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Professor Howell Receives Theodore von Kármán Fellowship (December 20, 2013)
Professor Howell
The faculty of RWTH Aachen University in Germany nominated CMR professor Larry Howell to receive the Theodore von Kármán Fellowship. The fellowship funded an ERS International guest stay in Aachen Germany for a week in October, 2013.  As part of the visit, Dr. Howell gave a presentation entitled “Opportunities and Challenges of Folding” as the opening speech at the “Fold-In” workshop at the Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.   Professor Howell also gave a guest lecture at RWTH Aachen University entitled “Origami-Inspired Applications of Compliant Mechanisms” and led a hands-on…
3MT competition videos (December 10, 2013)
3MT competition Winners
Mark Fernelius took first place followed by Jessica Morgan and Jacob Robinson as runners up for the three minute thesis competition held on Thursday, December 9th.  Here are videos of contestant presentations.  Video links for contestants: Jacob Robinson (Runner Up)Jason BeachDavid WestonAmmon HepworthKevin MarrMarc Fernelius (First Place)Cristian ClavijoJessica Morgan (Runner Up)Brett Stone Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, which challenges students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its…
PhD Spotlight: John T. Pearson (December 6, 2013)
John T. Pearson
John T. Pearson completed the requirements for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University is October 2013. John grew up in West Valley City, Utah, as the eighth of ten children in his family. He served in the West Virginia, Charleston Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from October 2002 to October 2004.   Following his missionary service, John attended BYU and received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in August, 2008. He was a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship, which helped fund his undergraduate studies. John then…
BYU engineers turn to origami to solve astronomical space problem (November 27, 2013)
origami
BYU engineers have teamed up with a world-renown origami expert to solve one of space exploration’s greatest (and ironic) problems: lack of space. Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team of mechanical engineering students and faculty have designed a solar array that can be tightly compacted for launch and then deployed in space to generate power for space stations or satellites. Applying origami principles on rigid silicon solar panels – a material considerably thicker than the paper used for the traditional Japanese art – the BYU-conceived solar array would unfold to nearly…
BYU ME Students win Trebuchet Contest (November 25, 2013)
Trebuchet
A team of BYU ME students won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) trebuchet pumpkin chucking contest held earlier this month in Logan, Utah. The team, led by ME student Eric Barnes, placed 1st in the distance category (280 ft) and 2nd in design.    This was the first year BYU ME has entered the contest. There were about 10 entries total including teams from the University of Utah and Utah State University.
Aubrie Glenn receives Employee Giving Scholarship (November 6, 2013)
Aubrie Glenn
Aubrie Glenn is the 2013 recipient of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Employee Giving Scholarship.    Aubrie is from Yakima, WA, and is the daughter of Rick and Lisa Glenn. She received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from BYU in April 2013.  Currently Aubrie is pursuing a MS degree in mechanical engineering, with a research focus on the mechanisms of acute failure in the cervical spine.  Her advisor is Anton Bowden, Assistant Professor.   One day she hopes to be employed in the biomechanics industry, developing implants toward the improvement of peoples’ lives.
Smart foam takes aim at concussions by measuring helmet impact (November 6, 2013)
helmet impact
Concussions in college and professional football are under the microscope more than ever these days, but they don’t seem to be slowing down in frequency. Nearly every game produces an incident where a player suffers “concussion-like symptoms.” According to the CDC, more than 1.6 million sports-related concussions happen annually, with football being the sport with the highest concussion risk. Read the complete article on the BYU homepage here.
2013 Research Fellowship awards presented (October 30, 2013)
Fellowship awards
The Department of Mechanical Engineering presented ten Research Fellowship Awards on October 18, 2013. Each year a limited number of Research Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified PhD and MS applicants to the ME graduate program. The amount of funding ranges from $8,000 - $20,000. This is the highest honor offered by the department to graduate students in recognition of excellent academic performance and the potential for continued success.     Those pictured include, left back: Daniel Maynes, Professor, Department Chair; Matthew Searle, Thomas Evans, John Sessions, Allison Lee, Kyle…
PhD Spotlight: Joseph W. Nichols (October 30, 2013)
Joseph W. Nichols
Joseph W. Nichols completed the requirements for the PhD degree in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University in August 2013.  Prior to returning to BYU, Joe served for 26 years as an Air Force officer, retiring as a colonel.  During his military career he served as a flight test engineer, test squadron commander, group commander, and military attaché.  He has flight test experience in the F-111, F-16, C-130 and C-17.    Joe received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from BYU in 1983, and a MS degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of…
Solar-thermal energy, the 'other' solar power (October 17, 2013)
Solar-thermal energy
Dr. Brian Iverson and colleagues at Sandia National Laboratories and Purdue University have published a series of articles this year relating to solar-thermal energy. This renewable energy technology collects solar radiation and utilizes the thermal energy to run a power cycle. However, because of the intermediate thermal energy stage of the conversion, this renewable energy is amenable to storage making non-daylight hour power generation possible.    Read "Supercritical CO2 Brayton cycles for solar-thermal energy" published in  Applied Energy ​here.   Read "Review of high-temperature…