Optimization and Engineering

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 501–502 | Cite as

Announcement: Howard Rosenbrock Prize 2015

  • Miguel F. Anjos

It is my great pleasure to announce that the recipients of the Howard Rosenbrock Prize 2015 are

Moritz Simon and Michael Ulbrich

of the Department of Mathematics, Technische Universität München.

Their winning article is entitled

Adjoint based optimal control of partially miscible two-phase flow in porous media with applications to CO 2 sequestration in underground reservoirs (Simon and Ulbrich 2015).

The citation reads:

This article is an excellent example of advances in applied mathematics that address important technological challenges.

The study develops optimal control strategies for CO 2 well injection to underground reservoirs through the synthesis of the high fidelity of two-phase flow in porous media, state of the art PDE-constrained optimization formulations and modeling environments, and advanced optimization strategies.

The results demonstrate how to maximize the sequestration of CO 2, and the work is an excellent contribution to the development of sustainable strategies for the management of CO 2 for the environment.

The Howard Rosenbrock Prize is sponsored by Springer, and the winners receive a cash award of USD $500 and individual plaques.

Moritz Simon (left) and Michael Ulbrich. (Photo credit: Sebastian Garreis)

OPTE is a multidisciplinary journal that provides a forum where engineering researchers can obtain information about new developments in optimization, and optimization researchers can learn about the successes of optimization in engineering fields. The prize is named after Howard Rosenbrock, who embodied this bridging of the gap between optimization and engineering (Anjos 2015).

The winning paper was selected by a committee of OPTE editors, chaired by Joaquim R. R. A. Martins, and composed of Shabbir Ahmed, Lorenz Biegler, Roy H. Kwon, and Stein W. Wallace. I am grateful to them for contributing their time and expertise to the selection process.

I encourage all readers of OPTE to submit their high-quality papers on any aspect of the interface of optimization and engineering. You may be a future recipient of the Howard Rosenbrock Prize!


  1. Anjos MF (2015) Announcement: Inaugural Howard Rosenbrock Prize. Optim Eng 16(3):507–509MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Simon M, Ulbrich M (2015) Adjoint based optimal control of partially miscible two-phase flow in porous media with applications to CO2 sequestration in underground reservoirs. Optim Eng 16(1):103–130MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GERAD & Polytechnique MontréalMontrealCanada

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