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Richard Turton

Director, AVESTAR® Labs

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Phone: 304-293-6277


  • Process Systems Simulation and Optimization
  • Development of Steady State and Dynamic Models of Power Plants and Associated Process Units
  • Operator Training and Immersive Training Systems
  • Chemical Engineering Education

Dr. Richard Turton has been a professor at WVU for 28 years and is the lead author of a textbook on process analysis, synthesis and design of chemical processes. Prior to joining WVU, he worked in construction and engineering industries for 5 years. Over the last 6 years, he has led a research team in the development of steady state and dynamic models of power plants and associated process units.

Turton holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham England and an MS and PhD, both in Chemical Engineering, from Oregon State University. Currently, he is the director of the AVESTAR® Labs at the EI/NRCCE and a professor of chemical engineering at WVU. In 2012, he was awarded the Russell and Ruth Bolton WVU Professorship for Outstanding Teaching, adding another award to his long list of acknowledgements for excellence in teaching.

In his spare time, Turton enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, playing golf, and model railroading.