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Thomas Edgar

Thomas Edgar

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

  • PhD, Princeton University
  • B.S. Ch.E., University of Kansas

Thomas F. Edgar is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Edgar joined UT’s faculty in 1971. He served as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering (1985-93), Associate Dean of Engineering (1993-96), and Associate Vice President for Academic Computing (1996-2001) at UT-Austin. For the past 40 years Edgar has concentrated his academic work in process modeling, control, and optimization. He has published over 450 articles and book chapters in the above fields applied to separations, chemical reactors, coal combustion and gasification, and semiconductor manufacturing. He has supervised the thesis research of over 45 M.S. and 79 PhD students. He also co-directs the Texas-Wisconsin Modeling and Control Consortium, which involves 12 companies.

Edgar has co-authored the textbooks Coal Processing and Pollution Control Technology (Gulf Publishing, 1983), Optimization of Chemical Processes (McGraw-Hill, 1988 and 2001) and Process Dynamics and Control (Wiley, 1989 and 2004). He was President of the Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Education (CACHE) Corporation from 1981 to 1984 and has served as Executive Director of CACHE since 2001. He was President of the American Automatic Control Council between 1989 and 1991, which oversees the control activities of seven U.S. professional societies. In Austin, he is secretary of the Pecan Street Project Board, which deals with renewable energy and smart grids.

A Director of AIChE (1989-92), he was elected Vice President of AIChE for 1996 and President for 1997. He was Chair of the AIChE Foundation from 2002-2008. He also served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Council for Chemical Research (1991-93). Edgar has been a consultant to several companies, including AMD, Texas Instruments, Emerson Process Management, and Chemstations. Edgar received AIChE’s Colburn Award for research contributions in 1980 and Computing in Chemical Engineering Award in 1995, the AIChE Lewis Award in 2005, and the Van Antwerpen Award in 2010. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Engineering and is a Fellow of AIChE, IFAC, and ASEE. In 2007 he was selected by Control Magazine for the Process Automation Hall of Fame.

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