Mirela Tsagkari PhD


Certified Estimating Professional, Early-Stage Cost Estimation & Techno-Economic Analysis of Bio-Based Processes

Mirela is a certified Cost Estimation Professional. She holds a Ph.D. and an MEng. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

She developed an interest in early-stage estimating while working on European-funded biobased projects. In 2014, she joined Arkema to pursue her Ph.D. in the development of rapid-cost methods for evolving biorefineries. She has created an estimating framework that allows CAPEX and OPEX estimation with minimal information according to the technology readiness level of the process while considering project uncertainty.

Based on solid cost estimates, she carries out techno-economic analyses to assess a project’s profitability. She aims to assist R&D engineers in selecting promising processing pathways and decision-makers in allocating funds and budgeting viable biobased projects. Since 2018, she has been working as a Lead Cost Estimator on chemical process engineering projects at different phases (order-of-magnitude, preliminary, study, detailed) for project approval, funding and construction.  Contact Mirela.