PhD students

Ph.D. Candidate, 3rd year

B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2015

Sophie was born in South Korea but spent most of her life outside of Korea. She then moved to the U.S. to attend Rice University. Her current research focuses on developing mixed-integer optimization algorithms for modular process intensification. She enjoys yoga and playing with her dog, Chilliboy. Her favorite foods are pizza and sashimi.

Sun Hye (Sophie) Kim
Office: ES&T 1322
Ph.D. Candidate, 3rd year

B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2016

Jackie was born and grew up in China. In 2012, she moved to Madison, WI, to study chemical engineering. At UW-Madison, she did her undergraduate research in earth-abundant photoelectrochemical catalysts and perovskite solar cells. She joined the group in 2016. Her current research project is on the development of a novel spatial branch-and-bound algorithm for data-driven optimization. In her free time, she likes hiking, yoga, and cooking.

Jianyuan (Jackie) Zhai
Office: ES&T 1322
Ph.D. Student, 2nd year

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2017

William is studying grey-box modeling approaches for dynamic optimization of data-intensive systems. He enjoys running, hiking, eating free food, and reading biographies of successful individuals. Although he has never lived anywhere more than four years, William is happy to call Atlanta home, for now.

William Bradley
Office: ES&T 1322
Ph.D. Student, 1st year

B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, 2016

M.S. in Energy, Texas A&M Energy Institute, 2017

Jinhyeun was born in South Korea. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Yonsei University in 2016. After that, he got his master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2017, where he studied the development of novel heat exchangers with Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) under the direction of Prof. Mustafa Akbulut. He joined the Boukouvala group in September 2018. He will be studying on hybrid modeling and high-dimensional data reduction. He likes sports and enjoys playing soccer and basketball. He was a part of school band during his undergrad, so he also likes playing bass guitar and listening to music in his free time.

Jinhyeun Kim
Office: ES&T 1322

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate Student

B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Expected: May 2019)

Dana joined the Boukouvala Lab on August 2018, and she will be working on development and testing of data-driven algorithms, with applications in cell-manufacturing. She loves reading, traveling to new places, and cheering on the Jackets as part of the Georgia Tech Cheerleading team!

Dana Paulita Francisco
Office: ES&T 1322


Niteesha Devulapally, MS Student
Zhe (Jamie) Liu, MS Student
Alexandra Brown, Undergraduate Student
Donovan Piper, Undergraduate Student