September 1, 2019        Swapana Jerpoth and Emmanuel Aboagye Apau join the group as PhD Students. Welcome!
August 5 – 10, 2019       Dr. Yenkie presented the work on application of machine learning for enhanced biomarker based leukemia diagnostics at the 1st Foundations of Process Analytics and Machine Learning Conference (FOPAM-2019), Raleigh, North Carolina
July 19 – 20, 2019       Dr. Yenkie is selected as one of the twenty outstanding young faculty by the CACHE committee to present at their 50th-anniversary meeting in Breckenridge Colorado.


July 14– 18, 2019       John Chea presented his work on developing a systematic framework for solvent recovery at the 9th Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design Conference (FOCAPD 2019), Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado and is a recipient of the FOCAPD Young Researcher Travel Award.

FOCAPD 2019 poster presentation

June 19, 2019       Our lab establishes additional collaborations with Professor Sven Geissen from Technical University of Berlin


June 16 – 19, 2019       Dr. Yenkie presented our research at the 29th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), Eindhoven, Netherlands on “Generating Efficiency Wastewater Treatment Networks“. A 6-page conference proceeding was also published, following this poster presentation!
June 11 – 13, 2019       Dr. Yenkie presented our research at the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Reston, VA, on “Framework for Solvent Recovery, Reuse, and Recycling in Industries“.


April 5-6, 2019        Our lab members presented their research at the Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference at Penn State University, State College, PA
Oral Presentations:
1) Design and Optimization of Efficient Wastewater Treatment Networks – Sean Burnham
2) Solvent Recovery Roadmap for Industries – Vanessa Pierce
3) Prediction of Optimal Chemotherapy dosing: Balancing tumor degradation and toxicity effects – Alex D’Aloia
Poster Presentations:
1) Optimization of IBS Diagnostics/Treatment – Anthony Pace and Hannah Work
2) A Case Study for DME Recovery – Maxim Russ and Jake Stengel
3) Optimization in Cancer Therapeutics – Eric Purcell and Matthew Razze
January 22, 2019    Fred Ghanem joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome!
December 5-7, 2018     Our lab members presented their research at the Sustainable Packaging Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1. Design and Optimization for Generation of Efficient Wastewater Treatment Networks – Sean Burnham
2. Framework for Solvent Recovery, Reuse, and Recycling in industries – Amanda Christon and Julia Reilly
3. Poster: Effective Design of Wastewater Treatment Systems under Regional Limitations and Influences – Amanda McCahill, Gabrielle Moskalow, Zachary Lubelski and Rohan Zia



November 7, 2018     John Chea joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome!
November 1-2, 2018     Dr. Yenkie attended the workshop on Technical & Engineering Challenges of Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

UN-SDG Workshop

October 29, 2018     Our lab members presented their research at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA


1. (97a) Prediction of Optimal Chemotherapy Dosing Regimens: Balancing Tumor Degradation and Toxicity Effects. Ian Dunn

2. Design and Optimization for Generation of Efficient Wastewater Treatment Networks. Sean Burnham

3. (182o) Optimization in Cancer Therapeutics: Model Integration for Tumor Dynamics and Myelosuppression to Predict Chemotherapy Dosing Profiles.  Kirti Yenkie


October 1, 2018       Our lab is awarded a research grant by the US EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency) to conduct research on solvent recovery, reuse, and recycling in industrial processes.


Aug 19-22, 2018 Ian C. Dunn and Dr. Yenkie’s work presented in a technical poster session at the IFAC’s Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) Conference in Madison, WI.

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Aug 12-15, 2018 Dr. Yenkie delivered a talk at the ICOSSE (International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering), 2018 in Cincinnati, OH.


Aug 6-9, 2018 Dr. Yenkie attended the Chemours Process Safety Workshop for Faculty at Fayetteville, NC.

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The Chemours Process Safety workshop was offered by the members of the Chemours Company and the AIChE’s CCPS (Center for Process Safety) division to faculty members to include process safety in engineering courses and overall curriculum.

Aug 1-3, 2018 Dr. Yenkie attended the NETI-1 (National Effective Teaching Institute) workshop offered by the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
July 1-4, 2018 Dr. Yenkie visited the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary for an invited talk and research collaboration

Dr. Yenkie is collaborating with Dr. Ferenc Friedler and Dr. Heriberto Cabezas for the research on design of efficient wastewater treatment networks using superstructure optimization and P-graph networks approach

June 22-23, 2018 Dr. Yenkie’s team won the Inspira HealthHack Competition


Dr. Yenkie’s team was one of the three winners in the Inspira HealthHack Competition, 2018 that took place on the 22nd-23rd June in the South Jersey Tech Park. This was the first ever Health Hackathon organized by Inspira Healthcare and Rowan University which had about 60 participants from both the institutions. We had about 24 hours to form interdisciplinary teams and work on a research idea and present it to a Panel of Judges with expertise in Biotech/Pharma, Business Outreach, Public Relations and Entrepreneurship. Three teams were selected with the best idea and feasible implementation plans over the course of a year and were awarded $20,000 each to pursue those ideas. In our team, we had members from Cooper Medical School (Sangita Phadtare and Joshua DeSipio), Inspira (Sarah Graham), and Rowan’s Department of Management (Manuel Pontes) and Chemical Engineering (Kirti Yenkie). Our research pitch was on Management of a Chronic Disease by using Clinical Data, Mathematical Modeling, and Prediction of Customized Treatment Strategies.

June 19, 2018    Dr. Kirti M. Yenkie to deliver a PDH Seminar for the AIChE-DVS (Delaware Valley Section)

June 19, 2018 CE – Wastewater Treatment Networks

June 1, 2018       Our lab receives the 2018 Rowan University Seed Funding Award

This project is aimed at understanding chemotherapeutic cardiotoxicity in patients undergoing cancer treatment using a systems engineering approach. The concerns regarding the inferior quality of life and premature mortality in treated patients can be addressed with personalized treatment and long-term patient management strategies. Systems engineering methods such as data analysis, physiological modeling of cancer proliferation, tumor degradation, drug efficacy and cardiotoxic effects, machine learning for biomarker identification, and optimization for personalized treatment and palliative care can act as guidelines for medical practitioners to monitor cardiotoxicity and treat patients effectively.

Seed_grant_pictureApril 7, 2018       Ian Dunn, from our lab wins first prize in the paper presentation competition at the AIChE’s Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference at Princeton University, NJ for his work on ‘Optimization in Cancer Chemotherapy Regimens’
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Rowan students win the first (Ian Dunn) and second (Kayla Sweet) prize in paper presentation competition at the AIChE's Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference at Princeton University, NJ
April 6-7, 2018    Our students Ian Dunn, James Dailey and Sean Burnham presented their work at the AIChE’s Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference at Princeton University, NJ
April 4, 2018    Our students Sean Burnham and James Dailey presented their work at the ISPE New Jersey Chapter’s Student Poster Competition held at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Brunswick, NJ
January 9-10, 2018       Dr. Yenkie gave a seminar at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (V.N.I.T.) and Laxminarayan Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India
November 14, 2017   American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Delaware Valley Section (AIChE-DVS) Student Poster Symposium at FMC Technologies, Philadelphia, PA

Our students presented posters at the Symposium: Sommer Vandergrift, Ian Dunn, and Matthew Schwenger, James Dailey, and Chaun Giddings

James Dailey and Chaun Giddings at the AIChE-DVS poster presentation event