Professor Realff completed his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Imperial College London in 1986, and a Ph.D. at MIT in 1992. He is the David Wang Senior Faculty Fellow in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. Professor Matthew Realff's overall research interests are in process and sustainable systems engineering. He has worked closely with the carpet industry in developing recycling technology and strategy. He chairs sustainability assessment and environmental leadership standards development committees in the area of PV Modules and Computer Servers. He is the Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute with responsibility for advanced materials and separations applications for energy systems and an Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute to help develop programs in chemicals and fuels with a focus on lignin isolation and conversion. He is the Editor-in-Chief of a new AIChE Journal – Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing.
The course addresses the engineering of energy systems from a process engineering perspective and therefore requires energy equity literacy and design solution skills. Energy is one of the key drivers of social and economic development.
This course has a GT designation so student in any major can count it towards free electives, and it is additionally cross-listed with Management, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Industrial & Systems Engineering.
We will explore sustainability from a systems perspective, including physical/resource balances, ecological/carbon cycle processes, economic/financial practices, political/policy processes and public participation as they relate to communities in Atlanta and around the world.