Baldea, Michael Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Fellow of the Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Fellowship in Chemical Engineering

Assistant Professor Michael Baldea

Office: CPE 4.466 Mailing Address:
Phone: (512) 471-1281 The University of Texas at Austin
Fax:  (512) 471-7060 McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
Email: 200 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400
UT Mail: C0400 Austin, TX 78712-1589

Research Areas: Process Engineering, Energy

Research Group Website

Research Presentation for Prospective Graduate Students

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (2006)
M.Sc., Interface Process Engineering, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2001)
Diploma, Chemical Engineering, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2000)


Modeling, simulation, optimization and control of process and energy systems


Research in our group addresses theoretical challenges and problems of practical importance in the area of process and energy systems engineering. We rely on concepts from multiple fields – nonlinear systems, control, optimization and numerical methods – to develop new theory, algorithms and software tools. Our work follows three major thrusts: integrated decision-making in the chemical and energy supply chains, monitoring and optimizing process performance, and process integration and intensification. Important applications include i) integrating scheduling and control decisions (with a particular focus on chemical plants that interact with the electric grid and can provide ancillary services), ii) quantifying plant-model mismatch for model-based controllers, iii) process data visualization, iv) equation-oriented process simulation and optimization and, v) design and control of intensified processes such as dividing-wall columns and autothermal reactors. Our research has a strong translational component and we have implemented and validated several of our results on industrial test beds.


  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE (2017)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2015-2020)
  • Moncrief Grand Challenges Faculty Award, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (2014)

Selected Publications

  • C. Tsay, R.C. Pattison, M. Baldea, A Dynamic Optimization Approach to Probabilistic Process Design Under Uncertainty, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 56, 8606-8621, 2017 contribution for the I&EC Research special issue for the 2017 Class of Influential Researchers)
  • M. Baldea, T.F. Edgar, B. Stanley, A.A. Kiss, Modular Manufacturing: Status, Challenges and Opportunities, AIChE J., 63(10), 4262-4272, 2017 on the journal cover as a Perspective Paper)
  • S. Wang, J.M. Simkoff, M. Baldea, L.H. Chiang, I. Castillo, R. Bindlish, D.B. Stanley, Autocovariance-based Plant-Model Mismatch Estimation for Linear Model Predictive Control, Syst. Contr. Lett., 104, 5-14, 2017
  • R.C. Pattison, C. Tsay, M. Baldea, Pseudo-Transient Models for Multiscale, Multiresolution Simulation and Optimization of Intensified Reaction/Separation/Recycle Processes, Comput. Chem. Eng., 105(4), 161-172, 2017 (invited paper for Special Issue on Process Intensification
  • R.C. Pattison, C.R. Touretzky, T. Johansson, M. Baldea, I. Harjunkoski, Optimal Process Operations in Fast-Changing Energy Markets: Framework for Scheduling with Low-Order Dynamic Models and an Air Separation Application, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 55, 4562-4584, 2016,
  • Kumar, M. Baldea, T.F. Edgar, O.A. Ezekoye, Smart Manufacturing Approach for Efficient Operation of Industrial Steam-Methane Reformers, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 54 (16), 4360-4370, 2015 (featured as ACS Editors’ Choice article on January 12, 2015)