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Satyro Appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University

Marco A. Satyro has been appointed professor of chemical engineering at Clarkson University.

Marco A. SatyroSatyro is one of the original founders of Virtual Materials Group (VMG), a process simulation, thermodynamic software and engineering consulting services provider based in Calgary, Alberta, and established in 1999.

Satyro also served as chief technology officer from 1999 to 2008 and chief executive officer from 2008 to 2012, and was named senior engineering fellow in 2012.

While at VMG, he developed new methods for the calculation of thermodynamic equilibrium for natural gas mixtures, oils, bitumen and mixtures of bitumen and solvents. He also led the company’s expansion from a local solutions provider to a recognized international leader in the process simulation industry through innovation, quality software client support services, applied research on unit operation model development and new thermodynamic methods for the simulation of complex mixtures and processing plants.

As engineering fellow, Satyro pursued the development of new equations of state for the simulation of hydrocarbon systems and estimation methods for physical property computations with emphasis on embedded quality control and uncertainty estimation on calculated values. He also provided high-level expertise to VMG’s executive on technology and technology as applied to the engineering software business.

Previous to Virtual Materials Group, Satyro worked at Hyprotech, where he specialized in fluid phase thermodynamics, physical property estimation and distillation. He also worked on the development of the simulators HYSIM and HYSYS, and was the main developer and the original designer of the programs HYPROP and HYCON (Distil), respectively.

Satyro has a long-term commitment to education and lectured on thermodynamics, separations and process design at the University of Calgary from 2006 to 2011 where he was the first Dr. A.H. Younger Chair in Hydrocarbon Processing.

He has published more than 38 papers in peer-reviewed journals with over 10 invited lectures in international conferences, 65 conference presentations and contributions to several book chapters on physical property correlation and oil characterization.

Satyro is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, and the American Chemical Society, and a frequent reviewer for the main chemical engineering journals and publishers. He also serves on the board of directors of Virtual Materials Group and Alberta Sulfur Research Ltd., and on the editorial board of Fuel Processing Technology.

Satyro graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo as a chemical engineer in 1984 and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1997.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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