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Fengqi You

Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering and Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow
Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
318 Olin Hall

Biography

Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University, and is affiliated with the Graduate Fields of Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Applied Mathematics. He also serves as Chair of PhD Studies in Cornell Systems Engineering and Associate Director of Cornell Energy Systems Institute. He was on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2011 to 2016, and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an Argonne Scholar from 2009 to 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has an h-index of 60. Some of his research results have been editorially highlighted in Science and Nature, featured on journal covers (e.g. Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research), and covered by major media outlets (e.g. The New York Times, BBC, BusinessWeek, and National Geographic). His recent awards include American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) W. David Smith, Jr. Publication Award (2011), Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award (2013), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016), AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award (2017), AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award (2017), Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Outstanding Young Researcher Award from AIChE (2018), Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award (2018), ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award (2018), AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award (2019), AIChE Young Investigator Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering (2020), Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from ASEE (2020), and American Automatic Control Council (AACC) O. Hugo Schuck Award (2020), as well as a number of best paper awards. He is currently an Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, an associate editor of AAAS journal Science Advances and of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology , and an editorial board member of several journals (e.g. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research). His research focuses on novel computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and multi-scale systems analytics tools for smart manufacturing, digital agriculture, energy systems, and sustainability. For more information about his research group: www.peese.org

 

Research Interests

We are an interdisciplinary systems engineering research group that focuses on the development of advanced computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and multi-scale systems analysis tools for smart manufacturing, digital agriculture, data analytics, energy systems, and sustainability. 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, photovoltaics, algae based biorefinery, carbon capture and separation, shale gas, and battery systems, (2) systems analysis, modeling and optimization for the food-energy-water-waste nexus and circular economy, (3) life cycle sustainability assessment of nanotechnology and advanced materials, (4) supply chain optimization and smart logistics, (5) smart manufacturing, planning, scheduling and control for complex engineering systems, (6) machine learning for industrial and agricultural big data analytics, (7) grey-box digital twins integrated mechanistic and data-driven modeling, and (8) data-driven decision-making under uncertainty. At the fundamental level, we focus on the development of advanced mathematical, computing, and artificial intelligence technologies to support research in the aforementioned application areas.

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Teaching Interests

Computational Optimization, Industrial Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Life Cycle Assessment and Industrial Ecology, Energy Systems Engineering, and Process Design

Selected Publications

  • Tian, X., Stranks, S.D., Fengqi You. 2020. "Life-cycle energy use and environmental implications of high-performance perovskite tandem solar cells." Science Advances, 6, eabb0055.
  • Shang, C., Chen, W., Abraham Duncan Stroock, Fengqi You. 2020. "Robust Model Predictive Control of Irrigation Systems with Active Uncertainty Learning and Data Analytics." IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 28, 1493-1504.
  • Ning, C., Fengqi You. 2020. "A Transformation-Proximal Bundle Algorithm for Multistage Adaptive Robust Optimization and Application to Constrained Robust Optimal Control." Automatica, 113, 108802.
  • Zhao, S., Fengqi You. 2020. "Distributionally Robust Chance Constrained Programming with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)." AIChE Journal, 66, e16963.
  • Ajagekar, A., Humble, T., Fengqi You. 2020. "Quantum Computing based Hybrid Solution Strategies for Large-scale Discrete-Continuous Optimization Problems." Computers & Chemical Engineering, 132, 106630.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • American Automatic Control Council (AACC) O. Hugo Schuck Award, 2020
  • Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, ASEE, 2020
  • AIChE Program Committee’s Young Investigator Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering, 2020
  • AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award, 2019 
  • Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2018
  • Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Outstanding Young Researcher Award of AIChE, 2018
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award 2018
  • AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award 2017
  • AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award 2017
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2016
  • Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research 2013

Education

B.Eng. Tsinghua University, 2005

Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, 2009

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