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Department Undergraduate Advisor chosen to receive ME Staff Recognition Award (December 16, 2015)
Marianne Cutchins, the Undergraduate Advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was chosen to receive the BYU Staff and Administration Employee Recognition Award. Marianne Cutchins is the Undergraduate Advisor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She has been doing this for about 4 years and is doing a remarkable job. She advises all undergraduate students in our program, which currently number over 1000. She meets with these students to help them map out their educational plan and navigate through our program in the most efficient and appropriate manner. In all of her…
Anton Bowden appointed to serve as chair for the Orthopaedic Research Society (December 16, 2015)
Anton Bowden
Anton Bowden was recently appointed to serve as the Communications Council Chair and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the Orthopaedic Research Society.  His tenure in that position will begin at the annual meeting of the society in March 2016.  The ORS was founded in 1954 and is the premier research organization for bone and joint research.  The organization is multidisciplinary and draws its membership from engineers, scientists, and clinicians.  The mission of the ORS is to advance the global orthopaedic research agenda through excellence in research, education,…
Graduate Seminar: Nick Roberts, Ph.D. (December 2, 2015)
Nick Roberts
Nick Roberts, Assistant Professor at Utah State University, will present on Monday, December 7 at 4:00 p.m. in 256 CB. His presentation is entitled, "Thermal Boundary Conductance and the Contribution to Effective Thermal Transport Properties of Nanocomposites." Thermal transport at interfaces has become increasingly important for several applications, including thermal management of electronics, thermoelectric energy harvesting, aircraft propulsion systems, and nuclear energy. In multiple of these application areas there has been a push to smaller length scales or nanostructuring to improve…
Graduate Seminar: Christopher A. Mattson, Ph.D. (November 20, 2015)
Christopher A. Mattson
Christopher A. Mattson, associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, will present on Monday, November 23 at 4:00 p.m. in 256 CB. His presentation is entitled, "Engineering for Global Development and Poverty Alleviation." Dr. Mattson will introduce the concept of Design Exploration, which is something that all design engineers do whether they explicitly know it or not. He will briefly describe how design exploration applies to the full range of technical products, from complex engineering systems to poverty-alleviating products for developing countries. The bulk of his…
Emeritus BYU Professor to give speech at Distinguished Alumnus Colloquium in Ohio (November 13, 2015)
Brent Adams
On November 20, 2015, Brent Adams, an Emeritus BYU Mechanical Engineering Professor, will speak at the Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Colloquium at Ohio State University. His speech is titled “Structure-Property Relationships for Polycrystals: Twenty Five Years of Development of Automated electron Backscattered Diffreaction (EBSD) Methods.” In 1987, the scientific community was inspired by two new experimental approaches that had the potential to acquire large numbers of the needed local state statistics – the synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and electron backscatter…
Department Secretary chosen to receive ME Staff Recognition Award (November 11, 2015)
Eileen Chamberland, the Mechanical Engineering Department Secretary, was chosen to receive the BYU Staff and Administration Employee Recognition Award. The BYU Staff and Administration Employee Recognition Award is given to those who go above and beyond in their job duties. Eileen Chamberland exemplifies this as she helps students, staff, and employees with tasks they need help on. A fellow coworker, Dr. David Fullwood, a professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, stated, “Many people have made my life easier by doing their job, but Eileen seems to be from a different universe—…
Graduate Seminar: Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D. (November 2, 2015)
Jennifer Nichols
Jennifer Nichols, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Orthopaedics and the University of Utah, will present on Monday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m. in 256 CB. Her presentation is entitled, "Probing the Predictive Limits of Biomechanical Models." Predictive biomechanical models have the potential to revolutionize a variety of fields. For example, in orthopaedic surgery, models could be used to select the optimal surgery and assure the best functional outcome. In this talk, Jennifer discusses current advancements in predictive biomechanical modeling with studies of the ankle and…
Graduate Seminar: David Barker, Ph.D. (October 30, 2015)
David Barker
David Barker, Chief Engineer at GE Healthcare Surgery in Salt Lake City, will present on Monday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. in 256 CB. His presentation is entitled, "Exploring the Technologies in Mobile X-ray Equipment." Creating and detecting X-rays for medical applications is an interesting mix of old and new technologies.  If you add the requirements that the system must also be mobile and used in an operating room, the technical challenges get more demanding.  This seminar will explore the technologies used in the OEC mobile C-arm, the most popular x-ray device used in surgery today.  It…
Lab-o-ween Coming Soon (October 23, 2015)
Lab-o-ween poster
On October 29, 2015, the mad scientists at the BYU Department of Mechanical Engineering will present various Halloween-inspired lectures that are available to attend from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. (Posted 10/23/2015)
Graduate Seminar: Brian D. Iverson, Ph.D. (October 13, 2015)
Brian Iverson
Brian D. Iverson, assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, will present on Monday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. in 256 CB. His presentation is entitled, "Context is Everything." In performing research, providing context to your contribution is a critical part of communication.  We’ll be discussing literature reviews and literature searches as well as the first steps of writing.  We will aim to set you on a course to be successful at following the research in your field and establishing your position in it. Brian D. Iverson joined the faculty at Brigham Young University in…