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CSET Facutly - Vassilios Tzouanas

Dr. Tzouanas

Vassilios Tzouanas

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

Office: N713
713-226-5272
tzouanasv@uhd.edu

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering/Process Control, Lehigh University
  • Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering/Process Control, University of Alberta
  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University​

ENGR 4328 - Senior Project in Control and Instrumentation
ENGR 4402 -  Process Design and Operation
ENGR 4406 -  Process Control Systems
ENGR 3410 - Process Modeling and Simulation
ENGR 3307 - Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
ENGR 2411 - Modern Methods of Engineering Analysis
ENGR 1400 - PC Applications in Engineering​

Work History

  • Associate Professor of Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology, University of Houston - Downtown, 2015 – present.
  • Assistant Professor of Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology, University of Houston - Downtown, 2010 – 2015.
  • Regional Manager of Control Systems Engineering, Lyondell Chemical, 2006 - 2009.
  • Consulting Engineer of Control Systems Engineering, Lyondell Chemical, 1999 - 2006.
  • Staff Engineer, Project Manager and Technical Leader, Amoco, 1996 - 1999.

Publications

Note: Student's names are in bold.

  1. V. Tzouanas and S.E. Falar, "Design of Practical PID Controllers Subject to Constraints",  in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 16567,  New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.
  2. C. Tzouanas, M. Le & V. Tzouanas, "Tuning of Cascade Control Structures Subject to Process Constraints", International Journal of Modern Engineering, pp. 37-44, Volume 15, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2015.
  3. M. Le, J. Chahine & V. Tzouanas, "Design and Automation of a Zero Energy House", International Journal of Engineering Research and Development, vol. 10, Issue 8, pp. 58-67, August 2014.
  4. C. Tzouanas  and V. Tzouanas,  "Optimal Tuning of PI Controllers subject to Process Constraints – Experimental Evaluation", International Journal of Modern Engineering, pp. 15-21, Spring/Summer 2014.
  5. J. Chahine, M. Ha, V. Hem, and V. Tzouanas, Design and Automation of a Zero Energy Model House (ZEH), in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 6648,  Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18, 2014.
  6. C. Tzouanas  and V. Tzouanas,  "Optimal Tuning of PID Controllers subject to Process Constraints", International Journal of Modern Engineering, pp. 70-80., Fall/Winter 2013.
  7. V. Tzouanas, S. Peter, M. Stevenson and T. Doan, "Modeling, Simulation and Control of Temperature and Level in a Multivariable Water Tank Process", International Journal of Engineering Research and Development, Vol. 8, Issue 6, pp. 1-11, September 2013.
  8. S. Peter, T. Doan, M. Stevenson, and V. Tzouanas, "Design and Control of a Multivariable Water Tank Process", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 6648,  Atlanta, GA, June 12-16, 2013.
  9. M. Phung, E. Lawrian and V. Tzouanas, "Design and Control of a Twin Tank Process", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 3507, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
  10. C. Davis, W. Hickman and V. Tzouanas, "Design and Control of an Air Heater Process", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 3506, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
  11. C. Tzouanas and V. Tzouanas, "Study of a Photo-Voltaic (PV) System Using Excel: Economic Analysis, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 3198, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
  12. F. Manzo, V. Tzouanas, E. Barbieri, "Modeling, Simulation and Control of Heat Integrated Distillation Columns: A Case Study",  in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 3500, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
  13. E. Barbieri and V. Tzouanas, "MS in Engineering Technology: Examples from Control Systems", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 3290,  San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
  14. C. Tzouanas and V. Tzouanas, "Study of a Photo-Voltaic (PV) System Using Excel: Economic Analysis, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of a Photo-Voltaic (PV) System", in proceedings of ASEE GSW Conference, El Paso, TX, April 4-6, 2012.
  15. Tzouanas, V.K., "Process Design and Operation for Engineering Technology Students", in proceedings of World Engineering Education Conference, Paper No. 274, pp. 953-959, Lisbon, Portugal, September 27 – October 4, 2011.
  16. Tzouanas, V.K., "A New Course on Process Design and Operation in an Engineering Technology Program", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 1851, Vancouver, CA, June 26-29, 2011.
  17. Tzouanas, V.K. and Campbell, L., "The Teamwork Conundrum: What Should be Taught and How Can We Assess Student Learning in Engineering Technology?", in proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, Paper No. 2505, Vancouver, CA, June 26-29, 2011.
  18. Tzouanas, V.K., Alvarado, J. and Cadena, S., "Introducing and Teaching a New Course on Process Design and Operation in an ET Program", in proceedings of ASEE-GSW Conference, Paper No. T2A-1, Houston, TX, March 2011.

Dr. Tzouanas' research interests are in the following areas: 
   1) process design, modeling and simulation 
   2) process control
   3) renewable energy systems.

The objective of his research is to not only invent new knowledge but also convert the "feasible" into "practical". The result is control systems that help optimize process operation (i.e. maximum return on investment) subject to operational excellence (i.e. safety, environmental, reliability, quality) constraints. Process examples are drawn from different industrial sectors such as chemicals, refining, bio-systems, and renewable energy systems.

Dr. Tzouanas' research efforts provide high impact learning experiences to many UHD undergraduate students by involving them in research early on in their studies.

Dr. Tzouanas is the recipient of the following awards:

  • Halliburton Professorship, 2016.
  • Halliburton Professorship, 2014.
  • Lyondell Corporate Award for Efficiency, 2006.
  • Amoco Technical Award, 1998.


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