Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research interests: multiscale modeling of process systems; density function theory studies of industrial catalyst systems; new nanomaterials


Professor Luis Ricardez-Sandoval’s expertise is in the fields of deterministic and stochastic modeling, control systems theory, process design and optimization of dynamic systems under uncertainty and multiscale modeling of process systems. Ricardez-Sandoval has developed efficient and practical tools that have been applied for optimal process design under uncertainty. Ricardez-Sandoval has also conducted Density Function Theory (DFT) studies that have provided insight on industrially-relevant catalytic systems and enabled the development of new nano-materials for their application as supercapacitor materials.

Ricardez-Sandoval received his B. Sc. degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Orizaba in Orizaba, Mexico. He obtained his M. Sc. degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya in Celaya, Mexico. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. Prior to joining the graduate program at UW, Ricardez-Sandoval worked in the manufacturing and Oil & Gas industry for several years. Ricardez-Sandoval has received the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate student award for being the best student in his class and the J.M Smith award for being the best student in the Master in science program. Ricardez-Sandoval’s current research interests include: multiscale modelling and control of chemical processes, optimal design and control of dynamic systems under uncertainty and dynamic modelling and control of industrially-relevant processes.


  • PhD, University of Waterloo
  • MSc, Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya, Mexico
  • BSc, Instituto Tecnologico de Orizaba, Mexico

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval

University of Waterloo