Ben Spivey - BYU PRISM Group

Ben Spivey - UT Austin

Contact Information

Research Interests

Ben is currently an Applications Engineer for ExxonMobil Chemical in the Baytown Texas Chemical Plant. Ben works with Advanced Process Control (APC) and automation of operations for safety, environmental, and economic driven applications. His expertise is in the development and application of optimization technology to the solution of process simulation, estimation, and control problems.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2005)
    • Atlanta, GA
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Advisor: Dr. Thomas F. Edgar
    • M.S., Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2012)
    • Austin, TX
    • Dissertation: Dynamic Modeling, Model-Based Control, and Optimization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells


  • Spivey, B.J.; Edgar T.F., "Dynamic Modeling, Simulation, and MIMO Predictive Control of a Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell", Journal of Process Control, Accepted Jan 2012.
  • Spivey, B.J.; Edgar, T.F., "Constrained Control and Optimization of Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for Extending Cell Lifetime", American Control Conference 2012, MontrΓ©al, Canada, 2012.
  • Spivey, B.J.; Hedengren, J.D.; Edgar, T.F., "Constrained Nonlinear Estimation for Industrial Process Fouling", Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2010, 49 (17), 7824.


Ben began his professional career with General Electric Energy in the Gas Turbine Technology group. He was responsible for managing instrumentation of hot gas path hardware, design and thermal analysis of turbine components, and managing component quality with suppliers.

In 2012 Ben joined ExxonMobil Chemical as an Applications Engineer following two internships at ExxonMobil Chemical in plant process control groups.

Interests and Awards

  • Mentor, FIRST Robotics, 2012
  • Mentor, Student Engineers Educating Kids through UT Austin, 2010
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineering
  • Professional Societies
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)