Ali El Kamel
Dr. ali el kamel Professor Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

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Ali Elkamel is a Professor of chemical engineering. His academic journey includes earning a BSc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines, an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (Process Systems Engineering Specialization) from Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana. At the core of his research program is the development of both theory and applications for process systems engineering. His diverse applications range from planning and scheduling of process operations to energy production, pollution monitoring and control, waste minimization, carbon management, sustainable operations, molecular design, and product formulation. Professor Elkamel is currently focusing on research projects related to energy systems, integration of renewable energy in process operations and energy conversion systems, and the utilization of data analytics (Digitalization), machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve process and enterprise-wide efficiency and profitability.

Professor Elkamel teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, covering topics such as optimization techniques, mathematical methods for chemical engineers, applied statistics, numerical methods, systems engineering, process design, industrial ecology, and engineering economy. His influence extends beyond the classroom, as he has supervised over 75 Master's students, 45 PhD students (20 in academia), and more than 45 post-doctoral fellows/research associates. Notably, all of his trainees have successfully secured positions in the chemical process industry and academia.

He has been funded for several research projects from government and industry. Among his accomplishments are the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Best teacher award, the IEOM (Industrial engineering and Operations Management) Outstanding Service and Distinguished Educator Award, UAE MBR Academy of Scientists, The Engineering Research Excellence Award, and Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award. He has been on the program and organization committees of many international conferences. Prof. Elkamel has a strong track record of research excellence. He published over 450 journal articles, 185 proceedings, and 50 book chapters, and has been an invited speaker on numerous occasions at academic institutions throughout the world and at national and international conferences. He has also written 5 books, including “Environmentally Conscious Fossil Energy Production”, “Planning of Refinery and Petrochemical Operations”, and “Electric Vehicles in Energy Systems: Modelling, Integration, Analysis, and Optimization.”

  • Doctorate of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, USA
  • Master's Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA
  • Bachelor's Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Bachelor's Mathematics, Colorado School of Mines, USA

  • Process Optimization
  • Numerical Methods
  • Process Design
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Data Analysis
  • Energy Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Machine Learning

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Petroleum Institute

Research Interests
  • Process Systems Engineering