Dr. Vladimir Mahalec
Vladimir Mahalec
Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L7, Canada
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Office: ETB 505
Voice: +1 (905) 525 9140 extension 26386
email: mahalec@mcmaster.ca

Optimization of plant operations (production planning, scheduling, real-time optimization) and supply chain management; integration of planning, scheduling, RTO, and control; reduced size hybrid models for optimization; energy recovery from low temperature sources
Education
  • Dipl. Ing, U. of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Ph.D., U. of Houston, (Houston, TX)
  • Post-Doctoral Associate, M.I.T. (Cambridge, MA)

Research Interests

Software engineering and application design, development, and implementation (advanced process control, process engineering and design, planning, scheduling, plant optimization, feedstock selection, trading and logistics). Expertise in value chain optimization in petroleum, petrochemicals, and other process industries.


Employment History

1991-2006 Aspen Technology Inc. Cambridge Massachusetts, Senior Vice President for Technology Management

1978-1991 Esso Petroleum, Manager, Process control Group

1977-1978 MIT Cambridge Massachusetts, Research Associate


Design of Software for Process Simulation, Design, Optimization and Plant Operations

  • Architecture for aspenONE (integrated solutions for plant operations) (2003-2006).
  • Design of a real-time optimization system, RT-OPT and equation-oriented ASPEN PLUS.
  • (1991-1994)
  • Novel refinery-wide modeling. (1988-1991)
  • Design and implementation of refinery scheduling / simulation software (1982-1984)
  • Designed computational architecture for ASPEN PLUS. (1977-1978)

Design of Methods for Plant Control

  • Novel method for on-line calculation of distillation tower tray loading and control of tower operation close to the flooding operation.
  • Novel advanced multivariable control methods.
  • Design of a Control engineer’s interface for configuring multi-variable controllers