John Eason

PhD Candidate @ Cheme CMU

5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213 jeason at andrew dot cmu dot edu
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Carnegie Mellon University, PhD Candidate, Enrolled August 2013 - Advisor: Lorenz T. Biegler

The University of Tulsa, B.S., Chemical Engineering, May 2013 - G.P.A. 3.97

Work and Research Experience

Research Assistant – August 2013 to Present

-Developing trust region methodology for embedding complex simulations within equation-oriented flowsheet optimization

Teaching Assistant – August 2013 to December 2014

Unit Operations and Chemical Process System Design (x2). Mentored students on their senior design project.

Undergraduate Research Assistant – Fall 2011 to Spring 2013

-Methodological development in modeling and optimization with surrogate models.

Invista S. à r.l. – Summer 2012

-Environmental Engineering Intern – Applied engineering knowledge in a variety of areas of environmental compliance

Argonne National Laboratory – Summer 2011

-Data collection and analysis for life cycle assessment of emerging fuel technologies

University of Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge Program (TURC) – Summer 2010

-Developed comparison tool to analyze biofuel production potential based on generalized feedstock information.

Professional Publications

Dowling, A.W., Eason, J.P., Ma, J., Miller, D.C., and Biegler, L.T. “Coal oxycombustion power plant optimization using first principles and surrogate boiler models” Energy Procedia, Vol. 63, 2014, Pages 352-361.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. “Adaptive sequential sampling for surrogate model generation with artificial neural networks” Computers & Chemical Engineering. Vol. 68, September 2014, pages 220-232.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. “A multi-objective superstructure optimization approach to biofeedstocks-to-biofuels systems design” Biomass and Bioenergy. Vol. 63, April 2014, pages 64-75.

Dunn, J., Eason, J., and Wang, M. “Updated Sugarcane and Switchgrass Parameters in the GREET Model” Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory. October 2011.

Professional Presentations

Eason, J., Dowling, A., Ma, J., Miller, D., and Biegler, LT. “A Framework for Equation Based Optimization of Coal Oxycombustion Power Plants” Presented to Advancing Efficient Fossil Energy Based Power Generation session at 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. 17 November 2014.

Eason, J., Biegler, LT. “Embedding Complex Simulations in Flowsheet Optimization Problems: A Reduced Model Trust Region Framework.” Poster presented at AIChE 2014 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. 17 November 2014.

Eason, J., Biegler, LT. “Embedding complex simulations in flowsheet optimization problems.” Poster presented at Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association Symposium, Carnegie Mellon University. 17 October 2014.

Eason, J., Biegler, LT. “Reduced Order Models for Oxycombustion Boiler Optimization.” Presented at Energy Systems Initiative Meeting, Carnegie Mellon University. 9 March 2014.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. (2012) “Efficient surrogate model generation.” APMonitor Webinar series on modeling and optimization. 13 November 2012.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. (2012) “Efficient surrogate model generation with adaptive sequential sampling.” Presented to Advances in Optimization session, 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting. 31 October 2012, Pittsburgh, PA.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. (2011). “A Multi-Objective Superstructure Optimization Approach to Biofeedstocks-to-Biofuels Systems Design.” Poster Presentation at 2011 AIChE Annual Student Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. (2011) “Estimation of biofuel yields and production route optimization with biofeedstock-to-biofuel superstructure.” AIChE Mid-America Conference. 9 April 2011, Fayetteville, AR.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. (2011) “Estimation of biofuel yields and production route optimization with biofeedstock-to-biofuel superstructure.” Presented at 14th Annual Student Research Colloquium, University of Tulsa. March 2011, Tulsa, OK.

Eason, J., Cremaschi, S. (2010) "A Systematic Comparison of Biofuel Production Routes." Poster Presentation at 2010 AIChE Annual Student Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Dean, C., Lee, D., Hanneman, K., Eason, J. and Winters, M. (2010) University of Tulsa Chem-E Car Poster Presentation. AIChE Mid-America Conference, 9 April 2010, Ames, IA.

Eason, J., Wilson, W., Laizure, M., and Seing, S. (2010). University of Tulsa Chem-E Car Poster Presentation. AIChE Annual Student Conference, 5-8 November, 2010, Salt Lake City, UT.

Honors, Recognitions, Service, and Leadership Experience

Thomas and Adrienne Klopack Graduate Fellowship, December 2013

Wilbur L. Nelson Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa

Donald F and Milfred Topp Othmer National Scholarship Award 2011-2012

The Harry West Student Paper Award – AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division, March 2011, presented at AIChE Spring Meeting.

Vice President – AIChE Student Chapter – 2011

Vice President – Omega Chi Epsilon TU chapter (chemical eng. honor society) – 2011

ChemE Car team member – 2nd place in regional – team leader for national competition 2010.

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award – awarded to one sophomore in each American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter each year.

Brownie Day – organize and lead a fun experiment for young girl scouts to foster interest in STEM careers– September 2011, September 2012.

T.H. Russell Scholarship - The University of Tulsa - Department of Chemical Engineering.

Provost Scholarship - The University of Tulsa.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar.

Vice President of TU Treks (University of Tulsa outdoor club) 2009-2010.

Eagle Scout – Boy Scouts of America.


American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)


  • Advanced Process Systems Engineering
  • Computational Methods for Large Scale Process Design and Analysis
  • Linear Systems
  • Advanced Kinetics
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Dynamic and Control
  • Mathematical Techniques in Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Plant Design
  • Risk Management and Optimization
  • Process Component Design
  • Process Control


  • English – native
  • French – intermediate (speaking, reading); basic (writing)
  • Chinese – basic (speaking)