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Dr Eva Sorensen
Roberts 306A
Department of Chemical Engineering
Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7JE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3802
Fax: +44 (0)20 7383 2348
Appointment
  • Reader in Chemical Engineering
  • Dept of Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
 
 
Biography

Dr Eva Sorensen received her degree of sivil ingeniør (MSc) in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1989 and obtained the degree of doktor ingeniør (PhD) from the same institution in 1994. Following this, she spent one year at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr Sorensen joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1996 and is currently a Reader in Chemical Engineering. She obtained an MA in Education from UCL in 2011.

Dr Sorensen is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is a member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers (EFCE)' Working Party on Fluid Separations and was its Chair 2007-2013. She is also a member of the EFCE's Executive Board.

Dr Sorensen is Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Research and Design and a member of the Advisory Board for Chemical Engineering & Technology. She is a member of the IChemE's Fluid Separations Special Interest Group Committee, member and Treasurer or the IChemE's Education Special Interest Group Committee and member of the IChemE's Education & Accreditation Forum. 

She is a member of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, a joint Centre between Imperial College and UCL. She is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI).

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Research Summary

Dr Sorensen's research activities are primarily in the area of Separation Processes which is a fundamental part of Chemical Engineering. It is an area where the application of advanced modelling and optimisation techniques for optimal design and operation can lead to very substantial benefits, especially within the increasingly important sectors of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

The overall objective of the work is to consider optimal design and operation of Fluid Separations using detailed mathematic models coupled with advanced optimisation methods. By considering all possible degrees of freedom and design combinations, new plants, or retrofits of existing plants, may be found which can significantly improve the productivity of the plant and at the same time reduce its environmental impact. Wherever possible, we seek to verify the models experimentally either at UCL or through collaborations with other workers or with industry.

Teaching Summary

Dr Sorensen obtained an MA in Education from UCL in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers's Education & Accreditation Forum, a member of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and has been a primary and secondary school governor since 2006. She received the UCL Faculty of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and became an ExxonMobil Teaching Fellow in 2013.


Dr Sorensen is particularly interested in the use of learning  technologies and how these can be used efficiently to enhance and  supplement traditional learning and teaching. She is also interested in  how peer- and self assessment can be used to develop students' independent learning. Dr Sorensen's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of fluid separations as well as dynamic modelling, design and control.

Appointments
2006 Reader in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2000 – 2006 Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
1996 – 2000 Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
1995 – 1996 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Department of Chemical Engineering Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011 MA Master of Arts University College London
1994 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Universitetet i Trondheim
1989 MSc Master of Science Universitetet i Trondheim
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