Process Security in Chemical Engineering Education


  • Cristina Piluso Wayne State University
  • Korkut Uygun Wayne State University
  • Yinlun Huang Wayne State University
  • Helen H. Lou Wayne State University


The threats of terrorism have greatly alerted the chemical process industries to assure plant security at all levels: infrastructure-improvement-focused physical security, information-protection-focused cyber security, and design-and-operation-improvement-focused process security.  While developing effective plant security methods and technologies is urgent for industry, identifying and integrating plant security elements into undergraduate curriculum is vital for a new generation of engineers. This paper discusses the necessity and explores opportunities of integrating process security concepts into undergraduate curriculum, mainly through process design and process safety courses.  An educational tool to assist in this effort is also presented, along with a sample case study to be used in classroom teaching.

Author Biographies

Cristina Piluso, Wayne State University

Cristina Piluso received her BS degree in chemical engineering at Wayne State University in 2003. She is currently an NSF-IGERT fellow and a PhD student working with Professor Yinlun Huang on process security assessment and decision making using advanced computing methods.

Korkut Uygun, Wayne State University

Korkut Uygun received his BS and MS in chemical engineering from Bogazici University (Turkey) and his PhD from Wayne State University. He is currently a post-doc with Professor Yinlun Huang on the development of dynamic optimization tools for IPD&C and has recently introduced a fast security assessment theory for chemical processes.

Yinlun Huang, Wayne State University

Yinlun Huang is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Wayne State University. He received his BS from Zhejiang University (China) and his MS and PhD from Kansas State University, all in chemical engineering. His research interests are in process systems science and engineering, information processing and decision making, computational biology, and sustainable engineering.

Helen H. Lou, Wayne State University

Helen H. Lou is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lamar University. She received her BS from  Zhejiang University (China), and her MS and PhD (all in chemical engineering) and her MA (in computer science) from Wayne State University. Her research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of process synthesis, modeling, control, and optimization, information technology, and industrial sustainability.