2019 Data Science in Chemical Engineering Symposium - September 6, 2019


Dr. Billy Bardin
Global Operations Technology Director
The Dow Chemical Company

Biography: Billy B. Bardin is the Global Operations Technology Director for Dow.  His responsibilities include driving technology and innovation strategy within Manufacturing and Engineering (M&E) and oversight of all commercial technologies as well as development of technical talent across manufacturing and supporting operations.

Bardin began his career in 2000 with Union Carbide/Dow in the Catalyst Skill Center in South Charleston, W. Va. where he led alternative feedstock and catalytic process development programs. In 2001, he joined the Chemicals Sciences group within Core R&D, leading programs in the areas of alternative feedstocks, paraffin functionalization, and olefin partial oxidation. While in Chemical Sciences, Bardin relocated to Dow facilities in Midland, Mich.; Horgen, Switzerland; and Terneuzen, The Netherlands as leader for the development of Dow’s high throughput heterogeneous catalyst testing capability.  
In 2007, Bardin was named leader for the North American Production Support Group within the Hydrocarbons and Energy business in Freeport, Texas. He led efforts in cracker plant support and developed R&D programs in next generation cracker technology. The following year, he accepted the combined role of R&D Director for Chemicals and The Dow Technology Licensing and Catalyst (DTLC) Business where he drove both internal R&D programs and technology/catalyst development efforts for licensee sales. In 2010, Bardin became R&D Director for the Feedstocks, Hydrocarbons and Chemicals businesses, leading the technology strategy for Dow’s hydrocarbons and alternative feedstock efforts and developing options to provide cost advantaged chemical feedstocks to Dow’s downstream product portfolio.  Bardin was named to his current position in 2014. 
Bardin holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a Registered, Professional Engineer (PE) with the W. V. State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.  Bardin is past Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and a member of the advisory boards for the Departments of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia and North Carolina State University.  He was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2016.  He is a Fellow of the AIChE and holds board seats for the MxD and RAPID manufacturing institutes.

Sudarshan Ganesh
PhD Candidate (2019)
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

Biography: Sudarshan Ganesh is a Ph.D. Candidate at Purdue University, mentored by Profs Rex Reklaitis and Zoltan Nagy. He joined Purdue in 2014 after his B.S. (Chemical Engineering) from Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT/UICT), Mumbai, India. His graduate work focuses on process operations management, condition-based maintenance and systems integration for advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing systems. He has coauthored over 10 papers/book chapters, presented at numerous international conferences, and has received multiple awards. Sudarshan is a member of industrial workgroups in the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and will be co-chairing sessions focusing on manufacturing intelligence for Pharmaceutical Discovery Development and Manufacturing (PD2M) Forum and Next-Gen Manufacturing Topical Conference at AIChE Annual Meeting 2019. Outside of work, he enjoys scenic road-trips, day-hikes, and photography in national parks, historic sites & cityscapes, running, contemporary music, and avidly following cricket and tennis. 
Contact Sudarshan Ganesh at sganesh@pudue.edu or on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudarshanganesh/
Mr. Mike Jutt
Procter & Gamble
Biography: Mike Jutt is an R&D Director for Procter and Gamble’s $4 billion global Skin Care business that includes the Olay and SK-II brands.  Mike and his teams work across the full innovation ecosystem from upstream technology identification to downstream product development.  Data Science plays a critical role in this work as the team attempts to integrate a diverse portfolio of data ranging from material screening assays and clinical study results to retail sales and financial forecasts.  The models developed as part of this work have a material impact on all aspects of the product design: technical efficacy, formula stability, manufacturing scale-up, consumer delight, and even business model choices.  Mike is a 1996 graduate of Purdue with a BS in Chemical Engineering.   
Dr. Curtis Martin
Visiting Assistant Professor
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Biography: Curtis P. Martin is currently a visiting assistant professor with the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. His primary mission is integrating principles of data science into the curriculum in order to better train our engineers for the industry of the future. He earned his Ph.D. working with Sangtae Kim on applying machine learning methods and innovative descriptors towards the goal of understanding and manipulating the selectivity of novel anti-cancer therapeutics. During that time, he published separate work in Physics of Fluids on the eigensystem of the double layer operator as it pertains to an ellipsoid in quadratic Stokes flow. He was also a tutor for Purdue Athletics and a chemistry instructor for the Minorities in Engineering Program’s academic boot camps. Prior to his time at Purdue, he received dual B.S. degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering at North Carolina State University and played varsity football during his freshman year. 
Dr. Salvador Garcia Munoz
Senior Engineering Advisor, Eli Lilly
Visiting Professor, Imperial College London
Biography: Salvador Garcia Munoz, Senior Engineering Advisor at Lilly and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, has 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D and more than 20 years in the practice of process systems engineering. He is a co-founder of the Pharmaceutical Discovery Development and Manufacturing forum at AIChE, of the Systems Based Pharmaceutics industrial alliance. He leads the digital design capability for Eli Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Dr. Jenna Rickus
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University

Biography: Jenna Rickus is the associate vice provost for teaching and learning at Purdue University with a faculty appointment as professor of agricultural & biological engineering and biomedical engineering.  She previously served as the associate department head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  Dr. Rickus is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator who has made an impact in establishing biological engineering as a discipline as well as in the application of biofunctional materials and biosensors to understand cell function and treat human disease.  She is a Purdue Faculty Scholar and a member of the Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame.  She received her bachelor’s degrees in agricultural engineering and in biochemistry from Purdue University and was the first graduate of the Ph.D. program in neuroengineering at UCLA. 

Dr. Francesco Rossi
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Purdue University

Biography: Francesco Rossi earned two PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering, the first from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the second from Purdue University (United States). Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University. His principal activities and interests involve development of deterministic and stochastic strategies (algorithms, codes, etc.) for scheduling, dynamic optimization and model predictive control. He is also involved in the development of novel, rapid approaches to uncertainty quantification in nonlinear dynamic models and their application to risk assessment and risk-based decision making. The latter represents a structured approach to the optimal utilization of big data.

Dr. Brett Savoie
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Biography: Brett Savoie received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Physics from Texas A&M University in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 at Northwestern University in theoretical chemistry, followed by a postdoc at Caltech in the group of Tom Miller. Dr. Savoie has published over 20 papers and he was the recent recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award.
Dr. Savoie's group focuses on accelerating the design and characterization of energy-related materials using both physics-based and machine learning methods. Burgeoning computational power and algorithm development have made theoretical characterization and screening essential steps in modern materials development. His group uses novel physics-based methods to study materials in silico, and in turn leverage high-throughput data generation capabilities to accelerate material assessment with machine learning. From predictions of electronic structure, catalytic activity, and even crystal structure—methods development continues to push the frontier of what material properties can be predicted in advance, thus economizing costly synthesis and optimization efforts.
Parul Verma
PhD Candidate (2019)
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Biography: Parul Verma is a graduate student in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, working with Dr. Doraiswami Ramkrishna on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. She identified biomarkers which can predict peripheral neuropathy in leukemia cancer patients, using machine learning tools, in collaboration with clinicians and metabolite profiling experts at Purdue. Currently, she is focusing on understanding the mechanism of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy using dynamical systems theory.