"The authors—a chemical engineer and a civil engineer—have complimented each other in delivering an introductory text on optimization for engineers of all disciplines. It covers a host of topics not normally addressed by other texts. Although introductory in nature, it is a book that will prove invaluable to me and my staff, and belongs on the shelves of practicing environmental and chemical engineers. The illustrative examples are outstanding and make this a unique and special book."
John D. McKenna, Ph.D., Principal, ETS, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia

"The authors have adeptly argued that basic science courses—particularly those concerned with mathematics—should be taught to engineers by engineers. Also, books adopted for use in such courses should also be written by engineers. The readers of this book will acquire an understanding and appreciation of the numerous mathematical methods that are routinely employed by practicing engineers. Furthermore, this introductory text on optimization attempts to address a void that exists in college engineering curricula. I recommend this book without reservation; it is a library ‘must’ for engineers of all disciplines."
—Kenneth J. Skipka, RTP Environmental Associates, Inc., Westbury, NY, USA

Introduction to Optimization for Chemical and Environmental Engineers presents the introductory fundamentals of several optimization methods with accompanying practical engineering applications. It examines mathematical optimization calculations common to both environmental and chemical engineering professionals, with a primary focus on perturbation techniques, search methods, graphical analysis, analytical methods, linear programming, and more. The book presents numerous illustrative examples laid out in such a way as to develop the reader’s technical understanding of optimization, with progressively difficult examples located at the end of each chapter. This book serves as a training tool for students and industry professionals alike.


  • Examines optimization concepts and methods used by environmental and chemical engineering practitioners.
  • Presents solutions to real-world scenarios/problems at the end of each chapter.
  • Offers a pragmatic approach to the application of mathematical tools to assist the reader in grasping the role of optimization in engineering problem-solving situations.
  • Provides numerous illustrative examples.
  • Serves as a text for introductory courses, or as a training tool forindustry professionals.

part |107 pages

Optimization Fundamentals and Principles

chapter |9 pages

Optimization Overview

chapter |28 pages

Mathematical Operations

chapter |9 pages

Perturbation Techniques

chapter |13 pages

Search Methods

chapter |17 pages

Graphical Approaches

chapter |12 pages

Analytical Methods

chapter |13 pages

Linear Programming

part |72 pages

Environmental Engineering Applications

chapter |14 pages

Air Pollution Management

chapter |11 pages

Water Pollution Management

chapter |15 pages

Solid Waste Management

chapter |11 pages

Health Risk Assessment

chapter |16 pages

Hazard Risk Assessment

part |82 pages

Chemical Engineering Applications

chapter |15 pages

Fluid Flow Applications

chapter |17 pages

Chemical Reactor Applications

chapter |18 pages

Mass Transfer Applications

chapter |14 pages

Heat Transfer Applications

chapter |14 pages

Plant Design Applications

part |53 pages

Select Optimization Applications

chapter |17 pages

Select Chemical Engineering Applications

chapter |13 pages

Advanced Optimization Term Projects