|Lorenz T. Biegler is Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and joined Carnegie Mellon University in the same year. His research interests include process optimization, optimization of differential-algebraic systems, nonlinear process control, state estimation, parameter estimation and model discrimination. He is a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator, a recipient of the 1996 ASEE McGraw Award and the 2000 AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, the 2009 AIChE Warren Lewis Award, the 2009 INFORMS Computing Society Prize, the Nordic Process Control Award in 2012, the CACHE Computing in Chemical Engineering Education Award and an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Berlin. He was also recently elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Chrysanthos E. Gounaris is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. After undergraduate studies in his native Greece, he earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, where he worked on issues of global optimization and its application for the study of microporous materials. After graduation, Chrysanthos joined McKinsey & Co. as an Associate, where he provided consultation to petrochemical, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged-goods companies on a variety of projects of operational and strategic nature. He returned to Princeton to pursue post-doctoral research before joining Carnegie Mellon in 2013. His research interests lie in the areas of distribution and logistics, process planning and scheduling, cutting and packing, and network systems, with a methodological emphasis on developing robust optimization techniques to address operational uncertainty in these contexts. In addition, Chrysanthos is interested in applying mathematical optimization methodologies for the design of novel materials whose microstructure affords them superior catalytic performance.
Ignacio E. Grossmann, Dean University Professor and Former Head of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, obtained his master of science and doctorate in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London. He joined Carnegie Mellon in 1979 after one year of industrial experience with the Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo. His interests are in the areas of mixed-integer and logic based programming, process synthesis, enterprise-wide optimization, and planning and scheduling. He was a recipient of the 1984 Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1995 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, the 1997 William Walker Award of AICHE, the 2003 INFORMS Computing Society Prize and the 2009 AIChE Warren Lewis Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of AIChE and INFORMS, and holds an honorary doctorates from Abo Academy in Finland, Univ. Maribor in Slovenia and Technical University of Dortmund.
Nikolaos V. Sahinidis is Swearingen Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1990 and joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon in 2007, after a sixteen-year long career at the University of Illinois at Urbana. His research has focused heavily on the development of theory, algorithms, and software for global optimization of mixed-integer nonlinear programs, with applications in X-ray imaging, bioinformatics, and molecular design. His BARON global optimization software has found applications in fields ranging from computational chemistry to energy modeling. His research activities have been recognized by several awards, including the 2004 INFORMS Computing Society Prize, the 2006 Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize from the Mathematical Programming Society, the 2010 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from AIChE, the Constantin Caratheodory Prize in 2015, and the National Award and Gold Medal from the Hellenic Operational Research Society in 2016.
Jeffrey J. Siirola retired in 2011 as a Technology Fellow at Eastman Chemical Company where he had been for more than 39 years leading a group in process synthesis. He now holds a position as Professor of Engineering Practice at Purdue University and is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University as a Distinguished Service Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems. Jeff received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970. His areas of interest include chemical process synthesis, computer-aided conceptual process engineering, design theory and methodology, chemical process development and technology assessment, resource conservation and recovery, sustainable development and growth, carbon management, and chemical engineering education. Jeff is Secretary of ABET, and a trustee and past president of CACHE. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was the 2005 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Erik Ydstie is Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London. He joined Carnegie Mellon in 1992 after spending several years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His interests are in the real time adaptive control and optimization, dynamics and control of complex networks, design and control of particulate processes with application to solar cell production, and design and control of multi-phase reactor systems. He was Director of R&D at ELKEM ASA in 1999-2000, and board member and chairman of the board at Solar Silicon Oslo, 1999 - 2000. He is recipient of the 2007 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award of AIChE.