Lee Jacobsen - BYU PRISM Group

Lee T. Jacobsen

Contact Information

  • Email: ljacob7@gmail.com
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  • Brigham Young University
    • Chemical Engineering, GPA 3.61 / 4.0
    • Graduation Date: April 2012

Research Interests

  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Modeling and Control
    • Created linear constrained controller for tubular solid oxide fuel cell
    • Worked with state-of-the-art 1st principles solid oxide fuel cell MATLAB model
    • Used APMonitor software for model predictive control environment and optimization


  • Lee T. Jacobsen and John D. Hedengren, Model Predictive Control with a Rigorous Model of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, Preprint submitted to American Control Conference (ACC), Washington, DC, 2013. Preprint Presentation
  • Peng Hu, Lee T. Jacobsen, James G. Horton, and Randy S. Lewis, Sulfide assessment in bioreactors with gas replacement, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 429–434, 2010. Abstract


  • ExxonMobil Plastics Plant- HPPE, Baker, LA, May 2011-August 2011
    • Site material balance trouble-shooting
      • Identified source of 15 months’ worth of ethylene material balance discrepancies
      • Stream-lined loss identification for future end of month material balances
  • Contact Engineer Internship - ExxonMobil Refinery- Cat Light Ends, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2010-August 2010
    • Monitored and worked with operations and technical to optimize De-Propanizer units
    • Co-developed a Vent Gas Monitoring Tool to enable controllers to quickly identify gas sources
    • Designed and received technical & economic approval to install an MEA scrubber sampling facility
  • Improve Engineer Internship - ExxonMobil Chemical Plant- Aromatics, Baton Rouge, LA, January 2009-June 2009
    • Engineered and passed two capital projects through Safe-Team
      • Designed water-seal system correcting safety hazards on benzene/toluene finishing unit
      • Designed natural gas system to correct liquid hammering on mixed- xylenes finishing unit
    • Conducted several plant tests working with field operators and control operators
    • Received award for technical excellence for energy usage improvements on the aromatics unit
  • Bio-Fuels Department, BYU/Coskata Inc., August 2008-August 2011
    • Conducted research using microbes for the production of ethanol from H2, CO2, and CO, gases
      • Trouble-shooting and configuring 2- Liter CSTR
      • Research centered on finding optimal ORP ratio for microbe growth and ethanol production
  • Surface Crew - Redmond Minerals, Redmond, UT, March 2007-Aug 2007
    • Operated processing machinery (belt lines, packaging equipment, electronic scales)
    • Experience operating: Fork lift, Skid Loader, CAT 980 G front-end loader
    • Worked ten-hour shifts and was responsible for meeting quota of prepared product per week
  • Volunteer - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Indies, Caribbean, March 2005-March 2007
    • Leadership over groups of ten to fifteen other volunteers
    • Conducted over 30 workshops emphasizing effectiveness and efficiency

Interests and Awards

  • BYU Global Engineering Outreach- Humanitarian Engineering Projects
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • Hobbies: photography, hiking, and clay pigeon shooting