Carnegie Mellon Engineering

News Brief: Larry Biegler Wins AIChE's 2015 William H. Walker Award

July 8, 2015

Contact: Daniel Tkacik
Carnegie Mellon University

Lorenz T. (Larry) Biegler, Bayer University Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, has won the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) 2015 William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature.

One of the most prestigious awards available from AlChE, the Walker Award is presented annually to a member of AIChE who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering literature. Biegler will receive the award at the institute's annual honors ceremony, held during AIChE's 2015 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biegler, who conducts a research group in the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, has authored more than 300 articles and published two books. His research focuses on the development and application of concepts, algorithms and applications of optimization and numerical methods for process design, analysis, operations and control. In addition to receiving this award and several others throughout his career, he has held fellowships and appointments at national and international universities and has been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences.

The Walker Award is named after Dr. William H. Walker, one of the pioneers in United States chemical engineering practice and principles. Considered one of the founders of the chemical engineering discipline, Dr. Walker was the chair of industrial chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1894 until his death in 1934. The award, commemorating Dr. Walker, has been presented every year from 1936 until the present.

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