Distinguished Junior Researcher Seminars



We invite graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the Process Systems Engineering (PSE) area to apply for the Robert F. Smith School Distinguished Junior Researchers Seminar Program. A distinguished group of junior PSE researchers are invited to visit Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) and deliver seminars on their research. We cover invited speakers’ travel expenses, including airfare, local transportation, lodging, and meals. All applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and decisions will be made based on the candidates’ research accomplishments, including originality, creativity and productivity. Candidates working on topics related to Industry 4.0, sustainability, and/or data-driven decision-making are strongly encouraged to apply. This program is supported by Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Endowed Chair, Robert F. Smith Innovation Fund, and National Science Foundation.

2017 Seminar Series

We greatly appreciate PSE community’s continued interest in this seminar program. There are many strong applications from 20 institutions. We are pleased to announce the invited speakers of the 2017 program and the seminar schedule:

  • Nov. 21, 12-1pm: Davood Pourkargar (University of Minnesota)
    • Title: Optimization-based control of complex process networks
  • Nov. 28, 12-1pm: Kristen Severson (MIT)
    • Title: Data Analytics for Complex Systems

These seminars are open to the public. They will take place in Lecture Room 218 of Olin Hall in Ithaca, New York (visit Cornell).  We also plan to record this year’s seminar presentations and make them available in YouTube, and/or share them through WebEx/Zoom, upon permissions from the invited seminar speakers.

2016 Seminar Series

The applications of the 2016 program come from 14 institutions (Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Imperial College London, Louisiana State, McMaster, MIT, Purdue, Texas A&M, UC Berkeley, Univ. of Alberta, Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Padova, Univ. of Wisconsin). The invited speakers and schedule of the 2016 seminar series (held at Northwestern University) are:

  • Feb. 16, 3-4pm: Alex Dowling (Univ. of Wisconsin, now Assistant Professor at Univ. of Notre Dame)
    • Title: A Framework for Multi-Stakeholder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution for bio-waste systems
  • Feb. 16, 4-5pm: Emre Gençer (Purdue, now at MIT)
    • Title: Energy systems modeling to enable a sustainable economy
  • Feb. 23, 3-4pm: Qi Zhang (Carnegie Mellon, now at BASF SE)
    • Title: Industrial Demand Side Management in the Era of Smart Grid
  • Mar. 1, 3-4pm: Nikolaos Diangelakis (Imperial College London, now at Texas A&M)
    • Title: A multi-scale energy systems engineering approach to the cogeneration of heat and power

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