Joseph Pekny, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Joe Pekny co-founded APC in 1993. Dr. Pekny is also a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, and was the Founding Director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering in 2005. For over twenty years he has been a leader in the application of industrial engineering techniques to complex industrial challenges, and has been a key leader in the development of products and services for combinatorial optimization for process design, planning, and scheduling. Pekny earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989.

Donald Miller, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and President

Don Miller co-founded APC in 1993 after working for 16 years as an Optimization Engineer with DuPont. The seminal research of Drs. Miller and Pekny on the exact solution of large asymmetric traveling salesman problems (Science, 251, p754-761, 1991) led to the founding of APC. Dr. Miller has been a lead developer in the algorithms which form the basis of the VirtECS scheduling engine. While at DuPont he developed steady-state simulation and optimization methods for production scheduling and process optimization. Miller earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

Steve Harding, Ph.D.

Vice President of Engineering

Steve Harding joined APC in 2000 after completion of his doctoral thesis in the area of advanced process scheduling. Dr. Harding has led the design and implementation of VirtECS tools to aid scheduling of many types of processes. Through his expertise in industrial engineering and optimization techniques he has helped transform VirtECS from an analytical tool into a business critical application used on a daily basis at large manufacturing facilities. Harding earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Princeton University in 2000.

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