Motasem Saidan | Food Systems | Best Researcher Award

Prof Motasem Saidan | Food Systems | Best Researcher Award

 The University of Jordan, Jordan

Prof. Motasem Saidan is an accomplished environmental engineer, researcher, and former Minister of Water and Irrigation in Jordan. With a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and extensive postdoctoral experience, he has led various multidisciplinary teams and conducted research in areas such as waste to energy, solid waste management, water treatment, and environmental impact assessment.


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👨‍🎓 Education:

Post-Doc in Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech, GA, USA, 2006. PhD in Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, 2005. MSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Jordan, 2001. BSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Jordan, 1998

🌟 Professional Achievements:

Former Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jordan (2020-2021). Led Water, Energy & Environment Center at the University of Jordan. Expert in Water-Energy-Environment nexus. Developed a mathematical model for COVID-19 predictions. Published in reputable journals and served on editorial boards. Certified International Waste Manager and Chartered Head of Specialist in Environmental Engineering

🏆 Awards and Recognitions:

Received numerous grants and contracts for research and national projects. Active member in various environmental and engineering societies

Research Focus 🌱🔬:

Prof. Motasem Saidan’s research focus spans a diverse range of environmental and public health issues. His work includes innovative studies on waste management, such as the pyrolysis of solid waste in refugee camps for bio-oil and char production. He has delved into the estimation of e-waste generation and disposal practices in Jordan, shedding light on residential behavior. Additionally, Prof. Saidan has contributed significantly to understanding the impact of strict state measures on the epidemiologic curve of COVID-19 in Jordan. His dedication to sustainable practices is evident in his research on wastewater reclamation in industries, emphasizing the importance of circular economy principles. 🌍🔬♻️


Prof. Motasem Saidan has been cited 1,830 times since the beginning of his academic career, with 1,477 citations since 2019. His h-index, a measure of both productivity and citation impact, stands at 25 overall and 22 since 2019. Additionally, his i10-index, representing the number of publications with at least 10 citations, is 37 in total and 34 since 2019. These metrics reflect the significant impact and recognition of Prof. Saidan’s contributions to the field, highlighting the influence of his research in scholarly circles. 📚🔍👨‍🔬

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ESTEFANIA AGUIRRE-ZAPATA | Crop protection | Best Researcher Award

PhD Candidate at  Instituto de Automática, Universidad Nacional de San Juan – CONICET, Argentina

Estefanía Aguirre Z. is a Biomedical Engineer with a Master’s in Automation and Industrial Control from the University Institution ITM in Colombia. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering at the Instituto de Automática with dual affiliation to UNJS and CONICET in San Juan, Argentina. Her doctoral research focuses on interpretability and parametric hierarchy in biotechnological process modeling.With a strong background in mathematical modeling, programming, and simulation spanning over four years, Estefanía has contributed significantly to the field of automation and control. She has a wealth of experience as a researcher and professor, specializing in mathematical modeling, estimation, and control of bioprocesses.

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🎓 Education:
  • Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering (Ongoing)
    • Thesis: Interpretability and Parametric Hierarchy in Biotechnological Process Modeling
  • MSc. in Industrial Automation and Control
    • Thesis: State Estimation for Nonlinear Systems with Measurement Delay
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
    • Degree Work: Design and Development of the MASTER CRAFT MC500 Sterilization Device
🔬 Work and Research Experience:

Researcher and Doctoral Student at INAUT, focusing on mathematical modeling, estimation, and control of bioprocesses. Professor at EADIC, contributing to the master’s degree in biomedical engineering. Technology Appropriation Trainer, conducting workshops on programming, web design, mobile app development, educational robotics, and home automation. Researcher at ITM, involved in state estimation for nonlinear systems with measurement delay. Production Coordinator at DENTOMAT S.A.S., overseeing the manufacture of dental medical devices. Technical Management Assistant at DENTAL X-RAY S.A.S., ensuring compliance with national and international regulations.

Research Focus 🌱🔍

Estefanía Aguirre-Zapata’s research focus lies at the intersection of Mathematical Modeling and Control in Biotechnological and Industrial Processes. Her work delves into innovative areas such as forecasting flight activity of Lobesia botrana, modeling supersaturation in sugar crystallization, and understanding growth kinetics in biological processes. 🌱 Her contributions extend to designing virtual sensors for glucose monitoring in diabetes, emphasizing interpretability in biotechnological models, and exploring control strategies for sugar crystallization. 📊 Estefanía’s commitment to advancing knowledge is evident in her prolific publications, addressing crucial aspects of process modeling and control in diverse fields. 🚀


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Mokhles Kouas | Climate Change

Dr  Mokhles  Kouas : Leading Researcher in Climate Change
Senior Expert Biogas-PhD at  ENGIE,  France

🎉 Congratulations, Dr. Mokhles Kouas, on winning the prestigious Best Researcher Award from ResearchW! 🌟 Your unwavering dedication and innovative contributions in renewable energy and agriculture are truly inspiring. 🌱 Your groundbreaking work in advancing solar energy technologies and tackling critical issues like postharvest losses showcases your commitment to positive change. 🌞 Keep shining bright in the realm of research and making a meaningful impact! 👏🏆

🌍 Dr. Mokhles Kouas is a trailblazing climate change researcher and Senior Biogas-PhD Expert at ENGIE, France. 🏆 He holds a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Montpellier, focusing on optimizing co-digestion through kinetic characterization of solid substrate biodegradation. 🌱 With a foundation in bioengineering from the National Engineering School of Sfax, Tunisia, Dr. Kouas is dedicated to advancing environmental solutions. 🎓✨

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Professional Profiles: 🌐🔬

🎓 PhD in Process Engineering, University of Montpellier, France (July 2014 – June 2018) 🌿 Specialization: Kinetic characterization of solid substrates biodegradation for co-digestion optimization. 🏢 Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology LBE-INRAE, Narbonne.

🔬 Engineer in Bioengineering, National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), Tunisia (2010 – 2013) 🌐 Bioengineering cycle: Biotechnology, Microbiology, Sustainable Development, Food Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Computing, MATLAB…

A rich educational journey blending environmental biotechnology and bioengineering expertise! 🌱🔍


Since October 2018 Senior Expert Biogas-Biology-PhD, ENGIE – Energy transition, decarbonization and circular economy – Technical support to develop biogas / biomethane activities worldwide in the group – Due diligence and 2nd regard – Industrialization : monitoring tools for biogas plants / consolidated database – Engineering (design and conception), technology evaluation – Establishment of biological database for CEIGAR-ENGIE – Steering of the establishment of a consolidated feedstocks database at Engie group level with the development of IT interfaces for the Besdev – Control and validate the prediction of the operational performance for ENGIE biogas projects – Evaluate / develop industrial predictive tools for co-digestion – Feedstocks characterization and evaluation, recipe optimization – Develop experimental supports with external partners – Develop operational guidelines and design standards for biogas plants – Training and upskilling of ENGIE employees (managers, developers, operators) – Transversal Management and steering, POC evaluation and validation – Contribution to the digitalization of ENGIE biogas plants – COP Biogas animation and contribution – Exchange with external ecosystem (EBA, WBA, CSF, ATEE, labs, Institutes…) 🌱💡

  • Expertise in biological processes : anaerobic digestion and co-digestion (biomethane)
  • Renewable gases, energy transition, circular economy
  • Due diligence / 2 nd regard
  • Industrialization / engineering (design, conception, process)
  • Modeling anaerobic co-digestion and digitalization
  • Database establishment
  • Feedstocks characterization / evaluation : chemical and kinetic fractionation
  • Recipe optimization, operational performance / stability optimization of biogas plants
  • Conception and design of biogas plants : selection of substrates and OLR, performance optimization
  • Instrumentation and monitoring
  • Data science
  • Technologies / processes evaluation and optimization
  • R&I and technology transfer
  • Transversal management, steering and coordination
  • Best practices / knowledge management
Research focus: 🎓✨

Dr. Mokhles Kouas’s research primarily revolves around the modeling and optimization of anaerobic co-digestion processes, emphasizing solid waste management. His notable publications delve into topics such as predicting methane production in co-digestion of solid waste, robust assessment of biochemical methane potential, and degradation kinetics of solid residues. Dr. Kouas also explores the intricacies of hydrolysis modeling, comparing simultaneous versus sequential biodegradation. His work extends to improving the anaerobic biodegradability of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through mechanical and thermochemical pretreatments. With a focus on sustainable waste-to-energy solutions, his research contributes significantly to the evolving field of renewable energy and waste management.

  1. Modeling the anaerobic co-digestion of solid waste: From batch to semi-continuous simulation

             Cited by 15 year : 2019

  1. Co-digestion of solid waste: Towards a simple model to predict methane production

            Cited by 8 year : 2018

  1. Robust assessment of both biochemical methane potential and degradation kinetics of solid residues in successive batches

             Cited by 19 year : 2017

  1. Modelling hydrolysis: Simultaneous versus sequential biodegradation of the hydrolysable fractions

            Cited by 10 year : 2020

  1. Improvement of anaerobic biodegradability of organic fraction of municipal solid waste by mechanical and thermochemical pretreatments Int.

             Cited by 84 year : 2017