014: Bailee presents her work on dividing wall columns (DWCs) at Emerson Exchange industry conference

August 2014: Antoine Salliot joins the group as a visiting student from INP Grenoble, France

July 2014: Richard's paper on equation-oriented flowsheet simulation is accepted in AIChE J.

July 2014: Michael Baldea gives plenary presentation at FOCAPD 2014

July 2014: Krystian's paper on data disaggregation is published in Energy and Buildings

June 2014: Ankur publishes in Procedia Computer Science on workflows for smart manufacturing

June 2014: Steve's paper appears in PLoS Computational Biology

June 2014: Cara's paper on managing energy storage in buildings appears in Journal of Process Control

April 2014: Ankur passed his preliminary doctoral examination. Well done!

April 2014: Michael Baldea receives Moncrief Grand Challenges Award

March 2014: Michael Baldea gives invited presentation at Ethylene Producers' Conference in New Orleans, LA

February 2014: Ray Wang's presentation on Visual Data Mining recognized as best presentation in session at 2013 AIChE Meeting

February 2014: Siyun's paper on Identification-Based Optimization published in C&CE

January 2014: Cara starts prestigious Winter Internship at NSF America Laboratories in Cupertino, CA

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