Ignacio E. Grossmann is the R. R. Dean University Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and former department head at Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his B.S. degree at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Imperial College in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He is a member and director of the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, an industrial consortium that involves about 20 petroleum, chemical, engineering, and software companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and associate editor of AIChE Journal. He has received the following AIChE awards: Computing in Chemical Engineering, William H. Walker for Excellence in Publications, Warren Lewis for Excellence in Education, Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering, Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering. In 2015 he was the first recipient of the Sargent Medal by the IChemE. He has honorary doctorates from Abo Akademi in Finland, University of Maribor in Slovenia, Technical University of Dortmund in Germany, University of Cantabria in Spain,  Russian Kazan National Research Technological University, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina, and Universidad de Alicante in Spain. He is a 2019 top cited scientist in Computer Science and Electronics: 53 Worldwide, 38 National. He has authored more than 600 papers, several monographs on design cases studies, the recent textbook Advanced Optimization in Process Systems Engineering, and the textbook Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design, which he co-authored with Larry Biegler and Art Westerberg. He has also organized the virtual loibrary on process systems engineering. Grossmann has graduated 67 Ph.D. and 24 M.S. students.
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1977 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London

1975 MS, Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London

1974 BS, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Iberoamericana

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Chemical Engineering

Grossmann serves as Fulbright Specialist in Spain

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann is visiting the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain until the beginning of October with support from the Fulbright Specialist program.

Chemical Engineering

Grossmann serves as Fulbright Specialist in Spain

At the University of Cantabria, Ignacio Grossmann will teach a graduate course, give a workshop and seminars, and collaborate with faculty on several research problems related to sustainability.


Grossmann ranked on ScholarGPS

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann ranked #10 in Chemical Engineering on ScholarGPS.

PASA 2023

Chemical Engineering faculty featured at PASI 2023

ChemE’s Larry Biegler, Ignacio Grossmann, Carl Laird, and Ana Torres served as instructors and speakers during a four-day intensive course hosted by the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Optimization and Data Science for Net-Zero Carbon and Sustainability (PASI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

11th World Congress of Chemical Engineering

Grossmann speaks at World Congress of Chemical Engineering

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann was an invited plenary speaker at the 11th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, which gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the start of June. Grossmann gave a presentation called “Optimal Synthesis and Planning of Sustainable Chemical Process and Energy Systems.”

Chemical Engineering

Alum spotlight: David E. Bernal Neira

David E. Bernal Neira (‘21) thinks that quantum computing is the future of process systems engineering.

Chemical Engineering

Student spotlight: Hector Perez

Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Hector Perez will use the tools he has developed at CMU to build a supply chain practice within a tech start-up.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering students can study on three continents

Study abroad exchange programs in England, Germany, Argentina and South Korea are ramping back up after pandemic related cancellations.

Grossmann gives keynote talk at 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann explained the challenges in the application of mathematical programming approaches to enterprise-wide optimization of process industries at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Chemical Engineering

Grossmann awarded honorary doctorate

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Sciences by RWTH. The award recognizes his outstanding achievements in process engineering and generous social commitment to education and research.

Chemical Engineering

Pioneering research and education

Ignacio Grossmann recently published a new textbook, Advanced Optimization for Process Systems Engineering, under Cambridge University Press.

Center of Advanced Process Decision-making

CAPD holds annual review meeting

The Annual Review Meeting of the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, held on March 9-11, 2021, included talks by ChemE’s Larry Biegler, Chrysanthos Gounaris, Ignacio Grossmann, and Nick Sahinidis.