Mahmoud El-Halwagi, professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed to serve on the inaugural advisory board of the Center for Energy Initiatives, launched by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi

Approved by the AIChE board of directors in 2010, the center aims to identify opportunities beyond the current AIChE energy activities, develop plans to respond to opportunities, facilitate and coordinate implementation, and find ways to focus expertise and the work of AIChE members from different energy related divisions and activities towards reaching common goals pertinent to serving the energy needs of society.

Holder of the McFerrin Professorship, El-Halwagi is internationally known for his pioneering contributions in the fields of sustainable design and process integration, and he has written two widely used texts on the subject. At Texas A&M, he conducts research and teaches senior-level undergraduate and graduate classes, covering the areas of sustainability, energy conversion, novel energy technologies, process design, simulation, economics, integration and optimization.

The center has undertaken a number of research and education projects, including the coordination of a project on carbon management for a group of leading engineering societies. In addition, work is under way on an intersociety, interdisciplinary project to develop energy metrics that will allow for consistent comparison of diverse energy options. The center also is developing energy education modules for undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum.

AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security.

Written by Ryan Garcia,