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DYN organized the Day of BCI (Tag des BCI)

The “Day of BCI” is a yearly event at the Department of biochemical and chemical engineering. This time, it has been organised by the Process Dynamics and Operations Group (DYN). For this occasion, several experts of both academia and industry have been invited to hold presentations. The overarching theme of the presentations was “Process Operation”.


Furthermore, a poster exhibition, created by the different groups of the department of biochemical and chemical engineering, accompanied the event. The posters informed attendees of the newest research results. Contact partners were attending to answer questions. This event was closed by the graduation ceremony. After the presentations and poster sessions, the graduation ceremony began.


Improving the resource efficiency in integrated chemical plants with methods of process operation (Dr. Stefan Krämer)

The first presentation was by Dr. Stefan Krämer, who is the energy manager at INEOS in Cologne, one of the top ten producers of chemicals in terms of sales revenue. The topic of the presentation was “Improving the resource efficiency in integrated chemical plants with methods of process operation”. Dr. Krämer is involved in various projects, such as “MORE - Real-time Monitoring and Optimization of Resource Efficiency in Integrated Processing Plants” and “CoPro- Improved energy and resource efficiency by better coordination of production in the process industries”. He worked at the DYN chair from 1998 to 2003 where he received his PhD. Afterwards, he spent half a year at Universidad del Pais Vasco on the Marie Curie scholarship. In 2004, he joined INEOS in Cologne as a control engineer. In addition to his work at INEOS in Cologne, he offers a lecture regarding Batch Process optimisation at TU Dortmund.

Optimal process operation by considering the state of the plant (Prof. Dr. Johannes Jäschke)

The next presentation was given by Prof. Dr. Johannes Jäschke, who holds a professorship in Subsea Process Systems Engineering, sponsored by DNV GL, at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU). The title of his presentation was “Optimal process operation by considering the state of the plant”. He studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and received his Dipl.-Ing, (M.Sc.) in 2007. After receiving his PhD degree at NTNU in 2011, he spent time as a postdoc at NTNU and Carnegie Mellon University. In 2014, he was appointed to his current position. Furthermore, he is a member of the Outstanding Academic Fellows Program at NTNU.

Process operation of the future - the role of sensors and models (Prof. Dr. Sergio Lucia)

Prof. Dr. Sergio Lucia presented his topic “Process operation of the future - the role of sensors and models”. Dr. Lucia currently is an assistant professor at TU Berlin and leads the Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart Buildings at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) in Berlin. He received his M.Sc. at the University of Zaragoza in 2010. During his studies, he spent an academic exchange at TU Berlin where he also wrote his Master thesis. After finishing his studies, he got this PhD under the supervision of Prof. Sebastian Engell in 2014. After working as a postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, he got his current position in 2017. During his academic life, he received awards, such as the VAA Dissertation award, the Extraordinary degree award and an ERASMUS scholarship.

Challenges regarding the process operation in a speciality chemicals company (Dr. Kai Dadhe)

The final presentation was given by Dr. Kai Dadhe, who is employed at Evonik Industries, which is one of the worldwide largest manufacturers of speciality chemicals. His presentation had the title “Challenges regarding the process operation in a speciality chemicals company”. He received his diploma in 1998 at University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and got his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Engell in 2004. In 2005 he joined Evonik Industries and held  different the positions at the company. After working as a project engineer, he became the leader of manufacturing intelligence and in 2017 became head of CAPE & Automation .