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Joel Paulson

  • Assistant Professor
  • 151 W Woodruff Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 817-675-0274



B.S., University of Texas, 2011

M.S. CEP, MIT, 2013

Ph.D., MIT, 2016 


Honors and Awards 

  • 2017 Best Paper Finalist, International Federation of Automatic Control Conference (1 of 6 from over 4000 submitted papers; only authors under age 30 considered).
  • 2011-2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2016 CAST Director’s Student Presentation Award Finalist and Travel Award Winner, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting
  • 2015 MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Award for Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring (only 1 chosen per year across all departments)
  • 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Chemical Engineering, MIT
  • 2015 Goodwin Medal Nominee (awarded to graduate student that shows teaching duties that are “conspicuously effective over and above ordinary excellence”).
  • 2015 Robert T. Haslam (1911) Chemical Engineering Fellow
  • 2011 David H. Koch (1962) Fellow
  • 2011 Best Poster Presentation Award, UT Austin (winner from over 50 posters) 2008 National Merit Scholarship
  • 2007 Semifinalist, Siemens Research Competition
  • 2007 TAMS Research Scholarship
  • 2004 Bobby Bragan Scholarship




Research Areas

Joel Paulson will join the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU) as a tenure-track assistant professor in September 2019.

His research focuses on improving the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of engineered products and processes through the development of advanced decision-making strategies in the presence of uncertainty. His work specializes in formulating these strategies in terms of stochastic mathematical optimization problems that can be applied to a broad range of applications, with a particular emphasis on chemical and biological systems, as well as developing algorithms that can efficiently solve these problems.