Gavin Towler


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 division.