Apurva Samudra


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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

  • Optimization
    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

Professional Experience

  • 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

Technical Skills

  • 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.