Mrs. Urmila Diwekar

Crystal Lake

Qualification - Ph.D

Mobirise

About -

President and Founder, Vishwamitra Research Institute, Crystal Lake, IL
Vishwamitra created an alternate universe; so did Dr. Urmila create Vishwamitra Research Institute (VRI) as her alternate universe.
Dr. UrmilaDiwekar carries out research in the areas of energy, environment, and sustainability.  Recently, she has also started working on biomedical engineering.

Dr. UrmilaDiwekar is the president of the Vishwamitra Research, a non-profit research institute that she founded to pursue multidisciplinary research in the areas of Optimization under Uncertainty and Computer-aided Design applied to Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.  From 2002-2004, she was a Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Bio-Engineering, and Industrial Engineering, and in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  She has a special formal arrangement with UIC where she remains as the main advisor for her Ph.D. and M.S. students and teaches a course on optimization.  From 1991-2002 she was on the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon University, with early promotions to both the Associate and the Full Professor level..

Dr. Urmila is the recipient of AIChe national ward 2018, for separations research for her batch distillation research.

Dr. Urmila says, “This is my third national award and I am morehappy about it because it is related to my Ph.D. work which I did it in India.   There are very few who got 3 national awards from AiChE.”

(The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional organization for chemical engineers.[1] AIChE was established in 1908 to distinguish chemical engineers as a profession independent of chemists and mechanical engineers).

Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award 2018

Recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution in research, development, or in the application of chemical separations technology. Starting in 2010 the award will be presented in even years to nominees from industry or non academic entities, and in odd years to nominees from academia. Nominees can indicate in which category they want to be considered. The criteria used for selection shall be consistent with the category.

The Energy and Sustainability Award 2015

The Energy and Sustainability Award shall be given to individuals in industry, teams from industry, or entire companies who have accomplished significant energy savings, improved the sustainability of chemical processes, or developed innovative technologies for energy generation or delivery that hold significant promise of favorable economic or environmental impact.

Cecil Award for Environmental Research 2011

This is the most prestigious environmental award within AIChE and is given by the Environmental Division in recognition of an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment.

This award recognizes an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment. The recipient must be a member of AIChE, have 15 years of chemical engineering experience in the environmental field, and demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.This award recognizes an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment. The recipient must be a member of AIChE, have 15 years of chemical engineering experience in the environmental field, and demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS, AND HONOURS:

  • Sustainability Student Paper Award (Co-author: Pahola Benavides), AIChE Annual Meeting, 2013
  • 2011 Thiele award for outstanding contribution to chemical engineering, awarded by the Chicago chapter of AIChE
  • Fellow American Institute of Chemical Engineering (2009)
  • Fellow American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in recognition of her work on batch distillation research for pharmaceutical industries, her work on ecological sustainability, and biomedical engineering (2009)
  • 2007 Environmental Division Research Paper Award (Co-author, YogendraShastri), AIChE Environmental Division.
  • Empire Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, Honors Edition, 2004-2005.
  • Best Student Paper Award (Co-author: S. Ulas, V. Rico-Ramirez)INFORMS/CUSTOM Symposium, 2003.
  • Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominee, 2002-2003.
  • 2001 Kirk Patrick award by chemical engineering magazine.
  • 2001 Separations Division Student Paper Award (Co-author K. Kim), AIChE Separations Division
  • 2001 Environmental Division Research Paper Award (Co-author, K. Kim), AIChE Environmental Division.
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme Lecture in Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, October 2000
  • 2014 INFORMS computing award nominee
  • 2016 ENI Award Nominee
  • 2016 Royan International Award Nominee.
  • In 2018, she was invited as a plenary speaker at the international workshop on global sustainability by National Academy of Sciences, Hungary for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome.