Request for CCEC 2021 Session chairs and International Speaker Suggestions

Hi Systems & Control Division,

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend today’s CCEC 2021 planning meeting. We had a large and enthusiastic turnout and I know many others were interested but couldn’t attend.


We were asked to pick 5 or 6 sessions for the conference. We have decided on the following, with some session chairs/co-chairs already assigned. The consensus was to have an application-area grouping (energy, health, AI, analytics) rather than a sub-discipline grouping (design, control, optimization, etc).

We need a few more co-chairs. If you are interested, please email Prof. Tom Adams (! Graduate students are encouraged as well!

  • Industrial Applications in Process Systems Engineering (Co-Chairs: Ajay Ray, 1 or 2 more needed!)
  • Data Driven Analytics, Control, and Optimization (Co-chairs: Carl Duchesne, Moncef Chioua, Qinqin Zhu) –> The long description will make clear that Data Driven applies to all three
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Process Systems Engineering (Co-chairs: Simant Upreti, Martin Guay, 1 more available)
  • Process Systems Engineering in Health, Medicine, and Biological Systems (Co-chairs: Tom Adams, 1 or 2 more needed!)
  • Process Systems Engineering for Energy and the Environment (Co-chairs: Xiang Li, Luis Ricardez-Sandoval, Jamie Rose)
  • Methodologies and Fundamentals in Process Systems Engineering (Co-chairs: Nicolas Hudon,1 or 2 more needed)


A number of you suggested names to invite for a sponsored, 40 minute plenary. The division will pay for their registration, and will make the final invitations. If you have a name to suggest, please send your nomination to Prof. Tom Adams ( by March 8, 2021.

Exciting developments for our division at CCEC 2021

Hello CSChE S&C Division:

We are now going to have a much more active role in the upcoming conference in Montreal (they insist it will be in person or at least hybrid by then b/c of vaccinations). One of the conference organizers, Systems & Control professor Moncef Chioua at Poly,  will be working with us and is championing us on this, along with the CIC officer in charge of subject divisions, Gregory Patience.  

This is the current plan, subject to division discussion:

  • We will be given at least 30 speaker slots to fill with speakers as we choose
  • We will pick 5-6 session titles to go with those slots
  • We will recruit session chairs and co-chairs much ahead of time
    • Those chairs will actively recruit speakers in addition to the usual regular submissions, to encourage more participation.
    • Those chairs will, with procedure TBD, handle the review process and make accept/move/reject decisions
  • We will recruit one to three international speakers, at least one whose registration will be covered from our division funds 

This will give us much involvement in the conference and I think will bolster much more activity and help build our community.

 In addition! We are thinking bigger. Specifically: 

  • Creating a six-page conference paper option for accepted presentations that is separately peer reviewed. Think ESCAPE, FOCAPD, etc.
  • Self-publishing those conference papers in a conference proceedings via LAPSE
  • Selecting the best of those to be invited for full paper submission to Canadian J Chem Eng.

We are holding a meeting on Monday March 1 from 3:30 to 4:20pm EST. All division members are invited and encouraged to participate. Please email Prof. Tom Adams ( for the meeting link.

AGM Notes and Meeting Slides

AGM Notes and Meeting Slides

Hi everyone, thanks for everyone that attended the AGM, we had a lively discussion, right to the end. Slide deck attached at end of post. Some of the newer initiatives discussed during that meeting that we’ll be working on over the coming year will be:

  • Expanding our new website
  • Archiving and making available all of the CCEC 2020 recorded talks in our division
  • Starting a (virtual) Western Canada regional S&C conference primarily for graduate student involvement, to mirror the Ontario-Quebec Stats & Control meeting that takes place yearly.
  • Looking into creating peer-reviewed conference proceedings for these conferences and hosting via LAPSE.

[Slides from the meeting]

New Website Launched

New Website Launched

We’re excited to announce the new online home of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering’s Systems & Control Division. We have exciting plans to build a space where this community will have access to new resources and foster professional activities.

S&C Division AGM Nov 5, 3pm EST

S&C Division AGM Nov 5, 3pm EST

The Annual General Meeting of the Systems & Control Division will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams at 3pm EST (noon PST) on November 5. Dial-in phone numbers are also available for audio participation. All division members or CSChE Stats & Control community adherents (i.e. you forgot to pay your dues!) are welcome to attend.

Normally we would hold in-person meetings at CCEC, but due to the virtual conference structure it is not reasonable to hold virtual meetings that week.

For security reasons, please contact the division chair (Thomas A. Adams II at for an invitation to the Teams meeting or the dial-in conference code. Dial in phone numbers will be:

+1 289-335-1807 (Hamilton)
+1 647-749-9438 (Toronto)

Out-of-Canada dial-in numbers listed here:

We will also post the dial-in conference code shortly before the meeting on this space.


  1. New members introduction
  2. Treasury Report
  3. President’s Report
    1. Division supported projects (, LAPSE)
    2. Communications and mailing list
    3. Partnership with Standards Council of Canada on developing ISO Standard for eco-Technoeconomic Analysis
    4. Website changes, handover to Yankai Cao
    5. Discussions: New ventures for 2021
  4. New business

Please send agenda item requests to

AGM Notes and Division Election Results

AGM Notes and Division Election Results

The Division’s AGM was held yesterday at the CCEC in Halifax. Thank you for all that attended. There was much discussion about current issues and projects such as membership, the LAPSE database, the ISO standard development project, and an upcoming workshop in Toronto on IDAES. We continue to need volunteers to help with the website, LAPSE, and many other areas. Any interested people are encouraged to contact Tom Adams (

Slides from the talk are available here:

The election for the 2019-2022 cohort of officers was held, with some positions uncontested. The new cohort is:

  • Chair – Thomas A. Adams II (McMaster)
  • Vice-Chair – Jinfeng Liu (Alberta)
  • Treasurer – Nicolas Hudon (Queens)
  • Secretary – Yankai Cao (UBC)

Thank you to everyone who was interested in participating as officers, and for Xiang Li and Zukui Li for their service over the past three years!

Academic positions in PSE at West Virginia University

Academic positions in PSE at West Virginia University

The Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University invites applications for two positions in the area of process systems engineering.

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related engineering discipline with expertise in the area of process systems engineering. Applicants must also have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques; 2) nonlinear estimation techniques; 3) fault detection and diagnosis; 4) uncertainty quantification and robust analysis.

Research Assistant Professor: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related engineering discipline with expertise in the area of process systems engineering. Applicants must also have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques; 2) nonlinear estimation techniques; 3) fault detection and diagnosis; 4) uncertainty quantification and robust analysis; 5) first-principles dynamic modeling and transient analysis. In addition, applicants should have at least 1 year of postdoctoral experience in academia, government or industry.

Responsibilities for both positions will include but not limited to guiding graduate and/or undergraduate students who will also work on the project; meeting deadlines, preparing, presenting, and reporting results effectively; working with other researchers from national labs, academia, and industry on all aspects related to this work; assisting with writing proposals to seek funding; communicating effectively both orally and in writing as demonstrated through monthly and quarterly reports, preparation of peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at national and international meetings and conferences.

The Statler College continues to grow, and currently has eight academic departments with over 4,700 students and 135 faculty members. It is nationally recognized for high quality teaching and research, as well as for its excellent faculty and students. The Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering has 14 faculty members and approximately 260 undergraduate and 44 graduate students. The Department offers degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels.

WVU is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of about 29,000 students and a R1 Carnegie Classification. Morgantown and vicinity has a diverse population of about 62,000 residents and is ranked highly among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities as well as industries active in shale gas operations. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see and

Morgantown is a safe, inclusive, and family-friendly community. WVU provides faculty members with a supportive environment for developing a visible and productive career ( and a range of progressive policies to support work-life integration ( WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search and belongs to the

OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

To apply for this opportunity, visit or directly at: Applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vita and a statement of research interests, and the contact information for at least three professional references. Applicants should clearly identify in the cover letter which position they are applying for. It should be noted that complete and professional quality documentation must be submitted in order for any candidate to be considered for this position. Review of the applications will begin October 31, 2019. For further information, contact Prof. Debangsu Bhattacharyya at (304) 293-9335, or e-mail:
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all

Division AGM Announced

Division AGM Announced

The Annual General Meeting of the Systems & Control Division will be held at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference 2019 in Halifax, NS, on Monday Oct 21, at 5:15pm in room 613 of the Halifax Convention Centre. The tentative agenda is below. Please contact the division chair, Tom Adams ( for the addition of agenda items.

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Review of year’s activities
    1. Chair’s Report
    2. Treasury Report
  2. New ISO Standardization Committee Announcement
  3. New Officer Elections