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Visiting professors

Lectures and seminars given by international visiting professors in the STEM programme.

Academic Year 2018/19

Professor Stein Haugen

Department of Marine Technology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NO 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Stein Haugen is professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. His main area of interest is major accidents, with focus on probability of accident occurrence, major accident theories, major accident indicators, risk analysis and safety culture. He holds more than 30 years of experience in industry and at NTNU, performing risk analysis for oil and gas applications, developing new risk assessment methods, giving advice on how to use the results of risk analysis, and lecturing at courses and conferences.

The lectures were part of the course of Process Safety Engineering and focused on:

  1. Modelling of Human and Organizational  Factors in Risk Analysis
  2. Barriers and Barrier Management


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Professor Sanat K. Kumar

Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering
Columbia University, New York.

April 2019.
Lectures will be part of the course of Laboratory of Molecular Design and Materials Simulation .

Other lectures will be given at ISA, April 9th 2019 LINK to ISA LECTURE

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Sanat K. Kumar creates, analyzes, and models new classes of polymer-based materials with improved properties. A particular focus is on hybrid materials (polymer with inorganic filler) with relevance to biomimicry, and energy storage and conversion. 
The Visit is partially sponsored by ISA.

Columbia University has a dual degree agreement with our University. 
His work in this area spans all topics of polymer nanocomposites including self-assembly, microstructure, glassy segmental dynamics and vitrification, elasticity and reinforcement, linear and nonlinear mechanical-dynamical phenomena (such as strain softening and yielding), chain relaxation, and nanoparticle diffusion and dynamics. The work in this group combines theory, simulation, and experiment to advance the science of energy conversion and storage (membranes for gas separation and for the selective transport of ions as relevant to batteries) and more recently to mimic biology (e.g., the development of hierarchical morphologies as found in Nacre with the goal of achieving unprecedented improvements in properties and the use of DNA to guide the assembly of nanoparticle into desired structures).

Kumar received a BTech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1981 and a ScD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.  He joined the faculty of Columbia Engineering in 2006. 

Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2016–
Chair of chemical engineering, Columbia University, 2010-2016
Professor of chemical engineering, Columbia University, 2006-
Professor of chemical engineering, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, 2002-2006
Professor of materials science & engineering, Penn State University, 1997-2002
Associate professor of materials science & engineering, Penn State University, 1993-1997
Assistant professor of materials science & engineering, Penn State University, 1988-1993

Academic Year 2017/18

Joe Y. A. Elabd, Texas A&M University:

May 2018. Lectures will be part of theLaboratory of Transport Phenomena.

(Joe) Y. A. Elabd is a professor, holder of the Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship, associate department head, and director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD and BS both in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University (2001) and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1995), respectively. From 2001-2003, Prof. Elabd served as an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Army Research Laboratory. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Prof. Elabd served on the faculty at Drexel University for 11 years. Prof. Elabd is Fellow of the American Physical Society and served as a Senior Fellow at the Instituto di Studi Avanzati, Università di Bologna. He has also received the NSF CAREER Award, DuPont Science and Engineering Award, and ARO Young Investigator Award. His research interests include electrochemical energy (fuel cells, batteries, capacitors) and polymer science (ionic polymers, block copolymers, polymer membranes, polymer nanofibers, transport and thermodynamics in polymers).

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Academic Year 2016/17

Prof. Genserik Reniers, TU Delft:

May 8th, 2017: Safety Economics

May 9th, 2017: Process Security

Lectures are part of the "Industrial Safety" course.

Genserik Reniers obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, and received his PhD in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp in Antwerp, both universities situated in Belgium. He founded the Antwerp Research Group on Safety and Security (ARGoSS) in 2006 at the University of Antwerp, coordinating multi- and inter-disciplinary safety and security research at the University in Antwerp. In 2007, he started as a part-time professor responsible for safety and risk teaching and research at the Campus Brussels of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2013, he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Antwerp (in Belgium) and at the Delft University of Technology (in the Netherlands), both in a part-time capacity, and in both cases responsible for safety and risk teaching and research. His expertise is situated within the field of engineering and management of safety and security problems within the chemical and process industry.

Prof. Joaquim Casal, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya:

May 15th, 2017: Jet fires: the "small" fire accident

May 16th, 2017: Pipeline Risk Assessment

Lectures are part of the "Industrial Safety" course.

Joaquim Casal is Professor of chemical engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona).

He was visiting professor in a number of foreign universities (Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Iran, México, Tunisia).

Hise research activities initially addressed unit operations and particle systems.

From 1982, he is active on research on risk analysis: modeling of pool, flash and jet fires, BLEVE, dispersion of toxic clouds,  frequencies, introduction of QRA in plant optimization, pipelines.

He is founder (1992) of the Centre for Studies on Technological Risk, directed until 2010.

He is author of about 200 papers (journals, congresses) and two books.

He had responsibility diverse managerial positions (head of department, vice-rector, director general of research).

Dr. Luca Marinelli, BASF Ludwigshafen:

May 25th, 2017: Centrifugal Pumps: an expert approach to selection and sizing

Lecture is part of the "Introduction to Basic Design" course.

Luca Marinelli obtained a Master of Science in Chemical and Process engineering at Bologna University with honors in 2013.

Since 2013 he is working on concept and detail design in the field of machinery and units (pumps, process machinery, vacuum and refrigeration units,…) within large capital and site engineering projects at BASF in Ludwigshafen (Germany)

Dr Srinivas Sriramula, University of Aberdeen:

April 3rd, 2017

From Hazards to Risk quantification – challenges for future offshore engineers

Lecture is part of the course "Laboratory of Off-Shore Operations"

Dr Sriramula is currently a Lecturer in Safety & Reliability Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, working closely with the Lloyd's Register Foundation Centre. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher (Oct 2006 - July 2009) at the University of Surrey working on CREDO (Composites Reliability from Engineering Design Optimisation) project. Dr Sriramula specialises in technical safety computations and has about 15 years research experience in developing uncertainty quantification schemes for engineering systems. He has been involved in various Risk and Reliability based research projects funded by International Government agencies, Industrial partners and the LRF. Dr Sriramula currently coordinates the MSc programme in Safety and Reliability Engineering (including for Oil and Gas) at the University of Aberdeen.

Academic Year 2015/16

Dr. Simon Waldram, Texas A&M University:

Lectures in the framework of the "Industrial Safety" course on May 9th and 10th 2016: 

'Using calorimetry to help design of inherently safer chemical processes'

Monday, May 9th, 11 am - 1 pm

Tuesday, May 10th, 9 am - 11 am

Research Fellow | Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Centre

Director | Waldram consultants Ltd

Professor | Texas A&M Qatar, 2007 to 2010

Technical Director | HEL Ltd, 1992 to 2007

Research Assistant, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Admissions Tutor | Chemical Engineering, University College London, 1971 to 1992

Professor Alvin W Nienow, University of Birmingham:

April 13th 2016, 3pm, room 0.30: 

'Some Stirring Questions in Bioprocessing for Pharma Products'

1963 – 1980: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer,  University College London

1980 – 1989: Professor of Chemical Engineering, The University of Birmingham

1989 – 2004: Professor of Biochemical Engineering

2004 – present: Emeritus Professor of Biochemical Engineering

Prof. Dr. Ing . Joachim Guderian, University of Applied Sciences of Muenster, Germany:

in March 2016 he lectured in the "Introduction to basic design M" course.

M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund

Head of Competence Field in Adsorption Technologies | Fraunhofer UMSICHT, 10 years of experience

14 years of experience in industry: development , production and distribution of carbon-based adsorbents and molecular sieves.