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 former 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. 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, John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecturer. 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, Universidad de Alicante in Spain, and RWTH Aachen in Germany. He is a 2019 top cited scientist in Computer Science and Electronics: 53 Worldwide, 38 National. He has authored more than 700 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. His main research interests are in the areas of discrete continuous optimization, optimal synthesis and planning of chemical processes and energy systems, and supply chain optimization. Grossmann has graduated 68 Ph.D. and 34 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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Grossmann receives a honorary doctorate from Argentina’s Universidad Nacional del Sur

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Nacional del Sur in recognition of his 30+ years of collaboration with that institution.

Chemical Engineering

Grossmann returns as Fulbright Scholar in Argentina

At the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Ignacio Grossmann is teaching a graduate course, giving seminars, and collaborating with faculty on research problems related to energy systems.

Chemical Engineering

Alum spotlight: Cristiana Lara

Cristiana Lara (’19) is optimizing Amazon’s transport network infrastructure. Her work was recognized with the INFORMS Early Career Practitioner Award.

Chemical Engineering

Grossmann honored as 2024 AIChE Prausnitz Institute Lecturer

Ignacio Grossmann will deliver the 76th annual John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecture in October.

Grossmann selected as John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecturer for 2024 AIChE Annual Meeting

Ignacio Grossmann was selected as the John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecturer for the 2024 AIChE Annual Meeting.

Grossmann receives INFORMS award for paper on hybrid MILP/CP models

Ignacio Grossmann received the INFORMS Journal of Computing Test of Time Paper Award for his work on solving problems through hybrid MILP/CP models.

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Grossmann on Subject to podcast

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann appeared on the Subject to podcast to talk about his life and career. The show features leading researchers in the fields of operations research, combinatorial optimization, and logistics.

Lehigh University

Grossmann delivers 2023 Distinguished Schiesser Lecture at Lehigh University

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann delivered the 2023 Distinguished Schiesser Lecture at Lehigh University on December 6th, 2023 as part of the university’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Fall 2023 Colloquium Seminar Series.

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.