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Biosystems Analysis and Control

Biotechnology has emerged as a major interdisciplinary research area that links such classical fields as biology, chemistry, and engineering. Each of these fields brings a unique set of tools to solve the problems in this emergent discipline. In this talk, the quantitative tools from process systems theory will be presented as an enabling methodology to facilitate two-way exchange in solving bioengineering problems. This bidirectionality may be viewed as a bridge linking the disciplines of chemical engineering and biology. The direction from biology to engineering is motivated by studies of the baroreceptor vagal reflex - which is responsible for short term blood pressure regulation. The opposite direction, typically categorized as therapeutic approaches in biomedical engineering, will be motivated by the problem of glucose regulation in a diabetic patient.
Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Francis J. Doyle III
Dept. of Chemical Engineering University of Delaware Newark, DE, USA
Sep 07, 1999   10:00

ETL K 25, Physikstrasse 3, 8006 Zuerich
Contact Person:

Martine D'Emma
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Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Francis J. DOYLE III is an associate professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received his B.S.E. from Princeton (1985), C.P.G.S. from Cambridge (1986), and Ph.D. from Caltech (1991), all in Chemical Engineering. After graduate school, he worked at DuPont as a Visiting Scientist in the Strategic Process Technology Group (1991-1992), then started as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in 1992. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997, and moved to the University of Delaware as an Associate Professor in the fall of 1997. His research interests are in process modeling, identification and control with applications to polymerization systems, pulp and paper processes, and biosystems. He is the recipient of several research awards (NSF NYI (1992), ONR Young Investigator (1996)) as well as teaching awards (Purdue Potter Award - Engineering Teaching Award (1995), ASEE Section Outstanding Teacher Award (1996), Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award (1996)). In 1998, he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE) at the U. of Delaware, and was elected an academic trustee of CACHE in 1999. His recreational activities are sailing, windsurfing, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.