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Michael Baldea elected 2013 CAST 10B Programming Chair

Prof. Baldea has recently been elected Programming Chair for the Systems and Process Control (area 10B) of the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) division of the AIChE. He will assume this role for the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco, CA.

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Saving energy is a dynamic problem

A paper presented at the 2011 American Control Conference utilizes a novel two-tiered static/dynamic optimization framework to identify the process equipment that causes bottlenecks in the control and dynamic performance of a chemical plant. The analysis is completely control independent and the results can be used as a performance benchmark for any controller implementation.


Michael Baldea to serve as Associate Editor for 2011 ACC

Prof. Baldea has been appointed Associate Editor for AIChE papers at the 2011 American Control Conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA in July. The ACC is the premier event in the Systems and Control Area and brings together researchers from multiple fields, including Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace and Chemical Engineering.


Microreactor optimization

Microscale autothermal reactors remain one of the most promising technologies for efficient hydrogen generation. The typical reactor design alternates microchannels where reforming and catalytic combustion of methane occur, so that exothermic and endothermic reactions take place in close proximity. Our work uses a self-consistent 2D model of a...


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November 2018: Hari successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Ganesh!

October 2018: Melissa successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Donahue!

October 2018: Follow our group at the AIChE Annual Meeting, including the CAST Division Plenary Lecture and the AIChE Futures presentation

October 2018: Welcome to Ioannis Giannikopoulos, Fernando Lejarza, Kyeongjun Seo and Alkiviadis Skouteris, who join our group as PhD students!

September 2018: Welcome to Xiaodong Xu, who joined our group as a postdoc!

April 2018: Our NSF-sponsored survey of process design capabilities in industry is published in Computers & Chemical Engineering

February 2018: Calvin receives prestigious University Graduate Continuing Fellowship for 2018-2019

February 2018: Joe presents his work on quantifying the value of process control at the TWCCC meeting in LA

November 2017: Our paper on scenario-free optimization under uncertainty appears in the Special Issue "2017 Class of Influential Researchers" of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

October 2017: Our paper on modular manufacturing is featured on the cover of AIChE Journal

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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