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Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge Finalists (November 13, 2018)
BYU's Rocketry Team
BYU's Rocketry Team has become one of the top five finalists in Bayer's Annual Alka-Rocket Challenge! They will be competing to launch their chemical-reactant propelled rocket over 430 feet in the air...Hopefully breaking last year's Guinness World Record. They will also be competing for a chance to win $30,000. The Challenge will take place on December 12th at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Riley Meik, Mark Johnson, Alex Laraway and Zach Lawless built their launcher and projectile earlier this fall. In their tests, the projectile launched nearly 700 feet in the air...definitely…
Upcoming Graduate Seminar, Nov. 19th: Matthew S. Allen, PhD (November 13, 2018)
Dr. Matthew Allen, Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Matthew S. Allen of University of Wisconsin-Madison will be speaking on Nov. 19th at 4:00pm in CB 256, as part of the Graduate Seminars. He will be addressing us on "Modern Challenges in Structural Dynamics and Recent Advances". From satellites and launch vehicles, to concept hypersonic aircraft, to a human body in a full sprint, many structures are subjected to extreme dynamic environments.  Structures need to be carefully designed to survive the dynamic loads that are present in these environments.  This talk highlights the state of the art in the design and analysis of structures that…
Upcoming College Lecture- Thurs. Nov. 8th (November 6, 2018)
college lecture flyer
This coming Thursday, November 9th, 2018, James Maughn will be speaking at our college lecture. James Maughn is the GE Power Senior Executive, as well as a former BYU Alumni. He will be speaking on how to chart a career course that's best for you.
MAGICC's New Drones (November 6, 2018)
One of the new drones in flight.
MAGICC Lab and C-UAS are at it again- creating a new kind of drone. This new breed of drones has been made to navigate with out GPS, something that most of our current drones are quite dependent upon. These drones are created to be able to operate even when the GPS signal fails or is weak, like in a cave or in underground networks. BYU News wrote an article about these drones. You can find it here!
Laboween- Another Fun Year Gone By (November 6, 2018)
Grad Students showed off the Anti-gravity Robot in the RAD lab
Another year of Laboween has come and gone... But as years gone by, our labs and visitors had a lot of fun. Along with our many visitors of students and families this year, the Daily Herald stopped by for a closer look. Click here to read their article! Thanks again to the students and faculty who made Laboween possible!
Graduate Seminar: Glen Ricks (November 1, 2018)
Glen Ricks
The graduate seminar on Monday, November 5th will be given by Glen Ricks, a BYU Mechanical Engineering alum who is currently employed with Thiokol. It will be held at 4pm in 256 CB.    An Engineering Prospective of Solid Rocket Boosters Personal reflections of applying principles learned earning a BYU Mechanical Engineering degree to 24 years of Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor launch support and 7 years of Space Launch System (SLS) Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) development.   A design overview of the Space Shuttle and the SLS vehicles, with emphasis on the SRB, are provided.   Also, a…
Graduate Seminar: Oliver Johnson, BYU Mechanical Engineering (October 25, 2018)
Oliver Johnson
The graduate seminar on Monday, October 29th will be given by Oliver Johnson, an Assistant Professor of BYU's own Mechanical Engineering Dept. It will be held at 4pm in 256 CB.   Can you hear the shape of a network? Networks are ubiquitous. Familiar examples include social networks, telecommunication networks, and biological networks. The components of these networks and the way they are connected controls their function and efficiency. The properties and performance of materials are particularly sensitive to the internal network structure of defects, particularly planar defects called…
Brigham Young University: A national center for UAV research (October 17, 2018)
Drone
BYU engineering professor Randy Beard believes there will be self-flying cars on the market in 10 years. You heard that right: self-flying, not self-driving. It may sound like science fiction to most of us, but not for those who research autonomous technology. “Autonomous vehicles are already everywhere — Roombas, self-driving Ubers, military drones,” said Beard, recent winner of BYU’s highest faculty honor, the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. “There are many companies that have already developed working prototypes of self-flying cars. The drone revolution is upon us.”…
Graduate Seminar: Brian Iverson (October 16, 2018)
Iverson Teaser
The graduate seminar on Monday, October 22nd will be given by Brian D. Iverson, an Assistant Professor of BYU's own Mechanical Engineering Dept. It will be held at 4pm in 256 CB. Abstract: In performing research, providing context to your contribution is a critical part of communication.  We’ll be discussing literature reviews and literature searches as well as the first steps of writing.  We will aim to set you on a course to be successful at following the research in your field and establishing your position in it. Bio: Brian D. Iverson joined the faculty at Brigham Young University…
Meet Our New Professors! (October 11, 2018)
To put faces to the names.
This year in the ME department, two new professors joined our staff: Dr. Douglas Cook, and Dr. Nathan Crane. Dr. Cook joined our department in January of this year and is conducting a research mentorship this semester. Dr. Crane joined our team in August, and is currently teaching System Design Fundamentals. Here are some things to know about your new professors!   Dr. Cook: Credentials: Dr. Cook received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University, and obtained his Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.   Focus of Research:…