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Tariq Samad

Tariq Samad
Past President
Technological Leadership Institute
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55422
(763) 954-6349
(763) 954-5495
Dr. Tariq Samad is a Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His career with Honeywell has spanned 28 years, during which time he has contributed to and led automation and control technology developments for applications in electric power systems, the process industries, building management, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft, and clean energy. His research interests relate broadly to automation, intelligence, and autonomy for complex engineering systems. Dr. Samad was General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference (Montréal), the first ACC to be held outside the U.S. Prior to this role, he was Program Chair for the 2008 American Control Conference (Seattle). His other service to AACC includes a term on its Board of Directors and chairing the AACC Control Engineering Practice Award committee. Dr. Samad is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of a Distinguished Member Award from IEEE Control Systems Society, an IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award, and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He was the President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009 and previously held positions of Vice President for Publication and Technical Activities. He was the Program Chair for the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (Taiwan). Dr. Samad was editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1998 to 2003 and currently serves as editor-in-chief of IEEE Press. Dr. Samad holds 18 patents and has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including the online report, The Impact of Control Technology ( The second edition of this report, co-sponsored by AACC, is in preparation. He is co-editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (Springer, in press). He is a member of the Governing Board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Dr. Samad holds a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.