Process Systems Engineering
Processes and systems that surround us today are often characterized by complex interactions between components, subsystems, and subprocesses and their analysis and design transcend the traditional disciplinary boundaries. As a result, some of the world's most pressing grand technical challenges can be categorized as process/systems engineering problems. The process systems engineering (PSE) branch of chemical engineering is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the broad area of process design, operation, and optimization. At UC Davis, the Department of Chemical Engineering is proud to have a comprehensive program within PSE with faculty covering the full spectrum including process design, system modeling and simulation, dynamics and control, process analytics, optimization, and economics. Current research interests include control of large-scale, networked, nonlinear, and/or distributed parameter systems, optimization and optimal control, process monitoring, fault-detection and diagnosis, and fault-tolerant control, and process design and techno-economic modeling. The solutions and methods developed have many practical applications. The core applications include petrochemical process industries, energy systems, food/agriculture, and biomanufacturing.