Research Emphasis
  • Advanced Control and Optimization of Multiple Plants
    • On-line optimization, pinch technology, model predictive control, optimal chemical complex configuration 
  • Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization 
    • Process modification, automation, material changes (e.g. new solvents and chemical pathways), Pollution Index Evaluation 
    • Advanced methods for chemical complexes - 
      • Total Cost Accounting
      • Life Cycle Assessment
      • Sustainable Costs
  • Risk Management 
    • Hazard and operability analysis (e.g. Hazop, fault tree), process safety management, equipment and human reliability analysis 
  • Inherently Safer Design 
    • Process safety management, fault detection and consequence prevention 
Sponsored Research Support
  • Active sponsored research of $0.5 million from the U. S Army Missile Defense Command, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center. 
    • Federal - EPA, DOD
    • State- DNR 
    • Industry - IMC Agrico, Monsanto, Motiva (formerly Star/Texaco).