My name is Helen Durand, and I am an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in the exciting come-back city of Detroit in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
The core mission of my research group is to improve the lives of people around the world through scientific advances that utilize computer programming, mathematics, and a solid foundation in the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering. We are currently working on cybersecurity of chemical process control systems to prevent or stop attacks that could impact basic human needs, we are developing decision-making protocols and sensing/actuation strategies that allow us to make processes safer and give computers the ability to discover physics and chemistry of a process, and we are exploring the relationship between materials and control to aid in next-generation materials design and manufacturing. We are also passionate about making impacts in our Detroit community and worldwide through a variety of methods such as making the next generation excited about engineering from a young age through animation and film.
If you are interested in becoming a part of my group, please contact me. We have a number of open PhD positions and are currently recruiting!