PhD students


Ph.D. Candidate, 4th 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 her favorite foods are pizza and sushi.

Sun Hye (Sophie) Kim
Office: ES&T 1356
Ph.D. Candidate, 4th 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 1356
Ph.D. Candidate, 3rd 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, 2nd 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
Ph.D. Student, 1st year

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University, 2019

Zach grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University in 2019. At WVU, he performed research under Dr. Fernando Lima looking into modeling modular process systems relevant to energy, such as SMR and NGCC. His thesis work will focus on hybrid modeling of power grid systems and will be in collaboration with Sandia National Labs. Zach loves soccer, traveling and learning about language. His favorite books include Lord of the Rings, Crime and Punishment, and 100 Years of Solitude.

Zachary Kilwein
Office: ES&T 1322

Master students

M.S. Student 

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (India), 2018

Sachin was born and grew up in India. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2018. He joined the Boukouvala Lab in May 2019. His work is related to developing and testing of modified branch and bound algorithms. In his free time, Sachin likes to read fiction, play table tennis and make paper models.

Sachin Shirpurkar
Office: ES&T 1356


Undergraduate students

Undergraduate Student

B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Cameron Chong


Niteesha Devulapally, MS Student
Zhe Liu, MS Student
Alexandra Brown, Undergraduate Student
Donovan Piper, Undergraduate Student
Dana Paulita Francisco, Undergraduate Student
Yuli Wu, MS Student
Timothy Mitchell, Undergraduate Student
Matthew (Hyun Woo) Kim, Undergraduate Student