MSEL in the News

2016–2017

  • A perspective article by Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas and doctoral students Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, and Logan R. Matthews, was the most accessed AIChE Journal article of 2016. Their article, "Multi-Scale Systems Engineering for Energy and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities", appeared on the cover of the March 2016 issue of the AIChE journal.
  • Professor Floudas was recently honored through a memorial article written by his former PhD student, Professor Ruth Misener. The article was written for the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization and highlights Professor Floudas' tremendous impact to the field of global optimization and inspiring leadership as an advisor.
  • Graduate student Burcu Beykal received a "Best Oral Presentation" award for her talk on "Global Optimization of Constrained Grey-Box Models for Well Injection and Production" at the inaugural Texas A&M Conference on Energy. More information about the conference can be found here.

2015–2016

  • Graduate students Yannis A. Guzman and Melis Onel both received awards at the recent CHeGSA Chemical Engineering Symposium at Texas A&M University. Yannis received a "Best Oral Presentation" award for his talk on "Deterministic Optimization Under Uncertainty via Probabilistic Robust Optimization and A Priori Bounds", and Melis received a "Best Poster Presentation" award for her research on "A Novel Type-2 Diabetes Drug Design: Elucidating the GLP1R Recognition by GLP1".
  • Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas and doctoral students Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, and Logan R. Matthews have a featured Perspective article in the March issue of the AIChE Journal. Their article, "Multi-Scale Systems Engineering for Energy and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities", is on the cover of the AIChE Journal and has been highlighted on the Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering and Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering homepages in a news article. The article highlights the challenges and opportunities that multi-scale systems engineering can address in the areas of CO2 capture, utilization, and storage; renewable energy; natural gas-based processes; and production of valuable chemicals.
  • A recent article from the Floudas Group on the computational prediction of HIV-1 tropism has been highlighted on the front pages for the Dwight Look College of Engineering and Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. The paper by Dr. Chris Kieslich, Assitant Professor Phanourios Tamamis, Yannis A. Guzman, Melis Onel, and Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas, was published in PLOS One and presents significant improvements in accuracy compared to previous methods for tropism prediction. A web tool, CRUSH, is provided for the academic research community. The research has also been highlighted on the Twitter and Facebook pages for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, and through the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Texas A&M Engineering.
  • On December 15, 2015, Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI now contains 582 fellows from over 190 universities and research institutes. The Fellows “were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.” The list of Professor Floudas' patents can be found here. His inventions have involved the use of mathematical modeling and optimization in fields ranging from process synthesis of energy systems to computational biology. He will be inducted on April 15, 2016 at the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors. Professor Floudas is one of two Texas A&M University professors to be honored this year, bringing the total amount Texas A&M NAI Fellows to four. More information regarding Professor Floudas' election can be found here.
  • A team composed of graduate students Logan Matthews, Alexander Niziolek, and Onur Onel received third place for their poster presentation titled "Biomass to Liquid Transportation Fuels via Biological and Thermochemical Conversion: Process Synthesis and Global Optimization Strategies". The poster was presented at the Texas A&M Energy Institute's Research Workshop on Non-Fossil-based Technologies for Energy.
  • Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas was recently named to Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2015, his second consecutive year earning this prestigious distinction as "one of the world's most influential scientific minds". The list consists of 3,125 researchers who have written "the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers". These papers rank in the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication over the range of 2003-2013, according to Thomson Reuters. A description of the methods used to rank the publications can be found here. Professor Floudas is one of seven members of Texas A&M University who have recieved this designation. The full list of Highly Cited Researchers 2015 can be found at highlycited.com.

2014–2015

  • Professor Floudas was inducted into the Academy of Athens on May 26, 2015 at a ceromony in the Academy of Athens' Hall in Athens, Greece. The Academy of Athens is the most prestigious scientific society in Greece and is the oldest academy in the world. More information regarding this induction can be found here.
  • Professor Floudas has been selected to present the 2015 Danckwerts Lecture at the 10th European Congress of Chemical Engineering. His presentation titled "Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration: A Multi-scale Grand Challenge" will be given on September 28, 2015 in Nice, France.
  • Graduate student Onur Onel received a Second Place award for his poster titled "Processes for the Production on Liquid Transportation Fuels and C2 to C4 Olefins from Biomass and Natural Gas". This poster was presented at the inaugural Research Workshop on Fossil-based Technologies for Energy at Texas A&M University. More information can be found here.
  • Professor Floudas was awarded the Constantin Caratheodory Prize on February 24th by the International Society of Global Optimization (iSoGO). The prize was given to three individuals at the World Congress on Global Optimization in Gainesville, FL. The award, which was established in 2011, recognizes individuals for their “outstanding work that reflects contributions that have stood the test of time.” More information on the award can be found here.
  • Professor Floudas was recognized by Governor Greg Abbott at the 2015 State of the State Address on Tuesday, February 17th in Austin, TX before a joint session of the Texas House of Representatives and Senate. While emphasizing the importance of higher education in Texas, Governor Abbott introduced Professor Floudas as “one of the great minds” who have recently joined the Texas A&M University System through the Chancellor's Research Initiative, and welcomed him as the Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute after his recent move from Princeton University. The governor's office has released a full transcript of the address as well as a video of the event.
  • Professor Floudas has been honored as a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST).
  • Logan Matthews recently received a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) by the Graduate Engineering Council and Princeton Engineering Council at Princeton University. Logan was one of six Assistants in Instruction selected for this award in SEAS for the spring and fall semesters of 2014. Students in CBE 442: Design, Synthesis, and Optimization of Chemical Processes, a course taught by Professor Floudas with Assistants in Instruction from the MSEL, voted for Logan to receive the award.

2013–2014

  • Ruth Misener *12 was selected to receive the W. David Smith, Jr. Graduate Student Paper Award from the Computing & Systems Technology Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for her work with Professor Christodoulos Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. The award is given "to an individual for outstanding published work in chemical engineering computing and systems technology. The publication shall consist of a single paper based on work done by the individual while pursuing graduate or undergraduate studies." The award consists of a plaque and $1,500. Ruth Misener is now a Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London.
  • Professor Floudas has been elected as Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens. The Academy of Athens was founded by the Greek State in 1926 and has as main goals "the cultivation and advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, the conduct of scientific research and study, and the offer of learned advices to the state in these areas." The press release announcing the election can be found here (in Greek).
  • The paper "GloMIQO: Global Mixed-Integer Quadratic Optimizer", Journal of Global Optimization, 57, 3-50 (2013) by Ruth Misener *12 and Professor Christodoulos Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science was selected the winner of the 2013 Journal of Global Optimization Best Paper Award. Selection is made by a committee consisting of the Editor-in-Chief and several invited members of the editorial board. The award consists of $1,000 and a certificate.
  • Christodoulos Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has been selected as a 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. “Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of the world’s leading scientific minds. Over three thousand researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports – officially designated by Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as Highly Cited Papers – ranking among the top 1% most cited in the Web of Science for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.” The data used in the analysis and selection of the new highly cited researchers came from ESI indicators between 2002-2012 (11 years), which included 113,092 Highly Cited Papers. A description of the methods is provided here. A total of 29 researchers from Princeton University (out of 3215) and 20 Faculty Members from the top 40 US Chemical Engineering Departments were selected. The complete report on the ISI Highly Cited Researchers can be found here.
  • George Khoury was selected to receive the Wallace Memorial Fellowship in Engineering by the Princeton University Graduate School. The honorific fellowship provides funding to students displaying the highest scholarly excellence in graduate work during the year. See the story on the Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering Website.
  • Congratulations to George Khoury, James Smadbeck, and Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas on being awarded second prize at the 9th annual Innovation Forum for their platform for computational peptide-based drug design with an expanded modified amino acid chemical space. See the story on the Princeton Engineering webpage, the Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering Website, the Princeton University Website, and a video of the submission.
  • Congratulations to Eric First who was selected as a Featured Fellow by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, as reported on NDSEG's Facebook and Twitter pages, for his work on carbon capture technology.
  • It has been announced that Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas will recieve an honorary doctorate degree from Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland on May 23. Prof. Floudas is being honored for his research in Process Systems Engineering, as well as his collaboration and exchange with Abo Akademi Univeristy. See the Princeton School of Engineering website, the Chemical and Biological Engineering department website, and the Abo Akademi press release (in Swedish) for more information.
  • Research inventions from the Floudas group were featured at Celebrate Princeton Invention, an annual showcase of research innovations, and highlighted on Princeton University's website.
  • George Khoury was awarded 1st Prize in the Poster Competition and 2nd prize in the Oral Research Talks at the 2013 Princeton Research Symposium (PRS). For more information see the news article on the Princeton University Homepage or on the Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering website.
  • George Khoury was awarded the Air Products Second Proposition Award. This award is given for the most outstanding Second Proposition approved that year, as assessed by the faculty.
  • Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has received the 2013 National Award and Gold Medal of the Hellenic Operational Research Society, HELORS. The award recognizes outstanding research contributions in the field of Operations Research. See the Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering website for more details.
  • The Motionry blog for sustainable technologies has highlighted the cost-effective carbon capture work of Eric First, Dr. Faruque Hasan, and Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas.
  • Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Election as Fellow is the highest grade of membership recognizing significant accomplishment in engineering. Floudas has been recognized for his pioneering research in global optimization theory, algorithms, and their applications to computational biology and chemical engineering and problems, including hybrid feedstock energy processes for the production of liquid fuels. Floudas will be recognized at this year’s AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, at the Fellows Breakfast on November 5. See the Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering website for more details.
  • Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named one of nine Faculty Fellows of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) for the 2013-14 academic year. TIAS has the mission of bringing mationally and internationally renowned scholars to TAMU for extended visits. Professor Floudas will be spending a portion of his Spring 2014 sabbatical leave at TIAS. See the Princeton University Homepage, the TAMU Times story and the Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering website for more details.

2012–2013

2011–2012

  • Josephine Elia, Dr. Richard Baliban, and Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas have developed a system for optimizing the production of synthetic liquid fuels as an economical replacement for petroleum-based fuels. The results of the study demonstrate that the United States could eliminate the need for crude oil by using a combination of coal, natural gas, and non-food crops to make synthetic fuel. See also the Princeton University home page for more details.
  • Congratulations to Ruth Misener on being awarded a 2012 Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The fellowship will fund Ruth and her associated research costs for the next five years. After she graduates from Princeton, Ruth will be collaborating with Professors Efstratios Pistikopoulos and Athanasios Mantalaris in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London to develop a hybrid computational/experimental approach towards personalized chemotherapeutic treatment for leukemia. Ruth was also awarded a Junior Research Fellowship from Imperial.
  • The Floudas Lab is participating in WeFold for CASP10, a collaborative effort that leverages the expertise of a number of groups in the area of protein folding. It's the first time in the 18 year history of the competition that such a collaboration has occured. For more information see the WeFold Website
  • Congratulations to Josephine Elia on being selected to recieve the inaugural Maeder Graduate Fellowship by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). This highly competitive fellowship is awarded to a graduate student performing research related to energy and/or the environment as impacted by energy. For additional information see the ACEE announcement
  • A cross-disciplinary collaboration among four research teams from three continents has developed novel peptides that have the potential to treat diseases involving inflammation, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, reperfusion injuries, and sepsis. This work is reported in a recent research article published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (issue of May 10, 2012). See also the press release of Princeton University.
  • Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was selected for the "One Thousand Global Experts-Short Visit" Program of China. This highly competitive program aims at attracting distinguished scientists and engineers of any nationality for the next five to ten years. The host institution is Wuhan University of Science and Technology, WUST, where an official ceremony took place on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
  • GloMIQO (Global Mixed-Integer Quadratic Optimizer), a numerical solver addressing mixed-integer quadratically-constrained quadratic programs (MIQCQP) to ε-global optimality, has been commercially released through Princeton University and the General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS version 23.8; now available in beta). GloMIQO is authored by Ruth Misener and Professor. Christodoulos A. Floudas.
  • Congratulations to George Khoury on being awarded an E-Council "Excellence in Teaching" award for his work in senior-level CBE 442 "Design, Synthesis, and Optimization of Chemical Processes" for the Fall 2011 semester.
  • The awarding of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year to Richard Baliban was featured on the Princeton University home page. This fellowship is an honorific award given by the University faculty to four students who have demonstrated the highest scholarly excellence.
  • Protein Design research by Prof. Jamie Link, Prof. Chris Floudas, and their graduate students featured in the Winter 2012 edition of EQuad News.
  • Congratulations to Eric First for placing third in the poster contest at the 2011 Princeton Research Symposium, an interdisciplinary event for graduate students to present their research to the wider Princeton community.

2010–2011

  • Congratulations to George Khoury on being selected as a 2011 NAF Alumni Honoree by the National Academy Foundation.
  • Congratulations to Richard Baliban on being awarded a Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Established in 1905 by Clara Cooley Jacobus, this fellowship is an honorific award reserved for four students who, in the judgment of the University faculty, demonstrate the highest scholarly excellence.
  • Congratulations to Josephine Elia on being chosen as a recipeint of the 2011 Walbridge Fund Graduate Award by the Princeton Environmental Institute.
  • Congratulations to Eric First for receiving a 2011 National Defense Science and Enginereing Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship by the Department of Defense. Eric is one of three students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to receive the award this year.
  • Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas' election to the National Academy of Engineering was featured as headline news on Princeton University home page.
  • Carnegie Mellon's Department of Chemical Engineering reported alumnus Chris Floudas' election to the National Academy of Engineering.
  • HIV research by Meghan Bellows-Peterson and Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas featured on NSF website.
  • "Math may help calculate way to find new drugs for HIV and other diseases", featuring research by Meghan Bellows-Peterson and Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas in collaboration with Marty Taylor, Lin Shen, Prof. Philip A. Cole. and Prof. Robert Siliciano of Johns Hopkins University was reported as headline news on Princeton University home page.
  • (See Bellows et al., 2010).
  • Professor Weiwu Yan joins the Floudas Research Group from Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China. He will spend one year with the group on sabbatical.
  • George Khoury, a first-year graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering, has recently joined the Floudas Research Group. George will conduct his thesis research under the advisement of Professor Floudas.
  • Dr. Wolfram Wiesemann has recently joined the Floudas Research Group. Dr. Wiesemann is a visiting scientist from Imperial College.
  • CASL alumna Zeynep Gümüş Ph.D. *03 is heading a new cancer study at Weill Cornell Medical College's Institute of Computational Biomedicine in New York City.

2009–2010

  • Ruth Misener received the E-Council "Excellence in Teaching Award" for Fall 2009.
  • "Peptide in my Pocket", an image by Meghan Bellows, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Art of Science exhibition.
  • "Beyond genomics, biologists and engineers decode the next frontier", outlining a collaboration between Pete DiMaggio, Rich Baliban, Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas, and Prof. Ben Garcia of the Molecular Biology Department was reported as headline news on Princeton University home page (See Young et al., 2009).

2008–2009

2007–2008

2006–2007

2005–2006

  • Scott McAllister received the Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Honorific Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year.
  • Pete DiMaggio received the E-Council "Excellence in Teaching Award" for Fall 2005.
  • "Computer Program Streamlines Work Scheduling", outlining work on the NSF Panel Assignment Problem was reported on the NSF Website.
  • "Engineers Apply Optimization to Streamline Work Assignments", outlining work on the NSF Panel Assignment Problem was reported in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

2004–2005

  • Stacy Janak received the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship for the 2005-06 academic year.
  • Chrysanthos Gounaris received the E-Council "Excellence in Teaching Award" for Fall 2004.

2003–2004

2001–2002

  • Publication of Encyclopedia of Optimization (Floudas and Pardalos, 2001), edited by Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas and Prof. Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida, was reported as headline news on Princeton University home page.
  • Publication of Encyclopedia of Optimization (Floudas and Pardalos, 2001), edited by Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas and Prof. Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida, was reported in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.
  • E-Quad News, Winter 2001-2002, reported that Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas received the "2001 AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering" (Page 1).
  • Publication of Encyclopedia of Optimization (Floudas and Pardalos, 2001), edited by Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas and Prof. Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida, was reported in E-Quad News, Winter 2001-2002 (Page 1).
  • Work on production scheduling (Lin et al., 2002) was reported in E-Quad News, Winter 2001-2002 (Page 1, 2).
  • After six years of work, Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas and co-editor Prof. Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida have completed the Encyclopedia of Optimization, which was published recently by Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Princeton University home page reported that Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas received the 2001 AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering (Page 1).
  • Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas has received the 2001 AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering.

1999–2000

1998–1999