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Mohit Tawarmalani

Mohit Tawarmalani

Professor of Management
Acting Executive Associate Dean of Faculty
Allison & Nancy Schleicher Chair of Management
Quantitative Methods


Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois
M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology


Mohit Tawarmalani is the Acting Executive Associate Dean of Faculty and Allison and Nancy Schleicher Chair of Management at the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University and the Academic Director for the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning. He received his Ph.D. and Masters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, he received his Bachelors from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Mohit has worked in the MIS area of Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (1993-1994) and as a software engineer in geometric modeling at ComputerVision (1995). He teaches courses in business analytics and optimization.

Mohit Tawarmalani's research interests are at the interface of computer science, optimization, and operations research with applications in business and engineering. Mohit has co-authored a book on global optimization algorithms and has co-authored BARON, a software package widely used for global optimization. Mohit has interest in applications of optimization in harnessing solar energy, building better distillation trains, network systems design, and in understanding economics of business decisions. For his research, Mohit has been awarded the INFORMS Computing Society Prize in 2004, the Best Paper Award from the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems in 2005, and the Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize from the Mathematical Programming Society in 2006. He is also the 2003 Jay N. Ross Young Faculty Scholar and the 2006 Faculty Fellow.

Mohit's teaching interests are in Business Analytics and Optimization. For his teaching, he received the Salgo-Noren Foundation award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022 and 2023. He led the team that won the INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize for Business Analytics and Information Management Programs at Mitchell E. Jr., Daniels School of Business.

Mohit serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Global Optimization and Mathematical Programming Computation. He currently resides in West Lafayette with his wife and their daughter.

Journal Articles

  • Kannan, K., M. S. Rahman, and M. Tawarmalani (2016). "Economics and policy implications of restricted patch distribution on software maintenance." Management Science vol. 62 3161-3182.
  • Ramapriya, G. M., M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal (2016). "Thermal coupling links to liquid-only transfer streams: An enumeration method for new FTC dividing wall columns." AIChE Journal vol. 62 1200-1211.
  • Bao, X., A. Khajavirad, N. V. Sahinidis, and M. Tawarmalani (2015). "Global Optimization of nonconvex problems with multilinear intermediates." Mathematical Programming Computation vol. 7 (1), 1-37.
  • Ramapriya, G. M., A. Shenvi, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal (2015). "A new framework for combining condenser and reboiler in a configuration to consolidate distillation columns." Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. vol. 54 10449-10464.
  • Gençer, E., D. S. Mallapragada, F. Maréchal, M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal (2015). "Round-the-clock power supply and a sustainable economy via synergistic integration of solar thermal power and hydrogen processes." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (direct submission) vol. 112 15821-15826.
  • Mallapragada, D. S., M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal (2014). "Synthesis of augmented biofuel processes using solar energy." AIChE Journal vol. 60 (7), 2533-2545.
  • Ramapriya, G. M., M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal (2014). "Modified basic distillation configurations with intermediate sections for energy savings." AIChE Journal vol. 60 (3), 1091-1097.
  • Chung K., J.-P. P. Richard, and M. Tawarmalani (2014). "Lifted inequalities for 0-1 mixed-integer bilinear covering sets." Mathematical Programming vol. 145 403-450.
  • Ramapriya, G. M., M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal (2014). "Thermal Coupling Links to Liquid-only Transfer Streams: A Path for New Dividing Wall Columns." AIChE Journal vol. 60 (8), 2949-2961.
  • Nallasivam, U., V. H. Shah, A. A. Shenvi, M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal (2013). "Global optimization of multicomponent distillation configurations: 1. Need for a reliable global optimization algorithm." AIChE Journal vol. 59 971-981.
  • Tawarmalani, M., J.-P. P. Richard, and C. Xiong (2013). "Explicit convex and concave envelopes through polyhedral subdivisions." Mathematical Programming vol. 138 531-577.
  • Bao, X., N. V. Sahinidis, and M. Tawarmalani (2011). "Semidefinite Relaxations for Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming: A Review with Comparisons." Mathematical Programming vol. 129 129--157.
  • Tawarmalani, M. and Y. Li (2011). "Multi-period Network Maintenance Scheduling with Minimum Flow Disruption." Naval Research Logistics vol. 58 507-530.
  • Richard, J.-P. P., and M. Tawarmalani (2010). "Lifting Inequalities: A Framework for Generating Strong Cuts for Nonlinear Programs." Mathematical Programming vol. 121 61-104.
  • Tawarmalani, M. and J.-P. P. Richard and K. Chung (2010). "Strong Valid Inequalities for Orthogonal Disjunctions and Bilinear Covering Sets." Mathematical Programming vol. 124 481-512.
  • Tawarmalani, M., K. Kannan, and P. De (2009). "Allocating Objects in a Network of Caches: Centralized and Decentralized Analyses." Management Science vol. 55 132-147.
  • Bao, X., N. V. Sahinidis, and M. Tawarmalani (2009). "Multiterm polyhedral relaxations for nonconvex, quadratically constrained quadratic programs." Optimization Methods and Software vol. 24 485-504.
  • Sahinidis, N. V. and M. Tawarmalani (2005). "Accelerating branch-and-bound through a language specific construct for relaxation-specific constraints." Journal of Global Optimization vol. 32 259-280.
  • Tawarmalani, M. and N. V. Sahinidis (2005). "A Polyhedral Branch-and-Cut Approach to Global Optimization." Mathematical Programming vol. 103 229-249.
  • Tawarmalani, M. and N. V. Sahinidis (2004). "Global Optimization of Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programs: A Theoretical and Computational Study." Mathematical Programming vol. 99 563-591.
  • Ahmed, S., M. Tawarmalani and N. V. Sahinidis (2004). "A Finite Branch and Bound Algorithm for Two-Stage Stochastic Integer Programs." Mathematical Programming vol. 100 355-377.
  • Sahinidis, N. V., M. Tawarmalani and M. Yu (2003). "Design of Alternative Refrigerants via Global Optimization." AIChE Journal vol. 49 1761-1775.
  • Tawarmalani, M, S. Ahmed and N. V. Sahinidis (2002). "Global Optimization of 0-1 Hyperbolic Programs, Journal of Global Optimization." Journal of Global Optimization vol. 24 385-417.
  • Tawarmalani, M., S. Ahmed and N. V. Sahinidis (2002). "Product Disaggregation and Relaxations of Mixed-Integer Rational Programs." Optimization and Engineering vol. 3 281-303.
  • Tawarmalani, M., & Sahinidis, N. (2002). "Convex Extensions and Envelopes of Lower Semi-Continuous Functions." Mathematical Programming vol. 93 247-263.
  • Tawarmalani, M., & Sahinidis, N. (2001). "Semidefinite Relaxations of Fractional Programs via Novel Convexification Techniques." Journal of Global Optimization vol. 20 137-158.
  • Sahinidis N., & Tawarmalani M. (2000). "Applications of Global Optimization to Process and Molecular Design." Computers and Chemical Engineering vol. 24 2157-2169.
  • Adhya, N., Tawarmalani, M., & Sahinidis, N. (1999). "A Lagrangian Approach to Pooling Problems." Industrial and Engineering Chemistry vol. 38 1956-1972.


  • Tawarmalani, M., & Sahinidis, N. (2002). "Convexification and Global Optimization in Continuous and Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programming." Kluwer Academic Publishers

Book Chapters

  • Tawarmalani, M., & Sahinidis, N. (2002). "Exact Algorithms for Global Optimization of Mixed-integer Nonlinear Programs." Kluwer Academic Publishers 65-85.
  • Tawarmalani, M. and N. V. Sahinidis (2001). "The Time Dependent Traveling Salesman Problem." Kluwer Academic Publishers vol. 5 445-450.

Conference Paper (refereed)

  • Chang, Y., S. Rao, and M. Tawarmalani (2017). "Robust validation of network designs under uncertain demands and failures." NSDI 347-362.
  • Barik, A., J. Honorio and M. Tawarmalani (2017). "Information Theoretic Limits For Linear Prediction with Graph-Structured Sparsity." IEEE Symposium on Information Theory
  • Gençer, E., M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal (2015). "Integrated solar thermal hydrogen and power coproduction process for continuous power supply and production of chemicals." Computer Aided Chemical Engineering 12 International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25 European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering vol. 37 2291-2296.
  • Narayanan, S., A. Sivakumar, S. Rao, and M. Tawarmalani (2014). "Performance sensitive replication in geo-distributed cloud datastores." IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks 240-251.
  • Gençer, E., D. Mallapragada, M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal (2014). "Synergistic biomass and natural gas conversion to liquid fuel with reduced CO2 Emissions." FOCAPD
  • Nguyen, T. T., M. Tawarmalani, and J.-P. P. Richard (2011). "Convexification Techniques for Linear Complementarity Constraints." 15th conference on Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization
  • Hajjat, M., X. Sun, Y.W. Sung, D. Maltz, S. G. Rao, K. Sripanidkulchai, and M. Tawarmalani (2010). "Cloudward bound: Planning for Beneficial Migration of Enterprise Applications to the Cloud." Proceedings of ACM Sigcomm
  • Xia, Q., O. Ersoy, M. Tawarmalani, and H. Moskowitz (2008). "Interactive Clustering and Classification, Proceedings of Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering." ANNIE
  • Tawarmalani, M., K. Kannan and P. De (2005). "A Mechanism for Allocating Objects in a Network of Symmetric Caches." Proceedings of the Fifteenth Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems

Working Papers

  • Nguyen, T. T. & J. P.-P. Richard & M. Tawarmalani (2014). "Deriving the convex hull of a polynomial partitioning set through lifting and projection."
  • Gencer, E. & D. Mallapragada & M. Tawarmalani & R. Agrawal (2014). "Synergistic Biomass and Natural Gas Conversion to Liquid Fuel with Reduced CO2 Emission."
  • S. Narayanan & A. Sivakumar & S. Rao & M. Tawarmalani (2014). "Performance sensitive replication in geo-distributed cloud datastores."
  • Ramapriya, G. M., M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal "One simple rule synthesizes numerous, new easy-to-operate dividing wall columns for any thermally coupled distillation."
  • Zhang, H. Ramapriya, G. M., M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal "Remixing losses due to column consolidation in distillation configuration synthesis: What/how/when?"
  • Tawarmalani, M. "Inclusion certificates and simultaneous convexification of functions."
  • Ramapriya, G. M., M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal "A search space of dividing wall columns for multicomponent distillation and their synthesis." working paper
  • M. Tawarmalani, and J.-P. P. Richard "Decomposition techniques in convexification of inequalities."
  • Nallasivam, U., V. H. Shah, A. A. Shenvi, M. Tawarmalani, and R. Agrawal "Global optimization of multicomponent distillation configurations: 2. Enumeration based minimization algorithm." AIChE Journal
  • Davarnia, D., J.-P. P. Richard, and M. Tawarmalani "Simultaneous convexification of bilinear functions over polytopes with applications to network interdiction."
  • Kim, J. M. Tawarmalani, J.-P. P. Richard "On cutting planes for cardinality-constrained linear programs." Mathematical Programming
  • T. T. Nguyen, J-P. P. Richard, and M. Tawarmalani "Convexification Techniques for Linear Complementarity Problem." Mathematical Programming
  • Jiang, Z., G. M. Ramapriya, M. Tawarmalani, R. Agrawal "Minimum energy of multicomponent distillation systems using minimum additional number of heat and mass integration sections."
  • Optimization Software

    Professor Mohit Tawarmalani makes software that make the world more efficient and effective. Called B.A.R.O.N, the software helps organizations optimize complex processes. Working in optimization allows Prof. Tawarmalani to work in many disciplines - economics, manufacturing, energy and more.

  • Agrawal, Tawarmalani honored for computing advances in chemical engineering

    Two Purdue University professors are being recognized for their research in chemical engineering computing.

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  • Daniels School’s new leadership team in place
    Since being unveiled as Purdue University’s next big move one year ago, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is gaining momentum, evidenced by a $50 million gift from the Lilly Endowment for the school’s new building, a $50 million gift from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, and recognition as a game-changer in shaping the future of business education.
  • David Hummels
    Purdue trustees approve Krannert School named and distinguished faculty positions
    The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 14) ratified seven named and distinguished faculty positions, including three within the Krannert School of Management. David Hummels was named a Distinguished Professor of Economics, Mohit Tawarmalani was named the Allison and Nancy Schleicher Chair in Management, and Annabelle Feng was named the John and Donna Krenicki Chair in Operations Management. Trustees also issued resolutions of appreciation for friends of the university whose names will be added to campus facilities.

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Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Data Analytics, Data Mining, Decision Sciences, Digital Economy, Energy, Food, Game Theory, Logistics, Machine Learning, Networks, Pricing, Quantitative Analysis, Risk Management, Sustainability