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2012 Fenves Award Announced: Nikolaos Sahinidis

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Article Posted On 2/8/2012

ICES Director Gary K. Fedder is pleased to announce that Nikolaos Sahinidis, the John E. Swearingen professor of chemical engineering, is the recipient of the 2012 Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research.

The Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research is presented annually to individuals for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the College of Engineering and ICES. The award will be presented at the CIT Faculty Awards Reception in late March; the exact time, date, and location are yet to be determined.

Dr. Sahinidis is recognized for the development of novel rigorous algorithms for global optimization and their implementation in the software BARON, which has become the state-of-the-art code for determining the global optimum in nonlinear and mixed-integer nonlinear programming models. BARON has been used extensively by a large worldwide community of users in many areas of application, particularly in systems engineering.

Dr. Fedder says: "Nick Sahinidis, who has become an undisputed international leader in optimization and process systems engineering, has also made outstanding contributions in the application of advanced optimization methodologies to molecular design, crystal structure determination, bioinformatics, and process scheduling and planning."