Principal Investigator

Richard H. WestProf. Richard West

Richard read Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, completing his BA and MEng degrees in 2004. He was among the first cohort to spend a year at MIT on the undergraduate exchange program of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. He returned to MIT for a semester of core graduate classes at the start of his PhD, also in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His thesis work, in the Computational Modelling Group of Prof. Markus Kraft, was on modeling the chloride process for the gas-phase synthesis of titanium dioxide nano particles. He finished in 2008 and returned to MIT once more, this time as a postdoctoral research associate working with Prof. William Green to develop detailed kinetic models and the tools used to create them. In 2011 he moved across the river to Boston, starting the Computational Modeling in Chemical Engineering group at Northeastern University. In 2018 he became an Associate Professor (with tenure) and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Graduate Students

nateNate Harms. (PhD)

Nate received an HBSc in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2016, with an option in Biochemical Processes. As an undergraduate, he conducted research in photoluminescence response of diatoms at Oregon State University and in development of drug delivery systems at Virginia Tech. He has also worked internships at ATI Wah Chang as an analytical chemist and at HP Inc. as a research and development engineer. He began his PhD in the Computational Modeling in Chemical Engineering Group in 2016.


Krishna Sirumalla. (PhD)
Krishna graduated with Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2016, Andhra Pradesh, India. In his final year, he worked on a senior project related to the theoretical analysis of rheology of non-newtonian fluids in circular pipe.


Emily Mazeau. (PhD)

Emily received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2017 in Troy, NY.  She worked on metabolic engineering and co-cultures for undergraduate research.



David Farina. (PhD)

David received a BS in Chemistry from Boston College in 2016.  In 2017, he joined the Computational Modeling group as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern.