The Rufus Oldenburger Medal is a prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers award for lifetime achievements in automatic control. Inaugurated in 1968, the medal recognizes significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of automatic control. Such achievements may be, for example, in the areas of education, research, development, innovation, and service to the field and profession. The award was established to honor Rufus Oldenburger for his distinctive achievements in the field and for his service to the Society and the Dynamic Systems & Control Division.
Bob Bitmead was awarded the 2014 Rufus Oldenburger Medal "for sustained contributions, in both theory and application, to joint system modeling and control design; and for work that has had major impact on model predictive control and controller certification based on experimental data.”