Stephen Zitney

Dr. Stephen E. Zitney has dedicated over 25 years of his career to process systems engineering research and development for chemical and energy applications. At NETL, he currently leads dynamics, control, and optimization research focused on the safe, clean, efficient, and flexible operation of advanced energy systems, with emphasis on power plant cycling and load-following; supercritical CO2-based power cycles under the NETL Advanced Turbines Program; and post-combustion CO2 capture under the DOE's Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). Over his career, Zitney has been involved in the development of award-winning projects like the Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS) software, and NETL’s real-time dynamic simulator and 3D virtual plant for an integrated gasification combined cycle.

Zitney considers the opportunity to work with other devoted and talented researchers to be one of the highlights of his career at NETL. “What I find most rewarding about my work here is the opportunity to collaborate with the leading energy researchers from the government, academia, and industry.” Zitney also holds a position as an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University where he has the opportunity to mentor and advise graduate and post-graduate students heading toward careers in energy-related research.