Dr. Mario Eden is the Department Chair and Joe T. & Billie Carole McMillan Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Eden is also the Director of an NSF-IGERT Program on Integrated Biorefining. His main areas of expertise include process design, integration and optimization, as well as molecular synthesis and product design. His group focuses on the development of systematic methodologies for process and product synthesis, design, integration, and optimization.
Dr. Eden’s research has generated 90 refereed papers/book chapters and resulted in over 270 presentations at national and international meetings, including invited keynote lectures at the 2006 Danish Chemical Engineering Conference, the 2006 and 2012 AIChE Annual Meetings, the 2009 Process Systems Engineering Conference, the 2010 Mississippi State University Biofuels Conference, the 2013 International Symposium on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering, the 2013 World Congress of Chemical Engineering, and the 24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. To support his research and educational activities, Dr. Eden has successfully secured over $6.6M in extramural funding as PI, and an additional $10.6M as co-PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Education (DOEd), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and industrial sponsors like Evonik-Degussa and Masada Resource Group.
Dr. Eden is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2006), the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council Junior Faculty Research Award (2006), the William F. Walker Superior Teaching Award (2007), the Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award for Excellence (2009 and 2011), the SGA Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering (2009 and 2011), the Outstanding Faculty Member in the Department of Chemical Engineering (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014), and the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council Senior Faculty Research Award (2012). As one of the founding members of Auburn University’s Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, Dr. Eden and his collaborators received the AU President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award (2012). At the 2009 Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD), he was honored with the Best Faculty Contribution Award. Finally, Dr. Eden was selected to participate in the 2010 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.
Dr. Eden received his M.Sc. (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) degrees from the Technical University of Denmark, both in Chemical Engineering. He has been an active member of the process systems engineering community for more than 10 years. He has organized, chaired and presented in numerous sessions and conferences, e.g. ESCAPE and PSE symposium series as well as AIChE meetings. Dr. Eden was recently elected Director of the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of AIChE. Dr. Eden was also selected to co-chair the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD) conference in 2014. He serves on the editorial boards for Chemical Process and Product Modeling and the Journal of Engineering; the International Peer Review College for the Danish Council for Strategic Research; the advisory board for the Computer Aided Process Engineering Center (CAPEC), and is a member of the International Energy Agency Annex IX on Energy Efficient Separation Systems.