Dr Michael Short

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Academic and research departments

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.


Areas of specialism

Optimisation; Mixed-integer nonlinear programming; Large-scale nonlinear programming; Process modelling; Process Systems Engineering; Process synthesis

University roles and responsibilities

  • Responsible for Departmental Media and Marketing

    My qualifications

    Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
    University of Cape Town
    Bachelor of Science (Honours) with Honours
    Chemical Engineering

    Previous roles

    12 February 2018 - 06 December 2019
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on a number of projects in Prof Lorenz T. Biegler's lab at the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making.
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Affiliations and memberships

    Senior Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
    A senior member and regular contributor to the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of the AIChE.


    Research interests

    Research projects

    Research collaborations

    Indicators of esteem

    • Best Speaker Award (First Place) - The 4th Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory Scientific Conference, Energy, Water, Emission & Waste in Industry and Cities, 2020


      Postgraduate research supervision

      Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised

      My teaching

      Courses I teach on


      My publications


       C Schenk, M Short, JS Rodriguez, D Thierry, LT Biegler, S García-Muñoz, W Chen, 2020, Introducing KIPET: A novel open-source software package for kinetic parameter estimation from experimental datasets including spectra, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 134.

       AJ Isafiade, M Short, 2019, Synthesis of Renewable Energy Integrated Combined Heat and Mass Exchange Networks, Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability, 4.

       AJ Isafiade, M Short, 2019, Review of Mass Exchanger Network Synthesis Methodologies, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 76.

       Michael Short, Christina Schenk, David Thierry, Jose Santiago Rodriguez, Lorenz T Biegler, Salvador Garcia-Muñoz, KIPET–An Open-Source Kinetic Parameter Estimation Toolkit, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 47.

       Short, M., Isafiade, A.J., Biegler, L.T., Kravanja, Z., 2018, Synthesis of mass exchanger networks in a two-step hybrid optimization strategy, Chemical Engineering Science, 178, 118-135.

       Isafiade, A.J., Short, M., Bogataj, M., Kravanja, Z., 2017, Integrating Renewables into Multi- Period Heat Exchanger Network Synthesis Considering Economics and Environmental Impact, Computers & Chemical Engineering , 99, 51-65.

       Short, M., Isafiade, A.J., Fraser, D.M., Kravanja, Z., 2016, Two-step hybrid approach for the synthesis of multi-period heat exchanger networks with detailed exchanger design, Applied Thermal Engineering, 105, 807-821.

       Isafiade, A.J., Short, M., 2016, Simultaneous synthesis of flexible heat exchanger exchange networks for unequal multi-period operations, Process Safety and Environmental Protection , 103, 377-390.

       Short, M., Isafiade, A.J., Fraser, D.M., Kravanja, Z., 2016, Synthesis of heat exchanger networks using mathematical programming and heuristics in a two-step optimisation procedure with detailed exchanger design, Chemical Engineering Science, 144, 372-385.

       Crimes, J., Isafiade, A.J., Fraser, D.M., Short, M., Bonomi, A., 2016, Assessment of pre-treatment technologies for bioethanol production from sugarcane bagasse considering economics and environmental impacts, Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering , 12 (2), 212–229.

       Fraser, D.M., Short, M., Crimes, J., Azeez, O.S., Isafiade, A.J., 2016, A systematic comparison of stagewise/interval-based superstructure approaches for the optimal synthesis of heat exchange networks, Chemical Engineering Transactions , 52, 793-798.

       Isafiade, A.J., Short, M., 2016, Synthesis of mass exchange networks for single and multiple periods of operations considering detailed cost functions and column performance, Process Safety and Environmental Protection , 103, 391-404.

       Isafiade, A.J., Short, M., 2016, Multi-period heat exchanger network synthesis involving multiple sources of utilities and environmental impact, Caomputer-Aided Chemical Engineering, 38, 2067-2072.

       Short, M., Isafiade, A.J., Fraser, D.M., Kravanja, Z., 2015, Heat exchanger network synthesis including detailed exchanger designs using mathematical programming and heuristics, Chemical Engineering Transactions , 45, 1849-1854.

       Isafiade, A.J., Jegede, K., Cele, S., Crimes, J., Short, M., Wan Alwi, S.R., 2015, Synthesis of multiperiod multiple utilities heat exchanger networks considering economics and environmental impact, APCCHE 2015, 942.