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Babatunde A. Ogunnaike

For pioneering the application and implementation of model predictive control, nonlinear state estimation, nonlinear control, and product control to polymer and granulation processes

Babatunde A. (“Tunde”) Ogunnaike received the B.Sc. degree (with First Class Honors) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 1976; the M.S. degree, in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1981; and the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering also from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. From 1981 to 1982, he was a Research Engineer with the Process Control group of the Shell Development Corporation in Houston, Texas; and from 1982 to 1988, he was a professor at the University of Lagos with joint appointments in the Chemical Engineering and the Statistics Departments. He joined the Advanced Control and Optimization group of DuPont Central Science and Engineering in 1989, and was, from 1995 until September 2002, a Research Fellow in DuPont Chemical Sciences and Engineering. An adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Delaware since 1989, he joined the faculty as a full professor in September 2002 and was named the William L. Friend professor of Chemical Engineering in Jan 2004.  He is the author or co-author of three books including a widely used textbook, Process Dynamics, Modeling and Control, published in 1994 by Oxford University Press; he is also an Associate Editor of the journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research.

Dr. Ogunnaike's research interests include modeling and control of industrial processes (polymer reactors, extruders, distillation columns); the application of process analytical technology for control of pharmaceutical processes; identification and control of nonlinear systems; the interaction of process design and process operability; applied statistics; biological control systems; and systems biology with application to neuronal responses and cancer.  He is the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1998 CAST Computing Practice Award, the 2004 University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award, and ISA’s 2007 Eckman Award.