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To provide high-quality and innovative process simulation training to ambitious and motivated engineering students around the world


To equip future engineers with the qualities and competencies necessary to succeed as process optimization professionals

Who We Are

We prepare and support the present and future generations of process engineers with commercial process simulation software training. PSC participants get an opportunity to solve a unique competition problem based on real industry data.

We welcome registrations from around the world, from undergraduate, masters and postgraduate students. The industry practitioners are also invited and encouraged to take part.

The competition is a yearly event. It starts every February and ends in January of the following year. It is developed and managed by Chemstations Europe GmbH.


Our Goals

  • Help students to become valuable employees from day one by developing their critical and problem-solving skills.
  • Establish support and innovative technology for teaching, mentoring, research and partnerships.
  • Foster creative and critical thinking among students and academics within a culture of inspiration and quality service.
  • Promote best practices and excellence in teaching to empower ambitious individuals.

Meet the Team!

Armin Fricke

Armin is at the hub of all creative goings-on and oversees our development and strategic planning activities. He loves “helicopter” views and whiteboards. Armin is the one who invented for you the PSC! He likes to go off-road from time to time.

Superpower: Creativity

Jan Schöneberger

Jan is a Process Engineer with a Ph.D. degree from TU Berlin. Experienced in courses supervision, plant projects and support, he enjoys recognition among the “simulators” community. Jan is the mastermind behind your PSC tasks. He enjoys giving lectures.

Superpower: Knowledge Transfer

Burcu Aker

Burcu holds a M.Sc in Process, Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering from TU Berlin. She currently works on several engineering and consulting projects. She tests your PSC tasks while indulging in an iced coffee.

Superpower: Critical Thinking

Anna Wolna

Anna is the PSC spokeswoman. Before joining the team, she studied Politics and International Security and spent several years working as a Media Analyst in the UK. She holds MA from King’s College London. Anna sets the tone for the PSC developments.

Superpower: Communication

Nicole Reimer

Nicole always makes sure everything runs according to the plan and that everyone is on board. She manages many of the nitty-gritty stuff which we are unable to handle. Nicole brings to you the PSC administrative details.

Superpower: Customer Satisfaction

Maaz Ul Mosaid

Is something bugging you? Here comes Maaz. Our Junior Process Engineer does a super job in debugging and coding. Maaz also studies for a M.Sc. in Process Systems Engineering at TU Dortmund. He gives the PSC bugs a hard time.

Superpower: Quality Control


Kumar Rajan Gopa

Who’s behind that smile? It’s Kumar! our Junior Process Engineer who supports PSC at conferences and poster sessions. On a daily basis, he’s taking engineering calculations to a totally new level. Oh! is he holding a tablet? Ask him for a demo.

Superpower: Teamwork 

Mersad Katana

Mersad is our Software Engineer and, on a daily basis, he develops, tests and implements stuff. He likes experimenting with electronics. He says he is good at it. Although, we are not entirely sure what he means by that. He delivers for you the PSC “enigma” work.

Superpower: Programming

Carla Steinbrenner

Carla works independently as a graphic and web designer. Programming, search engine optimization and branding are also part of her professional passion. Carla delivered to you the PSC website and we love it!

Superpower: Imagination

Dr. Simon Burger

Simon likes to challenge PSC participants with his solutions. He’s always up for a good duel! Simon’s interests are machine learning, Big Data, and optimization. He reads Sci-Fi and does coding as a hobby. His ambitions are to develop cool applications for process engineers.

Superpower: Always up for Burgers

“The A Team” – PSC Ambassadors

Frank Ramhold

Frank is a lecturer at the University of Merseburg in the field of process simulation with CHEMCAD. He is a laboratory manager, lecturer in thermal process engineering, mechanical process engineering and fluid mechanics. Frank supports our teaching tools projects and rocks CHEMCAD in his classes for years!

Superpower: Educational innovation 

Jeffrey Halpern

Jeffrey is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Education at the University of New Hampshire, US. He channeled his passion for teaching through PSC2017 & PSC2019 by incorporating it into the curriculum as a graded and non-graded class exercise. He’s been spreading the PSC word at the premier educational forums too. Awesome! His research interests focus on sensors development.

Superpower: Educational Innovation

Ewelina Brodawka

Ewelina has been with the PSC since the very beginning winning twice the No.1 Overall Winner title. It speaks for itself. This girl can do it and she can do it well! She learned it all at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland where she is likely to become a teacher. Adsorption processes in gaseous mixtures are her cup of tea.

Superpower: Intuitive Optimization



Jakub Szczurowski

Jakub is a lecturer at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He belongs to the early PSC adopters. Jakub participated in the challenges himself and motivated students to join. He brought more than 100 participants to the PSC2017 cup! Looking at his publications list, he’s really into adsorption systems and mercury removal technologies.

Superpower: Role Model



Ryszard Bałys

Ryszard is a well-established lecturer at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland in the Faculty of Energy and Fuel. He has fully embraced the PSC and introduced the challenge into his classroom. He incorporated the PSC into the curriculum supercharging the CHEMCAD learning experience of his students. Bravo! Adsorption is his research favorite.

Superpower: Educational Innovation

Björn Lewandowski

Björn teaches process simulation seminar at Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld, Germany. He’s been successfully motivating students to participate in PSC by hosting PSC informational events. In 2017, one of his students made it to the top! In 2016, Björn won an award from Unternehmerschaft Chemie Niederrhein for developing a Database as a “Shortcut Method for Selecting the optimal Agitator”. PSC is over the moon to have him on board!

Superpower: Role Model


Juan Gonzalez

Juan has 26 years of experience in teaching simulation of industrial chemical processes at the Polytechnic University Dr. Federico Rivero Palacio in Caracas, Venezuela. Although he’s taking things easy these days, he’s still active in academia. PSC is his source of inspiration for designing a CHEMCAD course for his institution.  Do you need to talk with someone about distillation? Ask Juan, it’s his top favorite topic. Aplaudimos su pasión y compromiso con la educación!

Superpower: Educational Innovation



Rahul Khetan

Rahul studies at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India. He is a member of numerous student clubs and associations where he promotes PSC competition. He enjoys networking with brilliant minds and is well-skilled in attracting new chemical process engineering talents to the PSC challenge. His motto: ‘Conquer Everyday!’ He has a penchant for projects in Bioprocess Modelling. Rock on Rahul!

Superpower: Professional Networking

Kamil Krzemień

Kamil, from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland won the No.3  Overall Winner title in the PSC2017 challenge.  His motivation to join PSC was the desire to exceed his teacher who was leading in the highscore table. Kamil motivated students at his university to aid the promotion of PSC at the world’s major trade fair for the process industry. He’s a member of the students union too. Full of positive energy and always ready for some action!

Superpower: Action Man


Wojciech Zborowski

Wojciech, from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland won the No.1  Overall Winner title in PSC2018. He also shared My PSC referral link with over 50 students what paved the way for his winning of our CHEMCAD training. He has been more than once our Monthly Winner too. Wojciech supported PSC2018 student participants with CHEMCAD learning by creating a special help page and giving tutorials. Brilliant and sooooooo creative!

Superpower: The Winner Takes it All 

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PSC Student Ambassador. Is that you? You are a chemical process engineering student and enjoy talking to others. You’re also active in various student groups and participate in student conferences. You always go the extra mile to introduce fellow students to the PSC challenge. Student ambassador always goes with a flowsheet!

Superpower: Student Magnet

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PSC Academic Ambassador. Is that you? Academic ambassador is a university lecturer or a teaching assistant who engages with PSC and other related initiatives. The ambassador promotes innovation, creative thinking and best practices in education in association with the PSC challenge.

Superpower: Educational Innovation

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