2016 a record year for BYU engineering and technology research funding

2016 was a good year for research funding at BYU — especially for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. 

In 2016, the Ira A. Fulton College received a total of $14,168,116 from external agencies to support research. That accounts for 43 percent of BYU's total research funding for the year. That is also nearly $1.3M more than the college has ever received in external research dollars in the last decade. The BYU Chemical Engineering Department also received a record amount of funding and Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering received their second and third highest funding levels, respectively. 

Graph of research funding

"We can attribute this record to the outstanding efforts of faculty and to the quality of work done by our students participating in research projects," Larry Howell, associate dean of the Ira A. Fulton College said. 

The money will go towards research in the engineering and technology fields, and will help students fund and create new technologies. Howell explained the impact this funding will have. 

"Research funds provide valuable resources that enable students to be involved in meaningful engineering research and to be mentored by excellent professors. The resulting experiential learning is a wonderful way for students to achieve in-depth learning, while doing work that has the potential to make a positive impact," Howell said. 

BYU, in total, raised $33,303,319 for research funding this year. This is the second highest amount raised by the university in the past decade. 

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