Title: Professor of Chemical Engineering
Company: Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Ignacio Grossmann, Carnegie Mellon University at Carnegie Mellon University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemical engineering.
Interested in the application of mathematics to engineering problems, Dr. Ignacio Grossmann has amassed 40 years of experience in education and research. The Rudolph and Florence Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering, he formerly served the university as director of the Center for Advanced Process Decision-Making from 2004 to 2016, and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1994 to 2002. At the inception of his career in 1978, he was a research and development engineer at the Mexican Petroleum Institute. Dr. Grossmann pursued formal education at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1974. He next received a Master of Science and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 1975 and 1977, respectively. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon he has graduated over 60 PhD and 15 M.S. students. Dr. Grossmann has authored over 600 publications, and collaborated extensively with industry through research projects.
Dr. Grossmann is most proud of being able to mentor and educate the new generation of engineers, and he thoroughly enjoys watching his students grow and learn new concepts. Alongside his primary career responsibilities, he has served the chemical engineering section of the National Academy of Engineering as vice chair, chair and peer committee member. Likewise, he has maintained involvement with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Council for Chemical Research, and the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science. He has also been in the advisory board of a number of universities, and has served as co-chair of numerous conferences and workshops.
Honored to receive the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1984, Dr. Grossmann has earned myriad other accolades since that time. The recipient of seven honorary doctorates, he was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2008, and “One of the Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thompson Reuters in 2015.
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