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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
Five BYU engineers receive NSF Research Fellowships

The prestigious NSF fellowship provides each student with three years of financial support, including a $32,000 annual stipend. Our college's recipients include current BYU graduate students Kendrick Shepherd (CE) and Thomas Hardin (ME), pictured above, and alumni Wyatt Felt (ME), Anna Hawes (ChE) and Chad Varner (ChE).

April 14, 2014
43 years of service: Ken Forster retires with President's Appreciation Award

After 43 years of distinguished service to the university, Ken Forster, the current mechanical engineering projects lab supervisor, is retiring. In appreciation of his time at BYU, Ken has been selected as a 2014 President’s Appreciation Award recipient.

April 7, 2014
ID students tackle a revolutionary redesign of the classic bike helmet

A group of BYU industrial designers are on a mission to add a bit of style and beauty to the functionality of bike helmets. The students have been tasked by the folks running Trek’s Bontrager line to come up with some solutions to the ugly helmet dilemma.

April 2, 2014
Medical device product development: An engineering path

In her recent college lecture, Dylann Ceriani, senior product development engineer at Symbient, spoke about her unique path from a two-time All-American volleyball player to a product development engineer in the medical device industry. 

March 26, 2014
New infrared technique aims to remotely detect dangerous materials

Civil engineering's Dr. Gustavious Williams teamed up with Candace Berrett in Statistics to discover that infrared technology holds the potential to spot from afar whether a site is being used to make nuclear weapons. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration funded the project through a grant awarded to Williams.

March 21, 2014
BYU Splash Lab hosts robotics competition for hundreds

Roughly 450 elementary and middle school children demonstrated their underwater robot engineering skills Wednesday at the annual Utah Underwater Robotics competition.  Hosted by mechanical engineering's Splash Lab, the competition at the Lehi Legacy Center featured students from 15 Utah schools who navigated self-built robots through underwater obstacle courses.

March 20, 2014
BYU origami research featured on KSL

A recent KSL story explores how BYU engineering and industrial design students have been experimenting with origami, going beyond paper to create designs out of metals and other fabrications.  They have also been collaborating with world-renowned origami artist Robert Lang.  Their work has the potential to be used in everything from planes, automobiles, medical devices and even has NASA/space applications. 

March 20, 2014
BYU industrial design alumnus wins Crunchies award for 'Pencil'

For the second consecutive year, the work of a BYU industrial designer has won a prestigious tech design award.  Alumnus Jon Harris and the company he co-founded, FiftyThree, Inc., recently won a Crunchies award for best design for their innovative stylus “Pencil” that works hand in hand with their iPad app “Paper.”

March 18, 2014
Mechanical engineering professor named Fulbright Scholar, headed to UK

BYU professor Christopher Mattson has been named a Fulbright Scholar.  The mechanical engineer will spend the next academic year in the United Kingdom at the world’s leading institute for design research.

March 18, 2014
Vice president of EMC delivers 10 leadership lessons to motivate and inspire

As vice president and general manager of EMC Corporation, Vance Checketts has a wealth of experience in leadership. Under his leadership, local operations have exceeded expectations for growth and delivery of real value for EMC and their customers.  In his lecture to the engineering and technology students, delivered Feb. 27, Checketts offered the 10 most important lessons he has learned up to this point in his life.

March 17, 2014
When little things matter

Daniel Maynes, the chair of the BYU Mechanical Engineering Department, offered an engineer’s perspective on when little things matter in his address to the college.

March 5, 2014
Engineer and two-time All-American to give lecture on biomechanical engineering

Dylann Ceriani, a principal product development engineer at Symbient, will deliver the college lecture on Thursday, Mar. 6 at 11 a.m. in 140 JSB.  Ceriani has extensive experience in medical device design and has been issued five patents in biomechanical engineering.  While at BYU, she was a two-time All-American volleyball player and remains the most decorated female athlete in BYU history.

March 5, 2014
BYU Construction Management students win first place in national and regional competitions

BYU CM recently won first place in the National Association of Home Builders competition, taking their third national title since 2004.  Two other BYU teams took first and third at the Associated Schools of Construction regional competition.  BYU Construction Management competition teams consistently lead their peers in top-three finishes. 

March 5, 2014
ME student receives Utah Engineers Council Scholarship

Braden Hancock, a mechanical engineering student at BYU, received the 2014 Utah Engineers Council Scholarship. This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to one engineering student from each university in Utah every year.

February 26, 2014
BYU students teach next generation about engineering and technology

More than 1,100 students from local elementary, middle and high schools attended the college's interactive exhibits in celebration of National Engineers Week 2014.  The students learned about a variety of engineering and technology professions through hands-on demos and competitions. 

February 25, 2014
Mechanical engineers study the impact figure skating has on body

When figure skaters land, they absorb forces up to eight times their body weight in milliseconds. By attaching a device to the skate, researchers, including BYU mechanical engineers, are quantifying the toll those jumps take on skaters' bodies. 

February 18, 2014
Students: Register for STEM Fair

More than 130 technical companies will be at the BYU STEM Fair this Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the WSC Garden Court.  Check out your internship and job prospects!  Register in advance at

February 10, 2014
CE professor appointed vice chair in professional organization

Civil Engineering Associate Department Chair Grant G. Schultz, an associate professor, has been appointed as the vice chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Transportation Education Council. ITE is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals.

February 5, 2014
BYU to host events for Engineering and Technology Week

In honor of National Engineers Week 2014, hundreds of students will get to see demonstrations, tours, competitions and booths from several of the on-campus engineering and technology clubs. This event, hosted by the BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, is open to the public.

February 3, 2014
College crowns Three Minute Thesis champions

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology hosted its first ever Three Minute Thesis Competition last week. The top three students will now go on to compete in the university-wide competition hosted by BYU.

February 3, 2014
Industrial design students launch innovations beyond the classroom

Two BYU industrial design students, Aaron Puglisi and Daniel Shirley, have taken classroom innovation to the next level, using Kickstarter to launch their senior project into a real business. The students say their success is due to hard work, dedication and everything they’ve gained from the industrial design program here at BYU, specifically technical skills and encouragement from professors.

January 23, 2014
Live from BYU Radio: Chemical engineering faculty share insights

From sports to music to healthcare, BYU Radio talks about anything and everything interesting going on at BYU--including chemical engineering. Starting Fall Semester 2013, BYU Chemical Engineering faculty members have participated in weekly interviews on The Morning Show. A total of 14 interviews have aired with more to come.

January 23, 2014
Prep for career fair with Job Search Savvy Workshop

All students in the college are invited to attend this workshop Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the CB Lounge to learn valuable tips about career fairs, networking and interviewing.  This is an opportunity to be mentored by professionals and ask questions, just in time for the Winter STEM Career Fair the following day. 

January 21, 2014
BYU's smart object recognition algorithm doesn't need humans

BYU electrical engineer Dah-Jye Lee has managed to eliminate the need for humans in the field of object recognition. Lee has created an algorithm that can accurately identify objects in images or video sequences without human calibration.

January 16, 2014
Nobel laureate to lecture at BYU

From a homeless 4-year-old to a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Dr. Mario R. Capecchi will share his remarkable life story as part of the annual Reed M. Izatt & James J. Christensen lecture series at Brigham Young University on Jan. 24.  He will also speak about the gene targeting research that won him and two of his colleagues the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

January 14, 2014
Unmanned aerial vehicles capture exclusive view

Civil engineering's Dr. Kevin Franke, Dr. John Hedengren in chemical engineering and several students are using droids to analyze the environmental effects of human activity. The unmanned aerial vehicles have attached cameras that allow otherwise unattainable views of areas like dams and canals.  Several BYU faculty members are now part of the NSF-funded Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Industry/University Collaborative Research Center.

January 6, 2014
Super views for supermileage vehicle

The BYU supermileage vehicle video was the university's most popular in 2013, getting 76,000+ views.  The "Origami in Space" video, also from mechanical engineering, came in fourth with 31,000+ views since it was published in November.   



January 6, 2014
Crucial Conversations for Leader Success

The magnitude of your influence in life is fundamentally determined by your capacity to talk about emotionally and politically risky things, according to New York Times best-selling author Joseph Grenny. Grenny shared this and more in a leadership lecture to the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.

December 6, 2013
BYU engineers turn to origami to solve astronomical space problem

BYU engineers have teamed up with a world-renowned origami expert to solve one of space exploration’s greatest (and most ironic) problems: lack of space.

December 2, 2013
Renowned civil engineering professor retires after nearly 50 years of service

Ira A. Fulton College students, faculty and staff honored Dr. Hank Christiansen's 48 years of dedicated service to BYU's engineering and technology college.  He will retire at the end of this semester.  

November 22, 2013
BYU AIChE is ranked top 10 percent of national chapters

The BYU club was named Outstanding Chapter by the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE), ranking in the top ten percent of the 150 nationwide chapters. This is the 22nd time in the last 30 years that BYU’s chapter has received this honor. The chapter officers work hard to make membership in the club worth the time students dedicate by providing essential career assistance and their efforts have been recognized by impressed recruiters and this national award.

November 6, 2013
Partner at Bain & Company to give lecture on leadership Thursday, Nov. 7

Mr. Gottfredson, a partner in the Dallas office of Bain & Company, will deliver the college lecture this Thursday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. in 140 JSB.  His remarks are entitled "Leadership: More than the Inspirational Speech."

November 5, 2013
Smart foam takes aim at concussions by measuring helmet impact

Combining nanotechnology with foam, ME student Jake Merrell has created a smart-foam that can be placed inside a football helmet to measure the impact of each hit. When compressed, the self-powered foam generates electrical signals that are transmitted wirelessly to a tablet or computer in the hands of a coach or trainer.  Merrell’s working prototype recently won a top three finish (and $2,000) at our Student Innovator of the Year competition.

November 5, 2013