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James B. Rawlings

Year: 
2011
Citation: 
For outstanding contributions to automatic control education through powerful fundamental research, tutorial papers, and a comprehensive textbook

James B. Rawlings is currently Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He received the B.S. from the University of Texas in 1979 and the Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1985, both in Chemical Engineering. He spent one year at the University of Stuttgart as a NATO postdoctoral fellow and then joined the faculty at the University of Texas. He moved to the University of Wisconsin in 1995 and is currently the Paul A. Elfers Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the co-director of the Texas-Wisconsin-California Control Consortium (TWCCC).

Professor Rawlings's research interests are in the areas of chemical process modeling, monitoring and control, nonlinear model predictive control, moving horizon state estimation, and molecular-scale chemical reaction engineering, Professor Rawlings has written numerous research articles and coauthored two textbooks: "Model Predictive Control: Theory and Design" (2009), with David Mayne, and "Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals" (2004), with John Ekerdt. Professor Rawlings has taught numerous short courses on advanced state estimation and model predictive control at companies and universities.

In recognition of his research and teaching, Professor Rawlings has received "Doctor technices honoris causa" from the Danish Technical University; the inaugural High Impact Paper Award from the International Federation of Automatic Control; the Excellence in Process Development Award and the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction and the Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication, from the University of Wisconsin; and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. Professor Rawlings was the Bayer Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University (2010) and the Van Ness Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (199) and is a Fellow of AIChE.