General Information

Full Name Victor Alves
Languages English, Portuguese


  • 08/2020 - currently
    PhD Candidate (ABD status), Chemical Engineering
    West Virginia University, USA
    • Strategies for Process Systems Mapping and Control Based on Operability Analysis, under Dr. Fernando V. Lima's supervision.
    • GPA: 3.80/4.00
      • Development of emerging techniques for process operability calculations, involving mainly supervised machine-learning, constrained nonlinear programming (NLP) and automatic differentiation (AD) for efficient algorithm development.
      • Development of an open-source python package for process operability calculations, for ease of use and dissemination of operability algorithms in academia and industry.
    • Control, Optimization and Design for Energy and Sustainability (CODES) Research Group leader.
      • CODES Research Group leader, supervising group activities, as well as organizing the group's semester schedule, workshops, weekly meetings and relevant announcements.
  • 10/2017 - 03/2020
    Master's Degree (M.Sc.), Chemical Engineering
    Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil
    • Metamodel-based Numerical Techniques for Self-Optimizing Control.
    • Academic Coefficient: 10.00/10.00
      • Developed a methodology capable of using Gaussian Process Regression (GPR) to aid the selection of controlled variables (CVs) in an industrial process, following the Self-Optimizing Control (SOC) methodology.
  • 09/2014 - 08/2015
    Exchange Student (International), Chemical Engineering
    University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Exchange Student, participating in the "Science Without Borders" Brazilian scientific mobility program.
    • British Degree Classification: Upper Second
  • 03/2012 - 10/2017
    Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
    Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil
    • Academic Coefficient: 8.69/10.00


  • 10/2017 - 03/2020
    Researcher and Developer
    Federal University of Campina Grande
    • Research and development of a software called BRPWC for Petrobras, an automated software capable of easily selecting the most promising self-optimizing control structures in large-scale, industrial processes.
  • 04/2017 - 08/2017
    Process Engineering Intern
    SigmaCT as a contractor to Braskem
    • Experience in Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) production plants.

Projects - Software Products

  • 2019 - currently
    • Metacontrol is a Python-based software which assembles several methodologies into a single bundle so that a fast implementation of the Self-Optimizing Control (SOC) technique can be achieved.
  • 2022 - currently
    • Opyrability - A Python-based package for process operability analysis - is an open-source project for advanced process operability analyses. The opyrability codebase includes the main operability algorithms, supplementary analysis and visualization methods to allow for the assessment of simultaneous design and control objectives early in the conceptual phase.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022
    • Sweeney D., Alves V., Sakhai S., Dinh S. and Lima F. V. Techno-economic Optimization of a Palladium Membrane Reactor for Steam Methane Reforming Industrial Process. AIChE Annual Student Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 2022.
    • 3rd place at the 2022 AIChE undergraduate student poster competition award. Computing and Process Control Group II.

Academic Interests

  • Process Operability Analysis
    • Development of process operability algorithms and methodologies to facilitate the application in academia and industry, allowing synergy between conceptual design and overall objectives attainment of industrial processes.
  • Supervised machine learning applied to problems of engineering significance.
    • Expertise in using Gaussian Process Regression (GPR) for mapping of steady-state and dynamic process models of the chemical industry.
  • Plantwide control
    • Expertise in developing plantwide control strategies of large-scale, plantwide systems of the industry.
    • Development of algorithms and tools to facilitate the obtainment of plantwide control structures.

Other Interests

  • Hobbies: Traveling, Soccer, Video games.