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Arnold Eucken Medal for Sebastian Engell

On the occasion of the annual meeting of the ProcessNet-Fachgemeinschaft (ProcessNet professional group) “Prozess-, Apparate- und Anlagentechnik (Process, Apparatus and Plant Technology)” in 2021, Professor Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Engell was presented with the Arnold Eucken Medal donated by the German Association for Process Engineering (GVT) in 1956 during the virtual opening and plenary session on November 22, 2021.


Professor Engell is honored for his outstanding work on dynamics, automation and optimal control of process engineering processes, and he has dedicated his entire professional career to these complex topics. His developments in methods of control engineering and mathematical optimization processes have introduced a paradigm shift in the process management of process engineering processes. With his work, he has made a major contribution to optimization of complex process engineering processes in real time and making them suitable for broad industrial use.

Sebastian Engell graduated in 1978 with a Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum and received his Dr.-Ing. in 1981 and Venia legendi in Automatic Control from the University of Duisburg in 1987. In 1984/1985 he spent a year as a postdoc at McGill University, Montréal, PQ. 1986-1990 he was the head of a research and development group at the Fraunhofer Institute IITB in Karlsruhe. In 1990 he was appointed to his current position as full professor for process dynamics and operations in the chemical engineering department at the TU Dortmund University. In 2008 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He held the chair from 1996-1999 and 2012-2014 and was Vice-Rector for Research at the TU Dortmund University from 2002-2006.

Sebastian Engell received an IFAC Journal of Process Control Best Paper Award for the paper "Feedback control for optimal process operation" (Journal of Process Control, 2007), a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2010 with Thomas Tometzki on the subject risk-conscious planning and the PSE Model-based Innovation Prize with Ala Eldin Bouaswaig. He was co-author of the Best Paper in Computers and Chemical Engineering 2014 "Scope for industrial applications of production Scheduling Models and Solution Methods" and received the Computers and Chemical Engineering Best Paper Award 2016 for the paper together with Weihua Gao and Simon Wenzel "A Reliable Modifier Adjustment Strategy for Real-Time Optimization".

He gave the Bayer Lecture in Process Systems Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and the Roger Sargent Lecture at Imperial College, London in 2012. Together with his co-workers, Prof. Engell has published more than 150 articles in scientific journals and more than 400 conference papers with peer review and full papers in proceedings. Since his appointment at TU Dortmund, 80 young scientists received their doctoral degrees from the BCI department under his supervision. In 2012 he received a European Advanced Investigator Grant for the project MOBOCON - Model-based Optimizing Control from a Vision to Industrial Reality. He has led several EU projects, including the Support Action CPSoS, which has developed a roadmap for research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems of Systems (www.cpsos.eu/roadmap). He was the coordinator of the EU project CoPro - Improvement of Energy and Resource Efficiency by Better Coordination of Production in the Process Industries, which was funded under the EU SPIRE program (https://www.spire2030.eu/copro), and was involved in two Marie Curie training networks (oCPS and PRONTO). From 2015 to 2017 he was President of the EUCA, the European Control Association.

The Arnold Eucken Medal

In accordance with the awarding regulations, this medal honors “well above-average achievements which have not only been recognized in professional circles at homeland but also internationally. The merits must be in the area of ​​process engineering, its fundamentals or peripheral areas; they can concern both the technical development as well as an extension of the scientific basis and teaching. In terms of the work of Eucken, particular attention should be paid to the services that combine engineering with chemistry ”.
Arnold Eucken headed the Göttingen Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry founded by Nernst from 1930 to 1950. His activity as the first chairman of the VDI Technical Committee for Process Engineering and numerous textbooks of him mark the beginning of the development of the scientific principles of chemical process engineering in Germany in the 1930s.
The Arnold Eucken Medal was first awarded in 1956 and has been awarded 23 times since then, most recently in 2014.