Ammon Eaton - BYU PRISM Group

Ammon Eaton

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  • Brigham Young University, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and Technology
    • April 2013
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Minor in geology
  • Brigham Young University, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and Technology
    • May 2017
    • Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • High fidelity models and Model Predictive Control in drilling automation
  • Model Predictive Control applied to wax deposition in crude oil pipelines
  • Model Predictive Control of subsea riser slugging


  1. Eaton, A. N., Multi-Fidelity Model Predictive Control of Upstream Energy Production Processes, Dissertation, Brigham Young University, May 2017. Dissertation
  2. Hedengren, J. D., Eaton, A. N., Overview of Estimation Methods for Industrial Dynamic Systems, Optimization and Engineering, Springer, Vol 18 (1), 2017, pp. 155-178, DOI: 10.1007/s11081-015-9295-9. Preprint, Article
  3. Eaton, A.N., Beal, L., Thorpe, S., Hubbell, C., Hedengren, J.D., Nybø, R., Aghito, M., Real Time Model Identification Using Multi-Fidelity Models in Managed Pressure Drilling, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol 97, 2 February 2017, pp. 76–84, doi:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.11.008. Article
  4. Powell, K. M., Eaton, A. N., Hedengren, J. D., Edgar, T. F., A Continuous Formulation for Logical Decisions in Differential Algebraic Systems using Mathematical Programs of Complementarity Constraints, Processes, 2016, 4(1), 7; doi:10.3390/pr4010007. Article
  5. Li, Na; English, Christopher; Eaton, Ammon; Gillespie, Austin; Ence, T. C.; Christensen, Taylor J.; Sego, Adam; Harrison, Roger G.; Lamb, John D., Cation separation and preconcentration using columns containing cyclen and cyclen-resorcinarene derivatives, Journal of Chromatography A (2012), 1245, 83-89.


  1. Aghito, M., Bjørkevoll, K.S., Nybø, R., Eaton, A., Hedengren, J.D., Automatic Model Calibration for Drilling Automation, SPE Bergen One Day Seminar, Bergen, Norway, 5 April 2017. Article
  2. Eaton, A.N., Park, J., Thorpe, S., Webber, T., Safdarnejad, S.M., Hedengren, J.D., High-Speed Data and High-Fidelity Models: Opportunities and Challenges in Well Manufacturing, AIChE Spring Meeting, Houston, TX, April 2016. Presentation Abstract
  3. Eaton, A., Safdarnejad, S.M., Hedengren, J.D., Moffat, K., Hubbell, C., Brower, D.V., Brower, A.D., Post-Installed Fiber Optic Pressure Sensors on Subsea Production Risers for Severe Slugging Control, ASME 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2014/42196, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, June 2015. Preprint
  4. Eaton, A., Beal, L., Thorpe, S.D., Janis, E.H., Hubbell, C., Hedengren, J.D., Nybø, R., Aghito, M., Bjørkevoll, K., El Boubsi, R., Braaksma, J., and van Og, G., Ensemble Model Predictive Control for Robust Automated Managed Pressure Drilling, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), SPE-174969-MS, Houston, TX: 28-30 Sept 2015.
  5. Eaton, A.N., Beal, L., Janis, E., Hubbell, C., Hedengren, J.D., Nybø, R., Aghito, M., Bjørkevoll, K., Addressing Control Challenges of Discontinuous Processes with Multi-Fidelity Model Predictive Control, Modeling, Control and Optimization of Energy Systems II, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov 2015. Abstract, Presentation


  • Research Assistant, BYU Chemical Engineering Department
    • Constructed and optimized a novel cryogenic carbon capture apparatus
  • Research Assistant, BYU Chemistry Department
    • Developed copper separation methods using chelation ion chromatography
  • Intern, Energy Dynamics Lab
    • Identified solutions for Uinta Basin black wax transportation challenges
  • General Manager, RJ Bellevue Inc. independant oil production company
    • Completed oil and gas leases
    • Investigated investment opportunities
    • Negotiated service contracts
    • Helped maintain production facilities

Volunteer Work

  • Founder and President of the BYU Energy Club
  • 2 year volunteer representative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Madrid, Spain

Interests and Awards

  • 2010 session winner of the BYU American Chemical Society spring research conference
  • 2008 Brigham Young full-tuition scholarship
  • Raising chickens, horseback riding, soccer, gardening