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January 9, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Engineering, College of 1507 EDC Auditorium | Map
5050 Anthony Wayne
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. in 1507 Eng. Bldg. (EDC Auditorium). The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Sustainability@Wayne Seminar guest speaker will be Debalina Sengupta, Ph.D., Associate Director at the TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center, Texas A&M. She will be presenting "Sustainability in the Context of Process Systems Engineering."

Her roles include research collaboration development for the Center through mega project funds, industry partnerships, and other channels. She started her research career working on the natural gas based agricultural chemical production complex in the Lower Mississippi River Corridor. Her research was focused on process integration for developing chemicals from biomass within an existing industrial complex and quantification of sustainability using an optimization based approach. After her PhD from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, she went to work as a post doctoral fellow at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, OH. 


Computational process design for sustainability using various available techniques is still limited to computer-aided design featuring process optimization of energy and material flow plus minimizing greenhouse gas emission and water conservation. Sustainable process demands more, such as minimizing the impacts from other harmful emissions, discharges, waste creation, economic, and societal impacts. With the recent wave of renewed interest in manufacturing efforts in the United States, sustainability of the process industry becomes all the more important. This seminar will focus on recent advances in process systems related sustainability assessment methods and the education of the next generation of engineers in this context. Advances in process design, analysis, sustainability measurement, indicators, interpretation etc. will be covered. Special emphasis will be given to module-based education for sustainable manufacturing.

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or