Lorenz T. (Larry) Biegler is currently the Covestro University Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, which he joined after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. His 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.

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 more than 400 archival publications and two books, and has been invited to give numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Biegler has been recognized by several awards, including the Sargent Medal (given by IChemE), Walker Research Award, Lewis Education Award and Computers in Chemical Engineering Awards (given by AIChE), the Curtis McGraw Research Award, CACHE Computing Award and Chemical Engineering Lecturer Award (given by ASEE), the INFORMS Computing Prize, and an honorary doctorate in engineering sciences from the Technical University of Berlin. In 2021, he was awarded the Long-Term Achievements Award in Computer-Aided Process Engineering by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He is a Fellow of AIChE, IFAC and SIAM, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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1981 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1979 MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1977 BS, Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

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PASA 2023

Chemical Engineering faculty featured at PASI 2023

ChemE’s Larry Biegler, Ignacio Grossmann, Carl Laird, and Ana Torres served as instructors and speakers during a four-day intensive course hosted by the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Optimization and Data Science for Net-Zero Carbon and Sustainability (PASI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Control Magazine

Biegler inducted into the Process Automation Hall of Fame

ChemE’s Lorenz (Larry) Biegler is joining a prestigious list of individuals who have made a significant impact in process automation. Inducted into the 2022 class of Control Magazine’s Hall of Fame by a group of his peers, Biegler is recognized for his excellence, diligence, and influence on the process control industry.

Chemical Engineering

Biegler awarded 2022 Sargent Medal 

ChemE’s Larry Biegler was recently awarded the 2022 Sargent Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Named after Roger Sargent, the award is considered one of the most prestigious in the field and is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant recent contribution to research in the area of computer-aided product and process engineering.

Chemical Engineering

Biegler awarded 2022 Sargent Medal

Carnegie Mellon Chemical Engineering Covestro University Professor, Lorenz T. (Larry) Biegler, was recently awarded the 2022 Sargent Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Biegler receives Long Term Achievements Award

ChemE’s Lorenz Biegler received the Long Term Achievements Award in Computer Aided Process Engineering at this year’s ECCE and ECAB. Awarded by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, the award recognizes life-long excellence and contributions to process systems engineering.

Carnegie Mellon University

ChemE professors awarded funds

ChemE’s Lorenz Biegler and Chrysanthos Gounaris were awarded $400,000 from The U.S. Department of Energy.

Center of Advanced Process Decision-making

CAPD holds annual review meeting

The Annual Review Meeting of the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, held on March 9-11, 2021, included talks by ChemE’s Larry Biegler, Chrysanthos Gounaris, Ignacio Grossmann, and Nick Sahinidis.

Humboldt Foundation

Biegler receives Humboldt award

ChemE’s Larry Biegler has received a Humboldt Research Award, which recognizes the recipient’s achievements over the course of their academic career, and celebrates the significant impacts they’ve had on their discipline.

CMU Engineering

Engineering welcomes new ChemE head

Anne Skaja Robinson became the department head of chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in November 2018.

CMU Engineering

CMU partners with Eli Lilly on research collaboration

Carnegie Mellon and global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company have formed a research partnership to advance process systems engineering and optimization tools for accelerated product development in the pharmaceutical industry.

CAPD hosts annual meeting

The Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) hosted its annual meeting at CMU on March 12 - 14

Biegler receives ASEE Lectureship Award

ChemE Head Larry Biegler for received the American Society of Engineering Education’s Lectureship Award. This award is presented to a distinguished engineering educator to recognize and to encourage outstanding achievement in an important field of fundamental chemical engineering theory or practice.