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International engineering centre launched

23 June 2005

The Centre for Process Systems Engineering, an engineering initiative run between UCL and Imperial College, has recently launched the International Centre for Process Systems Engineering (iCPSE).

Professor David Bogle The new centre is based jointly between the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA and London, and will integrate cutting edge research into industrial practice. In 2002, the CPSE won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

iCPSE will draw on the expertise of the three institutions to address challenges in design, operation and management in process systems engineering, a branch of engineering concerned with the management of complexity in uncertain systems.

Process systems engineering is relevant to a range of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and consumer goods.

It is becoming increasingly important for these industries to be able to draw on new academic research quickly and efficiently, and iCPSE will facilitate this process, working together with companies including AstraZeneca, ICI, Shell and BP to tackle issues of process and product design, production planning scheduling and control, supply chain optimisation, molecular systems engineering, biological systems engineering and energy systems.

David Bogle is Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL and Deputy Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering. He commented: "iCPSE will allow us to develop our research students as confident players in the international research and industrial world through exchange, joint projects, and high level courses.  Our staff will have opportunities for deeper collaboration with Georgia Tech and also with a wider range of industrial partners through an expanded industrial consortium."

To find out more about the Centre for Process Systems Engineering use the link below.

Centre for Process Systems Engineering