Seminar on Application of Control in Energy Management Systems (Smart Grid)

16th, February 2017
Tariq Samad, PhD

Senior Fellow
Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair in Technology Management
Director of Graduate Studies - MOT


Tariq Samad holds the Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair and is the director of graduate studies for the M.S. in Management of Technology degree program at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. He joined TLI in May, 2016 after a 30-year career with Honeywell, for the last half of which he was Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS). During his career with Honeywell he contributed to and led automation and control technology developments for applications in electric power systems, clean energy, building management, the process industries, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft, and advanced manufacturing. In 2015-2016 he also served as the first Global Innovation Leader for ACS Technology. Dr. Samad was the President of the American Automatic Control Council for 2014-15 and the President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of a few awards including an IEEE CSS Control SystemsTechnology Award, a Distinguished Member Award from IEEE CSS, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and an Excellence Award from the Society of Technical Communications. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1998 to 2003 and is currently editor-in-chief of IEEE Press. He chairs the new Industry Committee for IFAC that is developing recommendations for improving university/industry collaborations in control and automation. He was the General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference (Montréal, the first ACC held outside the U.S.). His service as workshop chair includes the International Workshop on Smart City (Hangzhou, China, Sept. 2013), the Workshop on Human Cyberphysical Systems: Control for Human Welfare (Paris, Sept. 2014), and Control at Large Scales: Energy Markets and Responsive Grids (Minneapolis, May 2016). Dr. Samad holds 20 patents and has authored or coauthored over 100 conference and journal publications. He has also authored one book and edited several books and reports. These include the online report, The Impact of Control Technology (,, and the Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (co-editor-in-chief, Springer, 2014). He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, representing industrial and commercial stakeholders. In 2012 and 2014 he co-led technology deep dives on advanced sensing, controls, and platforms for manufacturing as part of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative. Dr. Samad holds a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University


IEEE Fellow, Control Systems Technology Award (IEEE Control Systems Society), Distinguished Member Award (IEEE CSS), IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Excellence Award (Society of Technical Communications), Honeywell Star Inventor, Honeywell Technical Achievement Award, over 25 plenary and keynote lectures at conferences and symposia