Benjamin J. Davis

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Eleanor and Stanley Ensminger Chair of Chemical Engineering

Professor Davis is an expert in sustainable chemical process design - the study of how to model and create safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly manufacturing facilities.  He has published on identifying performance limits for networks of batch-wise (time-dependent) chemical reactors and on modeling and assessing the sustainability of corporations.

His research work is currently focused on sustainability assessment, sustainable process design (the economic, environmental, and social impacts of manufacturing or energy generation facilities), bioprocess design, biofuels, and operations research.  He teaches three required courses for chemical engineering undergraduate students regularly: Material and Energy Balances, Process Simulation and Mathematical Techniques for ChEs, and Process Evaluation and Design II.  Based on his research experience, he has offered elective courses on Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering, Convex Optimization Techniques, and Sustainability and Pollution Prevention.

Professor Davis has been an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) since 2004 and has given many presentations at their Annual Meetings.  He has been a member of the Education Division of AIChE since it began and has served as Secretary/Treasurer, 2nd Vice-Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the division.

Professor Davis has been at Cooper Union since his graduation from UCLA in 2009 with his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  He is originally from Grand Island, NY and received his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University.  His hobbies include board games, brewing beer, and ultimate frisbee.

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