ESCAPE28/Scientific Program/Plenary Lectures

Concepción (Conchita) Jiménez-González (GSK & N.C. State University, U.S.A.)

Dr. Jiménez-González has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries working across the US, UK, and México. She is currently the Graduate Program Lead for Global Manufacturing and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), leading the development 190+ graduates across 25 countries. During her career in GSK she has held a variety of business roles, e.g., Director of New Product Development; Director of Operational Sustainability; amongst others. Her work experience before GSK includes Pfizer and Tecnológico de Monterrey (México). Dr. Jiménez-González is a keen advocate of STEM careers, particularly amongst women and minorities; holding roles as member of the board. She is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University, an IChemE Fellow, AIChE Senior member, serves in the Governing Board of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, and was appointed to the US EPA’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals by the Obama administration. Dr. Jiménez-González holds an MBA; a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering; an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a B. S. in Chemical and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Jiménez-González' plenary lecture will be entitled "Developing Key Process Systems Engineering Skills for the Workforce of the Future".


Andreas Klamt (COSMO-RS & University of Regensburg, Germany)

Prof. Klamt studied physics in Göttingen and received his first degree in 1984 in theoretical metal physics. Then he moved on to the Max-Planck-Institut for Metal Research in Stuttgart, where he received his PhD in 1987 with a thesis on 'States of small positively charged particles in metals'. Then he directly started to work at Bayer AG in Leverkusen in the area of Computational Chemistry. He specialized on solvation and physical property prediction and developed the methods COSMO and COSMO-RS which meanwhile are widely used in the computational chemistry community. After being head of the central department for Computational Chemistry at Bayer for 3 years, he left Bayer in 1999 and founded COSMOlogic GmbH&Co.KG, Leverkusen, a company for Computational Chemistry and Fluid Phase Thermodynamics, Software and Consulting, which now has 17 co-workers. In 2005 he received his habilitation in Physical Chemistry at University of Regensburg, and since 2012 he is honary professor, teaching courses for “Computational Fluid Phase Thermodynamics”  every October in Regensburg.

Prof. Klamt's plenary lecture will be entitled "COSMO-RS: From Quantum Chemistry to Fluid Phase Thermodynamics".


Stratos Pistikopoulos (Texas A&M University, U.S.A.)

Professor Pistikopoulos is TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK (1991-2015) and the Director of its Centre for Process Systems Engineering (2002-2009). At Texas A&M, he is the Interim Co-Director and Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, the Course Director of the Master of Science in Energy, the Director of the Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Centre, and the Texas A&M Principal Investigator of the RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute on process intensification, co-leading the Modeling & Simulation Focus Area.

Prof. Pistikopoulos' plenary lecture will be entitled "Multi-Parametric Optimization in Smart Manufacturing & Process Intensification".


Fengqi You (Cornell University, U.S.A.)

Prof. You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University. He served on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2011 to 2016, and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an Argonne Scholar from 2009 to 2011. He received numerous awards, for example an 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2017 AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award, the 2017 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award, and the 2018 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award. He is currently an Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, and an editorial board member of several leading journals (e.g. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering). His research focuses on advanced computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and systems analysis tools for process manufacturing, infrastructure, smart agriculture, energy systems, and sustainability.

Prof. You's plenary lecture will be entitled "Resilient Design and Operations of Chemical Process Systems".