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Fulton Match a success, raises $1.6 million in three months

The million dollar donation match was an unbelievable success!  On Oct. 9, 2014, Ira A. Fulton, namesake for the BYU college of engineering and technology and a generous philanthropist, offered a dollar-for-dollar donation match up to a total of $1,000,000 for donations made to the new engineering building before Dec. 31, 2014.  Thanks to 6,400 donations, which included gifts from more than 3,000 new donors, we were able to exceed our goal and received $1.6 million in addition to Ira Fulton’s million dollars.

January 15, 2015
Three minutes and counting

The top two finalists from the Three Minute Thesis competition in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will continue on to present their simplified theses and compete against other BYU students from various disciplines.

February 2, 2015
Truth, Lies & O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. in 140 JSB, Allan McDonald, former vice president of engineering at ATK Thiokol Propulsion and author of the book Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, will be speaking.  All students, faculty and staff are invited to hear an engineer's perspective on the ethical decisions faced by the team working on the fateful project.


February 9, 2015
Professor of electrical and computer engineering to head up IEEE society

Michael Jensen, a BYU professor of electrical and computer engineering, has recently been chosen as president-elect for his society within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This position oversees roughly 8,300 members of IEEE as well as a 12-person elected administrative committee. 

February 12, 2015
BYU to host events for Engineering and Technology Week 2015

In honor of National Engineers Week 2015, the Brigham Young University Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will host interactive exhibits, competitions and tours for middle and high school students Thursday, Feb. 26, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the WSC Garden Court. 

February 12, 2015
Allan McDonald shares his experiences with the infamous space shuttle Challenger

Allan McDonald, author of the book Truth, Lies and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, spoke to students and faculty about his experience working with the space shuttle Challenger and the importance of ethical decision making.

February 19, 2015
ME department chair named USU distinguished alumnus

On February 20th Daniel Maynes, professor and chair of the BYU Department of Mechanical Engineering, was named "Distinguished Alumnus of the Year" by the Utah State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

February 24, 2015
Ford executive to deliver college lecture about auto engineering

Michael Whitens, the director of Ford Motor Company's Vehicle & Enterprise Sciences and Research and Innovation Center, will deliver this month's college lecture March 5 at 11 a.m. in 140 JSB.  Whitens is an automotive industry veteran who has spent the majority of his career at Ford in various body engineering disciplines.  He will speak about exciting opportunities in automotive engineering.

March 2, 2015
Berkeley renewable energy expert to lecture at BYU

Alexis T. Bell, a world-renowned scholar in the field of chemical engineering, will deliver the eighth annual Izatt-Christensen Lecture Mar. 19.  As part of his general lecture, he will discuss how traditional energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas can eventually be replaced by more renewable resources.

March 9, 2015
The Legos of Leadership

During February's Weidman Center Leadership Lecture, Richard Ji, vice president of infusion therapy systems and site leader for BD Medical, spoke to students about how to create building blocks of leadership in his lecture entitled "The Legos of Leadership."

March 11, 2015
Civil engineer wins BYU Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Jennifer Craft, a civil engineering graduate student, won first place and $5,000 at the university's Three-Minute Thesis competition by combining her scientific knowledge and research with well-practiced humor and charisma.

March 24, 2015
University of Utah president speaks on creating opportunities from failures

Utah President David Pershing, a chemical engineer, addressed BYU’s campus at a University Forum with personal anecdotes of how success can, at times, masquerade as failure. Following his address, he met with the college's chemical engineering faculty. 

March 25, 2015
BYU student receives scholarship from US Society on Dams

A civil engineering undergraduate, Matthew George, has received a $1,000 scholarship from and co-authored an article for the United States Society on Dams. The article, co-authored with Professor Rollin Hotchkiss, focuses on the decay of today's existing dams.

March 26, 2015
Mechanical engineering professors awarded for innovative strides in Capstone

Professors Carl Sorensen and Christopher Mattson of BYU’s Mechanical Engineering Department are the 2015 recipients of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers Ben C. Sparks Medal for their innovative work with the BYU Capstone program.

April 1, 2015
Engineering students create light-weight, low-cost electric wheelchair

BYU engineering students have developed a light-weight and low-cost electric wheelchair as a way to help two young boys suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. 

April 7, 2015
Founder and former CEO of Precorp to students: "Leadership begins with you"

During March's Weidman Center Leadership Lecture, John A. Bunting, founder and former CEO of Precorp, talked to students about how to become the kind of leader that they would like to follow. 

April 8, 2015
Six BYU engineers awarded National Science Foundation fellowships

Six students and alumni from the BYU Ira. A Fulton College of Engineering Technology have been awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowships. This award provides three years of funding, including a stipend and money for tuition. 

April 13, 2015
BYU Technology and Engineering Education students take first

Students from the BYU chapter of the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association took home first prize in the communications category during the 77th ITEEA National Conference.

April 15, 2015
BYU pre-design team places first at ASCE regional conference

The civil engineering pre-design team took first place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference by creating a structure intended to remove debris from storm water systems.

April 20, 2015
Student commencement speaker finds tenacity key to success

It takes many engineering students five years to finish their course work and graduate. But Ryan Barrett, the university commencement speaker, managed to complete his mechanical engineering degree, the honors program, a Spanish Language certificate and a business minor in less than four years.

April 28, 2015
Convocation speaker offers practical insights for an innovative future

At the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology convocation ceremonies on Friday, April 24 graduates were inspired by Gary Crocker, chairman of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and president of Crocker Ventures, and his advice on finding true success in their careers.

April 30, 2015
Five of the coolest, most successful BYU inventions of this year

Dozens of real-life applications of academic research make it into the marketplace every year from BYU. This year's crop includes a multi-user CAD software created by faculty inventors Greg Jensen and Ed Red, both from mechanical engineering. The software allows users from anywhere in the world to work together simultaneously on computer-aided design projects. 

May 14, 2015
BYU mechanical engineering chair elected ASME Fellow

Daniel Maynes, professor and chair of BYU's Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected to the position of Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 

May 18, 2015
BYU engineers and dancers collaborate to create educational performances

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the BYU Kinnect Dance Company have combined their skills to create a light and dance performance that is both entertaining and educational for elementary students.

May 26, 2015
Professor of information technology named director of School of Technology

Barry Lunt, former chair of the Information Technology program, has been named the new director of the School of Technology in the BYU Ira A. Fulton College. He will begin his term June 1, replacing Richard Fry.  Fry will return to teaching in the industrial design program. 

May 28, 2015
Electrical engineering professor close to affordable moving holography

BYU professor of electrical engineering Daniel Smalley and his colleagues are creating technology which will eventually be able to project screen-sized moving holograms for less than the cost of a high-end television set.  Read more about it in The Economist

June 2, 2015
This is the start a business

Utah continues to get praise as one of the best places to start a business, in part because of the great ideas coming out of BYU. According to a recent Entrepreneur article, in the last five years BYU grads started 60 companies and raised more than $17 million in funding.

June 3, 2015
BYU's robotic Mars rover a top finisher at international competition

Last week, the BYU Mars rover navigated the alien-like terrain at the Mars Desert Research Station on its way to a 2nd place finish at the University Rover Challenge, hosted by the Mars Society. The feat matched BYU’s highest finish in the competition, the world’s top planetary rover event for college students.

June 4, 2015
Small dams: Look harmless, can be fatal

Researchers in BYU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have found that small dams and other low-lying drop-offs have accounted for more than 440 deaths in the United States since the 1950s. With their new low-head dam database, BYU engineers hope to raise public awareness and to educate decision makers so remediation efforts to improve the safety of the dams can move forward.

June 15, 2015
BYU Supermileage vehicle achieves 1,244 MPG, places 2nd

The BYU Supermileage vehicle achieved 1,244 miles per gallon and took 2nd place at the SAE international collegiate competition. The team also won the Best Design Execution Award and the Endurance Award for the most attempts with the highest MPG.

June 18, 2015
BYU electrical engineers play defense for U.S. government

With their high-flying photo and video capabilities, personal hobby drones are more popular than ever.  But how do you ensure that these fun, inexpensive Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) don’t become a threat to national security? That’s the question a team of 28 BYU electrical and computer engineering students worked on for the US Department of Defense's Perseus III project.

June 19, 2015
Three BYU mechanical engineers earn prestigious NASA fellowships

Three BYU mechanical engineering students have been awarded prestigious NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships for 2015.

June 23, 2015
#BYUdevo: 6 keys to a stronger testimony

Professor Mark Colton of the BYU Mechanical Engineering Department delivered the university's devotional address to a packed de Jong Concert Hall on the topic of keeping and strengthening a testimony

July 6, 2015
BYU’s Chip Camp doubles in size its second year

BYU Chip Camp unites 7th and 8th grade budding mathematicians, scientists and engineers to discover the possibilities in STEM education. And after only one year on BYU’s campus, it’s doubled in size. The camp sponsors, Micron Foundation and IMFlash Technologies, in partnership with BYU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, are dedicated to developing an effective program that promotes STEM education.

July 17, 2015
Scents and Sensitivity: Industrial design research uncovers fragrance preferences

BYU industrial design researchers have sniffed out an unspoken rule among women when it comes to fragrances: Women don’t buy perfume for other women, and they certainly don’t share them.  According to the study, published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, women who do buy or share fragrances with other women choose fragrances they don’t like themselves—or no longer value.

July 20, 2015
From tragedy to opportunity

"There are tender mercies that can happen alongside the most horrible of circumstances." Two months after her husband unexpectedly died, Merry Bird sat in her first BYU class. Now she's graduating with a degree in Facility and Property Management.

August 13, 2015
BYU students earn 19 scholarships from engineering honor society

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, named 264 scholars for the 2015-16 academic year. For the third consecutive year, BYU is a leader with 19 scholars. 

August 18, 2015
Ira A. Fulton College professors receive top university honors

At this year's University Conference, BYU's most prestigious award went to Mechanical Engineering professor Larry L. Howell. Howell received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, BYU's highest faculty honor. Five other Ira A. Fulton College faculty members were also honored.

August 24, 2015
College programs receive renewed accreditation

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology received new and continued accreditation for eight programs from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Inc.

September 15, 2015
Facility and property management student wins national essay contest

Andrew Steele, a senior facility and property management major, won a national competition with his essay titled “Educating the Property Managers of Tomorrow.” The competition was sponsored jointly by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the IREM Foundation.

September 18, 2015
Fulbright Scholar uses new design perspective to help developing world

Christopher Mattson, BYU mechanical engineering professor, spent the last year in the United Kingdom studying design as a Fulbright Scholar. There he teamed up with world leaders in sustainability design to help get new technologies into developing countries in a lasting and impactful way. 

September 18, 2015
Students: Prep for STEM Career Fair this week

A record-setting 180 companies will be on campus for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom and Garden Court. All Ira A. Fulton College students are encouraged to get prepared to attend by downloading the new BYU Career Fair Plus app. 

September 18, 2015
Chemical engineering student publishes four times as an undergraduate

BYU students who conduct research as undergraduates often become authors on peer-reviewed academic papers. This week, Anthony Bennett, a senior in chemical engineering, became a published author for the fourth time. His latest work (under the direction of professor Brad Bundy) on “just-add-water therapeutics” appears in an academic article in Biotechnology Journal.

September 24, 2015
BYU technology tackles climate change by freezing carbon

This August, President Obama announced an ambitious plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. BYU chemical engineering professor Larry Baxter has created a system that separates carbon dioxide from other gases (and prevents it from escaping into the air) by freezing it. 

September 29, 2015
BYU students recognized for exceptional woodturning

Five BYU students from the School of Technology were recently recognized for exceptional work done on the wood lathe. In July, the American Association of Woodturners sponsored a national juried student woodturning exhibition “Turning To The Future”. BYU Industrial designer Carrie Etherington won first place in the post-secondary division.

September 30, 2015
ACET mentoring events Nov. 5 & 6 for juniors and seniors

Students in the Ira A. Fulton College will have the opportunity to be mentored by successful professionals as part of the college's Advancement Council for Engineering and Technology (ACET) conference November 5 and 6.

October 2, 2015
BYU says goodbye to major benefactor and friend Mary Lou Fulton

Mary Lou Fulton, generous supporter and friend to Brigham Young University and wife of Ira A. Fulton, the college's namesake, passed away Oct. 1 at age 82.

"We are saddened by the loss of Mary Lou Fulton,” said Dean Alan Parkinson. "The Fultons have contributed immeasurably to BYU and to this college. They were sweethearts for 61 years. We express our love and support to Ira and his family at this time."

October 2, 2015
Chemical engineering professor inducted into BYU Hall of Fame

John Hedengren, an assistant professor in chemical engineering, will be inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in the class of 2015 for his achievements in cross country and track. As a student, he was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American an amazing five times — more than any athlete in BYU history.

October 6, 2015
BYU engineers and scientists take on global health threat

The National Institutes of Health want a faster and better way to detect drug-resistant blood infections, and they've turned to a team of professors at BYU to do it. The team includes electrical engineering professor and principal investigator Aaron Hawkins and chemical engineering professor William Pitt.

The latest research on this new technology appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

October 8, 2015
Engineering the future, honored alumnus tells students how

Civil engineer Douglas Sereno delivered the annual Ira A. Fulton College honored alumnus lecture to a packed auditorium, in what he said “ranks as a capstone” of his career. As director of program management for the Port of Long Beach, California, he has helped the port become an example of cultural respect and environmental responsibility. In his lecture he advised students to be a new kind of engineer: one that can “engineer a sustainable future.”

October 13, 2015