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Seminar - Process Engineering Evolution and Innovations – Food, Society and Future by Professor Xiao Dong Chen
日期:2018 年 04 月 17 日 ( 星期二)
Time:4:30pm - 5:30pm


Process engineering has continued to evolve, as demanded by the challenges of modern industrialization and sustainable developments. Starting from Newtonian theories of mechanics, engineering has become a ‘system’ that has strong mathematical theories and modeling approaches, with ever improving predictability and design capacity. This has been seen to emerge, gracefully, from the trial and error approaches to the systematically developing new technologies. The content of the so-called “three transports and one reaction” has been enriched dramatically over the recent years partly also due to the global economic ‘re-distribution’. Modern process engineering is of multi-disciplinary and multi-scaled, encompassing food engineering, biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, material engineering and so on. Its principles can be seen to apply widely. From the big picture to many small details, process engineering may also be seen to be an efficient framework for societal behavior analyses. Some innovative ideas, including bio-inspired chemical engineering, are presented with the intention to trigger more exciting thoughts among the students and academic colleagues.


Professor Chen has been the Soochow University Distinguished Professor and Head of Chemical and Environmental Engineering since 2013. He obtained a BE in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University (1987) in Beijing; a PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University in New Zealand (1991); and a MSc in Applied Mathematics from University of New South Wales in Australia (2014). He is an Editor of Trends in Food Science and Technology (Elsevier) and the founding editor of International Journal of Food Engineering. In 2015, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th International Congress of Engineering and Foods (Quebec, Canada), held once every 4 years since 1976. He is an Elected Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand since 2001; an Elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering since 2007. He is also a Fellow of IChemE (UK) and is a Senior Member of AIChE (USA). Most recently, he was awarded the university’s very first Docteur Honoris Causa in the history of Agrocampus Ouest (France) and ‘The most favorite teacher of the year’ award at Soochow University. Formerly and sequentially he held a Chair Professor at University of Auckland (New Zealand), a Chair Professor at Monash University (Australia), and a Chair Professor at Xiamen University (China). By the end of 2017, he has published some 550 refereed journal articles and more than 230 conference papers. He has delivered over 50 Plenary/Keynote/Invited Lectures worldwide. Published 3 books (the most recent one being Modelling Drying Processes – A Reaction Engineering Approach published by Cambridge University Press, 2013), authored or co-authored 22 book chapters and over 50 reports on industrial consulting projects. He was the Chairman of the 2012 International Drying Symposium (IDS Series) and the co-chair of the 2016 AIChE Sustainability Symposium. He has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at School of Biology and Basic Medical Science at Soochow University (2016). He has remained as the Adjunct Professors at Xiamen University and Monash University. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland. His research areas include biology inspired chemical engineering, food engineering, biotechnology, particle technology, spontaneous combustion and mathematical modeling of chemical engineering processes. He is an enthusiast of pop music, painting and applying chemical engineering principles to analyze social behaviors.