News

Fri, 05/19/2017

Garrett Dowdy, a current Ph.D. student in PSEL, has won Outstanding Seminar Award for presentation of the best third-year talk in the MIT ChemE Department in Fall 2016. Entitled "Rigorous Bounds on Distributions through Semidefinie Programming," Garrett described how semidefinite programming can...

Fri, 05/12/2017

The cluster problem in constrained global optimization is analyzed (click here). It is shown that clustering can occur both on nearly-optimal and nearly-feasible regions in the vicinity of a global minimizer. It is shown that first-order convergent lower...

Mon, 05/01/2017

Garrett Dowdy, a current Ph.D. student in PSEL, has been named a keynote speaker at the upcoming European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE). Co-authored with Paul Barton, his selected paper is titled "Using Semidefinite Programming to Calculate Bounds on Steady-State...

Fri, 01/20/2017

Dependable algorithms for nonideal vapor-liquid equilibrium calculations are essential for effective process design, simulation and optimization. Inside-out algorithms [Boston & Britt, 1978] for flash calculations serve as the basis for many of the algorithms used by process simulation...

Wed, 12/21/2016

The well-posedness of nonsmooth semi-explicit differential-algebraic equations (DAEs) is investigated (click here; free access is provided until February 08, 2017). The nonsmooth DAEs are classified as having differential index one in a...

Tue, 12/06/2016

New journal articles on global optimization problems authored by current and former members of PSEL have now appeared online with free access:

  • Differentiable McCormick relaxations in  Journal of Global Optimization (click here...
Fri, 09/16/2016

A new journal article on differential–algebraic equations (DAEs) by members of PSEL has now appeared in Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications with free access (click here). Nonsmooth equation-solving and optimization algorithms which require...

Tue, 07/12/2016

We are pleased to announce that PSE Laboratory alumnus Prof. Alexander Mitsos of RWTH Aachen has won the 2016 CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award from AIChE’s CAST Division. PSE Laboratory alumnus Prof. Joseph Scott of Clemson University is the co-recipient of the 2016 David Smith Jr....

Thu, 02/04/2016

Using the Bakken shale play as a case study, the previous part of this two-part series demonstrated how small-scale mobile plants could be used to monetize associated or stranded gas effectively. In the...

Wed, 01/20/2016

Jose Alberto Gomez has been awarded a fellowship from the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring. This fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students from underrepresented minorities and provides career path guidance with the aim of diversifying U.S. faculties in mathematics, sciences...