Principal Investigator

Richard H. WestProf. Richard West

Richard read Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, completing his BA and MEng degrees in 2004. He was among the first cohort to spend a year at MIT on the undergraduate exchange program of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. He returned to MIT for a semester of core graduate classes at the start of his PhD, also in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His thesis work, in the Computational Modelling Group of Prof. Markus Kraft, was on modeling the chloride process for the gas-phase synthesis of titanium dioxide nano particles. He finished in 2008 and returned to MIT once more, this time as a postdoctoral research associate working with Prof. William Green to develop detailed kinetic models and the tools used to create them. In 2011 he moved across the river to Boston, starting the Computational Modeling in Chemical Engineering group at Northeastern University.

Graduate Students

Belinda Slakman. (PhD)

Belinda received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2010, with a certificate in Applications of Computing. As an undergraduate she conducted research in protein structure prediction, and developing a new method for propane-propylene separation. Upon graduation she worked as a research engineer for Exelus, Inc., tackling real industrial problems in energy, catalysis, and environmental engineering. In 2012 she began her PhD in the Computational Modeling in Chemical Engineering group at Northeastern University.


nateNate Harms. (PhD)

Nate received an HBSc in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2016, with an option in Biochemical Processes. As an undergraduate, he conducted research in photoluminescence response of diatoms at Oregon State University and in development of drug delivery systems at Virginia Tech. He has also worked internships at ATI Wah Chang as an analytical chemist and at HP Inc. as a research and development engineer. He began his PhD in the Computational Modeling in Chemical Engineering Group in 2016.


rashaRasha Atwi. (MS)

Rasha received a BE in Chemical Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2016. During her undergraduate studies at AUB, she conducted research for one year in pharmaceutical prioritization for environmental monitoring purposes, by making advantage of a multi criteria decision analysis approach. She also participated in a final year project that deals with the design of a plant for the conversion of biomass and sludge into gasoline by taking into account a wide range of design constraints. She did an internship at the Centre for the Theory and Application of Catalysis (CenTACat) within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), where she was responsible for the preparation, characterization and testing of different types of heterogenous catalysts for Fischer Tropsch synthesis, which is an important reaction in generating renewable energy from biomass. In 2016, she began her MS in the Computational Modeling group at Northeastern University.

Undergraduate Students

  • Jason Cain (’17)
  • Drew Baugher (’17)
  • Pat Hanbury (’20)


  • Fariba Seyedzadeh Khanshan (PhD)
  • Pierre Bhoorasingh (PhD)
  • Esma Goktekin (BSc)
  • Anthony Silvi (BSc)
  • Jacob Barlow (BSc)
  • Victor Lambert (BSc)
  • Joseph Bonneau (BSc)
  • Chris Plonski (BSc)
  • Sean Troiano (BSc)

Future Members?

We are always interested in working with the brightest and best students, whether undergraduates, master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral researchers. Many projects require no programming experience, and many others require no chemistry background. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.