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Fengqi You

  • Fengqi You
  • Dept: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Title: Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor and David Croll Faculty Fellow
  • Address: 318 Olin Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-1162
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Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University, and is affiliated with the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the graduate field of Operations Research and Information Engineering, and the Systems Engineering program. Prior to his appointment at Cornell in 2016, he was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University (2011-2016) and an Argonne Scholar at Argonne National Laboratory (2009-2011). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles with an h-index of 38. Some of his research results have been editorially highlighted in Nature, featured on journal covers (e.g. Energy & Environmental Science and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering), and covered by major media outlets (e.g. The New York Times, BBC, BusinessWeek, and National Geographic). He has received the 2011 W. David Smith, Jr. Publication Award from American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the 2013 Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award, and a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2016, as well as a number of best paper awards and most-cited article recognitions. He is currently an Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, and an editorial board member of several leading journals (e.g. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering). His research focuses on the development of novel computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical learning methods, and systems analysis tools for process manufacturing, energy systems, sustainability and infrastructure. 

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of advanced computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical and machine learning methods, and systems analysis tools for practically important and fundamental problems on process engineering/manufacturing, energy systems, sustainability and infrastructure. We seek to provide a balance between theory, computation and real world applications through our synergistic research that includes both fundamentals and applications.

At the application level, we concentrate our efforts on process, energy, and environmental systems engineering. Particular research interests lie in (1) Sustainable design and synthesis of energy systems, including biofuels processes, photovoltaics, carbon capture and separation, and shale gas, (2) Systems analysis, modeling and optimization for the food-water-energy nexus, (3) Smart manufacturing, planning, scheduling and control of advanced manufacturing systems, (4) Life cycle analysis and optimization of energy, environmental and economic systems, (5) Supply chain optimization and inventory control, (6) Infrastructure design, planning and optimization, (7) Sustainability analysis of nanotechnology and advanced materials, and (8) Data analytics and data-driven decision-making under uncertainty. At the fundamental level, we focus on the development of advanced mathematical, computing and systems technologies to support research in the aforementioned application areas.

Teaching Interests

Computational Optimization, Applied Machine Learning and Data Analytics, Process Design, and Energy Systems Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Yue, D., S. Pandya, Fengqi You. 2016. "Integrating Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment with Multiobjective Optimization: A Modeling Framework." Environmental Science & Technology 50: 1501-1509.
  • Chu, Y., Fengqi You, J. M. Wassick, A. Agarwal. 2015. "Integrated planning and scheduling under production uncertainties: Bi-level model formulation and hybrid solution method." Transactions-American Geophysical Union 72: 255-272.
  • Garcia, D. J., Fengqi You. 2015. "Network-based Life Cycle Optimization of the Net Atmospheric CO2-eq Ratio (NACR) of Fuels and Chemicals Production from Biomass." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3: 1732-1744.
  • Gao, J., Fengqi You. 2015. "Deciphering and handling uncertainty in shale gas supply chain design and optimization: Novel modeling framework and computationally efficient solution algorithm." AIChE Journal 61: 3739-3755.
  • Gong, J., S. B. Darling, Fengqi You. 2015. "Perovskite Photovoltaics: Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts." Energy & Environmental Science 8: 1953-1968.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2016
  • David Croll Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship (Cornell University) 2016
  • Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research 2013
  • W. David Smith Jr. Publication Award (CAST Division, AIChE) 2011
  • Keynote Speaker, 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering 2016



  • BEng (Chemical Engineering), Tsinghua University, 2005
  • Ph D (Chemical Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University, 2009