Optimization modeling, conceptual design, and integrated process operations


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If you have trouble registering via the form, please contact Tiffany Hicks directly.


Larry Biegler, Salvador Garcia MuñozChrysanthos Gounaris, Ignacio Grossmann, Carl Laird, Nikolaos Sahinidis, Jeffrey SiirolaAna Torres

The course is organized into 10 modules that can be taken all together or in subsets.

The topics include conceptual design; nonlinear, discrete, and global optimization; and integrated process planning, scheduling, and control. The course stresses the application of optimization models and methods to practical process problems, and recently developed process synthesis concepts.

Geared to the practitioner, this course provides practical information and exposure to powerful and sophisticated modeling tools for process synthesis, planning, scheduling, and dynamics and control, including treatment of uncertainty. In addition, the course emphasizes systematic solution approaches and provides the necessary background to understand the tools and apply them correctly and efficiently to your process problem.

Course participants will address these topics through lectures and hands-on workshops. Specific computer methods will include modeling tools, nonlinear, and mixed integer programming codes.

In previous years, Carnegie Mellon University offered this course exclusively on-campus. Now, we are offering this class both in person and on Zoom. We will record the class and release videos of lectures approximately every two hours to support students across different time zones. This arrangement will allow all students to participate through a combination of real-time lecture and offline viewing.

I liked the combination of theoretical and practical applications of the optimization methods. The rationale behind each technique was also well explained.

Past course participant




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Intended audience

You should attend if:

  • you are a process engineer interested in obtaining improved solutions for your design, planning, scheduling, and control problems.
  • you are an engineer interested in learning how to formulate models for process design and synthesis, and for process and enterprise-wide optimization, and how to solve them with advanced computer tools.
  • you are a manager interested in understanding and introducing these tools in your working environment.
  • you are a researcher interested in quickly testing new process ideas and concepts through the use of optimization-based tools.

I got a lot out of the course–excellent job! It was organized very nicely.

Past course participant

Learn more

For more information, please contact Carl Laird.