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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
The vision of precision

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Rob Galloway spoke on the “Law of Vision” and the world’s need for problem solvers as part of the Weidman Center Leadership Lecture series. His remarks focused on how problems cannot be solved until they have been identified.

October 30, 2014
Get your innovation on at the fifth annual Student Innovator of the Year competition

The college will host its fifth annual Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition on Nov. 7 and 13.  Several teams of student inventors will compete for $12,000 in prize money. All audience members will have the chance to win t-shirts, an iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPad, GoPro and much more. 

October 28, 2014
ACET mentoring events Nov. 13 & 14 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 13 and 14.  ACET members are friends and alumni of the college that have a wide variety of professional and leadership experiences.  Register today!

October 24, 2014
International Fair set for October 16

All engineering and technology students are invited to the Clyde Building Lounge on October 16th from 12 - 2 p.m. to learn about the many international opportunities, including study abroad programs and international internships, offered within the Ira A. Fulton College.  Register to win one of ten $20 BYU gift cards and enjoy refreshments while learning about these exciting opportunities.

October 14, 2014
Ira Fulton offers a dollar for dollar donation match for new engineering building

Ira Fulton, our college's namesake, announced Thursday that he is offering a dollar for dollar donation match for up to $1,000,000 to help everyone double the impact of their donations to the new engineering building.  The match is for all new gifts between Oct. 9 and Dec. 31, 2014. 

October 9, 2014
BYU engineers earn 10 percent of Tau Beta Pi scholarships nationwide

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, announced the 242 Tau Beta Pi Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year. This year, 25 of the scholars--more than 10% of the nationwide total--are students attending Brigham Young University.  Of these BYU students, 8 are chemical engineers, 6 are civil engineers, 4 are electrical or computer engineers, and 7 are mechanical engineers.  Last year BYU students received 18 of 210 scholarships.

October 7, 2014
BYU professor to lead national environmental advisory board for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Professor Rollin Hotchkiss has been appointed as the committee chair for the Environmental Advisory Board for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

October 1, 2014
The fun of Fulton Week starts Oct. 9

Fulton Week is right around the corner.  Come join your classmates in celebrating our college by meeting Ira A. Fulton in person, participating in service projects, connecting with clubs and attending an 80s themed dance, all sponsored by the students on your Engineering and Technology Leadership Council.

September 30, 2014
Learning strong leadership through positivity

Dane L. Parker spoke on the benefits of being a positive leader in today's society. During his lecture he explained out that one of the most powerful leadership principles is to see what is right in others. 

September 25, 2014
BYU electric car breaks 200 mph barrier to set new land speed record

An electric car built by BYU engineering students has set a new land speed record, beating the previous time by almost 50 mph. The vehicle, Electric Blue, has been consistently modified and upgraded over the past ten years and has put BYU into the land speed record books on multiple occasions. 

September 18, 2014
Get prepared! STEM Fair prep workshop for students Sept. 24

All students in science, technology, engineering or math disciplines are invited to attend the Career Fair Prep Workshop Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in 3220 WSC.  You'll learn valuable tips from professionals about career fairs, networking, interviewing and using social media in the job search process. Get mentored by representatives from Microsoft, Exxon IT, US Synthetic, Qualtrics and more, just in time for the Fall STEM Career Fair the next day. 

September 13, 2014
BYU's ASCE student chapter named most outstanding worldwide

The BYU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has won the highly coveted Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award. This award recognizes the single most outstanding student chapter of ASCE, and is judged on the caliber of activities and involvement in a given chapter.

September 3, 2014
Jim Trent named new assistant dean of the Ira A. Fulton College

Jim Trent, external relations manager for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the assistant dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.  He is replacing David K. Anthony, who is retiring after more than 23 years of dedicated service to the university.   

September 2, 2014
Civil engineering professor’s dedication to education earns him high honors

Grant Schultz, professor of civil engineering, is the recipient of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Wilbur S. Smith Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of transportation education. Schultz is partly receiving this award for his method of applying real-world situations to his classroom. 

August 27, 2014
BYU faculty and staff honored at 2014 Annual University Conference

President Kevin J Worthen welcomed BYU faculty and staff members back to campus and presented the annual awards during his Annual University Conference address Tuesday, Aug. 26.  Four employees from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology were honored.

August 26, 2014
BYU professor receives highest societal honors from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Larry Howell, professor of mechanical engineering, has recently received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Machine Design Award, one of the highest honors that the society can bestow upon its members. This award reflects Howell's hard work and research in the world of compliant mechanisms, a relatively new type of mechanical engineering that is rapidly working its way into modern technology. 

August 26, 2014
Steven Benzley tells graduates to sweat the small stuff

Dr. Steven Benzley, BYU alumnus and retired professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Ira A. Fulton College, spoke to graduates at the most recent convocation ceremony. His remarks focused on how success in any career comes from consistency in small and simple tasks, and that through small things great things may come to pass. 

August 21, 2014
Chip Camp shows the excitement of engineering

BYU has just hosted its first ever engineering day-camp for 7th and 8th grade students. Chip Camp, sponsored by the Micron Foundation, is focused on giving young students a fun hands-on experience to demonstrate that science and technology can be both exciting and interesting.

August 14, 2014
BYU dominates the western district in the ITE Traffic Bowl

This year the BYU chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers competed against over 190 students from 62 majors schools during the ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl. BYU defeated all of the schools in the western district and made it into the grand championship where they competed against eight other regional and district champions.

August 13, 2014
BYU takes 9th in Money magazine's list of best colleges

Money magazine has listed BYU among its top 10 best colleges in the United States, as a part of their effort to redefine college ranking systems. Money’s new ranking system looks at the quality of education students receive for the amount of tuition they are paying, as well as the value of their diplomas upon graduation. Not only did BYU come in 9th place overall, but also took 5th place for the category of most affordable university. 

July 31, 2014
Bursting bubbles in the name of science

Researchers in the BYU Splash Lab are examining the science behind why and how bubbles and balloons pop. With a variety of balloons and bubbles to pop, and with the help of super slow-motion cameras, these researchers have created a remarkable spectacle. 

July 16, 2014
Engineering and technology students create "torture chamber" for Blendtec

Engineering and technology students have focused on upgrading the laboratory used by those associated with the popular “Will it blend?” series by Blendtec. This lab, nicknamed “The Torture Chamber”, is where researchers test their blenders by pushing them to their absolute limit.

July 1, 2014
Supermileage Reloaded: Lighter, smoother, better MPG...not necessarily faster

When you build a car that clocks more than 1,300 miles per gallon, you would think you'd be satisfied with the fuel efficiency.

Not at BYU.  As an encore to achieving that feat last year, a group of engineering students spent the last year building a brand new BYU Supermileage vehicle that’s lighter, smoother and more efficient. Thanks to the improvements, the new car has achieved an all-time best for BYU: 1,716 miles per gallon.

June 12, 2014
If God is our father, how does He parent us?

Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Brent Nelson delivered Tuesday's university devotional address.  When he thinks about God as his literal spiritual father, Nelson said he learns some important insights.  He noted how his role as a father helps him better understand God's nature, and how God, as our Heavenly Father, provides individual-specific blessings, guidance and sometimes even challenges. 

June 11, 2014
BYU industrial designers' unique creations take London by storm

The work of BYU industrial design faculty and students, known as the Wasatch Design Collective, has been featured during London's Clerkenwell Design Week. The WDC creates unique designs out of folded materials to make interesting designs that also have everyday functions. 

June 5, 2014
Chemical engineering professor's dedicated service earns him position of AIChE Fellow

Randy Lewis, a professor of chemical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, has been accepted as a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Lewis, who has been at BYU since 2005, has received this honor for his many years of service in the profession of chemical engineering, as well as his many humanitarian efforts. 

June 4, 2014
BYU Mars Rover Team wins most innovative design award in international competition

The BYU Mars Rover Team won the first ever judges' award for most innovative design at the international University Rover Challenge. BYU's design integrated a minimalist skeletal frame with a novel suspension system that utilized custom Kevlar suspension springs.

June 2, 2014
Extreme waterproofing research shows clean energy possibilities

BYU mechanical engineering professors Daniel Maynes and Julie Crockett have been studying and developing super-hydrophobic surfaces, or surfaces that are extremely difficult to wet. These water-resistant surfaces have several important potential applications, from advancements in medicine, household sanitation, to cleaner and more efficient energy generation. 

May 22, 2014
BYU student takes first prize in national ASCE ethics competition

Trevor Jones, a civil engineering student from BYU, won first prize in the American Society of Civil Engineers national ethics competition. The award is focused around a writing competition, and this year's topic was focused on a civil engineer's responsibilities to the public during a natural disaster. Jones won first prize by focusing his paper on the engineer's responsibility to protect human life and by using real-world examples.

May 14, 2014
BYU’s gene therapy advance makes enormous strides on a microscopic level

Newly engineered microscopic technology, developed by a collaborative team of BYU researchers, allows for the introduction of DNA into egg cells with a decreased risk of cell death. With the invention of a microscopic lance, that is 10 times smaller than previous injection delivery systems, these engineers and scientists have reinvented a technology that previously has had no major advances for almost 50 years. 

May 13, 2014
CEO of Jacobsen Construction to BYU graduates: "Go big before you go home"

Doug Welling, the CEO of Jacobsen Construction Company, spoke at the convocation ceremonies for the Ira A. Fulton College. Welling's memorable speech to the over 500 recent graduates taught that the men or women they become in the future will be shaped by who they choose to be today. 

May 8, 2014
Engineering power couples headed to MIT and Peru

Cameron and Sara Taylor are both graduating with degrees in electrical engineering and then heading to graduate school at MIT this fall.  Charles and Amy Wood have combined their engineering abilities for humanitarian projects in India and Peru, and will return to Peru this summer. 

April 24, 2014
Engineering students give breath to premature newborns in developing world

Students in BYU’s Engineering Capstone program have created a portable ventilator for babies that costs only $500 to produce. That's big news in countries that can't afford existing $40,000 ventilators.  Doctors plan to use the ventilator in the Phillipines, Africa and other developing nations. 

April 22, 2014
BYU civil engineers pinpoint Utah highway hotspots on the road to zero fatalities

Three BYU researchers are behind the wheel of a new effort to help the Utah Department of Transportation come closer to the goal of zero fatalities on Utah highways.  Civil engineering professors Grant Schultz and Mitsuru Saito, along with Shane Reese from statistics, were recently awarded UDOT's Executive Director’s Excellence in Transportation Safety Award for the model they created. 

April 22, 2014
BYU students repel 100% of attacks and take first at regional competition

BYU Information Technology students took first place at the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) at the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center at Idaho State University. In addition to the honor of taking first, each member of the four-person team will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the NSA.

April 22, 2014
The key to successful leadership: change

On Mar. 20 J. Greg Renfo taught students about effecting change in a large multinational environment as the most recent guest speaker in the Weidman Center for Global Leadership Lecture Series.

April 14, 2014