COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Sponsored by the School of Engineering, the Department of Mathematics & Statistics,
and the Analysis+Data Group

Lorenz Biegler

Head and Bayer University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

Lorenz T. (Larry) Biegler is currently the Head and Bayer University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Biegler has made many fundamental contributions to Optimization -- a key enabler of Data Science--and its application to a wide variety of areas in engineering. His current research interests lie in computer aided process engineering and include flowsheet optimization, optimization of systems of differential and algebraic equations, reactor network synthesis and algorithms for constrained, nonlinear process control. Examples of projects in these areas that he leads include analysis and development of nonlinear programming algorithms, optimization software design and application to real-world chemical processes and energy systems. Professor Biegler has authored or co-authored over 350 archival publications and two textbooks, edited nine technical books, and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences. He has held appointments at a large number of institutions and been recognized with various prestigious awards for his contributions in research and education. To cite a few examples, he has been an institute fellow at the National Energy Technology Lab, a visiting scholar at Northwestern University and Lehigh University, a scientist-in-residence at Argonne and Sandia National Labs, a Distinguished Faculty Visitor at the University of Alberta, a Chang Jiang scholar at Zhejiang University, a Gambrinus Fellow at the University of Dortmund, a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, a Distinguished Jubilee Lecturer at IIT-Bombay, and the Hougen Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He is a recipient of the INFORMS Computing Society Prize and the Nordic Process Control Award. Biegler holds a PhD and an MS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS from Illinois Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering, and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Sciences from TU Berlin.