Ali Mesbah

Ali Mesbah

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

office: 316 Gilman Hall
office phone: 510-642-7998
lab: 205 Hildebrand
lab phone: (510) 664-9109

Research Group
Recent Publications

Research Interests

Process Systems and Control

Our research lies at the intersection of control theory, applied mathematics, and process systems engineering. The main thrust of our theoretical research is to develop novel systems analysis techniques and application-relevant control theory for complex dynamical systems that are stochastic and nonlinear. The systems analysis and control theory developments are intended to (i) improve our fundamental understanding of complex chemical and biological systems in order to answer specific questions related to underlying physicochemical or biological mechanisms of a system, and (ii) enable high-performance and cost-effective control of complex systems using physics-based knowledge of their dynamics. Our multidisciplinary research efforts provide a balance between theory, computation, and real-word applications, with a particular emphasis on energy and life science applications.


  • 2004, B.S., University of Tehran, Chemical Engineering
  • 2006, M.S., Delft University of Technology, Chemical Engineering
  • 2010, Ph.D., Delft University of Technology, Systems and Control
  • 2011-2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, Delft University of Technology
  • 2012-2014, Senior Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology