SusTech 2021 Keynote – Analysis and Synthesis of Sustainable Systems by Dr. Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis


SusTech 2021 announces that Dr. Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis of UCLA, will deliver a keynote on “Analysis and Synthesis of Sustainable Systems

The field of sustainability has traditionally suffered from a lack of specificity, that leads to misinterpretations regarding a system’s sustainability status. The newly introduced concept of “Sustainability Over Set” (SOS) is presented. The SOS concept readily allows the incorporation of human input into system sustainability assessment, by requiring the sustainability practitioner to develop/employ a mathematical model of the studied system, such as for example a set of ordinary differential equations whose solution captures the system’s dynamic behavior.


Dr. Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis is a Distinguished Professor, UCLA Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, and the Director, Hydrogen Engineering Research Consortium (HERC).

Dr. Manousiouthakis received his Diploma, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1981) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985, 1986) respectively. Dr. Manousiouthakis has over 100 refereed journal publications, 2 patents, numerous conference publications and presentations, and has supervised 16 PhD students, many of which are in academic positions. He has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988), the Northrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award (1989) the AIChE Ted Petersen Best Student Paper Award (Co-author 1998, Co-author 2001), a UCLA/AIChE Student Chapter Award (2007), the AIChE Environmental Division Cecil Award (2010), the UCLA/AIChE Student Chapter Professor of the Year Award (2011), AIChE Fellow (2012), and the AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award (2014).

He has been at UCLA since 1985, where he currently holds the rank of Professor. He has served as Department Vice-Chair and Chair, Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Committees, Co-Chair of the UCLA Teaching Assessment Committee, Co-Director of the UCLA Process/Control Systems Engineering Consortium, and Director of the UCLA Hydrogen Engineering Research Consortium. He is considered the father of mass integration (mass exchange network synthesis) and of the globally optimal process network synthesis conceptual framework termed IDEAS. He is an expert on Green-Engineering/Sustainability, Systems Engineering, and the Hydrogen Economy.