Joshua Pulsipher (He/Him)

Joshua Pulsipher
Assistant Professor
Location: E6 Room 5008
Phone: ext. 42290
Status: Active


Joshua joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2023 as an assistant professor. His group operates at the intersection of chemical engineering, computer science, mathematics, and statistics to create solutions in optimization under uncertainty and data science to tackle challenges pertaining to sustainability, the environment, and energy. Since 2013, Joshua has developed his expertise through a wide range of projects that include unmanned aerial vehicle based infrastructure inspection, resilient power grid operation and design, recovery of critical materials from wastewater, wildfire mitigation, computer vision aided process control, and fundamental contributions to infinite-dimensional optimization. He has also leveraged his open source software development skillset to implement research products via tools that promote methodological accessibility, foster collaboration, facilitate real-world application, and accelerate theoretical discovery.

Joshua holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University where he also conducted research with Prof. John Hedengren. He pursued his Ph.D. studies in Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Prof. Victor Zavala. He then worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Carnegie Mellon University in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Profs. Carl Laird and Ignacio Grossmann. In all this, Joshua has had the privilege to form active collaborations with a considerable number of researchers in industry, academia, U.S. national laboratories, and the open source software community motivating the highly interdisciplinary nature of his research.

Research Interests

  • Optimization under Uncertainty
  • Data Science
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Infinite-Dimensional Optimization
  • Energy Systems
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • Rare-Earth Element Recovery


  • 2022, Doctorate of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • 2017, Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, USA

Graduate studies