Imperial College London

Professor Nina F. Thornhill

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Emeritus Professor of Process Automation







ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





  • Elected as Fellow of IFAC for contributions to process monitoring, fault diagnosis and detection and optimal operation of large-scale production facilities, International Federation of Automatic Control, 2022
  • Nordic Process Control Award "for novel contributions in research to developing innovative approaches, tools and methods for process monitoring, fault diagnosis and detection and optimal operation of large scale production facilities.", 2019
  • IEEE Power & Energy Society Prize Paper Award, as co-author of the paper: "A dynamic mode decomposition framework for global power system oscillation nnalysis" by Emilio Barocio, Bikash C. Pal, Nina F. Thornhill and Arturo Roman Messina, in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems., 2018
  • President's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision., Imperial College London, 2017
  • The President's Award and Medal for Excellence in External Collaboration and Partnerships, awarded to the Carbon Capture Pilot Plant (CCPP) Team, Imperial College London., 2017
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Research Team as a member of the Control and Power Research Group led by Prof Bikash Pal (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)., 2016
  • ABB/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Process Automation (2007-12). Renewed as the ABB Chair of Process Automation 2012-17 and 2017-2020., 2007
  • IFAC Journal of Process Control Best Paper Award category 'methodology / theory', with co-authors B. Huang (U of Alberta) and H. Zhang (Matrikon Inc), 2005
  • Annual ICI Prize for the best paper published in the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, with C.C. Tan (undergraduate student) and R. Belchamber (PAA Ltd), Institute of Measurement and Control, 2002
  • UCL Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award, 2002
  • CAST Director's Award with C. Alheritiere, (PhD student and principal author), M.J. Knight (BP Oil) and S. Fraser (BP Oil), AIChE, 1997

External Positions

Membership of Professional Bodies