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Students design pro RC cars, forge international relationships (December 29, 2010)
Students design pro RC cars
BYU engineering students have built racing hybrids and record-breaking streamliners, but now they’re working with companies such as GM and Siemens to set their sights a bit smaller.
Students compete in bow building competition (December 17, 2010)
Nephi Bow 2010
Brigham Young University’s Mechanical Engineering Department sponsored the 3rd annual Nephi’s Bow competition, where students competed by designing and building bows which were judged on engineering design and performance. The competition was held at the North University Intramural Field on December 9, 2010, under the direction of ME professor Anton Bowden.   The Grand Prize winner was Thomas Calkins (MS in ME), with his bow TC Fiberflex gaining a distance of 91.5 yards. The winners in the ME EN 250 category were Carson Storey (Junior in ME) and Emily Lazalde (Junior in ME) with their bow…
ME faculty and students attend American Physical Society Conference (December 8, 2010)
2010 APS attendees
The Brigham Young University Mechanical Engineering Department was well represented at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics. The conference was held at Long Beach, California on November 21-23, 2010, and consisted of over 2,800 presenters. BYU faculty and students presented 14 papers, five posters, and a video entry.   The broad range of topics covered by the presentations emphasizes the quality and depth of the BYU fluids group. These topics included new instrumentation techniques such as 3D synthetic aperture PIV, fluid jet interaction on…
Research Fellowships offered to graduate students (November 12, 2010)
Fellowship winners 2010
Seven outstanding students have received the Department of Mechanical Engineering Research Fellowship, the highest honor offered to graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The fellowship is offered for recognition of excellent academic performance prior to entering the MS or PhD programs.   Samuel Wilding, MS; Joshua Bryson, MS; Travis Moore, PhD; John Pearson, PhD; Ryan Shaw, MS; Travis Rampton, PhD; and Skyler Chamberlain, MS received the fellowship this year. Depending on the qualifications met, research fellowships can range up to $20,000 per student over the term…
ME student wins Student Innovator of the Year (October 28, 2010)
Clark Davis SIOY
An enterprising mechanical engineering student won both first and third place in the college's first annual Student Innovator of the Year competition.
Formula car featured in ATK news (October 27, 2010)
BYU Racing
BYU Mechanical Engineering Department’s Formula One race car was featured in the October 2010 issue of Aerospace News, an ATK Aerospace Systems publication. Click here and go to page seven to read the article.
Best Paper Award goes to ME student (October 27, 2010)
Thomas Calkins
Thomas Calkins won third place in the Best Paper Awards at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) International Technical Conference. The conference was held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 11-14, 2010, and had over 1,300 attendees.   Calkins, a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, is currently developing nano-composite ‘bio-sensors’ for recognition of hand pose in human-machine interfaces. At the conference, Calkins demonstrated how his sensors can be used to interpret sign language by measuring the…
PhD student wins 3rd place in student paper competition (October 1, 2010)
Patrick Lewis
Patrick Lewis, a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering program at Brigham Young University, won 3rd place in the student paper competition at the 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference. The conference was held September 13-15, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.   Lewis’ paper, “Accounting for Changing Customer Needs with s-Pareto Frontiers,” presents a generic methodology for using optimization techniques to develop products that strategically alter their functions through the implementation of modules. Specifically, the method uses the current and future…
Clean sweep! ME students win first, second, and third (September 13, 2010)
1st place photo
Two students from BYU’s Mechanical Engineering Department made a clean sweep at the ASME Micro-and Nanosystems Photo Contest. Walter Fazio won 1st and 3rd places, and Greg Holst won 2nd place. The contest was held as part of the annual ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems held in Montreal, Canada, from August 15-18, 2010.   Students who wish to enter this contest send their photos to the contest organizer, who chooses several to be finalists. The finalists then display their photos throughout the conference,…
Mechanical engineering professor wins university teaching award (September 8, 2010)
Dale Tree
Dr. Dale R. Tree, professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award at the University Conference held at Brigham Young University August 23-27, 2010. Tree was nominated by colleague Larry Howell and Department Chair Tim McLain. “Dale is one of the best teachers within the Department,” commented Howell. “He has a deep love of teaching and learning and feels a strong duty to help students learn and grow. He is an outstanding mentor and has provided students with world-class engineering experiences that have made valuable contributions in their…