Process systems engineering
As we advance the area of systems engineering, our goal is to develop new mathematical models and computational capabilities in:
- large-scale nonlinear and dynamic optimization
- mixed-integer linear and nonlinear optimization
- optimization under uncertainty (stochastic, robust)
- high-performance and scientific computing
- machine learning and data science
Examples of current application areas include:
- optimal process synthesis, design, operations, and control
- supply chain, scheduling, planning, and enterprise-wide optimization
- sustainable processes and circular economies
- carbon capture and climate change
- energy systems, renewables, and critical infrastructure
- recovery of rare-earth elements and critical minerals
- materials design and optimization
Sample research projects
Sakshi Naik focuses on optimization under uncertainty and model predictive control of large scale energy systems. Naik works on algorithms for preprocessing non-linear programs to build reduced order models for faster optimization.
Advisor: Lorenz Biegler
Thomas Krumpolc is researching applications of nonlinear optimization to formulate and solve problems in reaction engineering. He currently focuses on kinetic parameter estimation directly from spectroscopic data.
Advisor: Lorenz Biegler
Bashar Ammari is integrating machine learning and optimization for advanced process decision-making. Ammari also develops software to assist engineers in process operations and design.
Advisor: Carl Laird
Process systems engineering faculty
Covestro University Professor
Rudolph R. and Florence Dean University Professor
Ana Inés Torres
Grossmann awarded AIChE Founders Award
Rudolph R. and Florence Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering (ChemE) Ignacio Grossmann has been awarded the Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This is the highest award given by the Institute.
ExxonMobil Foundation gives nearly $170k to CMU Programs
On June 3rd, William Y. Wang (E’87), ExxonMobil’s Americas Strategic Global Accounts Sales Manager, presented Carnegie Mellon University institutions with a total of $169,044. These funds represent the Foundation’s three-to-one match of donations made to CMU by ExxonMobil employees, retirees, and surviving spouses with ties to Carnegie Mellon, in association with the Foundation’s 2018 Educational Matching Gift Program.
Center for Advanced Process Decision-making
The Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) provides an umbrella organization to give students the opportunity to interact with industry in the area of process systems engineering.