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"Chemical Engineers in Computing and Systems Technology, AIChE" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:08:44 -0500
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The Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) at Carnegie 
Mellon University (Professors Biegler, Grossmann, Sahinidis, Ydstie) 
will offer a six-day course entitled:

Optimization Modeling and Integrated Process Operations
** May 19-25, 2011 **

This course is organized in six modules along the topics of nonlinear, 
discrete and global optimization, and integrated process planning, 
scheduling and control. The course stresses the application of recently 
developed 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.

Six course Modules (a)-(h):

Modules on Optimization Modeling to be taught from Thursday through 
Saturday (May 19-21) will focus on modeling and algorithms with 
applications to process optimization, process synthesis and molecular 
a) Nonlinear programming (Biegler, Thursday, May 19)
b) Mixed-integer and disjunctive programming (Grossmann, Friday, May 20)
c) Global optimization and optimization under uncertainty (Sahinidis, 
Saturday, May 21)

Modules on Integrated Process Operations to be taught from Monday 
through Wednesday (May 23-25) will focus on three major decision levels 
in plant and enterprise-wide optimization:
f) Mixed-integer models for planning and scheduling (Grossmann, Monday, 
May 23)
g) Differential/algebraic models for real time optimization (Biegler, 
Wednesday, May 24)
h) Process dynamics and control (Ydstie, Tuesday, May 25)

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:

The Faculty:

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.

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 board SolarSilicon , Oslo, 
1999 - 2000. He is recipient of the 2007 Computing in Chemical 
Engineering Award of AIChE.

Administrative Details:

Time: Six days, Thursday through Saturday, Monday through Wednesday, 
8:30 am to 6:00 pm. CAPD Conference Room, Doherty Hall, Carnegie Mellon 

Lodging: Housing arrangements may be made directly with the Holiday Inn 
at University Center (412-682-6200), 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 
$126 + tax per night for a single room plus parking fee of $17 per day.

Fees: The fees include all instructional materials, background 
materials, a manual of notes, computer use, parking, a continental 
breakfast each day, and a closing luncheon. 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 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 six: $560
Any of two modules out of six: $960
Any of three modules: $1,600
All six modules: $2,800

For members of CAPD there is a 25% discount.
One module out of six: $420
Any of two modules out of six: $720
Any of three modules: $1,200
All six modules: $2,100

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!