Chrysanthos Gounaris received a Dipl. in Chemical Engineering (2002) and an M.Sc. in Process Control (2003) from the National Technical University of Athens. He then attended Princeton University, where he earned an M.A. (2005) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (2008). His doctoral thesis, pursued under the supervision of Chris A. Floudas, is entitled "Advances in Global Optimization and the Rational Design of Shape-Selective Separations" and explores the use of nonlinear modeling and global optimization techniques in the study of porous materials. After graduation, Gounaris 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 (2008-2010). He returned to academia to pursue postdoctoral research at Princeton University (2010-2013), after which he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as an assistant professor.

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2008 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University

2005 MA, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University

2003 MS, Automation Systems, National Technical University of Athens

2002 Dipl, Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

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Gounaris named director of new Shared Computing Facility

ChemE’s Chrysanthos Gounaris was named director of the new Shared Computing Facility at the College of Engineering.

2021 Engineering faculty award winners selected

Congratulations to the 2021 CMU Engineering Faculty Awards winners.

Subramanyam accepts faculty position at Penn State

ChemE alum Anirudh Subramanyam has accepted a faculty position in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. Subramanyam graduated from CMU in 2018, earning his Ph.D. in Process Systems Engineering under the supervision of Associate Professor Chrysanthos Gounaris.

CMU Engineering

Optimizing pharmaceutical development

Chrysanthos Gounaris, in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, has developed an automated decision support system for planning the R&D activities within Lilly’s Synthetic Molecule Design and Development organization.

Carnegie Mellon University

ChemE professors awarded funds

ChemE’s Lorenz Biegler and Chrysanthos Gounaris were awarded $400,000 from The U.S. Department of Energy.

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.

CMU Engineering

CMU partners with Eli Lilly on research collaboration

Carnegie Mellon and global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company have formed a research partnership to advance process systems engineering and optimization tools for accelerated product development in the pharmaceutical industry.

CMU Engineering

The 2018 Dean’s Early Career Fellows

Eight young CMU faculty receive awards for their outstanding contributions to the university.

CAPD hosts annual meeting

The Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) hosted its annual meeting at CMU on March 12 - 14