2020 CAST W. David Smith Jr. Graduate Publication Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Kamil A. Khan and Dr. Blake Rawlings, the winners of the CAST W. David Smith Jr. Graduate Publication Award!

Dr. Kamil A. Khan is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University. He received his B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his Ph.D in chemical engineering from MIT, and was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. His research focuses on developing numerical methods for analysis and optimization of nonconvex process systems. His paper being recognized is Khan, K.A. and Barton, P.I., 2015. “A vector forward mode of automatic differentiation for generalized derivative evaluation”, Optimization Methods and Software, 30(6):1185—1212.

Dr. Blake C. Rawlings is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, in the Digital Foundations and Mathematics group. His research focuses on formal methods, including discrete dynamical systems, temporal logic, and model checking. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas in 2011 and his Ph.D. (also in Chemical Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, advised by B. Erik Ydstie. Prior to joining Sandia, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Michigan, supervised by Stéphane Lafortune. His paper being recognized is Rawlings, B.C. and Ydstie, B.E., 2017. Falsification of combined invariance and reachability specifications in hybrid control systems. Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, pp.1-17.