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Andrew Allman

Assistant Professor


[email protected]

(734) 647-1744


B28-2006E NCRC
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2800

Primary Website

Process Systems Research Team


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2018
Advisor: Prodromos Daoutidis

Pennsylvania State University
BS in Chemical Engineering, 2013
With High Distinction
Energy and Fuels Focus, Chemistry Minor

Research Interests

Decision making occurs at every level of chemical process engineering. Computational tools for quickly screening a complex space of feasible decisions to find the optimal one are essential for ensuring chemical systems are designed, operated, and controlled in an economic, safe, and sustainable manner. Research in process systems engineering focuses on developing new theory, methods, and algorithms that enable rapidly identifying the best possible solutions for such problems.

Professor Andrew Allman’s research team focuses on developing efficient solution approaches for solving new optimization problems emergent in sustainable chemical process systems. Our team specializes in achieving this by systematically identifying and exploiting the structure and sparsity inherent in the mathematical models underlying chemical, energy, and biological systems. Current theoretical areas of interest include (1) identifying easy-to-solve subproblems within large, complex optimization problems using network theory, (2) reducing the dimensionality of many-objective optimization problems resulting from, for example, the consideration of various environmental and social objectives for sustainability, and (3) using machine learning to accelerate the solution of optimization problems, particularly for operation and control problems which need to be solved online repeatedly.

A critical application of interest of our team is addressing the challenges associated with the next generation of chemical manufacturing, which is expected to mirror the shift in energy production towards facilities that are small scale and distributed in nature, with time-varying, rather than steady state, operation. We are also interested in applications in sustainable engineering, plant-wide control, supply chain management, game theory, and systems biology. Overall, our optimization tools are highly generalizable and we always welcome learning about potential new collaborations and domains of application.


University of Michigan
Chemical Engineering Department
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Assistant Professor, 2020-

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Postdoctoral Associate, 2019-2020
Advisor: Qi Zhang


NSF CAREER Award, 2023

ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2022

Invitee to Digital Chemical Engineering “Emerging Stars” Issue, 2022

Invitee to AIChE Journal “Futures” Issue, 2022

FOCAPD Best Poster Contribution Award, 2019

AIChE CAST Director’s Student Presentation Award – First Place, 2018

UMN CEMS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2018 and 2015


Selected Publications

Also see Google Scholar

Allman, A., Zhang, Q. Dynamic location and relocation of modular manufacturing facilities. European Journal of Operations Research (286), 2020, 494-507.

Allman, A., Zhang, Q. Distributed cooperative industrial demand response. Journal of Process Control (86), 2020, 81-93.

Allman, A., Daoutidis, P, Arnold, W., Cussler, E.L. Efficient water pollution abatement. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (58), 2019, 22483-22487. (ACS Editor’s Choice Article)

O’Brien, C., Allman, A., Daoutidis, P., Hu, W.-S. Kinetic model optimization and its application to mitigating the Warburg effect through multiple enzyme alterations. Metabolic Engineering (56), 2019, 154-164.

Allman, A., Tang, W., Daoutidis P. DeCODe: A community-based algorithm for generating high-quality decompositions of optimization problems. Optimization and Engineering (20), 2019, 1067-1084.

Allman, A., Palys, M.J., Daoutidis, P. Scheduling-informed optimal design of systems with time-varying operation: A wind-powered ammonia case study. AIChE Journal (65), 2019, e16434.

Book Chapters

Daoutidis, P., Allman, A., Palys, M.J. Smart manufacturing: A sustainable energy perspective. In Smart Manufacturing: Concepts and Methods. Soroush, M., Baldea, M., Edgar, T., eds. Elsevier, 2019.

Best Presentation in “Operation of Energy Systems” session at 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting, 2019