Babatunde A. Ogunnaike joined the UD faculty in 2002 as a professor with appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering (now the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute’s Center for Systems Biology, after a 13-year research career with DuPont.
He was appointed William L. Friend Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2004 and William L. Friend Chaired Professor in 2008. He became deputy dean for the College of Engineering in 2010 and interim dean of engineering in 2011.
Ogunnaike was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Nigerian Academy of Engineering in 2012.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 1976, he earned a master's degree in statistics and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1981.
Ogunnaike is the author or editor of four books and more than 75 papers and book chapters, and his textbooks have been used to educate and train engineers in instrumentation, systems and control at more than 29 universities.