Fengqi You


Fengqi You, PhD
Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor
Cornell University


Mail: 318 Olin Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853
Email: fengqi.you [at] cornell.edu


Professional Experience

  • Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (07/2016 – present)
    • Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Operations Research and Information Engineering
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Center for Applied Mathematics
    • Applied Information Systems
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Systems Engineering (Chair of Ph.D. Studies)
    • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (Co-Director)
    • Cornell University AI for Science Institute (Co-Director)
    • Schmidt AI in Science Fellowship Program at Cornell (Co-Lead)
    • Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability (Senior Faculty Fellow)
  • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (09/2011 – 06/2016)
  • Argonne Scholar, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois (12/2009 – 08/2011)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • AIChE Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering, 2024
  • AAAS Fellow, 2023
  • GCCES International Outstanding Young Chemical Engineer Award, 2023
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE Fellow), 2022
  • AIChE George Lappin Award, 2022
  • Stratis V. Sotirchos Lectureship Award, Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas, 2022
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 2021
  • AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Education Award, 2021
  • ASEE Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, 2020
  • American Automatic Control Council (AACC) O. Hugo Schuck Award, 2020
  • AIChE Innovations in Green Process Engineering Award, 2020
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020
  • Senior Member, IEEE, 2020
  • AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award, 2019
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award, 2018
  • Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Outstanding Young Researcher Award, AIChE, 2018
  • Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2018
  • AIChE Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award, 2017
  • Consulting Editor, AIChE Journal, 2017 – present
  • AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award, 2017
  • Editorial Board, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017 – present
  • I&EC Research Inaugural Class of Influential Researcher, 2017
  • Zdenek Burianec Memorial Award, PRES, 2017
  • Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professorship, Cornell University, 2016 – present
  • Associate Editor, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2016 – present
  • No. 1 top cited paper published in AIChE Journal, from 2012, from 2013, from 2014, and from 2015
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2016-2021
  • Croll Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Cornell University, 2016
  • Excellence in Review Award, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019
  • Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research, 2013
  • Searle Faculty Fellow for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, 2012-2013
  • W. David Smith Jr. Award, CAST Division, AIChE, 2011
  • Northwestern University Faculty Recognition Award, 2011
  • Top Reviewer Award, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2011 & 2013
  • Ken Meyer Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
  • Argonne Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, 2009-2011
  • ChEGSA Symposium Speaker Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
  • Yang Outstanding Research Award, Yang Foundation, 2005
  • Best Undergraduate Diploma Thesis, Tsinghua University, 2005
  • First-Class Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Tsinghua University, 2003 and 2014

Publications and Citations


Journal Editorial Activities

  • Associate Editor, Science Advances, 2020-present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2020-present
  • Consulting Editor and Editorial Board, AIChE Journal, 2017-present
  • Editorial Board, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017-present
  • Editor, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2016-present
  • Field Chief Editor, Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, 2019-present
  • Editorial Board, PRX Energy, 2021-present
  • Subject Editor, Advances in Applied Energy, 2021-present
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Nexus, 2024-present
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, 2019-2021
  • Guest Editor, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017 – 2018
  • Guest Editor, Energy, 2018 – 2019
  • Guest Editor, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Review, 2021 – present
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021 – present
  • Editorial Board, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2015-present

Recent Plenary and Keynote Lectureships

  • Keynote, Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design (FOCAPD), 2024
  • Keynote, 2nd AI for Science (AI4S) International Symposium, 2023
  • Keynote, 15th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), 2023
  • Keynote, 14th International Conference on Hydrogen Production (ICH2P), 2023
  • Plenary, 33rd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), 2023
  • Keynote, Quantum Computing Applications in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Workshop, AIChE, 2023
  • Plenary, 25th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES), 2022
  • Keynote, Panhellenic Scientific Conferences of Chemical Engineering, 2022
  • Plenary, Quantum Computing Applications in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Workshop, AIChE, 2022
  • Keynote, IEEE Quantum Computing Education for Workforce Development Colloquium, 2022
  • Keynote, IEEE CEO Summit on Quantum Computing, 2021
  • Keynote, Eighth Arab American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, 2021
  • Plenary, 5th SPIL International Scientific Conference: Energy, Water, Emission & Waste in Industry and Cities, 2021
  • Plenary, International Conference on Mathematics in (Bio)chemical Kinetics and Engineering (Mackie), 2021
  • Keynote, Quantum AI Sustainability Symposium, IEEE, 2021
  • Keynote, 31st European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), 2021
  • Plenary, 3rd Sustainable Waste Management Conference, 2021
  • Plenary, 9th Asian Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE Asia), 2020
  • Plenary, 12th Global Chemical Engineers Symposium, 2020
  • Plenary, Green Process and Product Engineering Program, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2020
  • Keynote, 29th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), 2019
  • Plenary, 8th International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering (ICOSSE), 2019
  • Plenary, International Conference on Functional Materials and Chemical Engineering, 2019
  • Keynote, 5th International Conference on Sustainable Product and Process Engineering, 2019
  • Plenary, Brazilian Congress on Process Systems Engineering (PSE- BR), 2019
  • Keynote, Applied Energy Symposium on Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy System, 2019
  • Plenary, Sustainable Engineering Forum, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2019
  • Plenary, Tsinghua-Waterloo Joint Forum, 2019
  • Keynote, 22nd Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES), 2019
  • Plenary, Qubits North America, 2019
  • Plenary, Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design (FOCAPD), 2019
  • Keynote, 29th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), 2019
  • Plenary, International Conference on Functional Materials and Chemical Engineering, 2019
  • Keynote, Applied Energy Symposium: Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy Systems, 2019
  • Plenary, 28th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), 2018
  • Keynote, 13rd International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE), 2018
  • Plenary, 3rd Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), 2018
  • Plenary, Sustainable Engineering Forum, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Keynote, 21st Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES), 2018
  • Chemical Engineering Forum Lecture, Tsinghua University, 2018
  • Plenary, Sustainable Engineering Forum, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Keynote, 27th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, 2017
  • Keynote, Sustainable Process Integration Scientific Conference (SPIL), 2017
  • Keynote, 20th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES), 2017
  • Plenary, Sustainable Engineering Forum, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Keynote, International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering (ICOSSE), 2016
  • Plenary, International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering (CHISA/PRES), 2016
  • Keynote, 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE), 2016
  • Keynote, 4th International Conference on Sustainable Product and Process Engineering, 2016
  • Keynote, CAPE (Computer Aided Process Engineering) Forum, 2016
  • Keynote, 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (PSE2015/ESCAPE25), 2015
  • Japan Gateway Lecture, University of Kyoto, 2015
  • D. Lindsay Lecture, Texas A&M University, 2015
  • Keynote, Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES), 2015
  • Plenary, Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design (FOCAPD), 2014
  • Plenary, International Conference on Biorefinery towards Bioenergy (ICBB), 2013
  • Keynote, Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD), Carnegie Mellon University, 2012

Professional Service

  • Proposal Review Panels
    • Multiple programs at National Science Foundation, 2011 – present
      • Environmental Sustainability
      • Graduate Research Fellowships Program
      • Manufacturing Machines and Equipment
      • Process and Reaction Engineering
      • SusChEM
      • National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
    • Department of Energy
    • ACS Petroleum Research Fund
    • ETH Research Commission, Switzerland
    • Qatar National Research Fund
    • Ontario Research Fund, Canada
    • Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
    • United Arab Emirates University Advanced Research Program, UAE
    • Swiss National Science Foundation
    • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
    • Technology Foundation STW, Netherlands
    • Fondazione Cariplo, Italy
    • Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
    • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
    • Chilean National Science and Technology Commission (CONICYT – Chile)
    • São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
    • Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
    • French National Research Agency (ANR)
    • Czech Science Foundation
    • Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA)
    • National Research Foundation of Singapore
    • National Science Center, Poland
    • The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
    • Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in India
    • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
    • Dutch Research Council
    • European Science Foundation
  • Service at Cornell University
    • Undergraduate Advisor, College of Engineering, 2016 – present
    • Executive Committee, Systems Engineering Program, 2016 – present
    • Graduate Field Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2016 – 2023
    • Space Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2016 – 2022
    • Computing Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2018 – 2022
    • Website Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2018 – 2022
    • Teaching Awards Committee, College of Engineering, 2018-2020
    • Ad Hoc Tenure Review Committee, 2017 – present
    • Faculty Search Committee, Systems Engineering Program and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017 – 2018
    • Faculty Search Committee, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, 2017 – 2018
    • Energy Institute Strategic Planning Committee, 2017 – 2018
    • University Travel Expense Policy Committee, 2018 – 2021
    • Faculty Leadership Committee, Cornell Institute of Digital Agriculture, 2017 – present
    • Faculty Advisor, Cornell Energy Systems Club, 2018 – present
    • Associate Director, Cornell Energy Systems Institute, 2018 – 2023
    • Faculty Search Committee, Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering Program, 2018 – 2019
    • Faculty Senator on behalf of Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University Faculty Senate, 2020 – 2022
    • Faculty Search Committee Co-Chair, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021 – 2022
    • CESI Director Search Committee, Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI), 2021 – 2022
    • Awards & Recognitions Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2019 – present
    • Communication Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021 – 2022
    • Eng. Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021 – present
    • Postdoc Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2023 – present
    • Chair of Energy & Sustainability Graduate Admission Sub-Committee, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021 – 2022
    • Associate Director, Cornell Institute of Digital Agriculture, 2021 – 2023
    • OVPRI Task Force on Generative AI in Academic Research, 2023
    • Chair of Ph.D. Studies, Systems Engineering Program, 2018 – present
    • Co-Director, Cornell Institute of Digital Agriculture (CIDA), 2023 – present
    • Senior Faculty Fellow, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, 2021 – present
    • Co-Director, Cornell University AI for Science Institute (CUAISci), 2022 – present
    • Program Co-Lead, Schmidt AI in Science Fellowships at Cornell, 2022 – present

Press and Media Coverage

  • Journals and Magazines
    • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (June 2016; March 2017; June 2018; March 2021; August 2021; September 2021; February 2022; April 2023; November 2023)
    • Chemical Engineering Progress (January 1, 2023; July 1, 2023)
    • Communications of the ACM (October 4, 2021; March 3, 2022)
    • Energy & Environmental Science (September 2011; July 2015; September 2022; June 2023; November 2023)
    • Environmental Science & Technology (April 2023)
    • IEEE Spectrum (August 26, 2014; January 10, 2024)
    • Nature (June 18, 2014; September 19, 2023)
    • Nature Sustainability (June 24, 2021)
    • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (May 2017; May 2018)
    • Optics & Photonics News (July 2015)
    • Science (February 2, 2015; August 30, 2018)
    • The Ecologist (August 5, 2015)
    • PNAS Science Sessions (December 4, 2023)
  • Major Media
    • BBC News (May 12, 2015)
    • Reuters (January 28, 2022; May 31, 2022)
    • New York Times (June 2, 2014; October 16, 2023)
    • Businessweek (June 2, 2014)
    • The Wall Street Journal (July 31, 2021)
    • Scientific American (September 18, 2023)
    • The Washington Post (September 18, 2023)
    • Forbes (November 9, 2023; February 1, 2024; February 26, 2024)
    • National Geographic (November 11, 2014)
    • New Scientist (July 31, 2020)
    • Newsweek (February 1, 2022; September 22, 2022)
    • NBC News (September 8, 2021)
    • Fox News (October 2, 2021)
    • Daily Mail (January 28, 2022)
    • World Economic Forum (February 7, 2019; April 21, 2022)
    • The Hill (November 9, 2021; September 19, 2023)
    • Fortune (September 26, 2022; September 21, 2023)
    • The Guardian (September 18, 2023)
    • Bloomberg (September 26, 2023)
    • Harvard Business Review (November 15, 2023)
    • Agence France-Presse (AFP) (April 26, 2023)
    • Voice of America (VOA) (October 28, 2021)
    • CNN (September 20, 2023; November 28, 2023)
    • CBC News (May 18, 2023)
    • ABC News (September 19, 2023)
    • The Boston Globe (September 19, 2023)
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research News (December 9, 2021; May 8, 2023)
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Extramural Nexus (February 24, 2022)
    • Observer (June 8, 2022)
    • HuffPost (August 16, 2023; September 22, 2023)
    • Cornell Chronicle (August 29, 2017; November 30, 2017; July 6, 2018; February 4, 2019; May 31, 2019; June 12, 2019; June 14, 2019; July 16, 2019; April 22, 2020; July 31, 2020; October 7, 2020; December 17, 2020; April 1, 2021; June 24, 2021; September 20, 2021; September 29, 2021; November 8, 2021; December 16, 2021; January 27, 2022; December 16, 2021; January 27, 2022; February 23, 2022; September 14, 2022; October 26, 2022; December 15, 2022; January 9, 2023; March 9, 2023; April 11, 2023; May 8 , 2023; June 14, 2023; July 10, 2023; September 18, 2023; November 27, 2023; January 17, 2024; March 25, 2024)
    • Northwestern University News (October 10, 2011; June 10, 2013; May 29, 2014)
    • NC State News (October 22, 2020)
    • Technical University of Denmark (November 12, 2021)
    • University of Washington (January 4, 2022)
    • Tsinghua University News (August 30, 2017; January 11, 2018; November 11, 2018)
    • Argonne National Laboratory Headline (February 7, 2011; June 12, 2013; May 29, 2014; July 20, 2015)
    • Argonne Science Highlights (February 17, 2011)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory News (December 13, 2021; August 14, 2022)
    • Carnegie Mellon University Press (July 20, 2011)
    • Chemical & Engineering News (May 21, 2019, July 31, 2020)
    • China Daily (July 3, 2014)
    • The Center Square (April 25, 2022)
    • Nasdaq (January 28, 2022; May 30, 2022; November 28, 2023)
    • Independent (November 28, 2023)
    • Times Union (April 11, 2021)
    • Yale Climate Connections (April 2, 2021; December 15, 2023)
    • Wired (February 12, 2024)
    • Big Ten Network (July 17, 2015)
    • MSN (January 28, 2022)
    • Yahoo! (January 28, 2022; May 31, 2022)
    • Yahoo! News (December 20, 2021; April 14, 2022)
    • Yahoo!Finance (October 2, 2021; January 28, 2022)
    • Yahoo!Life (September 21, 2021)
    • CNN-News18 (December 22, 2021)
    • NewTalk (June 2, 2014)
    • The London Economic (February 26, 2024)
    • World News (July 21, 2015)
    • Florida News (December 23, 2021)
    • IMPO Magazine (June 29, 2015)
    • Kavli Foundation (December 16, 2021)
    • GovInsider (May 19, 2022)
    • Euronews (December 17, 2021; May 31, 2022)
    • News 24 (December 22, 2021)
    • Morning News (May 19, 2023)
    • Taipei Times (September 22, 2023)
    • Foreign Affairs New Zealand (April 14, 2022; May 9, 2023)
    • South Africa Today (December 23, 2021; January 7, 2022; April 23, 2023)
    • Hareetz (January 28, 2022)
    • Zimbabwe On 24 News (January 4, 2022)
    • Botswana on 24 (January 4, 2022)
    • Ghana On 24 News (January 27, 2022)
    • News 1 (October 18, 2016)
    • News Spain-24 (January 5, 2022)
    • SME in Slovakia (January 17, 2022)
    • Head Topics (May 31, 2022)
    • The Pioneer (September 20, 2023)
    • World News (May 31, 2022)
    • Doha News (May 31, 2022)
    • Herald (September 1, 2022; September 19, 2023)
    • Hindustan Times (December 21, 2022)
    • Jersey Tribune (June 25, 2015), Evanston Tribal (October 14, 2011), Chicago Inno (July 9, 2015; July 20, 2015), Asharq Al-awsat (February 12, 2019), WKBW Buffalo (April 22, 2020), MPNnow (April 22, 2020), Fox 40 (April 22, 2020), Toronto Sun (August 7, 2021), Nigeria On 24 News (December 9, 2021), ESI Africa (December 11, 2021), The Denver Channel (December 21, 2021), California News Times (December 21, 2021), USPOST (December 21, 2021), WTVB (January 28, 2022), KFGO (January 28, 2022), WIKY (January 28, 2022), WSAU-AM (January 28, 2022), WKZO (January 28, 2022), WHBL (January 28, 2022), Toronto Telegraph (April 14, 2022), Iosco County News Herald (April 25, 2022), The Independent (May 7, 2022), Tompkins Weekly (July 13, 2022), Vermont News (September 14, 2022), WENY (November 28, 2022), KrAsia (September 26, 2023), L’Indépendant (September 19, 2023), The Star (October 28, 2023), Inc. (November 9, 2023), ItalianPress (November 28, 2023), The Conversation (December 6, 2023), Winnipeg Free Press (December 7, 2023).
  • Technical Media
    • Science Daily (May 29, 2014; June 25, 2015; July 20, 2015; October 17, 2016; August 30, 2018; July 19, 2019; August 3, 2020; December 18, 2020; June 24, 2021; September 20, 2021; November 9, 2021; December 20, 2022; April 11, 2023; June 14, 2023; July 10, 2023; September 18, 2023; March 25, 2024)
    • R&D Magazine (February 8, 2011; May 30, 2014; June 26, 2015; July 21, 2015; October 27, 2016)
    • Popular Science (March 24, 2022; May 31, 2022)
    • Chemistry World (February 8, 2011; June 10, 2014; August 17, 2015; February 16, 2016; June 21, 2016)
    • ChemistryViews (May 5, 2015)
    • American Institute of Physics Inside Science (November 7, 2016)
    • DOE – Science – ASCR – Monthly News (January 2011)
    • Org (May 29, 2014; June 25, 2015; July 21, 2015; October 17, 2016; August 30, 2018; February 6, 2019; July 17, 2019; October 22, 2020; September 20, 2021; December 16, 2021; December 16, 2022; May 8, 2023; September 18, 2023)
    • Materials Today (July 29, 2015; November 2, 2016)
    • Tech Xplore (February 6, 2019; August 3, 2020; December 18, 2020; June 24, 2021; September 29, 2021; November 8, 2021; January 27, 2022; February 23, 2022; September 14, 2022; March 9, 2023; April 11, 2023; June 14, 2023; June 15, 2023; July 10, 2023; November 27, 2023; March 25, 2024)
    • Inside Higher Ed (August 3, 2022)
    • PhysicsCentral (November 14, 2016)
    • Marketplace (December 27, 2021)
    • Mongabay (January 4, 2022; April 20, 2023; September 6, 2023)
    • The Conversation (April 14, 2022)
    • Global Advisors (April 14, 2022)
    • Geography Directions (April 21, 2022)
    • Anthropocene Magazine (July 19, 2022; March 21, 2023; September 19, 2023; December 12, 2023)
    • FuzeHub (January 17, 2024)

Education

  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2009.
  • B.Eng., Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), 2005.