Department of Chemical Engineering

ChE Seminar Series: "Process Simulators in Chemical Engineering" Julio Briano (UPRM)

Dr. Julio G. Briano, from the Department of Chemical Engineering -UPRM, will be offering a lecture titled "Process Simulators in Chemical Engineering".

Date: March 24, 2015

Time: 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Place: INQU 004 - Amphitheater

This presentation will cover an overview of the use of Process Simulation in Chemical Engineering.  Through this talk, the participant will become familiar with: (1) the structure of modern simulators, (2) the models to characterize physical properties of conventional and unconventional (i.e. petroleum fractions, electrolyte systems, solids with psd, etc.) components, and (3) the modeling of units such as chemical reactors, separation columns, heat exchangers, etc..
In addition, we will discuss convergence problems due to recycling streams, optimization techniques and the way that Aspen Plus and Hysys deal with process dynamics and control.
The new Aspen Process Economic Analyzer (APEA) which is currently the most advanced program of this kind will be used to transform a simplified process into a realistic design.
Organizes: AEGIQ (Asociación de Estudiantes Graduados de Ingeniería Química)
Nota adicional: habrá pizza!

NSF funds REU site in Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials at UPRM

National Science Fundation (NSF) has awarded the proposed REU site in Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials at UPRM.   Congratulations to the PIs, Dr. Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa and Dr. Patricia Ortiz-Bermúdez.

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials (RMSM) at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) will fund 10 undergraduate students for a 10-week summer research and educational experience. Students will be recruited primarily from schools that cannot provide them with opportunities for STEM research and will focus on promoting a vibrant, top-notch research culture by showcasing meritorious local scientists while strengthening partnerships with world-class research institutions. REU programs, in general, are designed to advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning through hands on research and educational experiences for undergraduates. The RMSM REU program will continue fostering this legacy and will help students to strengthen their scientific communication skills through a series of seminars that focus on professional development. They will have the opportunity to learn a second language and immerse themselves in a different culture, while taking advantage of the beautiful scenery of Puerto Rico. Finally, the participants will help to broaden dissemination to the next generation of researchers through participation in the UPRM Science on Wheels program and “Ciencia Puerto Rico” website.

The RMSM REU will contribute to the pool of underrepresented scientists, inspiring young students to enter disciplines with transformative potential, such as finding methods to develop smart soft materials for new consumer products and biomedical applications. Students will conduct individual research projects in the development and characterization of soft materials and their ability to respond away from equilibrium. Knowledge in this area will open doors in a broad range of scientific disciplines, which encompass the major challenges in the development of novel materials. The chosen projects are relevant to ongoing research at UPRM yet were selected because they were suitable for REU participant to make unique contributions during a summer session.

Madeline Torres-Lugo To be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Madeline Torres-Lugo, Ph.D., Professor of Chemical Engineering, UPRM, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Torres-Lugo was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For exceptional contributions to nanoscale drug delivery systems and cellular response to novel therapeutics.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.

AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

A formal induction ceremony will be held during AIMBE’s 2015 Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC on March 16, 2015. Dr. Torres-Lugo will be inducted along with 150 colleagues who make up the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2015. For more information about the AIMBE Annual Meet, please visit

AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society. Since 1991, AIMBE‘s College of Fellows has lead the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Fellows have helped revolutionize medicine and related fields in order to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have also successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, teachers, scientists, clinical practitioners, and ultimately, patients.

For questions regarding the College of Fellows and AIMBE, please contact Milan P. Yager, AIMBE Executive Director at, or call the AIMBE office at 202-496-9660.


American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering:
Providing Leadership & Advocacy for Medical and Biological Engineering for the Benefit of Society

ChE Seminar Series: "Introduction to computing with Matlab" Misael Díaz Maldonado (UPRM)

El próximo 12 de Marzo, la Asociación de Estudiantes Graduados de Ingeniería Química (AEGIQ) estará ofreciendo un seminario de Matlab, enfocado especialmente a estudiantes subgraduados de ingeniería química. El mismo será dado por el estudiante graduado Misael Díaz Maldonado.

Title: Introduction to computing with Matlab 

Speaker: Misael Diaz Maldonado

Date: March 12, 2015

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Place: Centro Tecnología de la información Departamento de Ingeniería Química



The intention of this talk is to motivate students to explore Matlab as a powerful computational tool for educational purposes and conducting research. Matlab is a computational oriented language used by engineers and scientist all over the world. A key feature of Matlab is that it comprises a decent number of built-in functions that ease the workload required to solve complex engineering and scientific problems. During the talk, students will learn how to use Matlab to solve classic physics and chemical engineering problems. 

Dato adicional: Habrá pizza!