Ryan Gillis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Student


Email: rgillis@mit.edu

I grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas in the shadow of heavy chemical industry. After graduating high school, I attended Brigham Young University where I majored in Chemical Engineering. At Brigham Young University, I worked with Dr. Thomas Fletcher on the characterization of macromolecular structure elements of oil shale. I also spent some time with Dr. Alonzo Cook on a tissue engineering project. During my summers I interned at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2013) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2014) where I worked on carbon sequestration and nanocrystal self-assembly projects, respectively.

After graduating from BYU, I came to MIT and began working with Prof. William H. Green. I have focused on inventing new processes to improve and decarbonize traditional hydrocarbon processing technologies. My most recent work is on an alternative to the Claus Process. In addition, I have worked on many different projects requiring experimental design and execution, process modeling, software development, and quantum calculations for thermochemistry and kinetic predictions. My professional goal is to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions for industrial processes.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my wife Marcela. Together we enjoy sailing, cooking, eating, and the outdoors.