Prof. B. Wayne Bequette Named CATS' Associate Director for Process Technologies

Rensselaer CATS, a NYSTAR-supported Center for Advanced Technology, is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. B. Wayne Bequette as its Associate Director of Process Technologies.  In this new role, Wayne will coordinate process modeling, optimization and control related research in the CATS, with applications to chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, gas and other systems.  Wayne will work with CATS faculty and staff to develop cohesive messages to prospective sponsors, form interdisciplinary teams to explore new funding opportunities, and strengthen and cultivate relationship with current and future industrial partners.

Dr. Wayne Bequette is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received his B.S.Ch.E. from University of Arkansas in Fayettesville, and M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin. He worked for three years as a process engineer for American Petrofina between his undergraduate and graduate studies. From 1986 to 1987 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Texas and from 1987 to 1988 he was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California at Davis. He joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and Professor in 2000. Dr. Bequette was on sabbatical leave during the 1995-6 academic year, spending the fall semester at Merck Research Laboratories and the spring at Northwestern University.

Dr. Bequette served as an Associate Editor for Automatica from 1993-2005. He was also the Program Chair of the 2001 American Control Conference (Washington, D.C.), the General Chair of the 2003 American Control Conference (Denver), and the AIChE Director on the Board of the American Automatic Control Council (2000-1). He was the Chair of the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of AIChE in 2006, and the President of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) in 2008-9. He currently serves as the AIChE CAST Division Programming Chair (2010-2013), the Secretary of the AACC and the Meeting Program Chair for the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting (Atlanta). He is a Fellow of the AIChE (May, 2008), was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineers (April, 2007), received the Rensselaer School of Engineering Research Excellence Award (2008), Jerome Fishbach '38 Faculty Travel Award (2013), and was named a Trustee of the CACHE Corporation (2010-2015).

Dr. Bequette is the author of Process Control: Modeling, Design and Simulation (2003) and Process Dynamics: Modeling, Analysis and Simulation (1998), both published by Prentice Hall. He served as the Guest Editor of Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics (February, 2005), for a Symposium on Algorithms for Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Control. Dr. Bequette also edited special issues on Process Control for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine (August and December, 2006). He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, and has co-edited a number of special issues on algorithms for sensors and a closed-loop artificial pancreas.