With the addition of Dr. Jeff Siirola, the Center for Advanced Process
Decision-making (CAPD) at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to offer
the newly revamped seven-day course entitled:
Conceptual Design, Optimization Modeling and Integrated Process
** May 9-16, 2012 **
This course is organized in seven modules that can be taken altogether
or in subsets. The topics include conceptual design, nonlinear, discrete
and global optimization, and integrated process planning, scheduling and
control. The course stresses the application of recently developed
process synthesis concepts, and optimization models and methods to
practical process problems. 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 problems.
- 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 computer tools.
- 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):
Module on Conceptual Design to be taught on Wednesday (May 9), will
focus on creation of superior process concept alternatives
a) Process Synthesis (Siirola, Wednesday, May 9)
Modules on Optimization Modeling to be taught from Thursday through
Saturday (May 10-12) will focus on modeling and algorithms with
applications to process optimization, process synthesis and molecular
b) Nonlinear programming (Biegler, Thursday, May 10)
c) Mixed-integer and disjunctive programming (Grossmann, Friday, May 11)
d) Global optimization and optimization under uncertainty (Sahinidis,
Saturday, May 12)
Modules on Integrated Process Operations to be taught from Monday
through Wednesday (May 14-16) will focus on three major decision levels
in plant and enterprise-wide optimization:
e) Mixed-integer models for planning and scheduling (Grossmann, Monday,
f) Differential/algebraic models for real time optimization (Biegler,
Tuesday, May 15)
g) Integrated computation, communication and control in complex process
networks (Ydstie, Wednesday, May 16)
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 and
the optimization of differential-algebraic systems. 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 2008 INFORMS Computing Society Prize, the CACHE
Computing in Chemical Engineering Education Award and Fellow of the
AIChE. He is a consultant for a number of industries.
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
doctorate from Abo Academy in Finland and Univ. Maribor in Slovenia.
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, and
the 2010 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from AIChE.
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.
Time: Seven days, Wednesday through Saturday, Monday through Wednesday,
8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Held in the CAPD Conference Room, Doherty Hall 4201,
Carnegie Mellon University.
Lodging: Housing arrangements may be made directly with the Holiday Inn
at University Center (412-682-6259), which is approximately four (4)
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
$135 + tax per night for a single room plus parking fee of $20 per day.
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. In addition, a free copy of Chemical Engineering Optimization
Problems with GAMS, which includes PC-based software, will be provided
as well as a copy of the textbook, Systematic Methods of Chemical
Process Design by Biegler, Grossmann, and Westerberg.
Note: 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 price for taking the modules is as follows:
One module out of seven: $560
Any of two modules out of seven: $960
Any of three modules: $1,340
Any of four modules: $1,900
Any of six modules: $2,800
All seven modules: $3,200
For members of CAPD there is a 25% discount.
One module out of seven: $420
Any of two modules out of seven: $720
Any of three modules: $1,005
Any of four modules: $1,425
Any of six modules: $2,100
All seven modules: $2,400
Testimonials of Past Participants...
Excellent course that covers a lot of topics and discusses most of the
important issues within these topics.
I got a lot out of the course-excellent job!
All lecturers were excellent!