Dagfinn Gangsaas earned the B.Sc. degree with Honors in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Glasgow in 1967 and the M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from University of Washington in 1974. He is currently an independent consultant in aircraft flight control.
The Control Engineering Practice Award is given to one individual or one team to be selected from those nominated for significant contribution to the advancement of control practice. The primary criterion for selection will be for the application and implementation of innovative control concepts, methodology, and technology, for the planning, design, manufacture, and operation of control systems. Achievement and usefulness will be evidenced by the benefit to society and by the degree of acceptance by those who use control as a tool. The work on which the nomination is based must have been performed while the nominated individual or at least one member of the team was a resident of the USA. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. In the event that the winner is a team, each member of the team will receive a certificate and the honorarium will be divided equally among the team members.