June 1, 2021 Our lab welcomes 5 undergraduate students for Summer 2021 Paid Research Experiences on multiple projects. 1) Jacob Martine and Phuong Le – Lube oil pipeline cleaning operations 2) Michael Mackley and Cole Johnson – Solvent recovery and recycling 3) Dylan Snyder – Wastewater treatment and asset management
May 26, 2021 PhD student, Emmanuel A. Aboagye, passed his Dissertation Proposal Defense (PhD Qualifier Exam). The proposal titled, “Application of Systems Engineering Principles for Resource Recovery, Reuse, and Recycling”, was reviewed by committee members Dr. Gerardo Ruiz-Mercado (US EPA), and Dr. Kauser Jahan, Dr. Kevin Dahm, Dr. Joe Stanzione, & Dr. Kirti Yenkie from Rowan University
May, 2021 Chemical Engineering Department Awards – Congratulations to the following lab members for their outstanding achievements in the chemical engineering department:
1) Maya Desai: Clarence Slater Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Studies
2) Best Chemical Engineering Clinic Award: Pipeline Cleaning Optimization Clinic Team – Joseph D’Intino, Anthony Wylie, Emily Rooney, Jacob Martin, Erik Dunn, Diana Martinez, Marissa Martine and Swapana Jerpoth
3) Best Chemical Engineering Research Award: Wastewater Treatment & Asset Management Team – Maya Desai, Carley Tran, Phuong Le, Nicolas Altieri, Jake Stengel, and Emmanuel Aboagye.
April 9-11, 2021 James Geier and Emily Rooney win prizes at the 2021 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
April 5 -16, 2021 Jake Stengel presented at the 2021 ACS Spring Meeting on the topic Development of asset management methods for water treatment utilities under the industrial and engineering chemistry division.
April 5 -16, 2021 Fred Ghanem presented at the 2021 ACS Spring Meeting on the topic Prediction of operating conditions for chromate removal in ion-exchange systems using optimal control and moment based models.
April 5 -16, 2021 Kayla Heider presented at the 2021 ACS Spring Meeting on the topic Designing efficient solvent recovery pathways via environmental and economic metrics: A multi-objective approach under the division of industrial and engineering chemistry.
April 5 -16, 2021 Emmanuel Aboagye presented at the 2021 ACS Spring Meeting on the topic Sustainability assessment of solvent recovery pathways via the SPI and Emergy metrics under the division of environmental chemistry
March 18, 2021 PhD student, Fred Ghanem, passed his Dissertation Proposal Defense (PhD Qualifier Exam). The proposal titled, “Modeling and Optimizing of Controlled Ion Exchange Purification Processes”, was reviewed by committee members Dr. Lawton (UMass Lowell), Dr. Gilbert (Purolite), and Dr. Hesketh, Dr. Stanzione, & Dr. Yenkie from Rowan University
March 16, 2021 Dr. Yenkie presented the collaborative work on Synthesis of Wastewater Treatment Networks at the Virtual CHISA-2021 meeting
March 5, 2021 Our collaborative work with the Széchenyi István University-Győr and the University of Miskolc, Hungary on the Synthesis of Wastewater Treatment Networks using the P-graph approach is now published in the AIChE Journal
January 24, 2021 Dr. Yenkie was invited by Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), India to deliver a webinar on ‘Roadmap for Solvent Recovery in Chemical Process Industries‘
December 1-3, 2020 Jake Stengel presented his work on ‘Development of Objective Based Asset Management System for Wastewater Treatment Networks’ at the 3rd Annual Water Conference
November 24, 2020 Four Undergraduate Students from our lab win Poster Presentation awards at the 2020 AIChE Virtual Annual Meeting and the AIChE Annual Student Conference. Congratulations!
November 16, 2020 The 50th Anniversary AIChE Environmental Division Newsletter features an article in the Member’s Opinion corner by the Graduate students from our group
November 16-20, 2020 Several members of the research group will be presenting at the 2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting iPoster platform. The content can be accessed at the following links:
Undergraduate Poster Presentations:
1) Enhancing Soybean Value through Systematic Economic Evaluation of Isoflavone Extraction Options for Material Syntheses – John D. Chea, Austin L. Lehr, Jake P. Stengel, Joseph F. Stanzione III and Kirti M. Yenkie
2) Modeling Chromate Removal for Drinking Water Application Using the Method of Moments to Identify Key Parameters – Fred Ghanem and Kirti M. Yenkie
3) Framework for Economic Evaluation of Solvent Recovery Options – John D. Chea, Emmanuel A. Aboagye, Austin L. Lehr, Jake P. Stengel, Stewart Slater, Mariano Savelski and Kirti M. Yenkie
4) Designing Efficient Solvent Recovery Pathways By Integrating Economics and Environmental Metrics – Emmanuel A. Aboagye, John D. Chea, Austin L. Lehr, Jake P. Stengel, Mariano Savelski, Stewart Slater and Kirti M. Yenkie
5) Systematic Design of Wastewater Treatment Networks Using the P-Graph Approach: A Tannery Waste Case Study – Emmanuel A. Aboagye, Maya Desai, Carley Tran, Kirti M. Yenkie, Ferenc Friedler and Heriberto Cabezas
6) Optimal Selection of Novel Organic-Inorganic Analogs through Computer-Aided Synthesis of Perovskite Solar Cells – Swapana S. Jerpoth, Joseph Iannello, Emmanuel A. Aboagye and Kirti M. Yenkie
1. Using Predictive Analytics for Diagnosis of Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Author(s): Kiana Ramirez, Brianna Acosta and Kirti M. Yenkie
2. Development of Wastewater Treatment Networks Using the P-Graph Approach
Author(s): Maya Desai, Carley Tran, Emmanuel A. Aboagye and Kirti M. Yenkie
3. Optimizing Pipeline Flushing Processes for Efficient Lube Oil Blending and Packaging Operations
Author(s): Marissa Martine, Swapana S. Jerpoth, Joseph D’Intino, Spencer Verdoni, Anthony Wylie, Kirti M. Yenkie, Robert P. Hesketh and C. Stewart Slater
4. Multi Objective Approach to Designing Solvent Recovery Pathways Via Economic and Environmental Metrics
Author(s): Austin L. Lehr, Kayla Heider, James Geier, Michael Mackley, Kirti M. Yenkie1, Emmanuel A. Aboagye and John D. Chea
October 1, 2020 Our lab is awarded a research grant by the US EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency) to conduct research on alternate flushing and cleaning technologies for minimizing oil downgrade in petrochemicals and automotive industries.
September 1, 2020 Jake Stengel joins the group as M.S. Student. He rejoins the lab after working as an undergraduate for the past 2 years. Welcome!
August 17-21, 2020 Dr. Kirti Yenkie will be presenting the collaborative research on Systematic Synthesis of Wastewater Treatment Networks using the P-graph Approach at the 2020 AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting and 16th GCPS in the Water & Wastewater Management in Petroleum and Chemical Process Industries III session
August 12-14, 2020 Swapana S. Jerpoth will be presenting her research on the Optimal Selection of Ions for Perovskite Solar Cell Synthesis Through a Computational Approach at the Solar Energy Systems Conference’20 (Virtual) under Process, Systems and Materials Modeling session.
August 3-5, 2020 Emmanuel Aboagye will be presenting his research on the systematic design of solvent recovery pathways: integrating economics and environmental metrics at the International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering (ICOSSE, Virtual) under the modeling and simulation session.
June 15-19, 2020 John Chea and Dr. Yenkie were invited to present talks at the 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Virtual Symposium titled: Toward Systematic Design of Sustainable Separation Processes
1) Separation network synthesis: New methods for new problems – Kirti M. Yenkie
2) Systematic design and life-cycle analysis for synthesis of solvent recovery framework – John D. Chea
May, 2020 Chemical Engineering Department Awards – Congratulations to the following lab members for their outstanding achievements within the chemical engineering department:
1) Casey Wagner: Clarence Slater Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Studies.
2) John Chea: William L. Maxwell Graduate Scholarship.
3) Pipeline Cleaning Optimization Clinic Team – Marissa Martine, Gabrielle Moskalow, Casey Wagner, Spencer Verdoni and Swapana Jerpoth (Optimization of Pipeline Flushing Operations for Lubricants and Oil Blending Plant): ChE Clinic Award
4) Solvent Recovery Clinic Team – Jake Stengel, Austin Lehr, John D. Chea and Emmanuel Aboagye (Solvent Recovery Roadmap): Chemical Engineering Research Award
March 31, 2020 Dr. Yenkie has presented at Building Sustainable Organizations: Through an Emphasis on Professional Development, hosted by the EPA Region 2’s Pollution Prevention Section
March 22-26, 2020 Several members of the research group have submitted their presentations to the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting and Exposition SciMeeting platform. The content can be accessed at the following links:
1) Synthesis and systematic evaluation of solvent recovery pathways – John D. Chea
2) Synthesis of Cost Effective and Sustainable Pathways to Wastewater Treatment – Emmanuel A. Aboagye
3) Synthesis of Cost-Effective Perovskite Crystals-An Emerging Attractive Alternative to Silicon Solar Cells – Swapana J. Jerpoth
4) Modeling Chromate Removal Using Ion Exchangers in Drinking Water Applications – Fred Ghanem
January 10, 2020 Dr. Yenkie was invited for a Seminar at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.
January 7,2020 Dr. Yenkie delivered a talk in the Chemical Engineering Department at MNIT Jaipur.
January 1,2020 Dr. Yenkie is elected to serve as a Director (two-year term) for the AIChE’s Environmental Division
November 10-15, 2019 Various members of the research group have presented at 2019 Annual AIChE Meeting in Orlando, FL, USA.
1) Generation of Wastewater Treatment Networks: Integrating Process Efficiency, Economics, and Sustainability- Kirti M. Yenkie
2) Enhancement of Chemical Engineering Education through Design Thinking: Integration of Theory and Cyber-Assisted Methods – Kirti M. Yenkie
3) Data Analytics and Optimization for Minimization of Chemotherapeutic Toxicity – Kirti M. Yenkie
1) Application of Machine Learning Methods to Improve Leukemia Diagnostics – Hailey Lynch
2) Evaluation of Solvent Recovery Options for Economic Feasibility through a Superstructure-Based Framework – Jake Stengel, Austin Lehr
3) Systematic Synthesis of Wastewater Treatment Networks Using the P-Graph Approach – Kirti M. Yenkie
Austin Lehr and Jake Stengel’s effort has earned them 3rd place in Computing and Process Control (Undergraduate Poster) and very ranked among top 5 among 149 participants in the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) poster session.
November 7, 2019 John Chea has successfully passed his Qualifying Exam. The title of the proposal is “Strategically Promoting Sustainability through Extraction and Solvent Recovery Optimization”. The thesis proposal committee is composed of Dr. Heriberto Cabezas, Dr. C. Stewart Slater, Dr. Joseph F. Stanzione, III, and Dr. Kirti M. Yenkie.
October 15-18, 2019 Dr. Yenkie and Dr. Savelski gave two talks at the 19th ERSCP (European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production) in UPC, Barcelona, Spain.
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.
June 19, 2019 Our lab establishes additional collaborations with Professor Sven Geissen from Technical University of Berlin. His expertise in Water and Wastewater Treatment technologies will be valuable to our Water-Energy related projects.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The 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 competition that took place at South Jersey Tech Park, NJ. This was the first ever Health Hackathon organized by Inspira Healthcare and Rowan University which had ~60 participants. We had 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. 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).
June 19, 2018 Dr. Kirti M. Yenkie to deliver a PDH Seminar for the AIChE-DVS (Delaware Valley Section) https://aiche-philadelphia.org/programs/continuing-education/continuing-education-2018/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.
April 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’
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.