Personnel and Available Openings


We are always interested in qualified candidates who are seeking a PhD in Chemical Engineering in the broad area of process system engineering. The accepted students will work with top international corporations and leading information technology companies. The successful candidates will receive full scholarships. Our graduates are highly sought after by industry firms. Please send a professional resume, educational background, record of achievements, and list of references to design@vt.edu.



Current Students


Picture Ai-Fu Chang

Ai-Fu Chang
PhD Candidate
Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Expected Graduation: May 2010

M.S. Chemical Engineering, 2003
National Taiwan University

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2001
National Taiwan University

Contact Information:
Department of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Voice: (540) 231-3981
Fax: (540) 231-5022
Email: afchang@vt.edu
Research Topics
  • Refinery Wide Modeling and Optimization
  • Development of polymer process simulation and optimization technology.
























Picture Kiran Pashikanti

Kiran Pashikanti
PhD Candidate
Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Expected Graduation: May 2011

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2006
Virginia Commonwelath University, Richmond, VA

Contact Information:
Department of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Voice: (540) 231-3981
Fax: (540) 231-5022
Email: kpashik@vt.edu
Research Topics
  • Refinery Wide Modeling and Optimization



















Picture April VanSant

April Nelson VanSant
M.S. Candidate
Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Expected Graduation: August 2008

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2004
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Contact Information:
Department of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Voice: (540) 231-3981
Fax: (540) 231-5022
Email: avansant@vt.edu
Research Topics
  • Application of COSMO-SAC to electrolyte solutions




Recent Graduates


Anthony Gaglione
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 2007
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2004

Virginia Tech


Contact Information:
ERG
14555 Avion Parkaway, Suite 200
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Voice: (703) 633-1618
Fax: (703) 263-7280
Email: anthony.gaglione@erg.com
Thesis Topic
  • Multiscale Modeling of an Industrial Leacher


Eric Mullins
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 2007
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2004

Virginia Tech

Contact Information:
Eastman Chemical Company
P.O. Box 511
Kingsport, TN 37662-5231

Voice: (423) 229-8518
Fax: (423) 224-0453
Email: pmullins@eastman.com
M.S. Thesis Title
  • Application of COSMO-SAC to Solid Solubility in Pure and Mixed Solvents for Organic Pharmacological Compounds.



Kevin Seavey
Research Scientist

Doctor of Philosophy, 2003
Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech

M.S. Forest Products, 1999
Virginia Tech

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1997
The Johns Hopkins University

Contact Information:
The Dow Chemical Company
2301 Brazosport Blvd., APB Bldg.
Brazosport, Texas 77541-3257

Voice: (979) 238-4456
Fax: (979) 232-0788
Email: kcseavey@dow.com
Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Research and Development of Simulation and Optimization Technology for Commerical Nylon-6 Manufacturing Processes
Research Interests
  • Developing polymerization process simulation technology
  • Developing custom simulation software solutions
  • Seeking out and evaluating new research areas in chemical engineering computer-aided design


Bruce Lucas
Doctor of Philosophy, 2005
Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech

M.S., Chemical Engineering,January 2000
New Jersey Institute of Technology

B.S., Chemical Engineering, January 1999
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Contact Information:
Michelin North America
American Synthetic Rubber Company
4500 Campground Rd.
Louisville, KY 40216
Voice: (502) 449-8345
Fax: (502) 449-8380
Email: bruce.lucas@us.michelin.com

PhD Disertation Title
  • Fundamental Modeling of Solid-State Polymerization Process Systems for Polyesters and Polyamides


Richard Oldland
M.S., Chemical Engineering, 2004
Virginia Tech

B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2001
Virginia Tech

Contact Information:
The Dow Chemical Company
Engineering Solutions
2301 Brazosport Blvd., APB Bldg.
Freeport, TX 77541-3257
Voice: (979) 238-1114
Fax: (979) 232-0788
Email: roldland@dow.com

M.S. Thesis Topic
  • Predicting Phase Equilibria Using COSMO-Based Thermodynamic Models
  • VT-2004 Sigma-Profile Database

Jay Khare
Doctor of Philosophy, 2003
Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech

B.S., Chemical Engineering, January 1996
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Contact Information:
Honeywell International Inc.
Resins & Chemicals
Chesterfield Plant, Building 13
4101 Bermuda Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23836
Voice: (804) 530-6567
Fax: (804) 530-6154
Email: jay.khare@honeywell.com

PhD Disertation Title
  • Predictive Modeling of Metal-Catalyzed Polyolefin Processes