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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Recruiters: Register for BYU STEM Fair

Recruiters will have access to thousands of students in STEM fields at the BYU STEM Career Fair Feb. 12, 2015.  Register at 

January 12, 2015
BYU IT students developing STEM learning game with $2M NSF grant

BYU Information Technology students and faculty have teamed with University of Maryland students, Tinder Transmedia and NASA to develop an alternate-reality game to get kids involved in STEM-based learning.  The game, "DUST", was made possible by $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and is expected to launch on Jan. 26.

January 12, 2015
A penny for your 'likes'

Ever liked something online so much that you thought, “I should have paid for this”? BYU Student Innovator of the Year contestants David Hepworth and Chase Roberts have experienced this many times over and it has driven them to develop a way for online users to pledge money to creators of excellent online content. Their idea, Penny Pledge, plans to put a penny behind every “Like” on the Internet.

January 5, 2015
Construction management professor named CMAA Educator of the Year

Dr. Kevin Miller, BYU construction management program chair, recently received the Construction Management Association of America’s Student Educator of the Year award for his outstanding service to the academic field of construction management. 

December 17, 2014
The VuePod: Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

BYU’s 3D virtual reality system works just as well as the popular Oculus Rift, but is exponentially less expensive. The system has been programmed to help engineers change the way they view environmental engineering challenges. 



December 16, 2014
Never lose your child again with this student-made smart band

BYU MBA students have developed a Bluetooth smart band for children to ensure that you never lose track of your child again. The Kiband smart band placed in the top three during this year’s Student Innovator of the Year Competition. 

December 8, 2014
BYU professors receive Outstanding Mechanical Engineer awards from Purdue University

Two BYU professors have received Outstanding Mechanical Engineer awards from Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering. One of the professors, Brent Webb, received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering here at BYU and currently serves as the BYU academic vice president. 

December 4, 2014
You may be leading, but who is following?

Layne Webb, general manager at Alcon Laboratories, spoke to students about the importance that leadership plays in collaborative work. He explained that a successful leader can be the catalyst for exceptional collaborative results, as long as that leader is able to channel qualities of trust, compassion, stability and hope. 

November 25, 2014
A Place to Dream: The New Engineering Building

The new engineering building at BYU is not just a building.  It’s a promise to every child with a dream of doing something to make the world better, that there will be a place to help those dreams come true.

November 20, 2014
BYU places third in Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Academic Olympiad

The BYU National Academic Olympiad team took third place at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer's conference. The competition pits three-person teams of Hispanic engineering students against one another in a series of academic competitions.

November 20, 2014
Linq SmartVents takes first at the Student Innovator of the Year competition

The judges have chosen Linq SmartVents as the 2014 Student Innovator of the Year and grand prize recipient of $5,000. They also received the $1,000 prize for "Crowd Favorite."  Innovation enthusiasts, interested investors and supportive peers packed the WSC Varsity Theatre Thursday to watch the finalists present their inventions.

November 11, 2014