Dr Robert Duncan Kirkpatrick

BE (Hons), PhD (UMIST), FIChemE, FIPENZ

Biography

Distinguished Designer in Residence, Adjunct Professor Chemmat and Systems Engineering.

Previous work experience with Union Carbide Coirporation, Mobil Oil Corporation and Methanex (Director of Technology and Development).

Chair of Auckland Grammar Board of Trustees (1998 - 2010)

Director of Ngawha Geothermal Limited

International consulting for RKP Ltd

Research | Current

Advanced Distillation Technology, Advanced Business Economic Analysis, Systems Engineering, Improving student classroom experiences. 

Teaching | Current

3rd and 4th year Chemmat Design, 2nd 3rd and 4th year Facculty wide General Education covering Interpersonal Skills, Commercial Understanding, Systems Engineering and Project Execution

Postgraduate supervision

Assistance to other Supervisory Academic Staff

Distinctions/Honours

FIChemE, FIPENZ

Areas of expertise

Hydrocarbon Design in Refining and Petrochemicals, Manufacturing, General Management.

Business Analysis

Project Feasibility

Project Execution

Mentoring

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Graduate Profile working group as repersentative of Faculty of Engineering

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Udugama, I. A., Wolfenstetter, F., Kirkpatrick, R., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2017). A comparison of a novel robust decentralised control strategy and MPC for industrial high purity, high recovery, multicomponent distillation. ISA Transactions, 69, 222-233. 10.1016/j.isatra.2017.04.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Wei Yu
  • Kraller, M. A., Udugama, I. A., Kirkpatrick, R., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2016). Side draw optimisation of a high-purity, multi-component distillation column. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 11 (6), 958-972. 10.1002/apj.2030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Brent Young
  • Proctor, M. J., Yu, W., Kirkpatrick, R. D., & Young, B. R. (2016). Dynamic modelling and validation of a commercial scale geothermal organic rankine cycle power plant. Geothermics, 61, 63-74. 10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.01.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Brent Young
  • Udugama, I. A., Munir, T., Kirkpatrick, R., Young, B. R., & Yu, W. (2015). High purity, high recovery, multi-component methanol distillation control. 12TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROCESS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (PSE) AND 25TH EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING (ESCAPE), PT B, 37, 1613-1618.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28605
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Brent Young, Tajammal Munir
  • Udugama, I. A., Munir, T. M., Kirkpatrick, R. D., Young, B. R., & Yu, W. (2014). Advanced Dual Composition Control for High-purity Multi-component Distillation Column. 5th International Symposium on Advanced Control of Industrial Processes, 345-350. Hiroshima, Japan. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Wei Yu
  • Udugama, I. A., Roberts, A., Kirkpatrick, R. D., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2014). Effect of catalyst performance on high purity industrial methanol distillation. Chemeca 2014: Processing excellence; Powering our future, 563-574. Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Brent Young
  • Udugama, I. A., Kirkpatrick, R. D., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2013). High purity distillation column: Simulation and optimization. Chemeca 2013: Challenging Tomorrow, 828-832. Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wei Yu, Brent Young
  • Robinson, K., Friedrich, H., Kirkpatrick, R. D., Nicholas, C., & Rowe, G. (2013). A template for change? De-risking the transition to CDIO. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 19 (1), 39-49. 10.7158/D12-019.2013.19.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Heide Friedrich