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Ignacio E. Grossmann
Center for Advanced Process Decision-making

Department of Chemical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, 15217, USA


Prof. Ignacio E. Grossmann is the Rudolph R. and Florence Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering, and former Department Head at Carnegie Mellon University.  He obtained his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1975 and 1977, respectively. After working as an R&D engineer at the Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo in 1978, he joined Carnegie Mellon in 1979. He was Director of the Synthesis Laboratory from the Engineering Design Research Center in 1988-93. He is director of the "Center for Advanced Process Decision-making" which comprises a total of 20 petroleum, chemical and engineering companies. Ignacio Grossmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering , Mexican Academy of Engineering, and associate editor of AIChE Journal and member of editorial board of Computers and Chemical Engineering, Journal of Global Optimization, Optimization and Engineering, Latin American Applied Research, and Process Systems Engineering Series. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, Mathematical Optimization Society, and American Chemical Society.

Major awards include the 1984 Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1994 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award of the CAST Division of AIChE, the 1997 William H. Walker Award of AIChE, and in 2002, Honorary Doctor in Technology from Åbo Akademi in Finland, Fellow of INFORMS and AICHE, Top 15 Most Cited Author in Computer Science by ISI. 2003 INFORMS Computing Prize Award, 2007 Kun Li Award for Excellence in Education, in 2007 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Maribor, Slovenia, in 2008 named as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AICHE, in 2009 received the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education by AIChE, in 2011 the Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award from AIChE.