Andrew Allman receives NSF CAREER Award

Andrew Allman receives NSF CAREER Award for an objective reduction framework for sustainable process systems.

Andrew Allman, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for his continued work in the development of a computational objective reduction framework enabling sustainable decision making for chemical process systems. 

“I am extremely honored to have received this award, which was received in no small part thanks to the hard work and innovative ideas of my research team,” Allman said. 

“I am extremely honored to have received this award, which was received in no small part thanks to the hard work and innovative ideas of my research team.”

Andrew Allman
Assistant Professor of chemical Engineering

Allman’s research program aims to address and bring a halt to unsustainable decision making in chemical processes by developing and enhancing a computational objective reduction framework. By systematically identifying goals that point towards similar or different solutions, the proposed framework promotes better understanding of the inherent tradeoffs between sustainability goals when designing and operating chemical processes.

The funds from the CAREER Award will allow Allman’s team to grow their research program in the areas of many-objective optimization, network theory and sustainable process systems. The award will also aid Allman in his efforts to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers to properly utilize these tools for sustainable decision making in their future careers. 

The proposed framework uses network theory to efficiently identify and group together sustainability objectives which point towards the same process design or operating strategy.

The research supported by the CAREER funding will have lasting effects on the industry by creating and enhancing many-objective optimization tools and sustainable solutions, reducing obstacles that may be left behind for future engineers.

“We can help to ensure that solutions we generate for today’s problems are truly sustainable by providing a way to understand tradeoffs between many different outcomes of interest, and that these solutions do not just create a new problem for engineers in 100 years to solve,” Allman said.

In 2020, Allman joined Michigan Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2018. He is the recipient of several awards in the field of chemical engineering including the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award in 2022 and AIChE CAST Director’s Student Presentation Award in 2018.

Andrew Allman’s (AA’s) Process Systems Research Team aims to improve and support ideal decision making for future chemical, energy, and biochemical production systems. Their interdisciplinary team focuses their research on paradigm shifts in chemical manufacturing essential to achieve sustainability.