Carl Laird

Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

FRNY 2131
Purdue University
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 494-0085 (office)
(765) 494-0805 (fax)
B. Sc., University of Alberta, 2001
Ph. D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2006

Research Interests

Research interests include large-scale nonlinear optimization and parallel scientific computing. Focus areas include scientific and parallel computing, optimization of chemical process systems, networks, and public health.

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Research Group

Graduate Students

  • Michael Bynum
  • Jianfeng Liu
  • Jose Rodriguez
  • Todd Zhen

Selected Publications

"Efficient Parallel Solution of Large-Scale Nonlinear Dynamic Optimization Problems," D. P. Word, J. Kang, J. Akesson, and C. D. Laird, Computational Optimization and Applications, in press (2014)

"Explicit Water Quality Model Generation and Rapid Multi-Scenario Simulation," A. V. Mann, G. Hackebeil, and C. D. Laird, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, in press (2014)

"A Stochastic Programming Approach for the Optimal Placement of Gas Detectors: Unavailability and Voting Strategies," A. Benavides-Serrano, S. W. Legg, R. Vazquez-Roman, M. S. Mannan, and C. D. Laird, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 13; 5355-5365 (2013)

"Sensor Location for Nonlinear Dynamic Systems via Observability Analysis and Max-Det Optimization," M. Serpas, G. Hackebeil, C. D. Laird, and J. Hahn, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 48, 105-112 (2013)

"Optimal Gas Detector Placement Under Uncertainty Considering Conditional-Value-At-Risk," S. W. Legg, C. Wang, A. J. Benavides-Serrano, and C. D. Laird, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 26(3), 410-417 (2013)

"Interior-Point Methods for Estimating Seasonal Parameters in Discrete-Time Infectious Disease Models," D. P. Word, J. K. Young, D. A. T. Cummings, S. Iamsirithaworn, and C. D. Laird, PLOS One, (8-10), 1-13 (2013)