Degrees and Honours
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Award for Excellence in Teaching - May, 1999.
Frank Knox Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen's University - March 1998.
Honourable Mention, Frank Knox Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen's University - March 1997.
Golden Apple Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching, Engineering Society, Queen's University - March 1996.
The theme of my research is the development of techniques to support dynamic modeling, analysis, estimation, monitoring and control of chemical processes. The emphasis is on the use of nonlinear models, consisting primarily of systems of ordinary differential equations derived from fundamental energy and material balances, and equilibrium relationships.
Currently, my research projects include:
nonlinearity and control performance -- development of methods for assessing the nonlinearity of steady-state and dynamic behaviour (with Prof. M. Guay, Queen's), translating this nonlinearity into controller performance degradation under linear control, estimating nonlinearity from on-line process data, nonlinearity assessment for industrial applications (with Prof. K. McAuley, Queen's), techniques for detecting nonlinearity in time series (with Prof. D. Bacon, Queen's)
identifiability of process models -- assessing the ability to estimate unique values for parameters, particularly when dealing with large-scale process models
assessing the performance of state estimators -- techniques for assessing the quality of state estimates (precision and bias) prior to implementation for control and monitoring (with Prof. T. Harris, Queen's)
functional data analysis for process investigations
fault detection using multivariate statistical techniques (with Prof. T. Harris, Queen's)
real-time optimization using hybrids of mechanistic and empirical models (with Prof. F. Forbes, University of Alberta)