Michael R. Wartmann

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Chemical Engineering
Doherty Hall, Room 3203
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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Curriculum Vitae

Education History

2006 - 2010 Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
2000 - 2005 M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Work History
Aug 2006-2010 Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Mar-May 2006 Teaching and Project Organisation, Comprehensive School Palo Alto, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Jan-Mar 2006 Researcher, Dep. of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Mar-Nov 2005 Exchange Visitor, Master Thesis Research, Dep. of Chem. Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 2004 -Feb 2005 Internship EU-INSERT Project, Chemical Engineering R&D Department, BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Jun 2004 - Aug 2004 Undergrad. Teaching Assistant , Dep. of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Eng., University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Jan 2001 - Apr 2003 Student Researcher, Dep. of Chem. Reaction Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Jun 1999 - May 2000 Social Service, German Red Cross
Awards and Honors
2007-2010 Fellowship and PhD project funding, Center of Integrated Operations, NTNU, Norway
2006-2010 Graduate Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University

Award for excellent achievements in M.S. studies, Universität Stuttgart

2005 Solvay fellowship for master thesis in the USA
2001- E-Fellows scholarship
1999 Valedictorian, High School Neckartenzlingen, Germany
1999 Award for outstanding achievements in chemistry in high school, German Chemical Industry Association
Research Interests

Network Theory and Passivity Based Control, Supply Chain and Offshore Oil Production Optimization

"No gluing together of partial studies of a complex nonlinear system can give a good idea of the behavior of the whole."
Murray Gell-Mann

I am interested in complex networks such as supply chains, chemical plants, oil and gas pipeline networks. These networks can be viewed as complex distributed systems where physics, communication, and computation are integrated. I am interested in developing a consistent theory for design and operation of such systems in particular for optmization and decentralized control. The structure of complex networked systems plays a crucial role in their dynamic behavior and has to be well understood to achieve stability and optimality. Exploiting analogies to previously well-developed electric circuit and thermodynamic theory, certain types of networks can be shown to be self-stabilizing and self-optimizing. I am interested in exploring general properties of these types of networks and develop methods for decentralized control using passivity theory for nonlinear systems and multi agent systems approaches borrowed from computer science.

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Conference Proceedings

Wartmann, M.R., Gunnerud, V., Foss, B.A., Ydstie, B.E., "Distributed Optimization and Control of Offshore Oil
Production: The Intelligent Platform", Proceedings of FOCAPO 2008, Cambridge, USA, Jul 2008.

Wartmann, M.R., Ydstie, B.E., "Optimality of Integrated Process Networks", Proceedings of the American Control
Conference 2008, Seattle, USA, Jun 2008.


Ydstie, B.E., Jillson, K.R., Dozal, E.J., Wartmann, M.R., "New Vistas for Process Control: Integrating Physics and
Communication Networks", Presented at the Annual Meeting of the AIChE, Salt Lake City, Nov 2007.

Wartmann, M.R., Ydstie, B.E., "Optimality of Integrated Process and Financial Networks", Presented at the 3rd Int.
Conference on Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry, Trondheim, Norway, Sep 2007.

Wartmann, M.R., Ydstie, B.E. "Network Based Analysis of Decision Making in Complex Organizations: The
Adaptive Enterprise", Presented at ICCOPT 2/MOPTA 07, Hamilton, Canada, Aug 2007.

Chattopadhyay, S.; Barillas, M.K., Wartmann, M.R., Veser, G. "Heterogeneous-Homogeneous Interactions in
Catalytic Micro-channel Reactors", ACHEMA 2006, Frankfurt, Germany, May, 2006.


Wartmann, M.R., "High-Temperature Methane Oxidation in Catalytic Microchannels", Thesis and departmental
seminar, Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Univ. Stuttgart, Germany, in collaboration with Univ. of
Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, Oct 2005.

Wartmann, M.R., "NMR-Spectroscopy and Modelling of Reactive CO2-Absorption in Alkanolamine Solutions",
Thesis and departmental seminar, Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering, Univ. Stuttgart,
Jun 2004.