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Donald J. Chmielewski, Ph.D.

Donald J. Chmielewski
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering


Room 238 Perlstein Hall







Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (Chemical Engineering, 2000)
M.S. University of California, Los Angeles (Electrical Engineering, 1993)
B.S. Illinois Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineering, 1991)


Advanced Process Control

Fuel Cell System Design and Control


Economics of control system design

Modeling and design of energy related processes

Applications include:

  • Fuel cell systems
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • IGCC power plants
  • Building HVAC systems
  • Manufacturing inventory systems
  • Electric power transmission and storage systems


2010 - CAST Division Plenary Lecture, AIChE

2004 - CAST Directors' Award for Best Poster, AIChE

2003 - Excellence in Teaching Award, ChEE Department, IIT

2003 - Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, II

2000 - Outstanding PhD in Chemical Engineering, UCLA


Omell, B.P., and D.J. Chmielewski, "IGCC Power Plant Dispatch using Infinite-Horizon Economic Model Predicitve Control" Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52(9), pp 3151-3164 (2013).

Soroush, M, and D.J. Chmielewski, "Process systems opportunities in power generation, storage and distribution" Comp. Chem. Eng., 51(5) pp 86-95 (2013).

Ahmed S.K., J.-K. Peng, and D.J. Chmielewski, "Covariance-Based Hardware Selection-Part III: Distributed Parameters Systems" AIChE J.,58(9), pp 2705-2713, (2012).

Walker, M.E., J. Abbasian, D.J. Chmielewski, and M.J. Castaldi, "Dry Gasification Oxy-Combustion Power Cycle" Energy Fuels, 25(5), pp 2258-2266, (2011).

Ahmed, S.K. and D.J. Chmielewski, "Closed-loop Dynamics in the Membrane of a PEM Fuel Cell," J. Power Sources, 196(13), pp 5555-5563, (2011).

Papadias, D., S.H.D. Lee and D.J. Chmielewski, "Autothermal Reforming of Gasoline for Fuel Cell Applications: A Transient Reactor Model," Ind. Eng Chem. Res., 45, pp 5841-5858 (2006).

Lauzze, K.C., and D.J. Chmielewski, "Power Control of a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 45, pp 4661-4670 (2006).

Ahluwalia, R. K., Q. Zhang, D. J. Chmielewski, K. C. Lauzze, and M. A. Inbody, "Efficiency Based Design of a Preferential Oxidation Reactor for On-Board Fuel Processing Applications," Catalysis Today, 99(3-4), pp 271-283, (2005).

Peng, J.K., A.M. Manthanwar and D.J. Chmielewski, "On the Tuning of Predictive Controllers: The Minimally Backed-off Operating Point Selection Problem," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 44, pp 7814-7822, (2005).

Al-Qattan, A., D. J. Chmielewski, S. Al-Hallaj and J. Selman, "A Novel Design for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stacks," Chem. Eng. Sci., 59, pp 131-137, (2004).

Chmielewski D. J., T. Palmer and V. Manousiouthakis, "On the Theory of Optimal Sensor Placement," AIChE J., 48(5), pp 1001-1012, (2002).

Chmielewski, D. J. and V. Manousiouthakis, "On Constrained Infinite-time Linear Quadratic Optimal Control," Sys. & Cont. Let., 29, p 121, (1996).