Professor Brent Richmond Young

BE(Hons), PhD, GradCert Higher Ed


Brent Young is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland.  He holds the position of Chair in Food Process Engineering and is Director of the Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2).

Brent was previously an Associate Professor in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary (1998-2005) and a Lecturer in Chemical Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney (1991-1998). He has also held prestigious visiting positions including an NSERC at Calgary (1995), an Erskine at Canterbury (2005) and a Gledden at Western Australia (2009).

He received his BE (1986) and PhD (1993) degrees in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Canterbury. He is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers United Kingdom and a Vice President of the Institute of Measurement and Control New Zealand. He has co-authored over 200 refereed publications including the book "A Real-time Approach to Process Control", published by John Wiley (2nd Edition, 2006).

He was Engineers Australia John A. Brodie medallist for the best paper in the discipline of chemical engineering presented at CHEMECA for 2008 and 2009. In 2008 he also received the NZ Waste Water Association Conference best modelling paper award. In 2007 he was principal control consultant to MWH NZ responsible for their Association of Consulting Engineers NZ Award.

Brent's teaching, research and practice centre on process modelling, simulation, control and design.

He is actively involved in applied research and industrial consulting and has taught and practiced in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Research | Current

A summary of my biography and research is given through my inaugural lecture.

Watch my inaugural lecture - "Virtual and Real Process Engineering Worlds - A journey".

My research turns process data into useful information (by using mathematical modelling) to design and optimise manufacturing processes, in particular in the application areas of food and energy.

Research group

Industrial Information and Control Centre

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 232 - Process Design I
  • CHEMMAT 312 - Transfer Processes II
  • CHEMMAT 752 - Process Dynamics and Control
  • CHEMMAT 773 - Advanced Food Process Systems Engineering


Director, Industrial Information and Control Centre

Head, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Acting Chair, Food and Health Programme

Areas of expertise

  • Process simulation and control (in food especially dairy, light metals, oil and gas, wastewater).
  • Process development and design (in novel, bio and food processes).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • National Board Chair, SCENZ IChemE in NZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Munir, M. T., Kheirkhah, H., Baroutian, S., Quek, S. Y., & Young, B. R. (2018). Subcritical water extraction of bioactive compounds from waste onion skin. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 183, 487-494. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Siew-Young Quek, Tajammal Munir
  • Zhang, Y., Munir, M. T., Udugama, I., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2018). Modelling of a milk powder falling film evaporator for predicting process trends and comparison of energy consumption. JOURNAL OF FOOD ENGINEERING, 225, 26-33. 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2018.01.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tajammal Munir, Wei Yu
  • A Udugama, I., Munir, M. T., Kirkpatrick, R., Young, B. R., & Yu, W. (2018). Side draw control design for a high purity multi-component distillation column. ISA transactions10.1016/j.isatra.2018.03.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Tajammal Munir
  • Baroutian, S., Munir, M. T., Sun, J., Eshtiaghi, N., & Young, B. R. (2018). Rheological characterisation of biologically treated and non-treated putrescible food waste. Waste management (New York, N.Y.), 71, 494-501. 10.1016/j.wasman.2017.10.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian, Tajammal Munir
  • Zhang, Z., Baroutian, S., Munir, M. T., & Young, B. R. (2017). Variation in metals during wet oxidation of sewage sludge. Bioresource Technology, 245 (A), 234-241. 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.08.164
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tajammal Munir, Saeid Baroutian
  • Yousefifar, A., Baroutian, S., Farid, M. M., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Fundamental mechanisms and reactions in non-catalytic subcritical hydrothermal processes: A review. Water research, 123, 607-622. 10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid, Saeid Baroutian
  • Udugama, I. A., Zander, C., Mansouri, S. S., Kirkpatrick, R., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2017). A novel back-up control structure to manage non-routine steam upsets in industrial methanol distillation columns. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (pp. 1597-1602). 10.1016/B978-0-444-63965-3.50268-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu
  • Dong, S., Habib, B., Zheng, H., Abbas, H., Chen, L., Heinzel, H., ... Young, B. R. (2017). The Development of an Online Design Tool for Organic Rankine Cycle. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (pp. 2299-2304). 10.1016/B978-0-444-63965-3.50385-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu

Contact details

Primary office location

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level G, Room G61A
New Zealand