CPSE Management Team
Sargent Centre Management Team

Professor Claire S. Adjiman, FREng

Professor Claire S. Adjiman is the Director of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering. She obtained MEng in Chemical Engineering (Imperial College London) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (Princeton University). She has received many awards including:  Fellow  of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Chartered Engineer, EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (2012-2017), Henry E. Armstrong Memorial Lecture of the Society of Chemical Industry (2011), Philip Leverhulme Trust Prize for Engineering (2009), Research Excellence Award for Molecular Systems Engineering team, Imperial College (2009), Rector’s Excellence Award, Imperial College (2007), Royal Academy of Engineering ICI Fellowship (1998-20 03) and Porter Ogden Ja cobus Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University in 1997. Professor Adjiman’s research interests are on Systematic methodologies for integrated molecular and process design for reactive processes: development of mo delling and optimisation tools and applications (e.g. solv ent design for re actions or CO2 capture, risk ma nagement). Model-based assessment of design of energy conversion systems including solid oxide fuel cells. Development of property prediction techniques integrating different scales of modelling (from quantum mechanics to advanced equations of state).

Professor David Bogle, FREng

Professor David Bogle is the Deputy Director of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering. He was Director of the Centre in 2006. He is currently also Pro-Vice-Provost, Head of UCL's Doctoral School and chair of the Steering Group of the League of European Research Universities Doctoral Studies Community. He undertakes research and teaching in process design and process control for both chemical and biochemical processes and in Systems Biology. Professor Bogle is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and was awarded IChemE’s Council Medal in 2006 He chaired the Chemical Engineering World Congress in Glasgow in 2005. Professor Bogle studied Chemical Engineering at Imperial College at both undergraduate and graduate levels, receiving his PhD in 1983. Following this, he worked on modelling and control projects for British Gas before taking a position as lecturer at the University of Adelaide from 1986 until 1990. Professor Bogle joined UCL as a lecturer in 1990. In 2005 he was appointed Head of the UCL Doctoral School.

Dr BenoƮt Chachuat

Dr Benoît Chachuat is Reader in Process Systems Engineering. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, ON, Canada (2008-2010). Dr Chachuat obtained MEng in Environmental Engineering (with Distinction - ENGEES, Strasbourg, France), MSc in Engineering Science (with Distinction - Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (with Distinction - INPL, Nancy, France). In 2013 he was awarded Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Computers & Chemical Engineering, Automatica Outstanding Reviewer Award (2007), Lavoisier Postdoctoral Fellowship ( 2003–2004) and Outstanding PhD Thesis Award, INPL in 2002. His research interests are: Environmental systems engineering, especially design and operation of wastewater treatment and recovery plants; integrated design and operation of miroalgae photobioreactors, Systematic methodologies for design and operation under uncertainty, Real-time optimization of dynamic and large-scale processes and Development of new methods and tools for deterministic global optimization.

Graham Elkes



Graham Elkes graduated in Chemistry from Oxford University and then worked for BP for over 30 years. He held a wide range of mainly technical posts in BP’s Downstream Business (Marketing and Refining) and gained broader experience in Planning/Forecasting and New Venture Business operations. His final posting was as Chief Technical Officer for BP’s global Aviation Business. He had links to CPSE while he was working in Refining technology and was the BP focal point for the BP-funded Urban Energy Systems project at Imperial in which CPSE was heavily involved from its start in 2005. He is interested in more sustainable energy systems particularly in transport applications and in cities and in the interface between universities and industrial operations.

Professor Paul Rutter

Professor Paul Rutter spent the first 30 years of his career in industrial research beginning as a Unilever research scientist and team leader working on bioadhesion in the oral cavity (1974-1980). He then spent a year as a Senior Research Fellow at London Hospital Medical School before joining BP to work on innovative fuels. He was appointed BP Research Associate 1988 and then manager of BP Minerals Research Group 1989-91, BP Corporate Research Management 1991-92, and manager BP Petroleum Engineering Research and Technical Support 1992 -2000. His final position in BP was senior advisor environmental technology where he provided strategic advice to BP business leaders on renewable energy technology, climate change science, carbon trading and greenhouse gas mitigation to meet BP’s 10% GHG emissions reduction target 2000 - 2002. He joined Imperial College as a Visiting Professor in 2002. He has published over 30 research papers and patents on topics including colloid science, bacterial adhesion, mixed adsorption systems, coal preparation, alternative fuels, mineral processing, climate change and urban energy. Presented papers at 3 Gordon Conferences, a Dahlem conference on bioadhesion, and numerous international meetings. Past member of international boards and committees concerned with climate change and sustainable energy (including IEA, WBC, NCAR). Industrial supervisor for PhD students at Bristol University, Surrey University and Imperial College. Current research interests are climate change impacts, the history of development of urban energy systems and sustainable energy technology.

Professor Nilay Shah, FREng

Professor Nilay Shah is the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and former Sargent Centre Director. He is also Co-Director of the Urban Energy Systems project at Imperial, Co-Director of the Porter Institute for Bioenergy, and leader of the Zero-Carbon Production Systems theme of Climate-KIC (www.climate-kic.org). He has co-authored over 100 technical papers on energy systems modelling and engineering, bio-energy systems, hydrogen infrastructures, supply chain modelling, process scheduling and optimisation, design of batch and biochemical processes, and plant safety and risk assessment. He has developed an optimisation-based design methodology for a variety of energy systems exhibiting strong spatial and temporal aspects. Professor Shah  is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering  and has received several awards including the IChemE Junior Moulton Medal (1996), an RAEng/ICI Engineering Fellowship (1997-2001), the Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize (2005), the Imperial College Rector’s Award for Research Excellence (2006), RAEng MacRobert Award (2007) and Imperial College Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2009).

Professor Wolfram Wiesemann


Professor Wolfram Wiesemann (former CPSE student) is a Professor of Analytics and Operations at Imperial College Business School, London. Before joining the faculty of Imperial College Business School in 2013, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London (2010-2011) and an Imperial College Research Fellow (2011-2012). He was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Statistics and Mathematics at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, in 2010, the Computer-Aided Systems Laboratory at Princeton University, USA, in 2011, and the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department at Columbia University, USA, in 2012. Wolfram’s research interests revolve around the methodological aspects of decision-making under uncertainty, as well as applications in operations management, energy and finance.