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Mechanical Origami! (October 4, 2017)
Origami Inventors
State-of-the-art Origami inventions win BYU students first and second place at this year’s Design Engineering Technical Conferences hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://www.et.byu.edu/college-news/compliant-mechanisms-research-lab-tops-podium-asme-design-engineering-technical
Graduate Seminar: William Roberts (October 3, 2017)
Prof. William Roberts
The graduate seminar on Monday, October 9th will be given by Prof. William Roberts, Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. It will be held at 4pm in 256 CB. Abstract: This talk will cover the particular difficulties of measuring soot in high pressure flames using non-intrusive techniques. The vast majority of our information regarding soot formation and oxidation has been obtained in atmospheric pressure flames. However, more than 70% of the airborne particulate matter in urban environments comes from transportation, all of…
Graduate Seminar: Brian D. Iverson (September 28, 2017)
The graduate seminar on Monday, October 2nd will be given by Brian D. Iverson, an Assistant Professor of BYU's own Mechanical Engineering Dept. It will be held at at 4pm in 256 CB. Abstract: 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. Bio: Brian D. Iverson joined the faculty at Brigham Young…
BYU Develops Helmet Smartfoam (September 25, 2017)
updated footbal helmet
BYU mechanical engineering PhD student, Jake Merrell, and a team of researchers across three BYU departments have developed and tested a nano composite smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet (and pads) to more accurately test the impact and power of hits. Most football fans have seen players get hit so hard they can barely walk back to the sideline. All too often in years past, those players were back on the field just a few plays later, despite suffering what appeared to be a head injury. While football-related concussions have been top of mind in recent years, people have…
Teaching Fellowship Awarded to ME Doctoral Student (September 20, 2017)
Allison Lee
Allison Lee recently received a renewal of her teaching fellowship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award, given to only four to five students in the nation annually, represents years of hard work and dedication to her studies.
Graduate Seminar: D. Nenad Miljkovic (September 19, 2017)
The graduate seminar on Monday, September 25th will be given by Nenad Miljkovic, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. It will be held at at 4pm in 256 CB.   Abstract: Micro and nanoengineered functional surfaces have recently received significant attention due to their ability to enhance the efficiency and performance of a variety of applications. Although demonstrated on the lab scale, the successful integration of these surfaces into systems has been slow due mainly to issues related to poor longevity, unproven scalability, and…
The Village Drill (September 15, 2017)
Village Drill
Dr. Chris Mattson of the Mechanical Engineering department participated in a CAPSTONE project several years ago. Find out how he and a group of innovative students developed man-powered drills for needy areas throughout the world.
Graduate Seminar (September 13, 2017)
Dr. Harry Millwater
Dr. Harry Millwater is the Samuel G. Dawson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has 30 years of experience in structural reliability methods. He has prior experience developing the Nessus and Darwin probabilistic codes. Currently he leads the development of the probabilistic airframe risk assessment codes, Smart|LD & Smart|DT, for the FAA. He is the originator of the hypercomplex finite element method under funding from AFRL, AFOSR, ONR, and DoD. The hypercomplex finite element method, ZFEM, is an extension of the traditional finite element…
Fluid Dynamics Applied to Brain Trauma (September 11, 2017)
Fluid Dynamics
Mechanical Engineering professor Scott Thomson worked with USU professor Tadd Truscott, a former BYU faculty, to provide new research on a phenomenon called cavitation. The research gathered is anticipated to contribute to brain trauma research. Continue reading for the full story.
Rising Rockets (August 25, 2017)
Rocket Lifting Off
It was the hottest week of the summer, and America had closed its blinds and retreated into the shadows. Eleven members of the BYU Rocketry High Power Team, accompanied by Dr. David Fullwood, traveled to Las Cruces, NM. The students were attending the 2017 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. Now in its 12th year, the competition partnered with Spaceport America and hosted 115 teams from around the world. Like a reality TV show for rocket scientists, they would endure a week of camp food, scorching sunshine and every prickly discomfort that the desert could throw at them, all for a…