Francis J. Doyle III
Francis J. Doyle III
|Dean, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences|
|Assumed office |
July 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Harry R. Lewis(Acting)|
Cherry A. Murray
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
California Institute of Technology
|Profession||College administrator, Academic|
|Website||The Doyle Group|
Francis "Frank" J. Doyle III is the dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering & Applied Sciences. He is an affiliated faculty member in the Division of Sleep Medicine in the Harvard Medical School, and is a faculty member in the Systems Biology PhD Program.
Doyle completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in 1985, receiving a B.S.E. in chemical engineering. He received a M.S. (C.P.G.S.) in chemical engineering from Cambridge University in 1986, and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1991.
Doyle joined Harvard in 2015, becoming the first John A. Paulson Dean. 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 also served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. At UCSB he was a founding co-Director of the UCSB-MIT-Caltech Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies.
Prior to his appointment at UCSB, Doyle was a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware (1997-2002), and was a professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University (1992-1997). Between his graduate studies and his first academic appointment, he did postdoctoral studies at the DuPont Company.
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 (i.e., the artificial pancreas); 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.
Honors and recognition
Doyle has received a number of honors throughout his career, including:
- National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Member, 2016
- AACC Control Engineering Practice Award, 2015 
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 2011
- American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, 2009 
- International Federation of Automatic Control Fellow, 2009
- 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
He has also held leadership positions in professional societies including the IEEE (as President of the Control Systems Society) and as Vice President of the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC), among others.
Frank is married to Diana Rodriguez, and they have 3 children. In his free time, Frank enjoys racing sailboats, and has competed in a number of regattas during and since college, including the 2011 Transpac Race. His other hobby is refereeing soccer, and he is currently certified in several leagues including AYSO (National Referee), USSF (Grade 7 Referee), and NISOA.