Dr. C.R. (Bob) Koch is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta (since 2001). He was the Associate Chair Research in the Mechanical Engineering department (2013- 2015). In 2007, he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Systems Theory at the University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. In 2016 he was a visiting professor at the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin Germany.
Before joining the University of Alberta, Koch worked for 10 years in the automotive industry. From 1991 to 1992 and from 1994 to 2001 he worked at Daimler-Benz - DaimlerChrysler in Stuttgart Germany in advanced internal combustion engines. During 1992 to 1994 he worked for General Motors in the Detroit area on automotive powertrain control. From this work he holds seven US patents and five German patents.
Koch received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1985, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, in 1986 and 1991, respectively.
Improving fluid mechanical and combustion systems using closed loop control methods is the general focus of Koch’s research. His research interests include combustion engines, advanced powertrains and control of both reacting and non-reacting fluids and combining machine learning and controls.
Koch is currently a technical editor for Mechatronics Journal and Control Engineering Practice and has been on the technical committee for a variety of conferences and reviews. He is also active providing peer review for journal papers, grant applications and conferences. He has chaired sessions in conferences and been on the program committee for conferences.