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David E. Bernal Neira

I am a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, as part of the Center of Advanced Process Decision Making (CAPD). I am part of the Grossmann's research group and my research is focused on Process Optimization and Process Systems Engineering. I am currently conducting research in mixed-integer and disjunctive programming algorithms. More recently, I have also started doing research in Quantum Computing and its potential uses for combinatorial optimization.

I am also part of the Carnegie Mellon Quantum Computing Group, looking at the intersection of Quantum and Quantum-inspired algorithms and nonlinear discrete optimization. I am particularly interested in the solution of Integer Programming problems via Quantum Computing, trying to coin the term Quantum Integer Programming QuIP.

I am looking for a position starting in 2021. I'm primarily interested in a position within an academic environment and/or a research institute. You can find my updated CV here .


  • Mathematical Optimization.
  • Integer Programming.
  • Nonlinear Optimization.
  • MI(N)LP.
  • Quantum Algorithms.
  • Process Intensification.
  • Superstructure Optimization.
  • Constraint Programming.


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical Engineering, 2017-2021, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, 2014-2016, Universidad de los Andes.
  • B.Sc. in Physics, 2011-2017, Universidad de los Andes.
  • B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, 2010-2014, Universidad de los Andes.

Recent News

Quantum Integer Programming in Tepper News

The course on Quantum Integer Programming was given the spotlight in October 2020 News from the Tepper School of Business online News.

CPAIOR 2020 talk is on YouTube

My talk on Embedding methods for Quantum Annealers for CPAIOR2020, the first one in the Quantum Computing session of the conference was posted in YouTube. Check it out (but play it at 0.75x!).

Talk on Virtual ChEGSA Symposium

As part of the Annual Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (ChEGSA) Symposium I gave a talk on Modern Computational Approaches to Nonlinear Discrete Optimization and their Application to Process Systems Engineering. Zoom password: =w7+k6bq

47-779 Quantum Integer Programming is Online!

The lecture of Quantum Integer Programming from the Tepper School of business taught by Prof. Sridhar Tayur, Dr. Davide Venturelli and me is online! In the website you will find recordings, slides, and Colab notebooks. Everything available to anyone interested!


This is temporal version of my website (updated in October 2020). In the meantime you can find more updated information about my research in my CV.