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International award for Brent Adams (December 20, 2011)
Brent Adams Bunge Award
Brent L. Adams, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, has been awarded the Bunge Award at the 16th International Conference on the Textures of Materials (ICOTOM).  The conference was held in Mumbai, India, December 12-17, 2011.  ICOTOM is an international conference which brings together scientists and engineers working under the common theme of crystallographic texture.   The Bunge Award was created in honor of Hans-Joachim Bunge (1929-2004), a noted crystallographer and the founder of a field of materials science known as quantitative texture analysis. His…
Research Fellowships offered to graduate students (October 31, 2011)
Graduate Fellows 2011
Eleven 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.   Landen Bowen, MS; Jeffrey Ferrin, PhD; Robert Klaus, MS; Kenneth Langley, MS; Bradley Larson, PhD; Travis Moore, PhD; Travis Rampton, PhD; Timothy Ruggles, PhD; Gregory Teichert, MS; Nathan Toone, MS; and Shannon Zirbel, PhD received the fellowship this year. Depending on the…
First ever 3D visual flame reconstruction (October 10, 2011)
Science Friday
BYU Mechanical Engineering Professors Dale Tree and Tadd Truscott were interviewed for National Public Radio’s show Science Friday. Science Friday is a weekly science talk show broadcast as part of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” programming. Each week, they focus on current science topics and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand.   Visit and watch the Featured Video “3D Up In Flames” to see what may be the first ever 3D visual flame reconstruction.  
Professor’s research makes a big splash (October 6, 2011)
Truscott splashes
BYU Mechanical Engineering professor Tadd Truscott studies fluid flow and the visualization and analysis of fluid phenomena. In other words, he takes pictures of splashes.   One of his images was selected as the winning entry in the 2009 American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APSDFD) Gallery of Fluid Motion. Physics of Fluids published the photo in their September 2010 issue, and now Cosmos magazine has published a compilation of those winners.     The images are created by setting up an slr camera with a large lens (100 mm) with a narrow depth of field F-2.8 and focusing…
BYU students perform well at international conference (September 20, 2011)
IDETC 2011
Student teams from BYU won several awards at the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference in Washington, D.C., August 28-31, 2011.  Graduate students Sam Wilding and Holly Greenberg received 1st place in the Graduate Division of the 2011 ASME International Student Mechanisms Design competition, and Greg Teichert won 2nd place. A team of undergraduates received 2nd place in the Undergraduate Division of the same contest.   Wilding and Greenberg received 1st place in the Graduate Division for their paper, “The Lens LiftTM: A Novel Lamina Emergent Mechanism.” The paper presented a compliant…
ME students win MEMS photo contest (September 20, 2011)
Teichert Holst MEMS photo
Three BYU Mechanical Engineering graduate students won first and second place in the 5th Annual Micro- and Nano-Systems Conference Photo Contest held as part of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Washington, D.C. August 28-31, 2011.  Greg Teichert and Greg Holst won first place for their entry “Spatial MEMS Mechanism for Cell Restraint,” and Walter Fazio won second place for his entry “Carbon-Infiltrated Carbon Nanotube Cell Restraint Device.”   Teichert and Holst’s winning photo shows a spatial MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) mechanism designed to…
Flame temperature paper wins best of conference (September 6, 2011)
Teri Draper
Mechanical Engineering graduate student Teri Draper won the Best Student Paper Award at the 36th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems.  The conference was held in Clearwater, Florida, June 6-9, 2011.     Draper, a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering from Fountain Valley, California, focuses her research on taking flame temperature measurements using a method called two-color pyrometry. She takes these measurements on oxy-combustion coal flames. Oxy-combustion is a developing technology with the aim of enabling carbon dioxide capture, which reduces…
ME alumnus promoted to USAF Brigadier General (September 1, 2011)
David Harris, Brigadier General
Colonel David Harris, a graduate of BYU’s Mechanical Engineering program, has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force.  Harris was nominated by the President of the United States on December 14, 2010, and pinned on the one-star rank in an official ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on August 19, 2011.     Harris graduated from BYU Magna Cum Laude in 1986 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Aerospace Studies and Mathematics. He also completed BYU’s Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He has held various…
Best paper/presentation award for PACE Formula 1 car CFD project (September 1, 2011)
A team of Mechanical Engineering students from Brigham Young University won the Best Paper/Presentation Award at the PACE Forum hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 27-29, 2011.  Led by Professors Greg Jensen and Steven Gorrell, Satyan Chandra and Allison Lee worked on the project.      As part of the PACE program, the Formula 1 car was developed in a collaborative effort between 26 different universities in 10 countries. Several companies, including GM, Siemens and HP are also part of the consortium. This project focused on using…
Department welcomes new faculty member (August 22, 2011)
Dr. Eric Homer
The Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University is happy to welcome a new faculty member. Dr. Eric Homer joined the ME Department in August 2011, and will begin teaching classes Fall Semester.   Dr. Homer was born in Redlands, California and raised in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from BYU, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship while at MIT. Following his work at MIT…