co-operative character of the Chemical Process Modeling and Control
Research Center, founded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in
1985, gives a unique character among many other international research
groups in the same technical area. The PMC Center naturally aims to
advance academic research beyond the present state-of-the–art frontiers.
At the same time, it aims to push such frontiers in a direction that
is useful to industry. To achieve such a dual goal, we reach out and
listen to the various medium- to long-term needs of consortium member
companies. Since the inception of the Center in 1985, there have been
continuous developments of basic process modeling, monitoring, and control
technology. Several application projects have provided member companies
with an advantageous position in their industrial sector. These applications
have demonstrated that the technology developed in the Center can be
applied effectively to a very broad range of manufacturing and production
processes (see the list of companies that have participated in the Center's
The designation of the Center as an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) is an important distinction since the effort is definitely cooperative in both form and substance. All companies who are members of the Process Modeling and Control Consortium participate in the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC). This group provides guidance in the strategic direction of the technology development that is done in the Center. This committee meets twice each year to listen to technical presentations by the Center researchers and to review the progress of active projects. The IAC also provides important guidance on how the consortium funds available to the Center will be allocated to the different research activities. Consequently, the long-term fundamental research effort is determined with a pragmatic balance of specific projects with near term goals. In this manner, the research is always establishing new technical, leading-edge technologies while providing the member companies with applications for current operating requirements.
Member companies have further flexibility in participation in the Center by defining a research and development activity that addresses the company’s specific needs. This Company-Specific Research Option enables a company to augment existing technical efforts by employing the capabilities of the Center to focus on a specific need. Arrangements are also available to protect the company’s proprietary interests and know-how. Furthermore, mutually beneficial arrangements can be reached concerning the exploitation of technological advances resulting from the research.
Participation in the Center enables member companies to have access to leading technological developments in process modeling, monitoring, and control that take place in the Center. The Center also often invites leading academic and industrial colleagues in several subjects to give plenary talks during the Center meetings. At the same time, Center membership enables a participant to exchange ideas with other industrial representatives and to sense the technological prospective of the leading consortium members in the areas of interest. This is an effective and economical approach in maintaining a current understanding of the status of industrial and academic efforts in this field. Furthermore, member companies can have an early and in-depth evaluation of the graduate students who participate in the Center’s research efforts as candidates for future employment. In addition to these broad values from membership, there are specific areas that provide direct economic benefit:
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