Mahmoud El-Halwagi


Holder of the McFerrin Professorship

Managing Director of TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center


Office: 229 CHEN
Phone: 979.845.3484
Fax: 979.845.6446

Research Website
TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center

Research Interests

  • Process synthesis, simulation, design, operation, integration, optimization and product design.
  • Development of systematic methodologies that enable chemical engineers to identify optimum, sustainable and creative strategies that lead to productivity enhancement, yield improvement, debottlenecking, pollution prevention and energy conservation.
  • Sustainable design of integrated biorefineries, oil and gas processes, and chemical process industries.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014
  • Celanese Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching – University Level, the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (2012)
  • Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Faculty Fellow Research Award (2012) Excellence and Service Award (as Chair of the Computing and Systems Technology Division), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2011)
  • Faculty of the Year Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter, Texas A&M University (2011)
  • AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) Research Excellence Award (2009)
  • Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE), 2009
  • The Fluor Distinguished teaching Award (2008)
  • Texas A&M's Association of Former Students- College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award (2007-2008)
  • Named Honorary Professor at Zagazig University, Egypt, 2003
  • The McFerrin Professorship, Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, 2002
  • The Walker Superior Teaching Award, School of Engineering, Auburn University, 2002
  • The Outstanding Faculty Member Award, School of Engineering, Auburn University, 2002, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991
  • Auburn University Senior Faculty Research Award, 2001
  • Favorite Educator of the Year, The Mortar Board National Society, 2000
  • National Science Foundation, National Young Investigator Award, 1994


  • Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles, 1990
  • M.S., Cairo University, 1986
  • B.S., Cairo University, 1984

Selected Publications

El-Halwagi, M. M., “Sustainable Design through Process Integration: Fundamentals and Applications to Industrial Pollution Prevention, Resource Conservation, and Profitability Enhancement”, Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier (2012)

Foo, D. C. Y., M. M. El-Halwagi, and R. R. Tan (Editors),“Recent Advances in Sustainable Process Design and Optimization”, Series on Advances in Process Systems Engineering, World Scientific Publishing Company (2012)

Stuart, P. and M. M. El-Halwagi (Editors), “Integrated Biorefineries: Design, Analysis, and Optimization”, Taylor and Francis/CRC (2012)

Pham, V. and M. M. El-Halwagi, “Process Synthesis and Optimization of Biorefinery Configurations”, AIChE J.,58(4), 1212-1221 (2012)

Noureldin, M. M. B. and M. M. El-Halwagi,”Synthesis of C-H-O Symbiosis Networks”, AIChE J., 64(4), 1242-1262 (2015)

Gabriel, K. J., P. Linke, A. Jiménez-Gutiérrez, D. Y. Martínez, M. M. B. Noureldin, and M. M. El-Halwagi, “Targeting of the Water-Energy Nexus in Gas-to-Liquid Processes: A Comparison of Syngas Technologies”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 53 (17), pp 7087–7102 (2014)