At Exenity, we are passionate about applying mathematical optimization and prescriptive analytics to industrial challenges. Our mission is to empower decision-makers and help our clients make better and faster decisions about their processes and systems.

Markus Drouven, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
John Eason, Ph.D.
Founder & CTO

Prior to founding Exenity, Markus was the Optimization Engineering Team Lead at EQT. EQT is the largest natural gas producer in the US. At EQT, Markus was responsible for establishing and leading a newly formed optimization team focused on using advanced analytics to support better and faster decision-making across the company. Specifically, Markus oversaw efforts aimed at improving vehicle routing for water management, proppant sourcing and scheduling, frac logistics coordination and development planning. A description of the group’s activities can be found here.

Markus earned his doctorate in Process Systems Engineering (a combination of Chemical Engineering and Mathematical Optimization) at Carnegie Mellon University as a member of Professor Ignacio E. Grossmann’s research group. His dissertation was titled “Optimization Models for Shale Gas Development”. Prior to CMU, Markus graduated from RWTH Aachen University in Germany with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Prior to founding Exenity, John was with EQT Corporation, where he scoped, designed and implemented custom mathematical optimization solutions. Before that, he was associated with the Institute for Design of Advanced Energy Systems, where he built custom models and algorithms for power plant optimization. Past projects include: Water management optimization, wireline scheduling, logistics management, and corporate planning.  

John obtained his Ph.D. in Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Larry Biegler. His dissertation presented a novel algorithm for bridging the gap between mathematical optimization models and simulation software tools. Before that, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.


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