UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Prof Eric Fraga

Prof Eric Fraga

Professor of Process Systems Engineering

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2001

Research summary

Professor Fraga's interests lie at the interfaces between engineering, mathematics and computer science.  He is specifically interested in the design of novel computer algorithms and mathematical techniques and their application to problems in process engineering.

The current focus is on the development and use of robust optimization procedures. Of note is the Fresa black box optimization package, inspired by the propagation of plants.

In the past, his research has concentrated on the development of methods for automated process design, or process synthesis, with the development of tools for the design of profitable, safe, environmentally benign chemical plants.  These tools, including most prominently the Jacaranda system, use a variety of optimization methods and specially targeted visualization and interaction procedures to provide a system which is both powerful and easy to use.

A full summary of research activities and interests, are available from Professor Fraga's home pages.

Teaching summary

I teach in the undergraduate programme, specifically CENG0002 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (process analysis, mass and energy balances) and CENG0013, Process Design Principles (process synthesis, heat exchanger networks, modelling).

I am Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Department.


University of Waterloo
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1988
University of Alberta
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1983
University of Alberta
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1980


I am Professor of Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London located in central London.

In 2012 and early 2013, I was seconded to UCL Australia in Adelaide to hold the Santos Chair of Energy & Resources and to take on the role of Academic Director in the School of Energy and Resources at UCL Australia. I previously held an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship. A short biography with a little more detail is available elsewhere.  Full details are available on my personal pages.