Prosthetic Sockets for Africa

BYU engineering students teamed with the nonprofit Engage Now Africa (ENA) to create a socket for above-knee amputees that fits neatly into prosthetics made available by the international Red Cross. As part of their BYU Capstone project, the students designed it to be readily available in Sierra Leone and produced for roughly $40. Learn More


BYU engineers have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The barrier can be folded compactly when not in use and can be expanded in five seconds. Check out the video that has gotten over 740,000 views on Youtube and 2.8 million on Facebook.

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Besting 35 other teams, Khione Outdoor Gear took home first place and crowd favorite in this year’s Student Innovator of the Year competition. The team received $7,000 for their innovative product SHEL, a lightweight hammock covering that uses heat transfer technology to keep campers warm while sleeping outdoors. Learn more

Hannah Evanson received a WE@BYU Mentorship this past year and worked testing TRIP steel, a steel from General Motors (GM). The mentorship taught Evanson patience and to keep an open mind, but most of all it sparked her love for research. Learn more

In April, BYU’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) took home first place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Steel Bridge Competition, where students build a steel bridge which can carry a load of 2,500 pounds. BYU’s team was led by two female civil engineering students, the first females to be captains. Learn more


BYU Construction and Facilities Management students built and donated a full-sized playhouse that was auctioned off at the Festival of Trees for $9,000, with all proceeds going to Primary Children’s Hospital. The playhouse is a replica of BYU alumnus Lynn Thomsen’s grandfather’s house. Constructing the playhouse was the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Thomsen’s family. Learn more



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