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2017-2018 Research Projects

PhD Research

Re-examine current basis for gas and fire detector placement

PI: Prof. Carl Laird

Optimal placement of gas detectors in process facilities: bringing optimization-based gas detector placement into practice (continuing project)

PI: Prof. Carl Laird

Robust model-based control for safe pharmaceutical manufacturing

PI: Prof. Zoltan Nagy

Prevention through catalyst design for applications in the petrochemical industry

PI: Prof. Raj Gounder

Advanced separation techniques for producing rare earth elements and other chemicals from coal fly ash

PI: Prof. N.-H. Linda Wang

Computational analysis of drop coalescence in emulsions to reduce retention times in oil-water separators

PI: Prof. Osman A. Basaran

Professional M.S. Research

Acoustically-induced vibration of piping systems (ExxonMobil mentor) – 2018

Compilation of thermal hazard safety data for amide coupling reagents (Lilly mentor)

Develop a scheme for conducting process hazard analyses and develop guidance for automating (Kenexis mentor) – 2018 

A systems engineering approach for managing changes in chemical process R&D labs (Dow AgroSciences mentor) – 2018

Validate large scale consequence modeling (Kenexis mentor)

Quantification of toxicity effects of H2S ingress into buildings / temporary refuge (Shell mentor) – 2018

Undergraduate Research

Assessment of Benson Groups Missing from CHETAH for Thermodynamic Property Prediction

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: Lilly

Compilation of process safety related software commercially available

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: Prof Mentzer
Process Safety-Related Software
Safety Software Categorization Matrix

Conduct a process safety related benchmarking survey of the pharmaceutical industry

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by Lilly

Corrosion Under Insulation - Detection & Mitigation

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: BP

Determine and predict temperature at which time to max rate of reaction is 24 hr

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: AMGEN
Temperature At Which Time to Maximum Rate is 24 Hours

Develop database of MIEs of dusts with focus on pharma/mixtures

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: GSK

Develop guidance on energy released during testing vs. mass of sample

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: AMGEN

Experience with LNG metallurgy failures

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: ExxonMobil

Installation and use ARSST calorimeter on select systems

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: Lilly

Risk and reliability of aged natural gas and product pipelines

PI: Prof. Ray Mentzer
Project suggested/proposed by: ExxonMobil