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Graduate Seminar - September 23, 2019 (September 18, 2019)
Dr. Matthew Dawson
Dr. Matthew Dawson, CEO of Utility Global, Inc. will speak at the upcoming graduate seminar at 4:00 PM in room 256 CB.  Dr. Dawson received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has more than seventy (70) patents and patent applications. Many of his inventions and technologies have been widely deployed by an array of Fortune 500 companies and internationally recognized with awards such as the 2018 E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. By the…
Graduate Seminar- September 16th, 2019 (September 10, 2019)
Dr. Darryl Butt
Dr. Darryl P. Butt, of the University of Utah, will be our guest speaker at the upcoming graduate seminar. He will be speaking at 4:00pm in 256 CB About our speaker:  Prof. Darryl Butt is Dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences and Director of the DOE BES Energy Frontier Research Center, MUSE at the University of Utah.  He has a PhD in the field of materials science and engineering from Penn State University, and has approximately 30 years of leadership and research experience in academia, industry, and at two national laboratories. The author or co-author of approximately 220…
Dr. McLain Appointed New Associate Dean (July 18, 2019)
Dr Tim McLain
The new Associate Dean of the College of Engineering will be Dr. Tim McLain. Dr. McLain joined the BYU Mechanical Engineering faculty in 1995. He served as ME Dept Chair 2007-2013 and director of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) the past seven years. Dean Jensen said,  "Tim has an outstanding record as a faculty member and as an administrator, and he is well prepared for this role. I am excited to have him on our team.” Read more here.
Dr. Dale Tree Appointed New ME Department Chair (June 13, 2019)
Dr Dale Tree, new ME Department Chair
Dr. Dale Tree has been appointed as the new department chair for Mechanical Engineering. He will replace Dr. Dan Maynes as department chair, effective July 1, 2019.Dr. Tree has served as associate chair in ME since 2013 and been part of the ME faculty at BYU for the last 25 years. Dean Jensen said, “Dr. Tree has a long record of academic achievement. He has the right tools and perspective to help his department continue to develop their international reputation for excellence in student preparation though educational innovation and focus on mentored research activities.” Read the full story
Dr. Johnson Awarded MPMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award at TMS Conference (April 17, 2019)
Dr. Johnson receives award at TMS Conference
Dr. Oliver Johnson was recently awarded the MPMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award at The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS) Conference.   The TMS conference has an attendance of over 4000, and there are 10 Young Leaders Professional Development Awards given each year. It is a division level award, and there are 5 technical divisions, so only 2 awards are given from each division annually.   TMS award recipients include some of the most accomplished and promising minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers in the world.   Read more about the award.
The Syrinx, the Surprising Source for Bird’s Sound (April 15, 2019)
studying the syrinx
Dr. Scott Thomson was part of a team that set out to answer the question of how the syrinx—the lower voice organ in birds—affects the efficiency of sound produced by birds.   "In my lab, my students and I primarily study the biomechanics of the human voice. Our long-term goal is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders.  In this study, tools we’ve developed to study human voicing were instead applied to study bird vocalization," Thomson said. "It was interesting being part of a team of biologists, physicists, and engineers working together to study a common but beautiful…
Creating a Quieter Toilet for Airplanes (April 11, 2019)
Creating a quieter flush for airplane toilets
Operating the lavatory at 38,000 feet is about to get quieter. Dr. Scott Thomson worked with physics professors Dr. Scott Sommerfeldt and Dr. Kent Gee, and Michael Rose, BYU grad student, to address the problem of really loud airplane toilets. They looked into the acoustics of valve and piping conditions during the flush cycle and the noise associated with each function to find solutions. Read the full story.
ME Winner for 2019 SIOY (April 10, 2019)
Winner of 2019 SIOY Photo credit: Savanna Richardson
BYU student innovators contended for a prize of $7,000 in prize money at the Student Innovator of the Year competition.  Congratulations to Sugarhouse Aerospace, and especially BYU Mechanical Engineering student Riley Meik, who won 1st place this year for innovation in providing affordable rocket flights to the general public. Photo credit: Savanna Richardson
Upcoming Grad Seminar: April 8th 2019 (April 3, 2019)
Dr. bruce Gale
Dr. Bruce Gale of the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah will be our final Graduate Seminar speaker for the Winter 2019 semester.  His subject will be "A Microfluidic Toolbox for Biomedical Applications".  This presentation will focus on how simple microfluidic platforms can be used to solve complex problems biological problems with an emphasis on mechanical engineering approaches.  The presentation will explore a few of our recently developed technologies in particular: human sperm trapping and sorting for fertility treatment, pathogen detection from food¸ and…
Upcoming Graduate Seminar, April 1st (March 28, 2019)
Dr. Mitra
Dr. Sushanta Mitra will be presenting at Graduate Seminar on Monday, April 1st at 4:00pm in CB 256. He will be presenting on the Convergence of Science, Engineering and Technology for Global Challenges. Abstract: The talk will provide how fundamental knowledge in physical sciences like chemistry, physics and biology coupled with social sciences, can create game-changing technologies that can solve some of the global challenges of the twenty-first century such as water, food security and public health. Specific examples to be discussed are detection of E. coli (water-borne pathogen) in…