Saadet Ulas


Address:
500 S Clinton St. Apt: 432,
Chicago, IL - 60607
Phone no: (630) 515 8773
email:sulas1@uic.edu

EDUCATION:

  • PhD Student in Bioengineering
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, 2003
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, 2002
    Honor Student
    Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.

RESEARCH PROJECTS AT VRI:

Manufacturing, Planning and Management
Energy and Environment
Materials and Molecular Modeling


RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Batch processing and optimal control
  2. Stochastic processes and real options
  3. Efficient sampling techniques for molecular simulations for the prediction of toxicological and environmental properties using molecular simulations

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

  • Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL August 2002 - present

RESEARCH:

  • Modeling thermodynamic uncertainties in batch, bio or pharmaceutical processes using real options theory and Ito processes with application to optimal control.
  • Molecular simulations for predicting environmental properties, such as octanol-water partition coefficients using an efficient sampling technique based on quasi Monte-Carlo method.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

  • "Molecular Simulations For Environmental Property Predictions: An Efficient Sampling Approach", Paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.
  • "Uncertainties in Parameter Estimation and Optimal Control in Batch Distillation", Paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2004.
  • "Greener Solvent Selection, Solvent Recycling and Optimal Operation under Uncertainty: A Real Options Theory Approach", Paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2004.
  • "Batch Distillation Optimal Control and Real Options Theory for Bio-processing", Paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2003.
  • "Stochastic Optimal Control in Batch Distillation: A Real Options Theory Approach", Paper presented at the INFORMS/CUSTOM Symposium: 'Managing Risk in an Uncertain World', Chicago, IL, 2003.
  • "Greener Solvent Selection and Recycling with Time-Dependent Uncertainties", Poster presented to the UIC Conference on the Environment, Chicago, IL, 2003.

JOURNAL PAPERS:

  • Ulas S., Diwekar U.M., 'Integrating Product and Process Design with Optimal Control: A Case Study of Solvent Recycling', Accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Science, 2005.
  • Ulas S., Diwekar U.M., Stadtherr, M. 'Uncertainties in Parameter Estimation & Optimal Control in Batch Distillation', Computers & Chemical Engineering, 28, 2004, 2245-2258.
  • Ulas S., Diwekar U.M., 'Thermodynamic Uncertainties in Batch Processing and Optimal Control', 28, 11, 2245-2258.

AWARDS:

  • 'Best Student Paper Award', in: INFORMS/CUSTOM Symposium on Risk Management, Chicago, IL, 31 May 2003.
  • "UIC Student Travel Award", 2003.

INTERNSHIPS:

  • Bursa Portland Cement Production Plant, Turkey, June-August 2001.
  • Training on production of Portland cement, environmental protection, quality control (ISO 9000), total quality management and modeling process performance with plant-specific data.
  • Nergis Textile Corporation, Polymer Production Unit, Turkey, June-August 2000.
  • Training on production of polyester fiber, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), for textiles, modeling process performance with plant-specific data.

COMPUTER SKILLS:

  • Languages: FORTRAN, C++.
  • Systems: MS-DOS, Windows: 98, 2000, NT & XP.
  • Software: MS Office, LaTeX, Matlab/Simulink, Mathcad, GAMS, Aspen Plus, MultiBatchDS.

COURSEWORK:

Advanced Separation Processes                       Transport Phenomena
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering          Fluid Phase Equilibria
Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering      Air Pollution Engineering Bioinstrumentation and Measurements Biostatistics
Molecular Modeling in Bioinformatics
Principles of Cell and Tissue Engineering           Fractional Calculus in Bioengineering


MEMBERSHIPS:

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), member, 2003.
  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), member, 2003.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE), member, 2003.

LANGUAGES:

  • English
  • French
  • Turkish (native)

ACTIVITIES:

  • Photography
  • Swimming
  • Cycling