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NASA Early Career Faculty Grant Awarded to Marc Killpack (December 18, 2014)
Marc Killpack
The Robotics and Dynamics (RaD) Lab, led by Dr. Marc Killpack in the Mechanical Engineering Department at BYU, has been awarded a NASA Early Career Faculty Grant. This grant began in September 2014 and will last for up to three years. The purpose of this grant is to study “innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs for America’s space program,” (see official NASA press release). Dr. Killpack and his students will be studying “soft robots” which are robots that are made up of compliant or soft materials. Although these robots are often perceived as less capable than…
Graduate Seminar: Brian D. Jensen, Phd (December 5, 2014)
Hands Typing
Brian Jensen, professor of mechanical engineering here at BYU, will present at the graduate seminar on Monday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. in room 256 CB. His presentation is entitled "Using LaTeX for Preparing Your Thesis." LaTeX is a “document preparation system,” or a type of word processor, that is very well adapted to writing long technical documents, including theses and dissertations. One of the key benefits of using LaTeX is its ability to automatically format your writing to conform to the BYU standards for theses and dissertations. In this talk, Dr. Jensen will provide an introduction…
2014 Research Fellowship Awards Presented (November 19, 2014)
The Department of Mechanical Engineering presented ten Research Fellowship Awards on November 19, 2014. 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 $10,000 - $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; Cameron Jones, Daniel Koch, Kendall Thacker, Bryan Stringham;…
Weidman Center Lecture: Layne Webb (November 13, 2014)
Layne Webb
As part of the Weidman Center Leadership Lecture series Layne Webb will present on November 20 at 3:00 p.m. in 214 CTB. His presentation is entitled "You may be leading, but who is following?"
7th annual Nephi's Steel Bow Competition (November 12, 2014)
People at Nephi's Steel Bow Competition
On October 28, 2014 the Mechanical Engineering Department sponsored the 7th annual Nephi’s Steel Bow competition, where students compete by designing and building bows which are judged on engineering design and performance. As always, the event proved to be fun and educational. There was a great turnout on a warm fall afternoon, with more than 17 bow entries and 26 participants. There were three awards presented: Grand Prize for the longest distance ($200): Ezekiel Merriam, “Nadia Rose”, (116 yards), Longest distance for an All-Steel Bow Performance ($100): Nathan Stark, “Bow Down to Me…
Graduate Seminar: Larry L. Howell, PhD (November 7, 2014)
Larry L. Howell
Larry Howell, professor of mechanical engineering here at BYU, will present at the graduate seminar on Monday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. in room 256 CB. His presentation is entitled "Publish! The why, how, when, and where of publishing your research." Writing and disseminating research results are an important part of the research process. Understanding the publication process can help you perform better and more efficient research and can increase the chances of your work being accepted for publication. This seminar will provide an overview of the publication process typical in engineering.…
Compliant Mechanism's origami research featured in National Science Foundation video (October 27, 2014)
Dr. Larry Howell and team are featured in an NSF Science Nation video highlighting their origami research. Click here to see the video.  
Graduate Seminar: Theodore L. Bergman, Ph.D. (October 22, 2014)
Theodore L. Bergman
Theodore Bergman of the University of Kansas will present at the graduate seminar on Monday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. in room 256 CB. His presentation is entitled "Thermal energy storage for cost-competitive concentrating solar power." The ability to store and retrieve massive amounts of thermal energy is a key to generating large quantities of cost-competitive electric power from intermittent solar irradiation. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the thermal and economic challenges related to energy storage at large scales. A latent thermal energy storage option is…
"Smart skates" research gains media attention (October 22, 2014)
Smart skates
ME professor Steven Charles and exercise science professor Sarah Ridge are working together to address a major problem for skaters: overuse injuries. Their research has recently gained new media attention. Until now, figure skaters have never been able to get a fully accurate picture of the impact their leaps put on their ankles and feet. Thanks to a novel device they're developing, these BYU professors are undertaking the challenge of putting some hard numbers on it. "We aren't just applying known technology to a new application," said Charles, "we are operating at the limit of what the…
Weidman Center Lecture: Rob Galloway (October 16, 2014)
Rob Galloway
As part of the Weidman Center Leadership Lecture series Rob Galloway will present on "The Law of Vision" on October 23 at 3:00p.m. in 214 CTB.