George Stephanopoulos A.D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering

2040 Visions of Process Systems Engineering
A Symposium on the Occasion of George Stephanopoulos’s
70th Birthday and Retirement from MIT
June 1-2, 2017
MIT Wong Auditorium, E51-115 (Map)
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA


On June 1-2, 2017, we held at MIT the two-day symposium 2040 Visions of Process Systems Engineering. This symposium celebrated the 70th birthday of Professor George Stephanopoulos, as well as his many contributions to Process Systems Engineering education and research at MIT and beyond, as he steps down from his professorship at MIT.

The symposium included presentations and discussions on the future visions for Process Systems Engineering, as well as a reunion of former and current Stephanopoulos’s students, post-docs, academic and industrial friends and colleagues.

By all accounts we have received so far, this was a very successful event, as witnessed by comments as the following:

“… the technical quality of the talks was excellent…”; “… I cannot imagine how another gathering can top this Symposium in PSE…”; “…the sense of focus and community in this symposium is rarely felt in other PSE events.”; “… the symposium was a great learning experience for me”;  “ … a unique opportunity and a truly memorable event.”

Copies of the presentation slides/texts and videos, as well as photographs from the Symposium and the Thursday dinner can be found under the menu items, “PROGRAM AND PRESENTATION SLIDES“, and “PHOTOS AND VIDEOS“, of this web site.

We want to thank all the speakers, chairs of the nine sessions, and the participants from around the world for their contributions and for making this symposium a tremendous success and a truly memorable event.

With our thanks and best wishes to all,

Paula Hammond, Greg Stephanopoulos, and Richard Braatz
Co-Organizers of 2040 Visions in Process Systems Engineering
June 1-2, 2017, MIT