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Dr. Prashant Mhaskar


Department of Chemical Engineering

process control, nonlinear Lyapunov-based and model predictive control, fault-tolerant control, control of hybrid systems
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Research interests are in the general area of process control, with focus on

  • Control and systems theory:
    • Nonlinear, robust and predictive control
    • Hybrid systems and control
    • Fault-detection and isolation and fault-tolerant control
  • Applications:
    • Process and plant-wide control subject to actuator/sQensor failures
    • Control of transport-reaction and particulate processes
    • Modeling and control of batch processes

Integrating nonlinear control tools with optimization-based control approaches
Model Predictive Control of Batch Processes and Bio-Systems
Optimization and Control of Batch Process Systems using Data-Driven Models
Safe Parking of Nonlinear Process Systems


  • B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1999) 
  • M.S. Chem Eng., Louisiana State University (2001) 
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (2005) 
  • P. Eng., Ontario

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Current Graduate students 
(see McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC)  website for student awards) 

  1. Maaz Mahmood (part-time Ph.D., started 2011)
  2. Tyler Homer (Ph.D., started 2015; MASc. 2014)
  3. Abhinav Garg (Ph.D.,  started 2014)
  4. Hadi Shahnazari (Ph.D.,  started 2014)
  5. Masoud Kheradmandi (Ph.D.,  started 2014)
  6. Craig MacDonald (part-time MASc., started 2014)


Past Graduate students

  1. Rahul Gandhi (Ph.D.,  2006-2010, currently at Praxair)
  2. Masoud Golshan (Ph.D.,  2006-2010, co-supervised with John MacGregor, currently at Shell)
  3. Siam Aumi (Ph.D.,  2007-2012, currently at Corning)
  4. Miao Du (Ph.D.,  2008-2012, currently at EcoSynthetix)
  5. Mudassir Rashid (Ph.D.,  2013-2016, co-supervised with Chris Swartz)
  6. Jingyan Chen (MASC, supervised in part, 2013-2014)
  7. Kuilin Chen (MASC, supervised in part, 2013-2014)
  8. Brian MacDonald (MASc., 2014-2016)
  9. Matt Wallace (Ph.D.,   2011-2015)
  10. Buddhadev Das (Ph.D.,  2010-2015)
  11. Brandon Corbett (Ph.D., 2012-2016), currently MITACs post doc with Prosensus



  1. Brandon CorbettPrashant Mhaskar, Data-Driven Modeling and Quality Control of Variable Duration Batch Processes with Discrete Inputs, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research201756, 24, 6962
  2. Rashid, M., P. Mhaskar* and C.L.E. Swartz, ``Handling Multi-rate and Missing Data in Variable Duration Economic Model Predictive Control of Batch Processes with Application to Electric Arc Furnace Operation,''  AIChE J., in press.
  3.  Xiaojiao, S, B. Corbett, B. Macdonald, P. Mhaskar* and R. Ghosh*, ``Modeling and Optimization of Protein PEGylation,"  I & ECR, accepted for publication in final form.
  4. Rashid, M., P. Mhaskar* and C.L.E. Swartz, 2016, ``Multi-rate Modeling and Economic Model Predictive Control of the Electric Arc Furnace,'' J. Proc. Cont., 40, 995-1003.
  5. Wallace, M., S. Kumar and P. Mhaskar*, ``Offset-Free Model Predictive Control with Explicit Performance Specification,"  Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res, 55, 995–1003, 2016.
  6. Rashid, M., P. Mhaskar* and C.L.E. Swartz, ``Multi-rate Modeling and Economic Model Predictive Control of the Electric Arc Furnace,''  JPC, 40, 50-61, 2016.
  7. Corbett, B. and  P. Mhaskar*, ``Subspace Identification for Data-driven Modeling and Quality Control of Batch Processes," AIChE J., 62, 1581–1601, 2016.
  8.  Shahnazari, H. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Actuator and Sensor Fault Isolation of Solution Copolymerization of MMA and VAc Process,'' AIChE J., 62, 1054–1064, 2016.
  9. Wallace, M.,  J. House, T. Salsbury and P. Mhaskar*, , ``Offset-free Model Predictive Control of a Heat Pump,'' I & ECR,  54, 994-1005, 2015.
  10. Das, B. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Lyapunov-Based Offset-free Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Process Systems,"  CJChE,  93, 471-478, 2015.

 Refereed Books, Book Chapters and Edited issues

  1. Skogestad, S. and P. Mhaskar (Eds.), Energy Efficient Buildings, Special Issue of Journal of Process Control,  24, 2014.
  2. P.*[1],  J. Liu and P. D. Christofides, `` Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications,'' 281 pages, Springer-Verlag, London, England, 2013.
  3. El-Farra, N. H. and P. Mhaskar (Eds.), “Control of Networked and Complex Process Systems,” Special Issue of Computers and Chemical Engineering, 32, 1963-2168, 2008.
  4. Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides, “Techniques for Uniting Lyapunov based and Model Predictive Control,” Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear
  5. Model Predictive Control-05,    Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Series, R. Findeisen, L. Biegler and F. Allgower (Eds.), 358, 77-91, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007.

[1] * indicates corresponding author.

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