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Oklahoma State University

Ashlee Ford Versypt

Assistant Professor

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Postdoctorate, Department of Chemical Engineering,
                        Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2014
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering with Computational Science
          & Engineering Option, 2012
M.S.,  Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,


B.S.,  Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2005


Systems biomedicine
Mathematical biology
Multiscale computational modeling
Nonlinear dynamic systems
Pharmaceutical drug delivery
Transport through heterogeneous media
Physiology related to cancer and diabetic kidneys
Engineering education and STEM outreach

Systems Biomedicine & Pharmaceutics
We are interested in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of chemical engineering, computational science and engineering, applied mathematics, biomedical science, and pharmaceutical science. Many applications with great societal impact lie within the intersection of these disciplines, such as advanced pharmaceuticals and medical technologies. The central aim of our research program is to develop and utilize innovative process systems engineering approaches to solve clinically-relevant, multiscale problems in medicine and pharmaceutics. Our research combines expertise in process systems engineering with a holistic view of the delivery, distribution, and physiological fate of advanced pharmaceutical drug dosage forms administered to human patients in order to improve human health and engineer better medicines. Additionally, we are interested in problems of transport in heterogeneous materials, which has applications in many fields ranging from tissue engineering to petroleum exploration.

(* denotes co-first authors)

A. N. Ford Versypt*, E. Makrides*, J. Arciero, L. Ellwein, and A. T. Layton, “Bifurcation Study of Blood Flow Control in the Kidney,” Submitted 2014.

A. N. Ford Versypt*, J. Arciero*, L. Ellwein*, E. Makrides, and A. T. Layton, “Modeling Blood Flow Control in the Kidney,” Proceedings of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, Minneapolis, MN, Submitted 2014.

A. N. Ford Versypt and R. D. Braatz, “Analysis of Finite Difference Discretization Schemes for Diffusion in Spheres with Variable Diffusivity,” Computers and Chemical Engineering, Accepted 2014.

A. Mesbah, A. N. Ford Versypt, X. Zhu, and R. D. Braatz, “Nonlinear Model-Based Control of a Thin-Film Dryer for Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing,” Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 7447–7460, 2014. DOI: 10.1021/ie402837c

J. J. Versypt* and A. N. Ford Versypt*, “Mapping Rural Students’ STEM Involvement: Case Studies of Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Enrollment in the States of Illinois and Kansas,” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2013. Recognized as outstanding paper by the 2014 ASEE Chemical Engineering Division Joseph J. Martin Award.

A. N. Ford Versypt, D. W. Pack, and R. D. Braatz, “Mathematical Modeling of Drug Delivery from Autocatalytically Degradable PLGA Microspheres—A Review,” Journal of Controlled Release, 165, 29–37, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2012.10.015

M. Kishida, A. N. Ford Versypt, D. W. Pack, and R. D. Braatz, “Optimal Control of 1D Cellular Uptake in Tissue Engineering,” Optimal Control Applications and Methods, 34, 680–695, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/oca.2047