John Hedengren is Associate Professor at Brigham Young University in the Chemical Engineering Department, leading the PRISM (Process Research and Intelligent System Modeling) group. Prof. Hedengren teaches courses on computational methods, process dynamics and control, optimization, dynamic optimization, and fundamentals of chemical engineering. He is a chemical engineer by training with a B.S. and M.S. degree from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prof. Hedengren has consulting experience with Apache, ENI Petroleum, HESS, SABIC Ibn Zahr, TOTAL, and other companies on automation solutions. He worked full-time for 5 years with ExxonMobil supporting advanced control and optimization solutions. His industrial control experience with PLC and DCS systems includes OPTO22, Honeywell TPS/TDC3000, Experion system, OPC, and Modbus. His area of expertise is in process dynamics, control, and optimization with applications in fiber optic monitoring, automation of oil and gas processes, unmanned aerial systems, systems biology, and grid-scale energy systems. In chemicals manufacturing, he has extensive experience in automation and modeling of the production of polymers such as polyethylene, polypropylene, butyl rubber, and polystyrene as well as specialty chemicals (polyalphaolefins). Automation software (APMonitor) that he developed has been applied in over 100 industrial applications world-wide in refineries, chemical plants, and offshore oil platforms. He is a Distinguished Lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) starting in 2018.