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Y.A. Liu

Frank C. Vilbrandt endowed professor
  • Alumni distinguished professor


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1974
  • M.S., Tufts University, 1970
  • B.S., National Taiwan University, 1967

Research Interests

  • Artificial intelligence, neural networks, multivariate statistics, machine learning, and big data analytics with applications to bioprocessing and chemical process industries.
  • Design, simulation and optimization of refining, polymer, biodiesel, adsorptive, chromatographic and CO2 capture processes
  • Process synthesis and integration with applications to energy savings, water reuse, wastewater minimization, and hydrogen resource optimization.
  • Process system engineering (PSE) with applications to process and product design, advanced process control, supply-chain optimization, asset performance management, computational chemistry and molecular engineering.