Daira Aragon Mena

Title Assistant Professor
Department Audubon Sugar Institute
E-mail DAragon@agcenter.lsu.edu
Address 1 3845 Highway 75
Saint Gabriel, LA 70776
Phone 225-642-8765
Fax 225-642-8790

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2009), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.

M.Sc., Environmental Engineering (2005), Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Chemical Engineering (2002), Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Associate Degree in Computer Science (1999), Tecnológico de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia


Process systems engineering for chemical and biochemical processes: first principles and input-output modeling, steady state and dynamic simulation, deterministic and stochastic optimization, conventional and advanced process control.

Sugar processing engineering: material and energy balances, optimization and control of crystalization and boiling house operations.

Conversion of biomass and agricultural by-products into biofuels and biobased products.

Support to Louisiana sugar factories in the monitoring and performance evaluation of clarification, evaporation, crystallization and boiling house operations, including simulation of process operations, measurement of particle size distribution of sugars, massecuites and slurries, evaluation of purities of juices, syrup, massecuites and molasses, measurement of color, turbidity, ash, etc. in the various process streams in the sugar process.

Travel award. ASSIST Early-career faculty development symposium, Great Minds in STEM. Anaheim, California. October 6-8, 2016.

Charles E. Coates outstanding dissertation award, Louisiana State University, 2010.

Fulbright scholarship, The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2004 – 2007.

Travel award, II Iberoamerican meeting on atmospheric corrosion and protection of metals, Antigüa, Guatemala. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI) and Programa de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED), 2003.

Best Chemical Engineering graduate, Universidad de Antioquia, 2002.

Young researchers program award, Universidad de Antioquia, 1999.

Aragon, D., Viator, H.P., Ehrenhauser, F.S. 2017. Assessment of Sugarcane Billet Harvester on Recovery of Sweet Sorghum Biomass for Ethanol Production. Bioenergy Research, 10(3), 783–791. DOI 10.1007/s12155-017-9839-2

Viator, H.P., Aragon, D., Birkett, H., Stein, J. 2017. Partitioning of the Effects of Plant Trash on Sweet Sorghum Biomass Yield, Fiber Content and Juice Quality Parameters. Sugar Tech. DOI: 10.1007/s12355-017-0549-z

Villegas, A., Arias, J.P., Aragon, D., Ochoa, S., Arias, M. 2017. First principle-based models in plant suspension cell cultures: a review. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/07388551.2017.1304891

Villegas, A., Arias, J.P., Aragon, D., Ochoa, S., Arias, M. 2017. Structured Model and Parameter Estimation in Plant Cell Cultures of Thevetia peruviana. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, 40, 573-587. DOI: 10.1007/s00449-016-1722-6.

Aragon, D. 2017. Development of simulation models to support Louisiana sugar mills. Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Vol. 60, LSU AgCenter. Baton Rouge, pp. 14-15.

Ehrenhauser, F., Aragon, D. 2017. Sugar and salt from sugarcane. Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Vol. 60, LSU AgCenter. Baton Rouge, pp. 16-17.

Ehrenhauser, F., Gaudet, C., Tishechkina, I., Aragon, D. 2017. Crystal size analysis for Louisiana sugar mills 2016/2017 season. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 19, St. Gabriel, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 14-17.

Ehrenhauser, F.S., Aragon, D., Gaudet, C., Tishechkina, I. 2017. Size matters: cristal size analysis for the Louisiana sugar industry. Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Vol. 60, LSU AgCenter. Baton Rouge, pp. 20-21.

Aragon, D., Tishechkina, I. 2017. Monitoring cristal growth along the CVP. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 27-29.

Aragon, D., Ehrenhauser, F., Tishechkina, I., Gaudet, C. 2017. 2016 Sugar cristal size analysis for Louisiana sugar mills. The Sugar Bulletin, Vol. 95, pp. 14-16.

Aragon, D. 2016. Boiling House Simulation Models in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 20, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 10-13.

Aragon, D., Tishechkina, I. 2016. Process modeling and boiling house survey towards comprehensive improvement of factory performance. The Sugar Bulletin, Vol. 94, pp. 23.

Aragon, D., Tishechkina, I., Ehrenhauser, F., Gaudet, C., Faucheux, T. 2016. Effect of purity drop and cristal size on Molasses exhaustion in the C-Strike. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 20, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 25-29.

Ehrenhauser, F., Gaudet, C., Tishechkina, I., Aragon, D. 2016. Sugar crystal size analysis for Louisiana sugar mills. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 20, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 6-9.

Viator, H.P., Lu, S., Aragon, D. 2015. Influence of panicles and leafy material on sweet sorghum juice quality. Journal of the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, 35, 21-30.

Aragon, D., Tishechkina, I., Fincher, F. 2015. Combined process modeling and boiling house assessment during factory operations. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 16, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 9-14.

Aragon, D., Lu, S., Viator, H.P.S., Kimbeng, C., Ehrenhauser, F. 2015. Potential etanol, butanol production from sweet sorghum, energycane. Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Vol. 58, pp. 18.

Aragon, D., Kimbeng, C., Lu, S., Day, D.F., Legendre, B. 2015, Spring. Performance of energycane varieties for power generation and biofuel production. Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Vol. 58, pp. 16-17.

Aragon, D. 2014. Modeling and simulation for Louisiana's sugar mills. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 14, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 61-66.

Ehrenhauser, F., Tishechkina, I., Aragon, D. 2014. Size matters- Crystal size analysis for Louisiana sugar mills II. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory operations seminar, April 14, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 41-45.

Tishechkina, I., Ehrenhauser, F., Aragon, D. 2014. Size matters- Crystal size analysis for Louisiana sugar mills I. LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute Factory operations seminar, April 14, St. Gabriel, LA, USA. LSU AgCenter. pp. 32-40.

Villegas, A., Arias, J.P., Aragon, D., Arias, M., Ochoa, S. 2014. Multiobjective optimization in biomass production. In: Libro de resúmenes del XXVII Congreso Interamericano y Colombiano de Ingeniería Química, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. CIIQ. pp. 125.

Villegas, A., Arias, J.P., Aragón, D., Arias, M., Ochoa, S. 2014. Determination of the optimal operation conditions to maximize the biomass production in plant cell cultures of thevetia peruviana using multi-objective optimization. in: Memorias del XXVII Congreso Interamericano y Colombiano de Ingeniería Química. Optimización de procesos y recursos para un desarrollo sostenible, (Ed.) C.A. Martinez, Vol. 2, Asociación Colombiana de Ingeniería Química y Profesiones Afines. Bogotá, pp. 1191-1196.

Aragon, D., Suhr, M., Kochergin, V. 2013. Evaluation of Energy Cane and Sweet Sorghum as Feedstocks for Conversion into Fuels and Chemicals. Sugar Industry, 138(10), 651–655.

Aragon, D., Lu, S., Kochergin, V. 2013. Conversion of energy cane and sweet sorghum into biofuels and chemicals: a modeling approach. in: Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, (Eds.) J. Janick, A. Whipkey, V.M. Cruz, Purdue University. Washington, D.C., USA, pp. 87-97.

Villegas, A., Arias, J.P., Aragon, D., Arias, M., Ochoa, S. 2013. Modeling and parameter determination of biomass production from cell cultures of Thevetia Peruviana. in: 9th World Congress of Chemical Engineering. Seoul, Korea, pp. 033.

Aragon, D., Rolandi, P.A., Romagnoli, J.A. 2011. Framework for Integrated Model-Centric Process Support. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50(18), 10533–10548. DOI: 10.1021/ie1021442

Maya, A., Izaguirre, E., Tamara, J., Aragon, D., Garcia, L.E. 2011. Diseño y simulación de un sistema de control multivariable para una torre de destilación. in: Memorias del XXVI Congreso Colombiano de Ingeniería Química. Barrancabermeja, CO.

Aragon, D., Rolandi, P.A., Romagnoli, J.A. 2010. Online Dynamic Parameter Estimation, Data Reconciliation and Transition Planning for a Packed Distillation Column within a Model-Centric Process Support System. In: Proceedings of the 2010 AIChE Spring Meeting and 6th Global Congress on Process Safety, March 21-25, San Antonio, USA. AIChE.

Aragon, D., Rolandi, P.A., Romagnoli, J.A. 2008. Robust (adaptive) dynamic data reconciliation and gross error estimation for unknown error distribution based on the generalized T distribution. In: Proceedings of the 18th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, Lyon, France. http://www.nt.ntnu.no/users/skoge/prost/proceedings/escape18/selected_papers.htm

Aragon, D., Rolandi, P.A., Romagnoli, J.A. 2007. An integrated model-centric framework for joint parameter estimation/data reconciliation of process systems. Chemical Engineering Transactions. pp. 101 - 106.

Estrada, M.E., Podlaha, E., Romagnoli, J.A., Aragon, D. 2007. Model-based framework for ternary alloy electrodeposition processes: model validation and parameter estimation. In: Proceedings of the 8th International IFAC symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems Cancún, Mexico. Elsevier. pp. 227-232.

Aragon, D., Rolandi, P.A., Romagnoli, J.A. 2006. Integrated operation support system (IOpSS). The data pre-processing and data reconciliation modules. In: Proceedings of the 2006 AIChE annual meeting, Novemeber 11-17, San Francisco, USA. AIChE.

Aragon, D., Castaño, J.G., Herrera, F. 2004. Modeling of the interaction of carbon steel with the atmosphere. In: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Atmospheric Corrosion and Weathering Steels, September 27-October 1, Cartagena, CO.

Echeverria, F., Arroyave, C.E., Herrera, F., Delgado, J., Aragon, D., Morcillo, M. 2002. NO2 measurements in atmospheric corrosion studies. In: Outdoor and Indoor Atmospheric Corrosion, ASTM STP 1421, (Ed.) E. Townsend, ASTM International. West Conshohocken, PA, USA, pp. 88-102.

Molina, F., Echeverri, C., Aragon, D., Delgado, A., Giraldo, W., Sepulveda, C.M. 2001. Análisis de concentraciones de partículas suspendidas totales (PST) en el Valle de Aburrá durante el año 2001. Boletín Red Aire, Vol. 10, pp. 13.

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