Ignacio E. Grossmann is the R. R. Dean University Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and former department head at Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his B.S. degree at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Imperial College in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He is a member and director of the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, an industrial consortium that involves about 20 petroleum, chemical, engineering, and software companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and associate editor of AIChE Journal. He has received the following AIChE awards: Computing in Chemical Engineering, William H. Walker for Excellence in Publications, Warren Lewis for Excellence in Education, Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering, Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering. In 2015 he was the first recipient of the Sargent Medal by the IChemE. He has honorary doctorates from Abo Akademi in Finland, University of Maribor in Slovenia, Technical University of Dortmund in Germany, University of Cantabria in Spain,  Russian Kazan National Research Technological University, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina, and Universidad de Alicante in Spain. He is a 2019 top cited scientist in Computer Science and Electronics: 53 Worldwide, 38 National. He has authored more than 600 papers, several monographs on design cases studies, the recent textbook Advanced Optimization in Process Systems Engineering, and the textbook Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design, which he co-authored with Larry Biegler and Art Westerberg. He has also organized the virtual loibrary on process systems engineering. Grossmann has graduated 67 Ph.D. and 24 M.S. students.
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1977 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London

1975 MS, Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London

1974 BS, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Iberoamericana

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Chemical Engineering

Alum spotlight: David E. Bernal Neira

David E. Bernal Neira (‘21) thinks that quantum computing is the future of process systems engineering.

Chemical Engineering

Student spotlight: Hector Perez

Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Hector Perez will use the tools he has developed at CMU to build a supply chain practice within a tech start-up.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering students can study on three continents

Study abroad exchange programs in England, Germany, Argentina and South Korea are ramping back up after pandemic related cancellations.

Grossmann gives keynote talk at 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann explained the challenges in the application of mathematical programming approaches to enterprise-wide optimization of process industries at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Chemical Engineering

Grossmann awarded honorary doctorate

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Sciences by RWTH. The award recognizes his outstanding achievements in process engineering and generous social commitment to education and research.

Chemical Engineering

Pioneering research and education

Ignacio Grossmann recently published a new textbook, Advanced Optimization for Process Systems Engineering, under Cambridge University Press.

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.

Chemical Engineering

Grossmann awarded AIChE Founders Award

Rudolph R. and Florence Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering (ChemE) Ignacio Grossmann has been awarded the Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This is the highest award given by the Institute.

Scott Institute

Eight faculty receive Scott Institute seed grants for energy research

The Scott Institute recently selected awardees from the College of Engineering for its seventh round of seed grants for energy research.


Grossmann ranked among the Top Scientists in Computer Science

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann has been ranked 53rd in the world among the Top Scientists in Computer Science by Guide2Research. In addition to his world ranking, Grossmann is also ranked 38th in the United States.

Universidad de Alicante

Grossmann receives honorary degree

Ignacio Grossmann has received an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Spain’s Universidad de Alicante (University of Alicante). The University President presented the honorary degree to Grossmann at the university’s traditional Saint Thomas Aquinas ceremony.

CMU Engineering

Predicting future energy sources

For many of us, electricity is tantamount to a magic trick—but peel back the curtain, and the reality is much different.