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 and deliver seminars on their research. We cover invited speakers’ travel expenses, including airfare, local transportation, lodging, and meals. This seminar program is supported by Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Endowed Chair, Robert F. Smith Innovation Fund, and National Science Foundation.

2017 Seminar Series: Call for Applications (Deadline: July 1, 2017)

This year’s seminar series will be scheduled in September and November this year. To apply, please send a CV (with a list of publications and conference presentations) to: fengqi.you@cornell.edu

By submitting an application, the individual acknowledges that:
1. the application has been approved by his/her advisor;
2. the invited speakers’ CVs will be made publicly available, on this page or through other websites.

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. 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.

All seminars will take place at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). These seminars are open to the public.

2016 Seminar Series (held at Northwestern University)

We greatly appreciate PSE community’s interest in this seminar program. We have received many strong applications 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). We are pleased to announce the invited speakers of our 2016 program and the seminar schedule:

  • February 16, 3-4pm: Alex W. Dowling (University of Wisconsin)
    • Title: A Framework for Multi-Stakeholder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution for bio-waste systems
  • February 16, 4-5pm: Emre Gençer (Purdue)
    • Title: Energy systems modeling to enable a sustainable economy
  • February 23, 3-4pm: Qi Zhang (Carnegie Mellon)
    • Title: Industrial Demand Side Management in the Era of Smart Grid
  • March 1, 3-4pm: Nikolaos A. Diangelakis (Texas A&M)
    • Title: A multi-scale energy systems engineering approach to the cogeneration of heat and power

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