Carl Laird is holder of the William and
Ruth Neely Faculty Fellowship in Chemical Engineering.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 15, 2010 - Vice Chancellor and Dean
of Engineering G. Kemble Bennett has appointed Carl Laird,
assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical
Engineering, holder of the William and Ruth Neely Faculty
Fellowship in Chemical Engineering.
The appointment is for a three-year period, effective May 1.
Laird, who completed his undergraduate career at the University
of Alberta, earned his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006
and joined Texas A&M in 2007.
At Texas A&M, Laird's research focuses on large-scale
nonlinear optimization, parameter estimation, and parallel
computing. Particular applications include network problems, where
he has worked on developing algorithms as part of an early warning
contaminant detection system in municipal drinking water networks.
In addition, Laird is involved in the modeling and optimization of
infectious diseases, working to determine the fundamental driving
forces affecting the spread of infectious disease in both time and