Babatunde Ogunnaike’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story


Babatunde Ogunnaike’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Babatunde Ayodeji Ogunnaike (1956– to his death) was an American Chemical Engineer of Nigerian descent and the William L. Friend Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University Of Delaware (UD). He also is the dean of UD’s College of Engineering.


Academics and Research

Babatunde was born on March 26, 1956 in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Lagos for his bachelor’s degree, graduating with First Class Honours in Chemical engineering in 1976. He commenced academic work as a lecturer at the department of Chemical engineering, University of Lagos, in 1982 and became Senior Lecturer and successively, Associate Professor of Chemical engineering. He continued lecturing at the University of Lagos until 1988.

He furthered his studies and earned an M.Sc. degree in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Chemical engineering also from the same University in 1981. He was a Research Engineer with the Process Control group of the Shell Development Corporation in Houston, Texas from 1981 to 1982.

He worked as a researcher for DuPont and was also a consultant to several companies including Gore, PPG Industries, and Corning Inc. He joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 2002 and became the Dean of the College of Engineering in July 2011.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja. He is the author and editor of several books, papers and book chapters, used to educate engineers in instrumentation, systems and control at many universities. He was associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and the American Chemical Society’s Industrial & Engineering Chemistry.

His research focuses on modeling and control of industrial processes; the application of process analytical technology for control of pharmaceutical processes; identification and control of nonlinear systems; the interaction of process design and process operability; applied statistics; biological control systems; and systems biology with application to neuronal responses and cancer.


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1998 CAST Computing Practice Award
  • 2004 University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award,
  • 2007 ISA Eckman Award
  • 2008 AACC Control Engineering Practice award.
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering,
  • Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers,
  • American Statistical Association,
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American National Academy of Engineering
  • “PROF. BABATUNDE A. OGUNNAIKE”. Nigerian Academy of engineering. 
  • “Babatunde Ogunnaike elected to the National Academy of Engineering”. The Journal of Blacks in Higher education. 

Selected Publications

  • Ogunnaike, Babatunde; Harmon Ray, W (1994). Process Dynamics, Modeling, and Control. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509119-9. 
  • F.J. Doyle; R.K. Pearson; B.A. Ogunnaike (2002). Identification and Control Using Volterra Models (Communication and Control Engineering). Springer. ISBN 978-1852-331-498. 
  • Babatunde A. Ogunnaike (2010). “Random Phenomena:Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers”. Wiley Online Library. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 56 (7). doi:10.1002/aic.12294. ISBN 978-14200-449-73. 


US Patent on Predictive Regulatory Controller.

His net worth is unknown as the time of filling this report.

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