Dr. Towler is the Senior Manager of Process Design Development at UOP. In this
role, he leads a team of design engineers that is accountable for the design and
optimization of all new process technologies developed by UOP, from conceptual
design through to commercial implementation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at
Northwestern University, where he co-teaches the design courses. Gavin has a
B.A. and M.Eng. in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and a Ph.D.
from U.C. Berkeley.
Gavin has been involved with AIChE's CAST Division since he was in graduate
school and has taken an active role in programming and chairing conference
sessions for about ten years. He has chaired sessions for CAST in both the
Annual and Spring National meetings and recently served as programming chair
for systems and process design. He is interested in all aspects of process
synthesis, design, optimization and control, and particularly in the application of
new concepts to industrial practice. Gavin is also active in the national activities
of AIChE and serves on AIChE’s Membership Committee and the Chemical
Technology Operating Council that oversees Divisions, meetings and publications.
He has also been active in programming sessions for the Process Development
and Fuels and Petrochemicals Divisions of AIChE and is past chair of the latter