Nicholas Lewis - BYU PRISM Group


  • Brigham Young University, Fulton School of Engineering and Technology, April 2016, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, GPA: 4.0


  • PRISM Research Group
Brigham Young University, April 2013-Dec 2015
  • Initiated learning of MATLAB, Python, and APMonitor and advanced mathematics in order to contribute effectively
  • Applied numerical methods to construct and analyze biological models in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies


  1. Lewis, N.R., Hedengren, J.D., Haseltine, E.L., Hybrid Dynamic Optimization Methods for Systems Biology with Efficient Sensitivities, Special Issue on Algorithms and Applications in Dynamic Optimization, Processes, 2015, 3(3), 701-729; doi:10.3390/pr3030701. Article
  2. Safdarnejad, S.M., Hedengren, J.D., Lewis, N.R., Haseltine, E., Initialization Strategies for Optimization of Dynamic Systems, Computers and Chemical Engineering, 2015, Vol. 78, pp. 39-50, DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2015.04.016. Article

Volunteer Work

  • Sophomore Representative, American Institute of Chemical Engineering
Brigham Young University, March 2013-present
  • Provided input on initiatives for AIChE activities and served on committees
  • Motivated underclassmen to participate in a club focused on upperclassmen
  • Contributed to success of club in receiving Outstanding Chapter award
  • Global Engineering Outreach, Brigham Young University
Peru, August 2009
  • Improved water storage and delivery systems in Salkantay, Peru
  • Worked with engineering students to implement windmill, solar water heating, and biotoilet systems
  • Russian-speaking Service Representative, LDS Church
Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct 2010-Nov 2012
  • Supervised groups of up to 30 service volunteers, with responsibilities in statistical reporting, identifying new service programs, and individualized training of other leaders
  • Developed and conducted leadership meetings on a weekly basis
  • Trained new service volunteers in Russian language, teaching skills, and goal setting
  • Bagpiper and Irish Fiddler, Mt. Timpanogos Bagpipe Band
Orem, UT, Feb 2009-present
  • Self-motivated initiation of learning a unique instrument
  • Competed in Highland Games events and marched in community parades
  • Performed for two weeks in Nauvoo, IL, as part of a community nightly performance

Awards and Interests

  • Thomas S. Monson Presidential Scholar with National Merit dinstinction, Brigham Young University (most prestigious and selective scholarship awarded by BYU)
  • AIChE Outstanding Freshman award, 2013
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, June 2006
  • Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Russian
  • Concert violinist
  • Utah Valley Marathon runner, June 2013