Frank Doyle

Frank Doyle

  • John A. Paulson Dean
  • John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Faculty Member, Systems Biology PhD Program


Frank Doyle assumed the deanship of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on July 1, 2015. A distinguished scholar in chemical engineering, he previously served as associate dean for research at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, where he has served as chair of the department of chemical engineering.

As a scholar, Doyle applies systems engineering principles to the analysis of regulatory mechanisms in biological systems. His work includes the design of drug-delivery devices for diabetes; modeling, analysis, and control of gene regulatory networks underlying circadian rhythms; and computational analysis for developing diagnostics for post-traumatic stress disorder. Doyle also applies control schemes to nonlinear, multivariable, constrained industrial processes such as particulate systems and pulp and paper operations, and works on control aspects of sheet/film processes.

Contact Information

Office:217 Pierce
Office Phone:(617) 495-5829
Assistant:Diana Arone
Assistant Office:Pierce Hall 217A
Assistant Phone:617-496-9184
Research Mgr: Asma Sharif

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

July 2015-present: John A. Paulson Dean;
John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences

University of California, Santa Barbara

2002-2015: Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp Endowed Chair in Process Control
2003-2015: Director, Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
2008-2015: Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering
2013-2015: Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
1997-2002: Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

2003-present: Adjunct Senior Investigator

Institut für Systemtheorie Technischer Prozesse, Unìversìtät Stuttgart, Germany

2001-2002: Humboldt Research Fellow

University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering

1997-2001: Associate Professor
2001-2002: Professor

Purdue University, School of Chemical Engineering

1992-1997: Assistant Professor
1997: Associate Professor


  • AACC Control Engineering Practice Award, 2015
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 2011.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, 2008.
  • Computing in Chemical Engineering Award (AIChE CAST Division), 2005.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, 2001-2002.
  • ASEE Ray Fahien Award, 2000.
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 1996-1999.
  • ASEE Section Outstanding Teacher Award (Illinois/Indiana), 1996.
  • National Science Foundation National Young Investigator Award, 1992-1997.