Professor and Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering
SNI II Recognition by PRODEP.

Contact Information

Phone: 461-611-7575 x 5579

Email: vicente@iqcelaya.itc.mx

Office: Building R1, C4


Degree: Ph.D. Year: 1998
Institution and Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Major Discipline: Chemical Engineering

Degree: M.S. Year: 1994
Institution and Location: Tecnológico Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, Celaya, México
Major Discipline: Chemical Engineering

Degree: B.S. Year: 1992
Institution and Location: University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, México.
Major Discipline: Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Process Systems Engineering Applications to Sustainable Development


The objective is to develop optimization models for the sustainable management of water, the efficient consumption and production of energy, as well as for the waste minimization and reuse. Mathematical tools and theory include mixed integer programming, optimal control theory, stochastic programming and multiobjective optimization.

Water Management in a Macroscopic System

Municipal Waste Management

Development of Sustainability Theory


The study of human-ecosystems sustainability must be considered from an integrated point of view. Current developments on sustainability theory intend to integrate social and economic responses to environmental problems, including the simultaneous analysis of various human systems (finance, politics, production, energy, transportation, etc.). The goal is to support the understanding of the interactions between human activities and natural resources as well as the effect of economic and social issues on the sustainability of such systems. In the end, it is expected that such basic understanding will allow the development of systematic approaches that can be used to provide sustainable policy guidelines for complex integrated systems.

Fractional Calculus as a Tool for Modeling and Optimization in Biological Processes


Fractional calculus, which introduces derivatives and integrals of fractional order, has been demonstrated as an efficient modeling tool in a large number of engineering applications; mostly due to the non-local property and the memory effect of fractional operators. In the general case, however, most of the large-scale dynamic systems will include a set of differential equations that involves both fractional as well as ordinary differential equations. Our goal in this area is concerned with the modeling, simulation and optimization of ordinary-fractional dynamic systems.

Awards and Honors

  • Member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI) (1999-Present).
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the State of Guanajuato, Mexico (2007-2016).
  • 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award. Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • 2010 Distinguished Researcher Award. Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, México.
  • Recipient of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Award as a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), 2006.
  • Recipient of the “Adolfo López Mateos” Presidential Gold Medal,1994.
  • J. M. Smith Award at the Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, 1994.
  • Graduated Cum Laude at the University of Guanajuato, 1992.
  • Recipient of the “El Diario de México” Medal as one of “The Best Students of Mexico”, 1991.

Selected Publications

1. Rodríguez-González, P. T., R. Rico-Martínez, V. Rico-Ramírez .An Integrated Stochastic Economic-Ecological-Social Model with Stratified-Population (2018), Ecological Modelling, 368, 15–26.

2. Munguía-López, A. C., V. Rico-Ramírez, J. M. Ponce-Ortega, Analysis of Carbon Policies in the Optimal Integration of Power Plants Involving Chemical Looping Combustion with Algal Cultivation Systems (2018), ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 6, 5248−5264.

3. Garibay-Rodríguez, J., V. Rico-Ramírez, J. M. Ponce-Ortega, Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming Model for Sustainable Water Management in Macroscopic Systems: Integrating Optimal Resource Management to the Synthesis of Distributed Treatment
Systems (2017), ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 5, 2129-2145.

4. Garibay‐Rodríguez, J., V. Rico‐Ramírez, J. M. Ponce‐Ortega, Optimal Water Management in Macroscopic Systems Under
Economic Penalty Scenarios (2017), AIChE Journal, 3419-3441.

5. Petriz-Prieto, M.A., V. Rico-Ramírez, G. González-Alatorre, F. I. Gómez-Castro, U. M. Diwekar, A Comparative Simulation Study of Power Generation Plants Involving Chemical Looping Combustion Systems (2016), Computers and Chemical Engineering, 84, 434-445.

6. Toledo-Hernández, R., Rico-Ramírez, V., Iglesias-Silva, G.A., Diwekar, U.M., A Fractional Calculus Approach to the Dynamic Optimization of Biological Reactive Systems. Part I: Fractional Models for Biological Reactions (2014), Chemical Engineering Science, 117, 217-228.