Alumni: many of you first heard last year of our unique opportunity to build a new engineering facility on the BYU campus. I wanted to update you on our progress. Fundraising has continued at a steady pace, and we now have commitments or cash for 70 percent of the necessary funds. With the help of many generous donors, including many alumni, we have officially raised $56 million of the $80 million required to begin construction.
Researchers at BYU have taken huge steps in the world of nanotechnology by creating a revolutionary nanoinjector that is 10 times smaller than current microinjection methods. The device will allow for improved efficiency in gene therapy research.
BYU engineering students have developed a portable ventilator that can potentially save the lives of millions of infants worldwide. At just $500, the cost of these new ventilators is 80 times less than those found in hospitals.
Researchers have created an advanced traffic safety model which statistically predicts highway crashes. This model has decreased Utah traffic fatalities by 41 percent, however, the team continues to aim higher.
The BYU Construction Management team took first place in the nation at the National Association of Home Builder’s annual competition, along with two other BYU teams who took first and third at similar competitions.
Following in the footsteps of many BYU graduates, these two engineering couples have plans to use their education to serve others. One is headed to the prestigious MIT Media Lab, the other to Peru to conduct research on humanitarian engineering.