Optimization, Design, Operations CAPD Short Course, May 4-11, 2016
The Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) at Carnegie
Mellon University is pleased to offer a seven-day course entitled:
Optimization Modeling, Conceptual Design, and Integrated Process
** May 4-11, 2016 **
This course is taught by Professors Biegler, Grossmann, Sahinidis,
Siirola and Ydstie, and is organized in seven modules that can be
taken altogether or in subsets. The topics include nonlinear,
discrete and global optimization, conceptual design, 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.
You should attend if...
- you are a process engineer interested in obtaining improved
solutions for your design, planning, scheduling and control
- 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
- 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.
Seven course Modules (a)-(g):
I. Module on Conceptual Design to be taught on Wednesday (May 4)
will focus on creation of superior process concept alternatives
a) Process Synthesis (Siirola, Wednesday, May 4)
II. Modules on Optimization Modeling to be taught from Thursday
through Saturday (May 5-7) will focus on modeling and algorithms
with applications to process optimization, process synthesis and
b) Nonlinear programming (Biegler, Thursday, May 5)
c) Mixed-integer and disjunctive programming (Grossmann, Friday,
d) Global optimization and optimization under uncertainty
(Sahinidis, Saturday, May 7)
III. Modules on Integrated Process Operations to be taught from
Monday through Wednesday (May 9-11) will focus on three major
decision levels in plant and enterprise-wide optimization:
e) Mixed-integer models for planning and scheduling (Grossmann,
Monday, May 9)
f) Advanced process dynamics and control (Ydstie, Tuesday, May 10)
g) Differential/algebraic models for real-time optimization
(Biegler, Wednesday, May 11)
The material in each module is independent and self-contained and
can be taken in any combination. A detailed description of the
topics covered in the course is given in:
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, the
2000 AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, the 2009 AIChE
Warren Lewis Award, the 2009 INFORMS Computing Society Prize, the
2012 Nordic Process Control Award, the AIChE 2015 William H.
Walker award, and an honorary doctorate from the Technical
University of Berlin. He is a member of the National Academy of
Engineering and Fellow of SIAM.
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, and the Constantin Carathéodory Prize in 2015.
He has been an INFORMS Fellow since 2014.
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 half time
positions as Professor of Engineering Practice at Purdue
University and Distinguished Service Professor of Sustainable
Energy Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. 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. http://www.cmu.edu/cheme/people/faculty/erik-ydstie.html
Time: Seven days, Wednesday through Tuesday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Held in the CAPD Conference Room, Doherty Hall 4201, Carnegie
Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Lodging: Housing arrangements may be made directly with the
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (412-682-6259), which is
approximately four blocks from the CMU campus. A block of rooms
has been reserved for the participants. When reserving your room
please state that you are with CMU-Chemical Engineering CAPD
group. The current rate is approximately $149 + tax per night for
a single room plus parking fee of $20 per day. Guests can also
contact the Reservations Manager, Samantha Tartaglione, at
412-682-6259 or email [log in to unmask]
Fees: The fees include all instructional materials, background
materials, a manual of notes, computer use, parking, a continental
breakfast each day, a closing luncheon as well as a dinner on
Saturday evening. A 25% discount is available to industrial
affiliates of the CAPD Consortium. Please make checks payable to:
Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering.
Registration: Register by completing and returning the form in:
If you need specific information please contact Laura Shaheen at
[log in to unmask], Tel: 412-268-6344, Fax: 412-268-7139. As the
course format limits class size, please notify us 10 days before
the start of a session should you wish to transfer or cancel your
registration. A $250 service charge is assessed if notification of
cancellation is received after that time.
The prices for taking the modules are as follows:
Any one module: $650
Any two modules: $1150
Any three modules: $1,600
Any four modules: $2,000
Any five modules: $2400
Any six modules: $2,800
All seven modules: $3,200
For members of CAPD there is a 25% discount.
Any one module: $487
Any two modules: $862
Any three modules: $1200
Any four modules: $1,500
Any five modules:$1,800
Any six modules: $2,100
All seven modules: $2,400
Testimonials of Past Participants...
"I liked the combination of theoretical and practical applications
of the optimization methods. The rationale behind each technique
was also well explained."
"Organized very nicely."
"I got a lot out of the course--Excellent job!"
John E. Swearingen Professor and Director of the CAPD