Abe Martin - BYU PRISM Group

R. Abraham Martin

Contact Information


  • Brigham Young University, Fulton School of Engineering and Technology
    • Doctoral Student in Chemical Engineering
    • Expected Graduation, April 2018
  • Brigham Young University, April 2014
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • GPA: 3.70 / 4.00
  • Southern Utah University, April 2008
    • Associates Degree in General Studies
    • GPA: 3.95 / 4.00

Research Interests

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
    • UAV path planning and optimization
    • Optimized sensor view planning for UAV systems
    • UAV based infrastructure monitoring
    • 3D terrain modeling from UAV imagery
  • Advanced Process Control
    • Created an embedded process control experiment that runs from a USB connection on an Arduino board (see YouTube Video)
    • Formulated the process control lab assignment and solution key
    • Compared the performance of PID and Model Predictive Control (MPC)


  1. Martin, R.A., Blackburn, L., Pulsipher, J., Franke, K., Hedengren, J.D., Potential Benefits of Combining Anomaly Detection with View Planning for UAV Infrastructure Modeling, 9(5), 434, 2017, doi:10.3390/rs9050434. Article (Open Access)
  2. Martin, R.A.; Rojas, I.; Franke, K.; Hedengren, J.D. Evolutionary View Planning for Optimized UAV Terrain Modeling in a Simulated Environment. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 26. Article (Open Access)
  3. Martin, R.A., Hall, A., Brinton, C., Franke, K., and Hedengren, J.D., Privacy Aware Mission Planning and Video Masking for UAV Systems, UMS-01, Unmanned Systems: Mission Management and Planning Technologies, Jan 4, 2016, AIAA Infotech at Aerospace, AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016, San Diego, California, USA, 4-8 Jan 2016. Article
  4. Palmer, L.M., Franke, K.W., Martin, R.A., Sines, B.E., Rollins, K.M., and Hedengren, J.D., Application and accuracy of structure from motion computer vision models with full-scale geotechnical field tests. Proceedings, 2015 International Foundation Congress and Equipment Expo, Paper 301, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2015. Preprint
  5. Abbott, C.S., Haseltine, E.L., Martin, R.A., and Hedengren, J.D., New Capabilities for Large-Scale Models in Computational Biology, Computing and Systems Technology Division, AIChE National Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 2012. Session | Abstract


  • Intern: Idaho National Lab, Idaho Falls, ID, May 2014-August 2014
    • Modeled hybrid nuclear-renewable energy systems in Aspen Plus.
  • Web Developer: i5Services, Clearfield, UT, May 2011-January 2013
    • Designed collaboration tools to facilitate client interaction with a database
    • Improved efficiency of existing task management systems by over 40%
  • Missionary: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Long Beach, CA, May 2009 - May 2011
    • Supervised and trained approximately 20 other missionaries
    • Simplified and taught advanced concepts daily
    • Gave frequent public speeches to large audiences
  • Planning Engineer: MetalCraft Technologies Inc. Cedar City, UT, Jan 2008 - July 2008
    • Worked with a team to digitize component designs
    • Managed and organized document backup system for more than 20 users

Interests and Awards

  • National Merit Scholarship (top 0.5%/1.5M applied)
  • Robert Byrd Four Year Academic Scholarship
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award
  • Skills
    • Matlab, MathCad
    • Agisoft Photoscan
    • Microsoft Windows, Ubuntu Linux
    • Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, PHP, MYSQL, HTML, CSS