Dr. Mario Richard Eden is Department Chair and Joe T. and Billie Carole McMillan Professor  in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Eden is also the Director of a recently awarded 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.

The research of Dr. Eden’s group focuses on the development of systematic methodologies for process and product synthesis, design, integration, and optimization. By combining fundamental chemical engineering principles and process systems engineering approaches, novel methods are developed that enable targeted solution of process and product design problems.

Dr. Eden’s research has generated 74 peer-reviewed publications and resulted in over 225 presentations at national and international meetings, including invited keynote lectures at the 2006 Danish Chemical Engineering Conference, the 2006 AIChE Annual Meeting, the 2009 Process Systems Engineering Conference, and the 2010 Mississippi State University Biofuels Conference. To support his research and educational activities, Dr. Eden has successfully secured over $6.6M in extramural funding as PI, and additional $10.6M as co-PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Education (DOEd), the 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), and has been selected twice as the Outstanding Faculty Member in the Department of Chemical Engineering (2009 and 2011). At the 2009 Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD), he was honored with the Best Faculty Contribution Award. Finally, Dr. Eden was selected from a very large and competitive group of nominees to participate in the 2010 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

Dr. Eden received his MS (1999) and PhD (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 like the ESCAPE and PSE symposium series as well as AIChE meetings. He currently serves on the editorial board for Chemical Process and Product Modeling, 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.