Kirti Yenkie, Ph.D.

Kirti Yenkie, Ph.D.

Kirti Yenkie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kirti  Yenkie, Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering

Contact Info
Rowan Hall 329


Personal Gender Pronoun: She/Her/Hers


B.Tech. - Chemical Engineering (LIT Nagpur, India)
M.Tech. - Chemical Engineering (IIT Bombay, India)
Ph.D. - Bioengineering (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Delaware

Research Expertise:
Process Systems Engineering

My research focuses on leveraging Process Systems Engineering (PSE) principles in the areas of environmental sustainability and healthcare. Research methods include mathematical modeling, simulation, programming, data analytics, optimization, control, uncertainty analysis and stochastic processes. Some of my current research projects include (i) Design of wastewater treatment networks (ii) Solvent recovery and reuse for sustainable industrial practices (USEPA sponsored), (iii) Optimization of pipeline flushing operations in lubricants blending facility (ExxonMobil sponsored) and (iv) Healthcare applications like cancer diagnostics and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) management.

Honors and Awards:
Selected among 20 Outstanding Young Chemical Engineering Educators by the CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering) Committee and invited to present at their 50th Anniversary Meeting (July 19-20, 2019), Breckenridge, CO.

Young Investigator Travel Awards for 3 Professional Conferences

Winning Team Member-Inspira Health Hack for research proposal on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) management tool in collaboration with Cooper Medical School

2018 Rowan Seed Funding Award for the project proposal on Understanding Chemotherapeutic Cardiotoxicity in Cancer Patients

Professional Memberships:
AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
AIChE’s Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division
AIChE’s Environmental Division
AIChE’s Delaware Valley Section (DVS)
INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences)
ACS (American Chemical Society)
ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)

Recent Publications:
Yenkie, K. M.*. 2019. Integrating the three E’s in Wastewater Treatment: Efficient Design, Economic Viability, and Environmental Sustainability. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 26: 131-138.

Wu, W.†; Yenkie, K. M.†*; Maravelias, C. T. 2019. Synthesis and analysis of separation processes for extracellular chemicals generated from microbial conversions. BMC Chemical Engineering, 1(1): 1-14. † Equal Contributions, Corresponding author

Yenkie, K. M.; Diwekar, U. M. 2018. The ‘No sampling’ parameter estimation algorithm for stochastic differential equations. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 129: 376-383.