Thomas F. Edgar Thomas F. Edgar is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and holds the George T. and Gladys Abell Chair in Engineering. Dr. Edgar received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. For the past 37 years, he has concentrated his academic work in process modeling, control, and optimization, with over 200 articles and book chapters. Edgar has co-authored leading textbooks: Optimization of Chemical Processes (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and Process Dynamics and Control (Wiley, 2010). He has received major awards from AIChE (Colburn, Computing in Chemical Engineering, Lewis) and ASEE (Chemical Engineering Division, Westinghouse, and Meriam-Wiley). Recently he has carried out modeling and control research projects jointly with a variety of companies in the process industries under the auspices of the Texas-Wisconsin-California Control Consortium. Dr. Edgar is a former President of AIChE.