Rainer Dittmar studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University Merseburg and graduated with a PhD degree in 1976. He worked for many years in the field of process control, for example with PCK Schwedt Refinery and Chemieanlagenbau Leipzig, a large chemical engineering and construction company. During the 1990s, he worked with Profimatics Inc. and Honeywell and was responsible for Advanced Process Control (APC) projects in the refining and petrochemical industries. These APC projects included the application of Model Predictive Control technology. From 1996 to his retirement, he worked as Professor for Automation and Control at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences Heide, Germany. His applied research and technology transfer projects include Model Predictive Control and Softsensor applications, Control Performance Monitoring and Process Monitoring using statistical methods.