Diabetes: A Personal Process Control Perspective


According to the CDC more than 29 million US adults have diabetes, and 25% of them don’t know it.  The health and economic costs are enormous.  Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2013.  It is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness.  More than 20% of health care spending is for people with diagnosed diabetes.

There is no cure for diabetes.  Disease management is the only current option.  This talk will explore type 1 diabetes management from a process control professional's perspective.   There will be a little history and a little process control theory, modeling, and simulation.  There are no prerequisites required; a brief introduction to the necessary technologies will be covered.  The talk will conclude with a look at some promising new treatment developments. 

  Date and Time




  • Date: 13 Sep 2016
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Delmarva Power Building (NCRO Facility)
  • 401 Eagle Run Road
  • Newark, Delaware
  • United States 19711


Rick Taylor, PE


Diabetes, A Personal Process Control Perspective


Rick Taylor is a professional chemical engineer who uses computers to solve challenging engineering problems.  He has a BSChE from Montana State University and 1/2 MSCIS from the University of Delaware.  He worked for 35 years for DuPont and Accenture (with DuPont as his client).  He helped develop, support, and maintain one of DuPont's internally developed process monitoring and control (a.k.a. SCADA) software packages, VANTAGE.  From there he moved on to building advanced applications using the data collected in these systems.  He worked on the FALCON project with DuPont, Foxboro, and the University of Delaware to deploy the first ever, real-time, expert system to diagnose faults in DuPont's adipic acid plant in Victoria, TX.  He was a member of a team that received an Engineering Excellence award for successfully developing and deploying one of the largest MPC applications DuPont had attempted.  Most recently, he worked on the architecture, design, development and deployment of DuPont's control system performance monitoring application, Performance Surveyor.   

Rick is active in IEEE. He is the Past Chair of the Delaware Bay Section and still retains the position of Computer Society Chapter Co-chair.