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CAST Directors' Award

For Work Presented at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

The "CAST Directors' Award," established in 1997, is given for the best poster presentations at the AIChE Annual Meeting  The winners are selected by majority vote of CAST Directors and designated poster judges selected by the Directors, who attend the poster session.

On behalf of CAST, I am delighted to announce the winners of the nineteenth annual CAST Directors' Award.  Please give congratulations to Ian Moskowitz and his co-authors for their contribution.  They will receive a $250 honorarium and a plaque recognizing their award.

“Understanding Rare Safety and Reliability Events Using Transition Path Sampling”, Ian Moskowitz, Chem. and Biomolec. Eng, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Warren D. Seider, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Amish Patel, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Jeffrey E. Arbogast, Process Control & Logistics, Air Liquide, Newark, DE and Ulku G. Oktem, Risk Management and Decision Center, Wharton School,University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Abstract


Please join us in congratulating the winners!


Carl Laird (for the CAST Directors)


Previous Winners from the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT


"Elastic Net with Monte Carlo Sampling for Data-Based Modeling in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities”, Kristen Severson(1), Jeremy G. VanAntwerp(2), Venkatesh Natarajan(3), Chris Antoniou(3), Jörg Thömmes(3) and Richard D. Braatz(1), (1) Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, (2) Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, (3) Biogen, Cambridge, MA Abstract



Previous Winners from the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA


Benoit Chachuat1 for his poster (566f), "Higher-Order Inclusions of Nonlinear Systems" (Co-authors: Jai Rajyaguru1, Mario E. Villanueva1, and Boris Houska2) (1)Centre for Process Systems Engineering,

Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, (2)School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China Abstract. Poster [272KB pdf]




Teng Zhou1 for his poster (569d), "Integrated Solvent and Process Design Exemplified for a Diels-Alder Reaction" (Co-author Kai Sundmacher2) (1)Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical

Systems, Magdeburg, Germany, (2)Process Systems Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke UniversityMagdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany Abstract. Poster [677KB pdf]



Previous Winners from the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA


First Place (Co-Winners):

·         “COMT-CAMD:  Simultaneous Process and Solvent Design using PCP-SAFT Applied to CO2 Pre-Combustion Capture.” Marina Stavrou, with Andre Bardow and Joachim Gross

·         “Dynamic Simulation and Model Validation of a Pre-Combustion CO2 Capture Unit for IGCC Power Plants.” Carsten Trapp, with Piero Colonna, Carlo de Servi, and Francesco Casella


Honorable Mention: “Carbon Sequestration:  Mathematical Model of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.” Marion Villacampa, with Claudio Augusto Oller do Nascimento



Previous Winners from the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA


First Place: “The Computational Challenges of Simulating Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Process Dynamics”, Curtisha D. Travis* and Raymond A. Adomaitis, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Abstract.



Previous Winners from the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

First Place: "Modeling and Optimization of a Multiple Tube Solar Receiver for High Temperature Solar-Thermal Processes.", Janna Martinek1*, Carl Bingham2 and Alan W. Weimer1, (1)Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, (2)National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO. Abstract. Poster [644KB

Honorable Mention: "Multivariate Analysis and Reduced Order Modeling Based On Discrete Element Method (DEM) Simulations for a Powder Blender", Yijie Gao*, Fani Boukouvala*, Fernando J. Muzzio and Marianthi G. Ierapertritou, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. Abstract. Poster [2295KB pdf]


Previous Winners from the 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT


First Place: "Modeling of Tubular High-Pressure Polyethylene Reactors", Thomas Herrmann1*, Markus Busch1, Barbara Gall2, Dieter Lilge2, Gerd Mannebach2 and Iakovos Vittorias2, (1)Ernst-Berl-Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, (2)Basell Polyolefine GmbH, a LyondellBasell company, R & D, Frankfurt, Germany. Abstract. Poster [618KB pdf]

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  "A New Approach to Model Identification In E. Coli Fed-Batch Fermentations", Mariano Nicolas Cruz Bournazou1*, Harvey Arellano-Garcia1, Peter Neubauer2 and Günter Wozny1, (1)Chair of Process Dynamics and Operation, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany, (2)Chair of Bioprocess Technology, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany. Abstract. Poster [4.6MB pdf]

·  "Parameter Estimation In Global Pharmacokinetic Models for Drug Delivery", Andrej Mošať*, Eric Lueshen, Cierra Hall and Andreas A. Linninger, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. Abstract.



Previous Winners from the 2009 AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN

First Place: "Fischer Tropsch: Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis to Determine Reactor Temperature Profile"; Tunde Dokun*, Don Cahela, Symon Sheng, Hongyun Yang, and Bruce Tatarchuk. Auburn University. Abstract.

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  "Dynamics and Control of a Solar Thermal Reactor"; Elizabeth Saade*, David Clough, and Alan Weimer, University of Colorado at Boulder. Abstract.

·  "An Evaluation of Process Alternatives for the Small-Scale Production of Biodiesel From Waste Cooking Oil"; Adam Hoffman*, Justin Yeash, Kenneth Muske, and Randy Weinstein, Villanova University. Abstract.



Previous Winners from the 2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

First Place: "The Physical Structure of Intracellular Feedback Loops"; Kang Wu and Chris Rao. University of Illinois. Abstract. Poster. [147 KB, pdf.gif]


Previous Winners from the 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

First Place: "Design of Experiments for Multivariable Systems Subject to Integral Controllability"; Mark Darby and Michael Nikolaou. University of Houston. Abstract.

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  "Multivariate Linear Regression As A Tool in Modeling The Kinetics of Complex Chemical Reactions"; Foteini Makrydaki and Christos Georgakis. Tufts University. Abstract.

·  "Demonstrating a Novel Approach to the Control of Microhotplate Sensor Utilizing a Distributed Computing Approach and Numeric Modeling"; Samuel Winchenbach, M. Clayton Wheeler, Mauricio Pereira da Cunha, Bruce E. Segee. University of Maine. Abstract.



Previous Winners from the 2006 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

First Place: Source Scale-up for Physical Vapor Deposition of Cu(Inga)Se2 on Flexible Substrates; Kapil Mukati1, Babatunde A. Ogunnaike2, Erten Eser3, Shannon Fields3, and Robert W. Birkmire4. (1) University of Delaware, 150 Academy street, Colburn Lab, Newark, DE 19716, (2) Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 150 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716, (3) Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Delaware, 451 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716, (4) Institute of Energy Conversion, 451 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716. Abstract

Honorable Mention: Steel Scrap Purchasing Optimization and Supply Management; Ivan Miletic, Rob Garbaty, Stephen Waterfall, and Mary Mathewson. Dofasco, Inc, Box 2460, Hamilton, ON L8N3J5, Canada. Abstract


Previous Winners from the 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH

First Place: "Group Contribution and Property Clustering Techniques for Simultaneous Process and Molecular Design," Fadwa T. Eljack*1, Mario R. Eden1, Vasiliki Kazantzi2, Mahmoud El-Halwagi2, (1) Auburn University, Auburn, AL, (2) Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. The poster [626 KB, pdf.gif] is available in pdf format.

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  "Landmine Detection in Granular Beds: Behavior of Cumulative Surface Kinetic Energy," Saravanan Swaminathan*1, Donald P. Visco Jr. 1, Sarajit Sen2, (1) Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, (2) University of Buffalo, SUNY, Amherst, NY.

·  "Probability Model-Based Analysis of Tumor Vasculature Data," Babatunde A. Ogunnaike*1, Claudio A. Gelmi1, Amos Folarin2, Sylvia Nagl2, Moritz A. Konerding3, (1) University of Delaware, Newark, DE, (2) Royal Free Hospital & University College Medical School, London, United Kingdom, (3) Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany.

·  Optimization-Based Design of Plant-Friendly Input Signals for Data-Centric Estimation and Control,” Daniel E. Rivera*, Hyunjin Lee, Hans D. Mittelmann, Gautam Pendse, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.



Previous Winners from the 2004 AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX

First Place: "Computer Aided Molecular Design of DNA: Polymer Complexes using Solubility Correlations and Phase Diagrams" (paper 403k), Elizabeth Morel*, Hui Zhao, C. Russell Middaugh, Kyle V. Camarda, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. The poster [315 KB, pdf.gif] is available in pdf format.

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  "Excursion Potential in Cyclopentadiene Reactors in the Purification of Isoprene" (Paper 403af), Colin S. Howat*, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. The poster [291 KB, pdf.gif] is available from the university.

·  "A Globally Optimal, Dynamic Based, Operating Point Selection Scheme for MPC" (Paper 414t), Donald J. Chmielewski*, Jui-Kun Peng, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. The poster [343 KB, pdf.gif] is available in pdf format.



Previous Winners from the 2003 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

First Place: “Nonlinear Feedforward-Feedback Control of a Coupled Mesoscale-Continuum Simulation Code” (paper 439c), Effendi Rusli*, Timothy O. Drews, Xiaohai Li, Richard C. Alkire, Richard D. Braatz, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  “Optimization Model for the Production and Scheduling of Catalyst Changeovers in a Process with Decaying Performance” (Paper 426h), Veronique M. Bizet*, Ignacio E. Grossmann, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Nikola Juhasz, Altofina Chemicals, King of Prussia, PA.

·  Robust Online MPC Computational Reduction for Real-Time Control Applications” (Paper 439n), Adam Warren*, Thomas E. Marlin, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.



Previous Winners from the 2002 AIChE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN

First Place: "Open-loop optimization of batch operating policies" (paper 258e), Kenneth R. Muske, Manish Badlani, Villanova University, Phillip C. Dell'Orco, Jeffrey Brum, GlaxoSmithKline.

Honorable Mention: "Design of UV-curable Polymer Coatings: Topological Indices and Optimization Techniques" (paper 246b), Kyle W. Johnson (1), Bao Lin (2), David C. Miller (2), Kyle V. Camarda (1), (1) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, (2) Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN.


Previous Winners from the 2001 AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno, NV

First Place: "Collaboration among Simulation Programs" (paper 267c), Hong Chen*, Yuan He, Kyle V. Camarda, Kenneth A. Bishop, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Honorable Mentions (in order of paper number):

·  "Pattern Matching in Multivariate Time Series: Application to Batch Fermentation" (Paper 266h), Ashish Singhal*, Dale E. Seborg, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

·  Real-Time, Robust, Multi-rate, Nonlinear State Estimation in a Polymerization Reactor (Paper 266x), Neeraj Zambare*, Masoud Soroush, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Michael Grady, E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company, Philadelphia, PA.