Trevor Slade - BYU PRISM Group

Trevor Slade

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  • Brigham Young University, Fulton School of Engineering and Technology
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Apr 2012
    • ORCA grant recipient
    • Member of AICHE, BYU Math Club, Golden Key Honor Society

Research Interests

  • Biological and Virus Modeling
    • Created SBML Interface to Solve Large-scale Biological Models
  • Fast Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (MPC)
    • Developed simulation to demonstrate 10-Hz MPC
    • Demonstrated simulator model of a multivariable system for NMPC application


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  • Chemical Engineering Research Assistant, Brigham Young University, Aug 2009-Present
    • Enhanced the Accuracy of Sampled Data by calibrating the lab’s gas chromatographer to report a precise ratio of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide molarity
    • Eliminated the need for 8 man hours/week by automating the gas chromatographer’s data acquisition process
    • Saved the lab over $5000 by building equipment out of existing scrap metals, repairing regulators, and reusing old piping and fittings
    • Received $1800 in grants to fund water-gas shift catalyst development research
  • Alyeska Pipeline Services Company, Valdez, AK, Automation Engineer Intern, May 2011-Aug 2011
    • Lowered operating costs by over $5,000 annually by developing and implementing an alarm inhibiting system into the DCS
    • Substantially reduced the risk of a losing power to the terminal by developing an automated steam leak detection system for the boilers in the power house
    • Decreased average annual repair costs by over $10,000 by installing fuel oil flow control system logic to stabilize the thermal oxidizers
    • Completed 9 work orders which were estimated by the projects team to require a total of 1200 hours, the average intern completed 3 work orders
  • Microsoft, Salt Lake City; Provo, UT, Microsoft Student Partner (Technical Representative), Aug 2008-May 2010
    • Created, planned, and executed weekly software training classes for professors and students with an average attendance of 40 people
    • Quality tested beta products including Windows 7, Office 2010, and Zune player
    • Created $6,000 of revenue over a 3 month time period by marketing Office 2010 to students
    • Installed Windows 7 on over 300 student’s computers during the operating system’s launch
  • H2GO Enterprises LLC, Provo, UT, Founder, Jan 2008-Aug 2008
    • Founded a company that designed and manufactured liquid containers, marketed synthetic oils and biofuels, and installed compressed natural gas conversion kits
    • Slashed production costs by 75% using cheaper materials, streamlining our supply chain, and investing in machinery
    • Boosted the company’s total profit 500% in 2 months by undercutting the competitor’s prices and increasing production by 600%
    • Increased sales by 200% in a period of 2 weeks by adding a shopping cart function to our company’s web-site
    • Shaved 5% per unit by computing the optimal width for the plastic molding using mat lab

Interests and Awards

  • Team Captain for Meridian high school’s varsity basketball team
  • Played varsity tennis and basketball for 4 years earning most improved player in both sports 2 years in a row
  • Avid programmer, from creating websites and desktop applications to simulating nonlinear processes to develop control systems; knowledgeable in Mat lab, Java, function-code programming, and able to learn additional languages quickly
  • Started a chemical engineering blog, providing insight into the industry and graduate school which had over 1.3 million visitors
  • Led Meridian school’s Model United Nations(MUN) team to 3rd place at BYU’s MUN conference, and 4th at University of Utah’s MUN conference
  • Led Meridian School to 1st place ensemble at the 2005 Utah Shakespeare Festival playing the role of Theseus
  • Interests: sailing, mountain biking, snowboarding, programming, ice climbing, creating ridiculously complex domino arrangements