Prof. Chrysanthos E. Gounaris

Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, Carnegie Mellon University

Chrysanthos E. Gounaris (CMU) is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie in the development of theory and quantitative methodologies for the optimization of supply chains, production systems and process operations, as well as in the use of mathematical optimization techniques for the design of microporous and nanostructured materials. Gounaris holds a Dipl. in Chemical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Automation Systems from the National Technical University of Athens. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, where he worked under the supervision of Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas. After graduation, he worked as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. He returned to academia to pursue post-doctoral research at Princeton, before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. At CMU, Gounaris actively participates in the Center of Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD), coordinating its 17-sponsor company strong Enterprise-Wide Optimization (EWO) special interest group. He also serves as Faculty Director of the College of Engineering’s Shared Computing Facility, overseeing the capitalization and use of high-performance computing shared infrastructure for research throughout the college. Gounaris has also been an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, having served as Director in its Computing and Systems Technology division (2021-2023), while he recently served as co-Chair of AMPc-2022, the inaugural conference of AIChE’s Advanced Manufacturing & Processing society. Gounaris has served as Principal Investigator in DOE-funded research as part of the Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES), the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact (CCSI2), the Process Optimization and Modeling for Minerals Sustainability (PrOMMiS), and the University Coal Research (UCR) programs.