A Joint Chemical/Electrical Engineering Course in Advanced Digital Process Control


  • Joseph J. Feeley University of Idaho
  • Louis L. Edwards University of Idaho


This paper describes a joint chemical/electrical engineering course in advanced digital process control. The objective of the course is to teach students how to design digital controllers for multi-input multi-output processes. Distinctive features of the course are the mix of ChE and EE students and the joint teaching by ChE and EE faculty. The course focuses on three major laboratory experiments of progressive difficulty. Matlab and Simulink are used extensively for computer-aided design and nonlinear simulation.

Author Biographies

Joseph J. Feeley, University of Idaho

Joseph J. Feeley is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho. He received his BS from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Idaho, all in electrical engineering. He is currently writing a textbook on digital process control.

Louis L. Edwards, University of Idaho

Louis L. Edwards has been Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Idaho since 1971. He teaches process control and his research focuses on simulation of pulp and paper processes. He has published over fifty papers and has consulted with more than thirty pulp- and paper-related companies worldwide.