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Stephen E. Zitney

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Adjunct Professor - Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Approved Graduate Faculty for Statler MS and PhD committees 

Education 

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989 

M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986 

B.S. Chemical Engineering/Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1983 

Dr. Stephen E. Zitney has nearly 30 years of R&D experience in process systems engineering for chemical and energy applications and the environment. Since 2004, he has directed process systems engineering research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). In 2011, Dr. Zitney launched the AVESTAR Center for Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training And Research at West Virginia University (WVU), where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. 

Before joining DOE/NETL, Dr. Zitney held senior consulting and R&D management positions at Fluent, a leading provider of computational fluid dynamics software, Aspen Technology, a major supplier of process simulation software, and Cray Research, a leading provider of supercomputing tools to the process and energy industries. He received M.S./Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Dr. Zitney has authored and co-authored over 100 publications, 150 conference presentations, and 50 invited presentations in process systems engineering. He currently serves as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Trustee of the Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering (CACHE) Corporation. Dr. Zitney is the recipient of numerous awards including 6 prestigious R&D100 Awards and 7 Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. 

Research Interests 

Process Systems Engineering 

Steady-State Process Modeling, Simulation, and Design 

Dynamic Process Modeling, Simulation, and Operations 

Reduced Order Modeling 

Process Optimization and Control 

Sensor Network Design 

Operator Training Systems 

3D Virtual Immersive Training Systems 

Connected Plant Technology 

Special Interests 

Energy and Chemical Process Applications 

Power Generation 

Gasification/Combustion 

CO2 Capture 

Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles 

Awards 

2015 R&D100 Award, EYESIM v2.3 Immersive Real-Time Virtual Reality Software for Improving Energy Plant Operations and Safety 

2015 Elected as Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 

2013 Elsevier Most Cited Articles 2010-12: Zitney, S.E., "Process/equipment co-simulation for design and analysis of advanced energy systems," Comp. & Chem. Eng., 34(9), 1532-1542 (2010) 

2013 Carnegie Science Center Corporate Innovation Award, NETL-RUA, AVESTAR Center 

2013 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology Transfer Award, 3D Virtual Energy Plant Simulator and Immersive Training System 

2012 Excellence and Service Award as Program Co-Chair, AIChE Annual Meeting 

2012 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology Transfer Award, AVESTAR Dynamic Simulator for IGCC Power Plants with Carbon Capture 

2011 R&D100 Award, APECS v2.0 with ANSYS DesignXplorer and ROM Builder 

2011 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology Transfer Award, APECS v2.0 with ANSYS DesignXplorer and ROM Builder 

2010 FLC National Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, VE-PSI 

2009 R&D100 Award, Virtual Engineering – Process Simulation Interface (VE-PSI) 

2009 NETL Hugh Guthrie Award for Innovation, VE-PSI 

2009 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology Transfer Award, VE-PSI 

2009 Federal Executive Board Gold Award, Outstanding Professional Employee (Science/Engineering) 

2008 R&D100 Award, APECS with ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager 

2008 NETL Hugh Guthrie Award for Innovation, APECS with ANSYS EKM 

2007 FLC National Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, APECS 

2006 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology Transfer Award, APECS 

2004 R&D100 Award, Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS). 

1999 Achievement Award, Design, Simulation & Optimization Systems; Partial Differential Equation (PDE) capabilities for Aspen Dynamics and Aspen Custom Modeler 

1993 Leadership and Innovation Award, Bayer AG Plantwide Dynamic Simulation, Cray Research, Inc. 

Professional Societies 

AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers 

CACHE - Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering