Ana Inés Torres is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on sustainability and process systems engineering as applied to clean and sustainable energy. Torres earned her B.S. in Chemistry in 2003 and a diploma in Chemical Engineering in 2005, both from the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay. In 2013, after two years of industrial experience, she earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014.

Most recently, Torres served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universidad de la República, Montevideo, in Uruguay. She has been invited to speak at many universities and conferences and was a keynote speaker at the Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering Incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in 2018. She also served as a keynote at the “Unprecedented” Webinar Series on chemical innovation to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in 2021. With experience as both an editor and reviewer, Torres has contributed to many journals, including Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer) and Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering (Frontier), among others.

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Chemical Engineering and the Circular Economy

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2013 Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

2005 Diploma Chemical Engineering, Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay

2003 BS Chemistry,, Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay

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Chemical Engineering

Student spotlight: Victor Soria

Through the Fulbright program, master’s student Victor Soria is preparing to serve as a policy liaison between the US and Europe, with a focus on sustainable aviation fuels.

CMU Engineering

Torres awarded NSF CAREER award

Chemical Engineering’s Ana Inés Torres was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her research in circular economies.

PASA 2023

Chemical Engineering faculty featured at PASI 2023

ChemE’s Larry Biegler, Ignacio Grossmann, Carl Laird, and Ana Torres served as instructors and speakers during a four-day intensive course hosted by the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Optimization and Data Science for Net-Zero Carbon and Sustainability (PASI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

CMU Engineering

A framework to advance green-hydrogen production

Researchers invent an all-encompassing optimization framework to design green-hydrogen production processes.

Chemical Engineering Research and Design

Torres featured in “Women in Chemical Engineering” special issue

ChemE's Ana Inés Torres was recognized as one of the top women researchers across the globe by Chemical Engineering Research and Design. Her paper on a superstructure-based optimization framework to design hydrogen production processes was published in the "Women in Chemical Engineering" special issue.