Carnegie Mellon University

Jeffrey Siirola

Jeffrey Siirola

Distinguished Service Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Chemical Engineering ,and Engineering and Public Policy


Jeff Siirola retired in 2011 as a Technology Fellow at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport Tennessee where he had been for more than 39 years. He now holds half time positions as Professor of Engineering Practice at Purdue University and Distinguished Service Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at Carnegie Mellon University (joint appointment in Chemical Engineering and in Engineering and Public Policy). At both universities he teaches the undergraduate chemical engineering capstone process design course as well as graduate courses in chemical industry structure and process synthesis.

Siirola received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Utah in 1967 and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970. His areas of interest include chemical process synthesis, computer-aided conceptual process engineering, design theory and methodology, chemical process development and technology assessment, resource conservation and recovery, sustainable development and growth, carbon management, and chemical engineering education.

Siirola is a trustee and past president of CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering). He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the American Society for Engineering Education. He has served on numerous National Research Council, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy panels, and on the advisory boards of several journals and chemical engineering departments.

Siirola is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was the 2005 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1970

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Utah, 1967


Research Websites

Process Systems Engineering
Center for Advanced Process Decision-making
Energy Science and Engineering