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Address TU Dortmund University
Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
Process Dynamics and Operations
Emil-Figge-Str. 70
44227 Dortmund
Prof. Engell
+49 231 755 5127
+49 231 755 5129
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Current Position

Since 1990 Full Professor of Process Dynamics and Operations, Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

Academic Degrees

Habilitation for Automatic Control, Universität Duisburg, 1987
Habilitationsschrift: Limits of the Performance of Linear Time-invariant Control Loops (published by Springer, 1988)
Dr.-Ing. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universität Duisburg, 1981 (Mit Auszeichnung / summa cum laude / with distinction)
Thesis: Processing of measurements with respect to optimal transmission of information
Dipl.-Ing., Electrical Engineering, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 1978
Diploma thesis on the design of linear multivariable controllers


Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Professional Education, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 1973 - 1978

Employment and Positions

since 2011 Department Chair, Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, TU Dortmund
2-3/2008 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
2002 - 2006 Vice-President (Prorektor) for Research, Support of Young Scientists and International Relations of Universität Dortmund

1996 – 1999
Department Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, TU Dortmund
since 1.8.1990 Full Professor (C4/W3) for Process Dynamics and Operations at TU Dortmund
1986 – 1990 Group Manager, Fraunhofer-Institut für Informations- und Datenverarbeitung (IITB) Karlsruhe, responsible for the groups “Automation in the Process Industries” and “Scheduling of Manufacturing Systems”
1984 – 1985 PostDoc with Prof. George Zames, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, McGill-University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1982 – 1986 Scholarships (Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, DFG Habilitandenstipendium)
Research on controller design in the frequency domain, decentralized control, control and information, limits of controller performance
1979 – 1982 Research Assistant, Universität Duisburg, Prof. Dr. H. Schwarz
Research theme: Optimal filtering and control from an information-theoretical perspective
1978 – 1979 Research Assistant, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Prof. Dr. H. Unbehauen,2 months at the Control Systems Centre, UMIST, Manchester, GB
Research theme: Design of linear multivariable controllers

Honors and Functions

2010 PSE Innovation Award for the paper: "WENO scheme with static grid adaptation for tracking steep moving fronts." Chemical Engineering Science 64 (2009) 3214-3226 by Ala Eldin Bouaswaig and Sebastian Engell
2009 Best Paper Award IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation for the paper "A Hybrid Multiple Populations Evolutionary Algorithm for Two-stage Stochastic Mixed-integer Disjunctive Programs" by Thomas Tometzki and Sebastian Engell
2008 Best Survey Paper Award 2005-2007 Journal of Process Control, for the paper "Feedback Control for Optimal Process Operation"
2008 Best Paper Award,  Journal Automatisierungstechnik, for the paper "Produktionssteuerung auf der Grundlage von Echtzeitautomaten (Production Scheduling on the Basis of Times Automata" by Sebastian Panek, Olaf Stursberg, Sebastian Engell
2006 Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control
1991 Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Prize for Applied Research
1982 Scholarship for the support of outstanding young scientists by the Fritz-Thyssen-stiftung, Essen
2005 - 2010 Member of the selection committee for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize of DFG
2009 Program Chair, IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes
since 2008 Member of the Fellow Selection Committee of IFAC