ISyE Seminar Series: Alison Cozad

"Optimization across ExxonMobil"

Presentation by Alison Cozad
Optimization and Data Analytics

Wednesday, September 19
3:15pm - Refreshments, Lind Hall 305
3:30pm - Graduate Seminar, Lind Hall 305



A large, global company like ExxonMobil offers a rich set of challenging optimization problems, from process design to circuit supply planning to ship routing. In this seminar, we will discuss the optimization scope at ExxonMobil and a few recent projects. We will focus on the learnings I’ve had since entering industry, while comparing these elements to academia. My goal is to give an understanding of key skills unique to an industrial optimizer and a flavor of the optimization problems at ExxonMobil.



Alison Cozad works in Optimization and Data Analytics at ExxonMobil. She has led and contributed to projects in real-time optimization, optimization solution analysis, production planning, and data analytics in the crude characterization space. Prior to ExxonMobil, she received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon and her bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. Her thesis work with Dr. Nick Sahinidis focused on the intersection of optimization and machine learning. There, she developed the ALAMO package, for the Automatic Learning of Algebraic Models. Alison is enthusiastically Minnesotan. She grew up in Burnsville, MN where she learned a love of Juicy Lucys and Duck, Duck, Grey Duck. She makes sure to head to Bemidji every January for a cold weekend of Norwegian Camp.


Seminar Video:

Start date
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 3:15 p.m.

Lind Hall
Room 305