Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Position: Professor of Practice
Address: Mountaintop Campus
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Areas of Research
- Integrated Process Design and Control
- Chemical Manufacturing and Globalization
Dr. Grassi received his BS (1978) from the University of Rochester and MS (1985), PhD (1991) degrees from Lehigh University, all in Chemical Engineering. He was employed with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. from 1978 to 2013, holding various leadership positions as Senior Engineering Manager of Process Modeling and Control, Director of Global Learning and Knowledge Management, and Director of Employee Development, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Grassi is currently engaged in the senior design capstone course, unit operations laboratory, and freshman introduction to engineering programs. His areas of research interest follow.
Integrated Process Design and Control
The industrial process design and control functions are becoming more integrated. Greater opportunities exist to prove plant operability early during the conceptual process design. This is becoming more important as customers demand greater supply reliability and consistent product quality. Globalization of chemical manufacturing creates an opportunity for those who can provide this capability a significant competitive advantage.
Educational and Professional Development
In order to grow chemical manufactures need to continue to move up the value chain. They must continually innovate new products and services in order to increase profit margins. A necessary condition to do this is to continually develop the talent of the people they have. Talent development has shifted from training employees within their field to learn from the experience of others. New partnerships must be formed with academia, outside firms, and benchmarking consortia. Thus, new methods of social networking, internet collaborative technologies, and informal methods of learning must be developed and deployed.