Ali Elkamel


Contact InformationAli Elkamel

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37157
Location: E6 3008


Biography Summary

Ali Elkamel is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and is cross-appointed to Systems Design Engineering. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Mathematics from Colorado School of Mines, MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana.

The goal of his research program is to develop theory and applications for process systems engineering. The applications are focused on planning and scheduling of process operations, energy production, pollution monitoring and control, waste minimization, carbon management, sustainable operations, molecular design, and product formulation.

Professor Elkamel teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on optimization techniques, mathematical methods for chemical engineers, applied statistics, numerical methods, systems engineering, and engineering economy.

Prof. Elkamel supervised over 90 graduate students (of which 35 are PhDs) and more than 30 post-doctoral fellows/research associates and his trainees all obtain good jobs in the chemical process industry and in academia. He has been funded for several research projects from government and industry. Among his accomplishments are the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Best teacher award, the IEOM (Industrial engineering and Operations Management) Outstanding Service and Distinguished Educator Award, UAE MBR Academy of Scientists, The Engineering Research Excellence Award, and Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award. He has been on the program and organization committees of many international conferences. Prof. Elkamel has a strong track record of research excellence. He published over 330 journal articles, 145 proceedings, and 33 book chapters, and has been an invited speaker on numerous occasions at academic institutions throughout the world and at national and international conferences. He has also written 5 books, including “Environmentally Conscious Fossil Energy Production”, “Planning of Refinery and Petrochemical Operations”, and “Electric Vehicles in Energy Systems: Modelling, Integration, Analysis, and Optimization.”

Research Interests

  • Process Systems Engineering
  • planning and scheduling of process operations
  • supply chain management
  • product and process design
  • pollution prevention and waste minimization
  • waste utilization and management
  • planning for energy production
  • robust optimization
  • soft computing
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering Systems
  • Air Pollution Modeling
  • Simulation and Control
  • Refinery modeling
  • planning and optimization
  • Sustainable Development of the Petrochemical Industry
  • Dynamic Modeling and Optimization
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Uncertainty in Optimization
  • Process Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer-Aided Product Formulation and Design


  • 1993, Doctorate, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
  • 1989, Master's, Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 1987, Bachelor's, Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • 1987, Bachelor's, Mathematics, Colorado School of Mines


  • CHE 571 - Industrial Ecology
    • Taught in 2020
  • CHE 725 - Research Topics in Analysis of Chemical Processes
    • Taught in 2017, 2020, 2021
  • NE 215 - Probability and Statistics
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • A. Shalaby, A. Elkamel, P.L. Douglas, Q. Zhu, and Q.P. Zheng, “A machine learning approach for modeling and optimization of a CO2 post-combustion capture unit”, Energy, 215, art. no. 119113, (2021).
  • Al-Sobhi, Saad A and Elkamel, Ali and Erenay, Fatih S and Shaik, Munawar A, Simulation-Optimization Framework for Synthesis and Design of Natural Gas Downstream Utilization Networks, Energies, 11(2), 2018
  • Rizwan, Muhammad and Saif, Yousef and Almansoori, Ali and Elkamel, Ali, Optimal processing route for the utilization and conversion of municipal solid waste into energy and valuable products, Journal of Cleaner Production, 174, 2018, 857 - 867
  • Izadpanah, Mahsa and GHeshlaghi, REZA and Mahdavi, Mahmood Akhavan and Elkamel, Ali, Effect of light spectrum on isolation of microalgae from urban wastewater and growth characteristics of subsequent cultivation of the isolated species, Algal Research, 29, 2018, 154 - 158
  • Hourfar, Farzad and Salahshoor, Karim and Zanbouri, Hosein and Elkamel, Ali and Pourafshary, Peyman and Moshiri, Behzad, A Systematic Approach for Modeling of Waterflooding Process in the Presence of Geological Uncertainties in Oil Reservoirs, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2018
  • Kundu, Prodip K and Elkamel, Ali and Vargas, Francisco M and Farooq, Muhammad U, Genetic algorithm for multi-parameter estimation in sorption and phase equilibria problems, Chemical Engineering Communications, 2018, 1 - 12
  • Alie, C., Elkamel, A., Douglas, P.L. and Croiset, E., Reduced-order modelling of flexible CCS and assessment using short-term resource scheduling approach, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 48, 2016, 253 - 274
  • Tuhin Poddar, Ali Elkamel, Peter L. Douglas, Ali Almansoori, Flexible Operation of Polygeneration Energy Systems with Renewable Energy, 4th North American Conference on Industrial Engineering & Operations Management, 10 2019, Toronto, Ontario. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Mohammed Alkatheri, Ali Elkamel and Peter L Douglas, Data-driven Power Generation Design and Operation Under Demand Uncertainty, 4th North American Conference on Industrial Engineering & Operations Management, 10 2019, Toronto, Ontario. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Tuhin Poddar, Ali, Elkamel, Ali Almansoori, Peter L. Douglas, A Snapshot Model for the Design and Operation of a Polygeneration Energy System with Renewable Energy, PSE Asia 2019: 8th International Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes, 01 2018, Bangkok, Thailand. (Accepted in 2018)

Graduate Studies