Experimental Projects for the Process Control Laboratory


  • Siong Ang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Richard D. Braatz University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


As more graduates in chemical engineering are faced with industrial assignments that demand a thorough understanding of modern control techniques, it is imperative that process control courses are adapted so as to prepare graduates for these assignments.  With this goal in mind, a HP-VEE networked control environment, equipped with 26 control experiments, has been developed for use in the process control laboratory.  With an emphasis on project-based learning, students are equipped with valuable experience to handle physical systems and apply theoretical concepts to real processes.

Author Biographies

Siong Ang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Siong Ang received his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 2000 under a Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Merit Scholarship. He received an MS degree in chemical engineering at Stanford University in 2001 and is now serving in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Richard D. Braatz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Richard Braatz received his BS from Oregon State University and his MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology. After a postdoctoral year at DuPont, he joined the faculty of chemical engineering at the University of Illinois. His main research interests are in complex systems theory and its application.