Chemical engineers win Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award

By Curtis Chan
June 27, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State researchers Davood Babaei Pourkargar, a chemical engineering graduate student, and Antonios Armaou, associate professor of chemical engineering, have been named the winners of the 2014 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award.

The two were honored for their paper titled “Control of dissipative partial differential equation systems using APOD based dynamic observer designs.”

The award, bestowed by the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), recognizes the two best papers presented at the AACC’s previous conference. One honor is given to a paper emphasizing contributions to theory while the other honors significant or innovative applications. More than 900 papers were presented at the group’s three-day conference.

The Penn State team was recognized for its work in the applications category. As part of the award, Pourkargar will receive a $2,000 prize.

The AACC serves as an umbrella group for eight professional societies with an interest in control science and engineering. More on the AACC can be found online at

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