Urmila Diwekar | AIChE

Urmila Diwekar

Dr. Urmila Diwekar is the President of Stochastic Research Technologies LLC and also the president of the Vishwamitra Research, a non-profit research institute that she founded to pursue multidisciplinary research and development in the areas of Optimization under Uncertainty and Computer-aided Design applied to Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.  From 2002-2004, she was a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  From 1991-2002 she was on the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon University, with early promotions to both the Associate and the Full Professor level. She is the author of more than 195 peer-reviewed research papers, 17 book chapters, 7 books, 3 software packages, and has given over 400 presentations and seminars, and has chaired numerous sessions in national and international meetings.  She has been the principal advisor to 46 Ph.D. and M.S. students and has advised 15 post-doctoral fellows and researchers.  In 2009, she was elected a Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  In the same year, in recognition of her work on batch distillation research for pharmaceutical industries, her work on ecological sustainability, and biomedical engineering she was also elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).  In October 2011, she received the coveted Cecil Award for Environmental Chemical Engineering from the Environmental Division of AIChE. In November 2011, she received the Thiele award for outstanding contributions to chemical engineering, awarded by the Chicago chapter of AIChE.  In 2015 she received one of the most prestigious awards of AIChE (an Institute award), the Energy and Sustainability award for leadership in research related to conventional energy, renewable energy, energy-water nexus, carbon capture and environmental control for energy, pollution prevention, and sustainability.  In 2018 she received the Clarence Gerhold award (again a national award from the separations division of AIChE) which recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions in research, development, or in application of separations technology for her pioneering work on batch distillation and green separations.  For all three national awards described above, she was the first woman ever to receive the award.  This unprecedented recognition attests to the broad impact of her work in so many different areas. She was also selected by Garaje Marathi as amongst the top 60 Marathi NRIs from all over the world who has contributed to enhancement of knowledge and/or society.   She is also a recipient of “Jewel of LIT” award from her undergraduate regional engineering institute. In 2020, she received the best research award from ScienceFather international research awards on new science inventions (NESIN) for her work related to InVitro Fertilization.