Tariq Samad, PhD

Portrait of Tariq Samad

Tariq Samad, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies, MOT and MDI Faculty, Capstone Advisor, Technological Leadership Institute



Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University


Tariq Samad holds the Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair and is the director of graduate studies at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined TLI in May, 2016 after a 30-year career with Honeywell, for the last half of which he was Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS). During his career with Honeywell, he contributed to and led automation and control technology developments for applications in electric power systems, clean energy, building management, the process industries, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft and advanced manufacturing. From 2015 to 2016, he also served as the first Global Innovation Leader for Honeywell ACS.

Dr. Samad was the President of the American Automatic Control Council from 2014 to 2015 and the President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He was also the recipient of several awards, including an IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award, a Distinguished Member Award from IEEE CSS, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal and an Excellence Award from the Society of Technical Communications. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Press from 2014-2017 and editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1998 to 2003. He is the founding chair of the IFAC Industry Committee that is developing recommendations for improving university/industry collaborations in control and automation. He was the General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference (Montréal, the first ACC held outside the U.S.). His service as workshop chair includes the International Workshop on Smart City (Hangzhou, China, Sept. 2013), the Workshop on Human Cyberphysical Systems: Control for Human Welfare (Paris, Sept. 2014), Control at Large Scales: Energy Markets and Responsive Grids (Minneapolis, May 2016) and the Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy for a Smart Society (Minneapolis, June 2017). Dr. Samad holds 20 patents and has authored or coauthored more than 100 conference and journal publications. He has also authored one book and edited several books and reports. These include the Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (J. Baillieul and T. Samad, editors in chief, Springer, 2014; 2nd edition in preparation). He is the founding Series Editor for a Wiley/IEEE Press book series, Technology Management, Innovation, and Leadership. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, representing industrial and commercial stakeholders. In 2012 and 2014, he co-led technology deep dives on advanced sensing, controls and platforms for manufacturing as part of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative. Dr. Samad holds a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Alternate Job Roles

  • Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair in Technology Management
  • Senior Fellow
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • TLI Faculty


Research Interests
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Dynamics and control of innovation
  • Human-in-the-loop systems
  • Intelligent systems
  • Smart energy
  • Smart engineering
  • Smart homes/buildings/cities


  • Automation and control systems
  • Industry/university collaboration
  • Innovation management
  • R&D proposal development

M.S. Management of Technology
M.S. Medical Device Innovation

Currently Teaching Courses
Strategic Technology Analysis (MOT 8114)
MOT Capstone Project (MOT 8234)
IMTP: International Management of Technology Project (MOT 8950)
Seminars in Management of Technology and Innovation (MOT 8960)

Honors and Awards

IEEE Fellow, IFAC Fellow, Control Systems Technology Award (IEEE Control Systems Society), Distinguished Member Award (IEEE CSS), IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Excellence Award (Society of Technical Communications), Honeywell Star Inventor, Honeywell Technical Achievement Award, over 25 plenary and keynote lectures at conferences and symposia worldwide

Selected Publications

J. Baillieul and T. Samad (Eds.) (in preparation, 2020 publication).  Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, 2nd Edition, Springer.   

Y. Sukegawa and T. Samad (2018). Improving Effectiveness of Government-Funded R&D Programs—Stage-Gate System Application for a Japanese Ministry. Proc. IEEE TEMSCON, Evanston, Ill., June.

T. Samad and A. Annaswamy (2017). Controls for Smart Grids: Architectures and Applications. Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 105, no. 11, pp. 2244-2261, doi: 10.1109/JPROC.2017.2707326. (Invited paper)

F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, et al. (2017). Systems and Control for the Future of Humanity, Research Agenda, Current and Future Roles, Impact and Grand Challenges. Annual Reviews in Control, vol. 43, pp. 1-64.

T. Samad (2017). A Survey on Industry Impact and Challenges Thereof, IEEE Control Systems Magazine, pp. 17-18, February.

S. Meyn, T. Samad, I.  Hiskens, and J. Stoustrup (Eds.) (2017). Control at Large Scales: Energy Markets and Responsive Grids, Elsevier.

G. Parthasarathy, P. Stluka, S. Gabel, and T. Samad (2017). Architectures and Algorithms for Building Automation—An Industry View. In Intelligent Building Control Systems, J.T. Wen and S. Mishra (eds.), Springer.

T. Samad, E. Koch, and P. Stluka (2016).  Automated Demand Response for Smart Buildings and Microgrids:  The State of the Practice and Research Challenges.  Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 104, no. 4, pp. 726 – 744. (Invited paper)

T. Samad (2016).  Control Systems and the Internet of Things. IEEE Control Systems Magazine, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 13-16.

A. Kiani, A. Annaswamy, and T. Samad (2014).  A Hierarchical Transactive Control Architecture for Renewables Integration in Smart Grids: Analytical Modeling and Stability.  IEEE Trans. on Smart Grids, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 2054 – 2065.

J. Baillieul and T. Samad (Eds.) (2014).  Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, Springer.   (Print edition published 2015)

T. Samad and A. Annaswamy (Eds.) (2014).  The Impact of Control Technology, 2nd edition.  IEEE Control Systems Society.  Available at http://ieeecss.org/general/IoCT2-report.

T. Samad (2014).  The Web of Things and cyberphysical systems: closing the loop.  Proc. W3C Workshop on the Web of Things, Berlin, June.

A. Annaswamy et al. (Eds.) (2013).  IEEE Vision for Smart Grid Controls: 2030 and Beyond.  IEEE Standards Association.