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We are always interested in qualified candidates who are seeking a PhD in Chemical Engineering in the broad area of process system engineering. The accepted students will work with top international corporations and leading information technology companies. The successful candidates will receive full scholarships. Our graduates are highly sought after by industry firms. Please send a professional resume, educational background, record of achievements, and list of references to design@vt.edu.



Graduate Students Supervised at VT

M.S. students:
  1. Colberg, R. D., "Fundamental and Practical Developments of Magnetofluidized Beds" (1982). Currently at Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN.
  2. Hamby, R. K., "Fundamental Studies of Unpacked and Screen-Packed Fluidized Beds in Axial and Transverse Magnetic Fields" (1984). Currently at U. S. Department of Agriculture, San Francisco, CA.
  3. Hirt, D. E., "Heat Transfer between a Supernatant Gas and a Flowing Vibrofluidized Bed of Solids" (1984). Currently Chair of Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
  4. Cheah, C. W., "Heat Transfer between a Supernatant Gas and a Flowing Vibrofluidized Bed of Solid Particles" (1986). Senior Consultant, Primescape Solutions, Inc., Herndon, VA.
  5. Boyd, J. H., "Heat Transfer between a Supernatant Gas and a Flowing Shallow Fluidized Bed of Solids" (1987). Fuel and Mineral Research. Inc., Germantown, MD.
  6. Brunet, J. C., "An Expert System for Solvent-Based Separation Process Synthesis" (1992). Foster Wheeler Company, France.
  7. Fien, G. J. A., "Studies on Process Synthesis and Process Integration" (1994). Currently at KBC Process Technology, London, United Kingdom.
  8. Autret, E., "Studies in Process Integration of Energy and Environmental Systems" (1995). Currently at Vivendi Water Anjou Recherche, St Maurice Cedex, France.
  9. Mullins, E., "Application of COSMO-SAC to Solid Solubility in Pure and Mixed Solvent Mixtures for Organic Pharmacological Compounds" (2007). Currently at Eastman Chemical Company.
  10. Kingsport, TN.
  11. Gaglione, Anthony, "Multiscale Modeling of an Industrial Nylon-6 Leacher" (2007).Currently at Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), Chantilly, VA.
  12. Su, Yung-Chieh, "Predictions of Thermophysical Properties for Biodiesel Manufacturing" (2010).Currently at Powertec Energy Corporation, Taipei, Taiwan.
  13. Dion, Miles, "Comparison of Multieffect Distillation and Extractive Distillation Systems for Corn Based Ethanol Plants". Completed on January 12, 2012.
Ph.D. students:
  1. Whiting, G. K., "Development of a Microreactor System for Unsteady-State Fischer- Tropsch Synthesis" (1985), Currently at DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE.
  2. Yang, J. C., "Hydrodynamics and Heat Transfer in Shallow Fluidized Beds" (1986), Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
  3. Cheng, S. H., "Systematic Synthesis of Sloppy Multicomponent Separation Sequences" (1987), Currently Professor of Chemical Engineering, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan.
  4. Sprung, R., "Studies in Vibrofluidized Beds and Synthesis of Silica Catalysts" (1987). Currently Professor of Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
  5. Thomas, B., "Shallow Vibrated Particulate Beds: Bed Dynamics and Heat Transfer" (1988). Cole National, Cleveland, OH.
  6. Mason. M. O., "Bed Dynamics and Heat Transfer in Shallow Vibrated Particulate Beds" (1990). Senior Engineer/Scientist, Azdel, Inc., Forest, VA.
  7. Quantrille, T. E., "Prolog and Artificial Intelligence in Chemical Engineering" (1991). Currently President and CEO at Advanced Composite Materials Corporation, Greenville, SC.
  8. Baughman, D. R., "Neural Networks in Bioprocessing and Chemical Engineering" (1995). BASF,Wilmington, Delaware.
  9. Al-Shayji, K. H., "Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Large-Scale Commercial Desalination Plants" (1998). Currently Professor of Chemical Engineering, Kuwait University.
  10. Mann, J. G., "Process Integration: Unifying Concepts, Industrial Applications and Software Implementation" (1999). Currently at Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA.
  11. Khare, N., "Predictive Modeling of Metal-Catalyzed Polyolefin Processes" (2003). Currently at Honeywell Specialty Materials, Chesterfield, VA.
  12. Seavey, K. C., "Research and Development of Simulation and Optimization Technology for Commercial Nylon-6 Manufacturing Processes" (2003). Currently at DOW, Freeport, TX.
  13. Lucas, B., "Fundamental Modeling of Solid-State Polymerization Process Systems for Polyesters and Polyamides" (2005). Currently at Michelin, Paris, France.
  14. Chang, Ai-Fu, "Predictive Modeling and Production Planning of Hydrotreating and Hydrocracking Processes" (2011). Currently at ChervonPhillips Chemical Company, Houston, TX.
  15. Pashikanti, K., "Predictive Modeling and Production Planning of Fluid Catalytic Cracking and Naphtha Reforming Processes" (2011). Currently at ChervonPhillips Chemical Company, Houston, TX.
  16. Yu, Yueying, "Simulation and Comparison of Operational Modes of Simulated Moving Bed (SMB) Chromatography" (current).
  17. Higgins, Stuart, "Energy Savings and Optimization of Carbon Dioxide Capture Processes" (current).
  18. Wood, Kevin, "Computing Tools for Understanding, Simulation and Optimization of Adsorptive and Chromatographic Separation Processes" (current).
  19. Chin, Wei Shan, "Simulation and Optimization of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Acid Gas Cleaning Processes" (current)
  20. Wang, Wei-Jyun (current)