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B. Wayne Bequette


Department Affiliation:
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. 1986, University of Texas, Austin
M.S.E. 1985, University of Texas, Austin
B.S.Ch.E. 1982, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Professional Background :

Dr. Bequette 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 is currently the Vice Chair of the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of AIChE, and will become Chair in 2006. Dr. Bequette was recently elected Vice President (President-Elect) of the American Automatic Control Council (2006-7), and will be President in 2008-9.

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 recently served as the Guest Editor of Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics (February, 2005), for a Symposium on Algorithms for Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Control.


Process and biomedical systems engineering topics, including:

  • Glucose monitoring and control for diabetes
  • Bioreactor monitoring and control
  • Pharmaceutical process analytic technology
  • Drug infusion control
  • Nonlinear control
  • Chromatography
  • Fuel cell modeling and control
  • Alternative fuels (e.g., biodiesel)


  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Omega Chi Epsilon
  • Shell Foundation Fellowship as the Outstanding Chemical Engineering Graduate Student, University of Texas

Contact Information:
B. Wayne Bequette
102 Ricketts Building
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
Phone: (518) 276-6683
Fax: (518) 276-4030
bequette at rpi dot edu



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