Andre R. Da Costa

Andre R. Da Costa


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  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Herbert H. Dow Chair in Chemical Process Safety
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, DI Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow
  • Executive Program Certificate, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business


Dr. Andre Da Costa joined the faculty at Michigan Tech as a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Herbert H. Dow Chair in Chemical Process Safety in the Fall of 2017 following a 20+ year career in the Chemical, Mineral Processing and Oil and Gas industries across 5 continents. His industrial experience includes R&D, engineering and operations. He has expertise in membrane technology, technology of inorganic compounds and fertilizers and process safety.

Da Costa was a Director and Chief Process Safety Strategy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company where he led the development of the Process Safety function. Prior to this position, he was a Chemical Engineering Manager with Corning Incorporated to re-build the Chemical Engineering function across the corporation globally. He held different positions at Chevron, including Engineering Manager for a North America exploration and production Business Unit. Prior to Chevron, Da Costa was a Process Development Manager at Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., where he led research and development of membrane separation processes for natural gas, refining, and petrochemicals and was Principal Investigator on competitive research grants from NSF, DOE and EPA. Da Costa also worked for Fluor Corporation on a variety of multi-billion-dollar oil and gas and mineral processing capital projects for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he was a guest Lecturer in Mass Transfer and Separations at San Jose State University for 5 years.

Da Costa is named co-inventor on 17 U.S. patents and is co-author of 30 journal and conference presentation papers. He is a Fellow of AIChE, IChemE and Engineers Australia. Da Costa served AIChE as: member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer; member of the Career and Education Operating Council; chair of the Executive Board of the Program Committee; co-chair of the 2006 Annual Meeting; chair of the Separations Division; chair of the Northern California Section; member of the Managing Board of CCPS; member of the CCPS Technical Steering Committee; member of CEP Editorial Board. He was a referee for the Journal of Membrane Science for 14 years and was a co-founder and chair of the American Gas Association Process Safety Sub-committee. Da Costa served on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at San Jose State University and the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Da Costa has received numerous honors and awards for his leadership and technical contributions to the chemical engineering profession.

Courses Taught

  • CM4120 - Chemical Plant Operations Laboratory
  • CM4990/5900 – Membrane Separation Fundamentals and Applications
  • CM4310 – Chemical Process Safety/Environment

Research Interests

  • Membrane Separation Technology
  • Membrane Integrity: Water Treatment and bio/pharma processes
  • Membrane Fouling and Module Design
  • Process Safety: Inherently Safer Design
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Process Safety Management Systems