July 02, 2013
Professor Larry Biegler named Department Head of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon
Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler will become Department Head of Chemical Engineering, effective November 1, 2013. He replaces Andy Gellman, who has been Department Head since January, 2003.
Larry holds a B.S. (1977) from the Illinois Institute of Technology and M.S. (1979) and PhD (1981) degrees from the University of Wisconsin, all in Chemical Engineering. Larry is in his 32nd year as a member of the ChE faculty, starting as an assistant professor in 1981 and advancing through academic ranks to his current appointment as the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering. He was also Director of the Center for Advanced Process Decision-Making from 1999-2005. In 2011, Larry was elected as a University Professor, the highest academic rank at Carnegie Mellon.
Larry's research interests lie in computer aided process engineering (CAPE) and include flowsheet optimization, optimization of systems of differential and algebraic equations, reactor network synthesis and algorithms for constrained, nonlinear process control. Prof. Biegler 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 an author on over 300 archival publications and two books, and has given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences.
Larry serves as an associate editor for the SIAM Journal of Optimization and Industrial and Engineering Chemistry and has served in a number of leadership roles in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In 2012 he was the meeting program chair for the Annual AIChE Conference, held in Pittsburgh.
Larry was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lewis Award, McAfee Award (Pittsburgh Section) and the Computers in Chemical Engineering Award, all given by AIChE, Curtis McGraw Research Award and CACHE Computing Award, given by ASEE, the INFORMS Computing Prize, and an honorary doctorate in engineering sciences (Dr.-Ing. e.h.) from the Technical University of Berlin.