Dr Michael Short PhD

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Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.


Dr Michael Short is Lecturer of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. His research expertise and background include using and developing mathematical optimisation tools to create software for process systems for data analysis, process control, fault detection, automated optimal process design, and process integration. Dr Short received his B.Sc. (2011) and Ph.D. (2017) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa doing research on optimal heat exchanger networks and pollutant recovery systems. After being awarded his PhD Dr Short spent 2 years working at the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) at Carnegie Mellon University with Prof. Lorenz T. Biegler in Pittsburgh. Their work focused on developing an open-source software package, KIPET, for chemists at Eli Lilly and Company for kinetic parameter estimation from spectra for use in drug development. Michael has worked on projects involving companies such as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Dow Chemicals, and Carrier.


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 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.