Professor W.H. Roger Sargent


The Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering has organized an annual lectureship since 1994 in celebration of Sargent Centre's Founding Director Professor Roger W.H. Sargent.  

The Professor Roger Sargent Lectures are a tribute to Professor Sargent’s vision, leadership, significant technical contributions and to his legacy in the field of Process Systems. They are aimed at exploring the views from academics from around the world. Since the Lectures begun, we have had many distinguished speakers. You can find the list of past speakers below. 

The RSL Video Recordings are available to Sargent Centre Members.


RSL Speakers 1994 to Present

2023 Professor Kai Sundmacher, Max Planck Institute "Integrated computer-aided molecular, material and process design for efficient chemical production systems."
2022 Professor Ana Paula Barbosa Póvoa, University of Lisbon. "Driving Supply Chain Sustainability: How Does Optimisation play a Role?"
2021 Professor Sandro Macchietto, Imperial College London "Data, Models, Knowledge, Wisdom: what for?"
2020 Professor Yannis Kevrekidis, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "No equations, no variables, no space, no time: Data and the modelling of complex systems"
2019 Professor Marianthi Ierapetritou, University of Delaware. Process Systems Engineering in the Era of Big-Data and Industry 4.0 Revolution”
 2018 Professor Babatunde A Ogunnaike, University of Delaware. "Biological Control Systems: Systems Biology of Diseases and the Design of Effective Treatments"
 2017 Professor Frank Allgöwer, Universität Stuttgart . "Industry 4.0: Challenges and Opportunities for Model Predictive Control‌"
 2016 Professor Jay H. Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). "Mathematical Programming and Dynamic Programming: How they have been used in control and can be combined for further use in planning, scheduling and control of multi-scale stochastic systems"
 2015 Professor Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Columbia University. "Process Systems Engineering at Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities in the Era of Watson"
 2014 Professor Stratos Pistikopoulos FREng, CPSE, Imperial College London. "Multi-Parametric Programming & Control 25 years later: what is next”
 2013 Professor Francis J. Doyle III, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Engineering the Artificial Pancreas”
 2012 Professor Sebastian Engell, Technische Universität Dortmund. “Optimization under lack of knowledge – the key to operational excellence”
 2011 Professor Lorenz T. Biegler, Carnegie Mellon University. “On-line Dynamic Process Optimization: Making It Real”
 2010 Professor Michael F. Doherty, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Crystalline Solids: The Next Frontier in Process Systems Engineering”
 2009 Professor Costas Pantelides, PSE Ltd/Imperial College London. “Process Modelling: A Progress Report”
 2008 Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas, Princeton University. “Discovery through Systems Engineering Thinking”
 2007 Professor Rafiqul Gani, Technical University of Denmark. “Models, Modelling and Process Systems Engineering- What Next?”
 2006 Professor Erik Ydstie, Carnegie Mellon University. “Inventory and Flow Control in Complex Networks”
 2005 Professor John Perkins, The University of Manchester. “Engineering the Future”
 2004 Professor Dr-Ing Wolfgang Marquardt, RWTH Aachen, Germany “From Feedback Control to Real-Time Business Decision Making in the Process Industries”
 2003 Professor Ignacio E Grossman, Carnegie Mellon University. “Future and Scope of Mathematical Programming in Process Systems Engineering”
 2002 Professor Manfred Morari, ETH Zürich. “Beyond Process Control”
 2001 Professor Roger W H Sargent, Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College. “Modelling the Future”
 2000 Professor George Stephanopoulos, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, and Professor A D Little, Massachusets Institute of Technology. “Is there a Need for a New Process Systems Engineering”
 1999 Professor Arthur W Westerberg, Carnegie Mellon University. “Pursuing Process Design Insights”
 1998 Professor W Harmon Ray, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Polymerization Process Systems for Fun and Profit”
 1997 Professor Graham C Goodwin, The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. “Advanced Control: From Ivory Towers to Steel Plants”
 1996 Professor James M Douglas, University of Massachusets, Amherst
 1995 Professor Karl J Astrom, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
 1994 Professor Rutherford Aris, University of Minnesota