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Dr. Johnson Awarded MPMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award at TMA 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…
Upcoming Grad Seminar: March 25th, 2019 (March 22, 2019)
adams, bradley
Our own Dr. Bradley Adams will be presenting at Graduate Seminar at 4:00pm in CB 256. He will be presenting on experiences while working in the mechanical engineering industry. About our Speaker: Bradley Adams joined BYU in 2015 after 30 years in industry, including positions at GenRad, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, and Reaction Engineering International. He has significant experience in technical management and has performed R&D in the areas of heat transfer, combustion, and air pollution control, with an emphasis on CFD simulation of these processes. Current research interests include…
BYU's RAD Lab Engineers Soft Robots (March 21, 2019)
King Louie, Engineering Soft Robots
See some of the work happening in the RAD (Robotics and Dynamics Laboratory) at BYU. These robots inflate, but they can do much more than a balloon. “If you look at typical robots in an industrial setting, they’re usually behind cages because when people get around robots they get injured a lot of times. That’s one of the main ideas here is that because he’s completely inflatable he won’t hurt you,” student Dustan Kraus. From Dr. Killpack, “Our goal is to have soft robots that can interact and work in peoples’ lives. We’re interested in soft robots that can actually help those with motor…
Exploring Machines that Bend (March 19, 2019)
Dr. Larry Howell explains compliant mechanisms
Derek Muller from Veritasium came to BYU to interview Dr. Larry Howell about Compliant Mechanisms. They discuss flexibility in machines and how they’re discovering ways to use flexibility in machines to our advantage and also cover the 8 Ps of Compliant Mechanisms—Derek’s clever, pithy way to remember all the advantages of compliant mechanisms over traditional mechanisms. It’s almost as good as your own private tour of the Compliant Mechanisms Lab.   Watch the video on YouTube.
Aurora Innovations' Sterling Anderson's Keys to Success (March 15, 2019)
college lecture
Yesterday at our monthly College Lecture series, Sterling Anderson, former BYU mechanical engineering alum and co-founder of Aurora Innovations, spoke to our students and faculty on his experiences in Silicon Valley.   Anderson's lecture was featured in the BYU Universe yesterday afternoon with a recap.  Here's a little glimpse of the article: "Anderson advised all those wanting to pursue a degree in his field with three things. First, he said, 'Act boldly on what you know, but always be anxious to find out why you’re wrong and fix it.'... "Second, he said, 'Be prepared to play hard ball…