Dr. R. Russell Rhinehart, Faculty Adviser

Dr. R. Russell Rhinehart, professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University, holds the BP Chair, and has experience in both industry (13 years) and academe (26 years).  He was Head of the School (1997 to 2008) and Interim Head (2011 to 2012).

Russ is President of the American Automatic Control Council.  He is a Fellow of ISA (2001), a CONTROL Automation Hall of Fame inductee, and received the 2009 ISA Distinguished Service Award.  He was Editor-in-Chief of ISA Transactions (1998-2011).

His 1968 B.S. in Chemical Engineering and subsequent M.S. in Nuclear Engineering are both from the University of Maryland.  His 1985 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering is from North Carolina State University.

He is coauthor of the textbook, Applied Engineering Statistics, and has authored several handbook chapters on modeling, process control, and optimization.  He published about 50 journal articles and 65 full-paper refereed periodical or conference papers, five chapters, one book, and three patents.

Russ teaches modeling, optimization, and process control courses; and has developed short courses for industrial participants offered through ISA or directly to companies related to statistical process control, instrument and control systems, modeling, and model-based control.

Russ is the Faculty Advisor to the OSU ISA Student section, which has about 70 members.  Students working with Dr. Rhinehart implement the techniques in computer-controlled pilot-scale unit operations. He believes that practical demonstration is the key to preparing students for practice careers. 


School of Chemical Engineering, EN 423, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078