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Control Engineering Includes Bob Rice in Inaugural Class of “Leaders Under 40”

Tolland, CT – November 17, 2010 – Control Station, the leader in PID control loop tuning and process control technologies, announced today that Dr. Robert C. Rice has been recognized in Control Engineering’s “Leaders Under 40” awards.

Control Engineering’s “Leaders Under 40” is a new program designed to identify and recognize young engineers who have made significant contributions to the automation industry and to the profession of control engineering.  Dr. Rice has made significant contributions in the field of process control, particularly in terms of innovations in the arena of PID controller monitoring and loop tuning technologies.  Under Dr. Rice’s direction, Control Station is widely recognized as the leading provider of PID diagnostic and optimization solutions. 

“I feel privileged to be recognized by Control Engineering,” stated Dr. Rice, Control Station’s Vice President of Engineering.  “I love this industry and remain fascinated by the challenges and opportunities facing today’s process manufacturers.  Empowering them to improve their competitiveness through the use of innovative technologies is remarkably satisfying.”

“Control Engineering recognizes Bob Rice among other young thought leaders based on their strong contributions to the profession of industrial engineering,” said Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager. “I have to believe that his achievements at Control Station and his engineering-minded hobbies will help inspire the next-generation of leaders and show the world what’s fun and worthwhile about engineering.”

“In addition to Dr. Rice we recognized 18 other remarkable engineering leaders in our inaugural ‘Leaders Under 40’ program.  We certainly commend all 29 entrants and encourage engineering enthusiasts of all ages to share their wisdom with Control Engineering in other ways at We expect nominations to open approximately mid-2011 for the next ‘Leaders Under 40’ program.”

Dr. Rice has led the transformation of Control Station from just another technology company, to the recognized leader in PID controller monitoring and tuning solutions.  He has held principal responsibility for all product development initiatives and engineering services since joining Control Station in 2004.  During that time Control Station’s software has been repeatedly recognized for innovation and ease-of-use, receiving two Engineers’ Choice Awards and two Vaaler Awards. 

Beyond technology innovation Dr. Rice has worked tirelessly to promote the use of industry best-practices throughout the process industries.  Over the years he has been invited to speak on process control best-practices at numerous industry conferences and chapters of ISA.  Most recently Dr. Rice was recognized by the St Louis Chapter with their 2009 Speaker of the Year award.

PlantPROCORE About Control Station

Control Station is the leading provider of PID loop tuning and process control optimization technology and education.

Founded in 1998 under the name of Control Station Technologies by University of Connecticut's Dr. Douglas Cooper, the Company focused on solutions for teaching PID control loop diagnostics and optimization best-practices. Control Station Technologies became the leading provider of PID diagnostic and process optimization course curriculums to both the commercial and academic communities. The Company's Practical Process Control© curriculum is utilized today by over 150 colleges and universities worldwide.

In 2004, Control Station incorporated to deliver enhanced PID diagnostic and optimization technologies.  The Company boasts installations with Fortune 100 customers worldwide. Control Station products – Loop-Pro™ (PID Loop Tuning) and PlantESP™ (PID Control Loop Performance Monitoring and Process Optimization) - are available from Control Station, its channel partners, and as OEM solutions through leading automation vendors.

 About Control Engineering - CFE Media LLC.

CFE Media LLC (Content for Engineers) is a privately held company formed by Jim Langhenry and Steven Rourke, previous Reed Business Group Publishers. The company is located outside of Chicago and provides the engineering community with premium research and information.

CFE Media consists of three industry-leading, recognizable brands; Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Plant Engineering, and Control Engineering. These brands are the definitive go-to sources in the plant, automation and control, as well as the building systems specification markets. They consistently deliver information that engineers rely on extensively to assist them with their jobs and business operations.


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