Dr. José María Ponce-Ortega got his Ph.D. and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering in the Institute of Technology of Celaya
in Mexico in 2009 and 2003, respectively. He stayed as a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University and as visiting
scholar in Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Ponce-Ortega is full professor at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de
Hidalgo, and he is member of the National Research System of Mexico. The research interest of Dr. Ponce-Ortega is in the areas
of optimization of chemical processes, sustainable design, energy, mass, water and property integration and supply chain optimization.
Dr. Ponce-Ortega has published more than 180 papers, 1 book and 46 chapter books. He also has supervised 12 Ph.D. and 24 Master
students. He also has 15 funded research projects for about $US 1,000,000.00. Dr. Ponce-Ortega is member of the editorial
board of the Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Journal, and in the Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability
Journal. Dr. José Ezequiel Santibañez- Aguilar got his Ph.D. and Master degrees in the Chemical Engineering Department in
the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Mexico in 2016 and 2013, respectively. He stayed as scholar researcher
at Texas A&M University and Northwestern University. Currently, he is professor at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico
and he is member of the National Research System of Mexico. His research interest is in the area of optimization of supply
chains for biorefineries accounting for the involved sustainability. He has published more than 20 papers and 11 book chapters.