Richard Braatz, PhD

1991 Hertz Fellow
Richard Braatz
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Richard Braatz is the Gilliland Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he does research in control theory and its application to biomedical systems, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and nanotechnology. Before moving to MIT, he was a professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Professor Braatz received his BS (’88) from Oregon State University and with the help from his Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship, he received his MS (’91) and his PhD (’93) from the California Institute of Technology. He has consulted or collaborated with more than a dozen companies including IBM, United Technologies Corporation, Novartis, and Abbott Laboratories.

Professor Braatz’s honors include the Hertz Fellowship, the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize, the DuPont Young Faculty Award, the Xerox Award for Faculty Research, the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council, the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from the Engineering Research Council, the AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award, and the IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award.

He is a fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Braatz is co-author of the books Data-driven Techniques for Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Chemical Processes, Identification and Control of Sheet and Film Processes, and Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Industrial Systems.

Graduate Studies

California Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
Robust Loopsharing for Process Control

Undergraduate Studies

Oregon State University


2007, Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; 2011, Control Systems Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; 2008, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement in Science; 1994, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation; 2019, Member, National Academy of Engineering