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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
#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
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
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
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
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'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