Carnegie Mellon University

Erik Ydstie

Erik Ydstie

Courtesy Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. B. Erik Ydstie received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Trondheim in 1977 after which he entered Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering and the Diploma of Imperial College in 1982. Prof. Ydstie entered academics at the University of Massachusetts in 1982 where he taught and did research until 1992 when he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Prof. Ydstie also has held or holds appointments in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and in Materials Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He held academic visiting positions at the University of Newcastle in Australia, Ecole des Mines de Paris, and Imperial College in London. He served on the Advisory Boards of the ACS Petroleum Research Fund and Worchester Polytechnic Institute. Prof. Ydstie has had industrial appointments as R&D Director of ELKEM ASA (1999-2000) and as Board Member and Chairman of Solar Silicon LLC. Prof. Ydstie founded Industrial Learning Systems to take advantage of his advances in adaptive control; he is the current CTO/CEO of that company. Professor Ydstie has consulted with many major chemical companies, including PPG, Alcoa, Elekem, Emerson Process Management, Heller-Ehrman, REC Silicon and Hydro Solar.