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2011 Model Based Innovation Prize Winners Announced

Prof. Michael Baldea and co-authors Monica Zanfir (Praxair Technology Center) and Prodromos Daoutidis (University of Minnesota) have won the 2011 Model-Based Innovation Prize from Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) for the paper entitled Optimizing the Catalyst Distribution for Counter-current Methane Steam Reforming in Plate Reactors (AIChE J., 57, 2518-2528, 2011).  This award is given for the use of PSE’s gPROMS modeling and optimization software in an innovative way or in a novel area of application or technology.  The award will be presented at the upcoming European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE 2011 in Berlin, with a concurrent ceremony at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

 From the jury's comments: " excellent technical work proposing a new numerical method for the efficient solution of parabolic differential equations, with a very nice integration with gPROMS through a foreign object."

More information is available here. The paper can be downloaded from the AIChE Journal website



October 2017: Michael Baldea delivers invited keynote lecture at American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers' Operations and Process Technology Summit

September 2017: Michael Baldea promoted to Associate Professor

August 2017: Abby's paper analyzing the effect of energy storage on neighborhood CHP systems accepted for publication in Applied Energy

June 2017: Michael Baldea receives the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE.

May 2017: Morgan receives the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations!

April 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Abigail Ondeck for successfully defending her PhD Thesis!

April 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Ray Wang for successfully defending his thesis!

March 2017: Siyun and Jodie's papers on autocovariance-based MPC plant-model mismatch estimation with measurable disturbances accepted in Systems&Control Letters and J. Process Control.

February 2017: Calvin sets new record by having two papers (AIChE J. and Comput. Chem. Eng.) accepted in one day!

January 2017: Productive and fun weekend group retreat in Fredericksburg. Check out the pics!

January 2017: Steve's paper published in Nucleic Acids Research.

January 2017: See our plenary talk with the Ierapetritou group at CPC/FOCAPO.

January 2017: Warm welcome to Joe Costandy, who joins us as a Ph.D. student!

November 2016: Michael Baldea elected Director of the CAST Division of AIChE.

November 2016: Michael Baldea gives seminar UC Santa Barbara.

October 2016: Ankur successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations DOCTOR Kumar!

October 2016: Lingqing and Morgan have joined the group. Welcome!

October 2016: Congratulations to DOCTOR Perez, who successfully defended his thesis on October 13!

October 2016: Hari Ganesh successfully defended his thesis proposal and acceded to candidacy. Congratulations!

September 2016: Congratulations to DOCTOR Pattison on his successful defense on September 15!

September 2016: Congratulations DOCTOR Sowa! Steve successfully defended his dissertation on September 7.

September 2016: Michael Baldea appointed to the Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Fellowship in Chemical Engineering.

August 2016: Our group receives support from the US Department of Energy for interdisciplinary research on demand-side management in chemica process systems.

August 2016: Congratulations to DOCTOR Wang! Siyun successfully defended his PhD Dissertation on August 3.

June 2016: Richard receives CAST Division Travel Award to attend AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco

May 2016: Melissa's paper accepted in Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification

May 2016: Ankur publishes two papers in AIChE J. and Control Engineering Practice

May 2016: Paper by Cara, Dana and Jena published in Applied Energy

April 2016: Michael Baldea presents invited seminar at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

April 2016: Conan successfully defends his PhD Dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Park!

April 2016: Cara successfully defends her PhD Dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Touretzky!

April 2016: Krystian's paper on integrating HVAC control and with scheduling of smart appliances accepted in Energy and Buildings

March 2016: Jodie receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations!

March 2016: Paper by Richard, Cara and Ted on scheduling under dynamic constraints published in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.

March 2016: Michael Baldea will travel to Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, as Visiting Professor

February 2016: Joint paper with Prof. Truskett's group published in Journal of Chemical Physics

January 2016: Shu's paper on diagnosis of plant-wide oscillations published in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.

December 2015: Papers on integrating scheduling and control by Cara, Juan and Conan published in AIChE J. and Energy and Buildings

November 2015: Group travels to Salt Lake City for AIChE Annual meeting: please follow our presentations

October 2015: Cara and Krystian win travel awards for 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 2015: Michael Baldea presents seminar at Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen, and invited talk at the 8th Sino-US Chemical Engineering Conference in Shanghai

September 2015: Michael Baldea gives seminar at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech

August 2015: "From Process Integration to Process Intensification" published in Comput. Chem. Eng.

July 2015: Ted completes his MSc Dissertation as a joint effort between UT Austin and KTH Stokholm. Congratulations!

May 2015: Vincent graduates with MSc degree and joins Rockwell Automation. Congratulations!

March 2015: Michael Baldea presents invited seminar at "Babes-Bolyai" University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

February 2015: AnkurCara, Richard and Vincent receive awards at UT Energy Week, recognizing their contributions in energy research

January 2015: Ankur's Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. paper selected as ACS Editors' Choice for January 12, 2015, and will be available in Open Access

December 2014: Michael Baldea receives NSF CAREER award

December 2014: Ankur's paper on smart manufacturing appears in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.

November 2014: Krystian's work featured in AIChE CAST Division Plenary Lecture

October 2014: Bailee presents her work on dividing wall columns (DWCs) at Emerson Exchange industry conference

August 2014: Antoine Salliot joins the group as a visiting student from INP Grenoble, France

July 2014: Richard's paper on equation-oriented flowsheet simulation is accepted in AIChE J.

July 2014: Michael Baldea gives plenary presentation at FOCAPD 2014

July 2014: Krystian's paper on data disaggregation is published in Energy and Buildings

June 2014: Ankur publishes in Procedia Computer Science on workflows for smart manufacturing

June 2014: Steve's paper appears in PLoS Computational Biology

June 2014: Cara's paper on managing energy storage in buildings appears in Journal of Process Control

April 2014: Ankur passed his preliminary doctoral examination. Well done!

April 2014: Michael Baldea receives Moncrief Grand Challenges Award

March 2014: Michael Baldea gives invited presentation at Ethylene Producers' Conference in New Orleans, LA

February 2014: Ray Wang's presentation on Visual Data Mining recognized as best presentation in session at 2013 AIChE Meeting

February 2014: Siyun's paper on Identification-Based Optimization published in C&CE

January 2014: Cara starts prestigious Winter Internship at NSF America Laboratories in Cupertino, CA

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