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Research Manager - Constrained Resources and Environmental Analytics (CREA)
IBM Smarter Cities Technology Centre, Dublin, Ireland



I’m a Research Manager at the Smarter Cities Technology Centre (SCTC) in Dublin, Ireland, and I'm interested in sustainable optimization-based solutions to design and planning problems in water management, transportation, and energy. These types of problems require advanced analytics and optimization techniques to deal with discrete decisions for large network structures over several time periods, as well as nonlinearities and uncertainties often associated with such problems.

I received a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on multi-period Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programming (MINLP) models and methods for the long-term design and planning of chemical supply networks, including complex economic trade-offs.

After graduating, I spent some time as a consultant designing and implementing tactical, operations, and distribution planning solutions in the consumer packaged goods industry. I’ve also been part of a team contracted by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to research and develop auction mechanisms, rules, and bidder aid tools for the wireless bandwidth auctions.

At the SCTC, I’m building on my experience in MINLP and supply chain optimization to create solutions for a smarter planet.