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BYU earns IFMA Student Chapter of the Year

Brigham Young University received the 2015 IFMA Student Chapter of the Year award at the recent World Workplace conference in Denver for the 12th time since 1998.

October 16, 2015
School of Technology director receives lifetime service award

Barry Lunt, director of Brigham Young University’s School of Technology, was awarded the first ever Lifetime Service Award at the recent conference for the Special Interest Group for Information Technology (SIGITE) in Chicago. Lunt was one of the founders of SIGITE.

October 19, 2015
BYU's mentoring factory: Getting undergraduates into research

It’s often said (and it’s true) that giving undergraduate students research opportunities is a priority at BYU. Chemical engineering professor Alonzo Cook takes that charge very seriously. He has 86 undergraduate students working in his lab, and driving that student work is ongoing support from BYU’s Office of Research and Creative Activities.

October 20, 2015
BYU to host sixth annual Student Innovator of the Year competition

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University will host its sixth annual Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition on Oct. 30 and Nov. 5.

October 21, 2015
Unleash the Drones

Professors Randy Beard and Timothy McLain shifted their focus to unmanned aircraft long before drones made news every day. Their long-term goal is to achieve personal, pilotless flight—“a kind of Jetsons vision of the future,” says McLain. 

November 4, 2015
In Pursuit of Holo-Fame

Taking cues from Star Trek and Star Wars, Daniel Smalley, BYU professor of electrical engineering, has emerged as a leading researcher in the elusive goal of developing high-quality holographic video.

November 5, 2015
3D Dental Printers wins 2015 Student Innovator of the Year Competition

The judges have chosen 3D Dental Printers as the 2015 Student Innovator of the Year and grand prize recipient of $6,000.  3D Dental Printers was created by Cindy Barrowes, an undergraduate student in the Marriot School of Business.

November 5, 2015
Five principles to leading groundbreaking product design

At the Oct. 15 Weidman Center Leadership Lecture, Brad Dolbin, president and general manager of Global Motion, ElectroCraft Inc., gave students five principles to practice to be leaders in product development. 

November 17, 2015
Work of electrical and computer engineering professor and students recognized at international conference

Michael Rice, a BYU electrical and computer engineering professor, won the Best Paper Award at the International Telemetering Conference (ITC/YSA) in Las Vegas for a paper he co-authored with Erik Perrins, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of Kansas.

November 18, 2015
BYU researchers speeding up process of making vaccines

Chemical engineering professors Brad Bundy and William Pitt and their students have devised a system to speed up the process of making life-saving vaccines for new viruses. Their concept is to create the biological machinery for vaccine production en masse, put it in a freeze-dried state and stoc

November 18, 2015
BYU named Outstanding Chapter by AIChE

For the third consecutive year, Brigham Young University has been named an Outstanding Chapter by the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE), ranking in the top ten percent of the 150 nationwide chapters. BYU has received this honor 23 times in the last 31 years. 

November 20, 2015
BYU wins national title at Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Academic Olympiad

At the recent conference of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in Baltimore, BYU took home the Academic Olympiad national title, besting teams from universities around the country. 

December 2, 2015
Students creating tiny Bluetooth two-way radio for extreme athletes

Every new ski season means the return of an old problem: trying to keep your group together while on the hill. A group of BYU students has devised an innovative technological device to keep outdoor enthusiasts in touch while in nature: A tiny two-way radio that connects to your phone or headphones via Bluetooth.  The idea was clever enough to earn $2,000 at the recent Student Innovator of the Year Competition.

December 8, 2015
Engineering a way to conserve the culture of Peru's Uros Islands

“In the Uros, children couldn’t grow because they had parasites,” said resident Dora Jallahui Vilca. On the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru, clean drinking water is a luxury few possess. See how a longlasting relationship between BYU engineers and the Uros people has changed lives over the last seven years.

December 8, 2015
Advice for students who want to “lead from within”

Gerard P. Kilcommins, vice president of Worldwide Vascular Operations, Medtronic, spoke on “Leading from Within” at the November Weidman Center Leadership Lecture.  

December 10, 2015
BYU electrical engineer elevated to IEEE Fellow

Aaron Hawkins, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was elevated to a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest and most prestigious professional association for the advancement of technology. He was selected by IEEE based on a number of criteria including his work in optofluidics, a field of research that combines microfluidics and optics.

December 15, 2015
Tupperware designers tap BYU ideas to reach millennials

Students in Bryan Howell’s industrial design studio class spent the past semester brainstorming product ideas and researching millennial cooking preferences for the Tupperware Brands Corporation, the direct sales giant beloved around the world.

January 8, 2016
BYU officially part of Biomedical Engineering Society

After years of significant student involvement in its biomedical engineering club, BYU now has an established chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).  BMES is the lead national organization and professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering disciplines.

January 11, 2016
College's first dean to receive posthumous Grammy Award

Dr. Harvey Fletcher, the first dean of the BYU College of Engineering, will be honored for his groundbreaking research and inventions related to stereophonic sound. One of Utah's foremost scientists, he will be awarded a technical Grammy this year — almost 35 years after his death. Read more from 

January 18, 2016
BYU CM students place second in national competition

Four construction management students from Brigham Young University placed second in the safety category at the National Construction Management Student Competition in 2015.

January 21, 2016
BYU Construction Management continues to impress at national competition

A team of Brigham Young University construction management students won third place at the Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas on Jan. 23. In the 26-year history of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) competition, BYU’s construction management team has placed in the top three 22 times.

February 1, 2016
STEM Career Fair set for Feb. 11

Over 120 companies will be searching for technical talent at the Winter 2016 BYU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WSC Ballroom and Garden Court. All Ira A. Fulton College students are encouraged to attend.

February 2, 2016
U.S. Army chief of engineers advises students to be leaders

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick visited BYU on Feb. 4 and spoke to students about leadership. As the U.S. Army’s 53rd Chief of Engineers and Command General of the Corps of Engineers, he is responsible for overseeing much of the nation’s infrastructure and military construction.

February 8, 2016
BYU to celebrate Engineering and Technology Week 2016

The BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will host events, tours and competitions in honor of Engineering and Technology Week Tuesday, Feb. 23 – Friday, Feb. 26.

February 8, 2016
The Power of Not Knowing: thought leader Liz Wiseman speaks at BYU Forum

Liz Wiseman, president and founder of the Wiseman Group, spoke to BYU students at a recent university forum. Her forum, titled "The Power of Not Knowing," was focused on helping students merge both leadership and knowledge to become valuable assets in the workplace and in the community.  View the forum address online. 

February 10, 2016
Finalists advance to university-level competition for Three Minute Thesis

The college hosted its annual competition for top research presenters on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The two college finalists will have the opportunity to compete with students from around campus at the Three Minute Thesis competition on March 10.

February 19, 2016
Success through leading innovation and change

The Weidman Center for Global Leadership hosted its first leadership lecture of the semester on Feb. 18. Tom Ingersoll, an accomplished aerospace entrepreneur and BYU alum, spoke to students about his biggest leadership takeaways after more than 25 years in the industry.

February 23, 2016
Tiny origami-inspired devices opening up new possibilities for minimally-invasive surgery

BYU mechanical engineering professors Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby  by applying the principles of origami to engineering. Now they’re applying their origami skills to a new realm: the human body. The duo, along with professor Brian Jensen and their students, are working toward surgical technology that will allow for the manufacturing of instruments so small that the size of incisions necessary to accommodate the tools can heal on their own—without sutures.

March 2, 2016
BYU to host national civil engineering competition

Some of the best civil engineering students in the country will travel to BYU when it hosts the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) for civil engineers on Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28.

March 4, 2016
IM Flash fab director talks big data and succeeding in STEM

Clayton Patch, fab director at IM Flash Technologies, spoke to the Ira A. Fulton College on Thursday about how big data is changing the world as well as the future of all engineering and technology professions.

March 8, 2016
Cybersecurity Madness: BYU team wins regional competition, headed to Elite 8

This month a group of eight BYU Information Technology students won a regional Cyber Defense Competition in Denver. The competition required student teams to defend a city’s computer infrastructure from malicious hackers, conduct network forensics and work with city officials to keep critical services online, all while protecting private information.

March 17, 2016
BYU team wins hackathon with novel app idea

This month a team of BYU information technology and computer science students won the top prize in their category at CourtHack, a regional hackathon competition. Their app, SecurCity, helps law enforcement officers serve court documents more efficiently by using geo-positioning technology.

March 18, 2016
Chemical engineering students bring varied talents to BYU

With packed schedules and many credit hours to complete, it may seem like engineering students don’t have time for any activities other than school. But three BYU chemical engineering students show that it can be done.

March 23, 2016
ME professor to give women-in-scholarship lecture

On Mar. 31, Julie Crockett, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will deliver the 2016 Alice Louise Reynolds Women-In-Scholarship Lecture. Her presentation, entitled Bouncing and Boiling Droplets on Slippery Superhydrophobic Surfaces, will be at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. View video of the extemely waterproof surfaces Crockett researches. 


March 28, 2016
Leadership and inspiration through the power of councils

The Weidman Center for Global Leadership hosted its second leadership lecture of the semester on March 24. BYU President Kevin J Worthen spoke to students about the power of councils and how they can help leaders achieve success.

March 29, 2016
Engineering students build adult-sized bike trailer for professor's son with cerebral palsy

A team of BYU students dedicated their Capstone project to helping 18-year old McKay Mitton, who has cerebral palsy, enjoy the outdoors again. It's been hard for McKay and his family to find a bike trailer/jogging stroller that fits him, so the group of engineers did what they do best: they invented one.

March 31, 2016
Industrial design symposium prepares students for professional life

The annual BYU Industrial Design Symposium gave students an opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by professionals, network and engage in presentations offered by successful professionals from around the world.

April 13, 2016
BYU engineers awarded prestigious NSF fellowships

Five students from the BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology were awarded fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

April 15, 2016
Going the distance: WE@BYU research mentorship spurs student on to higher degrees

BYU civil engineering student Tenli Waters, participated in the WE@BYU Research Mentorship program throughout the four years she spent as an undergraduate student. Now, she is receiving her master's degree and will move on to her PhD coursework next fall at BYU. The mentorship program provided a platform that allowed Tenli to succeed in her studies.

April 20, 2016
Engineering students present hydroelectric plant upgrades to city council

BYU civil engineering students recently met with Spring City council members to present their findings on how to upgrade the city's hydro plant. For their senior capstone project, the students have been figuring out how to improve the plant's output and efficiency.

April 20, 2016
BYU-created A.I.-powered foosball table goes head to head with humans

A group of computer engineering students at BYU spent this past semester creating a robotic, computer-controlled foosball table with the goal of beating a human foosball player.

April 25, 2016
Daily Herald: Students' project revolutionizes BYU library digitization

Staff at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University could scan special collections documents for eight hours a day with perfect efficiency and still not have all the documents digitized within 20 years. It’s a long process, but it used to be a lot longer. MASS, the Mass Archival Scanning System, was created by a group of seven engineering students for their senior capstone project and sponsored by the library as a way to quicken the process of digitizing documents.

April 25, 2016
Daily Herald: BYU Mars rover headed to international competition

In June, an engineering team from BYU will be one of 30 colleges from around the world to compete in the Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge in Hanksville, Utah. The competition was cut down from 64 teams. For the past three years, BYU's team has placed in the top three.

April 25, 2016
KSL: BYU team takes second in national cybersecurity competition

After winning regionals in March, a group of eight BYU Information Technology students recently took second place in the national Cyber Defense Competition. In an intense two-day competition, the team had to protect a mock company's infrastructure from malicious hackers, all while keeping critical services online and protecting private information. 

April 26, 2016
BYU breaks ground on new engineering building

BYU broke ground on the new engineering building on May 9, 2016. The building was funded by the support of more than 18,000 donors. View the ceremony and watch the construction via a live feed

May 9, 2016
‘Two for one’ convocation address inspires students to build relationships and solve problems

At the convocation ceremonies for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, graduates heard from brothers Ketan and Manish Kothari, co-founders of two educational technology companies and members of the executive team at Edmodo Global Network. The brothers inspired students with lessons they have learned on their paths to success. 

May 17, 2016
Mechanical engineer teaches anatomy of invention at university forum

Larry Howell, professor of Mechanical Engineering and the recipient of the 2016 BYU Distinguished Faculty Award, delivered the University Forum address in the de Jong Concert Hall. Howell said that the principles of inspiration, collaboration and exploitation are important elements of creativity and innovation.

May 18, 2016
BYU professor receives STEM Innovation Award for mentoring teachers and students

Steven Shumway, professor of Technology and Engineering Education, received a STEM Innovation Award for his excellence in STEM learning and achievement. Shumway is working to integrate programs into elementary, middle and high schools to incorporate engineering and technology into the regular math and science curriculum. 

May 24, 2016
Thomas Fletcher named chair of Chemical Engineering Department

Thomas Fletcher has been named the chair for the BYU Chemical Engineering Department, effective June 1. He will take over for current chair, Randy Lewis, who has been serving for six years.

May 25, 2016
BYU announces new dean for Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Academic Vice President Brent W. Webb announced this week that Michael A. Jensen has been named the new dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. A professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jensen will begin his five-year term as dean on July 1. He is replacing Alan R. Parkinson, who has been serving as dean since 2005.

June 2, 2016