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Carnegie Mellon University
PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2007 – 2012
A systematic framework for molecular design: Methodology and applications
An adaptable and comprehensive methodology developed for fast optimal molecular design using integer optimization. Decomposition approach used to extend the framework to complex property models with group-contribution methods used for many basic properties.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering 2003 - 2007
Research Interests and Expertise
Algorithms for mixed-integer, combinatorial, and non-linear optimization; Network optimization algorithms; Drilling optimization; Planning and scheduling; Power grid optimization; Derivative free optimization; Simulation optimization
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Optimization based framework for Computer-aided Molecular Design, AIChE Journal link
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Design of heat transfer fluids for retail food refrigerants, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res link
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Design of drilling ﬂuids: Base ﬂuids for HP/HT drilling, In preparation
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Two-phase electronic coolants via computer-aided molecular design, In preparation.
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Design of secondary refrigerants: A combined optimization - enumeration approach, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design, CRC Press, 879-886, 2009
Software & Mathematical Models
- Optimal power flow model for power networks with variable tap
transformers and shunt capacitors
A. Samudra, X. Feng (ABB Corporate Research), and N. V. Sahinidis, Submitted to CyberInfrastructure for MINLP - a collaboration of Carnegie Mellon University and IBM Research;2013, Available at MINLP.ORG
- AMODEO: Automated MOlecular DEsign using Optimization
A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis,
Awards and Honors
- Winner, Interactive paper session, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Charlotte 2011
- Honorable mention at the 33rd ChEGSA Symposium, Carnegie Mellon University 2011
- Student Travel Award, Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Operations 2009
- Recipient of Bharat Petroleum Higher Studies scholarship 2007
- Recipient of National Talent Search scholarship 2001
- Distribution System Optimization Intern
- ABB Corporate Research, Raleigh NC, Summer 2010
- Developed integrated model of power distribution networks
- Implemented the optimal power ﬂow problem in power distribution networks
- Investigated the performance of global solvers for on-line implementation of the model
- Examined the global optima for voltage-var optimization problems
- Plant Site Summer Intern
- Supreme Petrochem Limited, Polystyrene facility at Raigad, India, Summer 2006
- Analyzed energy usage of the plant to minimize energy waste
- Completed Industrial health and safety training
- Programming Languages: Python, Unix shell script, C++
- Computational Software: MATLAB, Mathematica, Coopr, R, MS Excel
- Mathematical Programming Languages: GAMS and AMPL
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Computer-Aided Molecular Design: Framework and Applications, Annual Review Meeting 2011, Center for Advanced Process Decision-making, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2011
- N. V. Sahinidis and A. Samudra, Chemical product design course at Carnegie Mellon University, Annual AIChE Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2010.
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Design of base ﬂuids for high-pressure/high-temperature drilling, Annual AIChE Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2010.
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Framework for computer-aided molecular design, Annual AIChE Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2009.
- A. Samudra and N. V. Sahinidis, Design of secondary refrigerants, Annual AIChE Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2008.