Hector Budman

University of Waterloo

Hector Budman obtained his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1988. He conducted postdoctoral research in chemical engineering at Caltech- the California Institute of Technology from 1988-1991.  Budman joined the University of Waterloo in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and is currently a professor in this department. He has received several research fellowships including the Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Bantrell-Caltech and Rothschild Scholarship Awards and a best paper award from the Bioprocesses and Biosystems Engineering Journal. Budman’s research interests include: model-based control and optimization algorithms that are robust to model error, development of inferential sensors and the application of process systems engineering concepts to biotechnological processes. Hector has extensively applied his expertise to the Canadian industry in different areas such as metal smelting, pulp and paper production, water treatment and pharmaceuticals. He has pursued these collaborations through a variety of contracts, grants and NSERC networks of excellence and as a visiting scientist at Sanofi Pasteur. Budman has co-authored over 150 refereed journal and conference publications. He has also participated in the organization of several national and international conferences, including serving as the Conference chair of the 2014 CSChE Conference.