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Graduate Seminar: February 25th, Dr. Jeff Ferrin (February 15, 2019)
Dr. Jeff Ferrin
Jeff Ferrin is the Director of Research and Development at Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI). In 2016, he received his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on estimation and controls of unmanned ground vehicles. His current research at ASI focuses on high-speed vehicle control, world modeling, and automatic control tuning for ground vehicles. These algorithms are being applied to vehicles in the mining, agriculture, military, and automotive spaces. Dr. Ferrin will be speaking at the Graduate Seminar on Monday, February 25th, at 4:00pm in 256 CB. He will be…
Hyper-Compact Mechanisms: Making Science Fiction a Reality (February 15, 2019)
students with origami drone
On February 14th, Science Robotics published a paper on new technology created by engineers here at BYU. The new class of mechanisms is called "Developable Mechanisms". BYU News wrote an article on the paper and the mechanism. You can read all about it here!
Upcoming Grad Seminar- Dr. Scott Middlemas (February 6, 2019)
Dr. Middlemas will be speaking at Graduate Seminar on February 11th at 4:00pm. The seminar will be located in 256 CB.   About the Presenter   Dr. Scott Middlemas was born and raised in Sandy, UT, and studied metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah, receiving his B.S. in 2009. He continued his graduate studies at the U and worked with Prof. Zak Fang to develop energy-saving methods of producing titanium dioxide and titanium metal powders. In 2013, he received his Ph. D in metallurgical engineering and started a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Army Research Lab in…
The Village Drill Take Two (January 25, 2019)
village drill team
The Capstone-created Village Drill has been utilized in many countries, and has been extremely successful! But one of last year's Capstone teams saw it going further than ever- creating the Village Drill 2.0. It is a smaller, lighter version of the original drill, making transportation easier and cheaper.  BYU News has all the details here!
Upcoming Graduate Seminar, Jan. 28th: Ryan Patterson and Trent Perry, PhDs (January 22, 2019)
Drs. Trent Perry and Ryan Patterson
Drs. Patterson and Perry will be speaking on Monday, January 28th on "What Works in the Real World (From Two Engineers that Have Won and Lost)". The seminar will be held in CB 256 at 4:00pm as per usual. Ryan Patterson has a BS from the University of Utah and an MS from the University of Michigan.  Trent Perry has a BS from Utah State University and an MS from the University of Utah.  Combined, they have been developing medical devices for over 30 years and have spent just as much time discussing the philosophy of how to help products and businesses succeed.   Real world product development…
Upcoming Graduate Seminar: January 14th, 2018- Dr. Katherine Dykes (January 9, 2019)
Dr. Katherine Dykes, NREL
Dr. Dykes will be speaking at the next Graduate Seminar, on January 14th at 4:00pm. Seminar will be held in 256 CB as usual. Biography: Katherine has a PhD from the Engineering Systems Division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her thesis centered on the interplay between wind technology innovation and deployment.  She holds two MS degrees from the Ohio State University in Electrical Engineering and in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, and she has a dual-BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Program on Management of Technology.  Her…
Upcoming Graduate Seminar: December 10th, 2018 (December 4, 2018)
Professor Timothy Wei
  Dolphins are by nature made to swim fast; humans, perhaps, not so much. In this talk, we will explore the fundamental fluid dynamics of fast swimming in the context of dolphins and humans.  In the former, we will look at flow around dolphins in the context of ‘Gray’s Paradox’, a conclusion drawn in the early 1900s that dolphins are incapable of swimming as fast as they can.  And, turning to humans, though there is a ‘dolphin kick’, there is little resemblance to the actual swimming motion of its namesake.  As such, we will explore what is necessary for humans to swim ‘fast’.   Movies of…
Engineering Building Dedication- Dec. 4th (November 28, 2018)
announcement flyer
Elder Bednar will be dedicating the new Engineering Building and Engineering Research Lab this coming Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 2018. The dedication will occur from 2:00pm to 2:45pm. Students are welcome to view the dedication in the following areas:  CB Lounge CB 254/256 CTB 214 Sunday dress is required.  
Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge Finalists- Updated (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…