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Governor honors ME professor (December 8, 2008)
Governor honors ME professor
Dr. Brent Adams, Dusenberry Professor of Engineering in BYU’s Mechanical Engineering Department, has received the State of Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. This award is given in recognition of career achievements and accomplishments in science research, education, and industry. Dr. Adams was honored at a ceremony held at the Huntsman Cancer Institute on December 2, 2008. Professor Adams is highly respected for his work on microstructure-property relationships, and is the inventor of Orientation Imaging Microscopy (OIM). OIM has made possible countless fundamental…
Students take on Mars Rover Challenge (November 25, 2008)
Students take on Mars Rover Challenge
By Mark Hartman for the Daily Universe It won't actually travel to the Red Planet, but several BYU students are getting a glimpse into the future of space exploration. The Mars Rover Challenge is sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. According to the official contest description, NASA wants to include a radio-controlled vehicle on its next mission to Mars to collect small rock samples. The contest description calls for students to design and build a vehicle that will maneuver through an obstacle course, retrieve rocks and bring them to a designated area. The rover must…
Modern Nephites: Engineering students build steel bows for shooting competition (November 24, 2008)
Modern Nephites: Engineering students build steel bows for shooting competition
By Mark Hartman and Cecily Lemmon for the Daily Universe In a unique twist on applying lessons in the scriptures to our lives, the Department of Mechanical Engineering hosted a steel bow archery competition on Friday. The competition was the result of the weeks, and in some cases months, of work by mechanical engineering students. The students worked in groups ranging in size from two to five members. Anton Bowden, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, said the idea for the competition came while reading the scriptures. “I think that every engineer gets this idea in their head every…
BYU Engineering students compete in Payload Drop (November 14, 2008)
BYU Engineering students compete in Payload Drop
By Mark Hartman for the Daily Universe Mechanical Engineers and students gathered Thursday evening to watch small vehicles zip around the Garden Court as part of the Payload Drop competition. The competition was hosted by the BYU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The group tries to hold a competition every year. Tom and Andrea Ames, siblings from Albuquerque, N.M., majoring in mechanical engineering designed this year’s competition. “It was inspired by a competition I saw in high school,” said Tom Ames, vice president of ASME. Ames wrote the rules while sister Andrea…
BYU professor travels to Air Force Research Lab (October 31, 2008)
BYU professor travels to Air Force Research Lab
BYU Mechanical Engineering Professor, Dr. Scott Thomson, travelled to Dayton, Ohio this summer to study flapping wing aerodynamics at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Dr. Thomson worked for two months, from June through August, creating computational models of air flow around models of flapping wings. Dr. Thomson’s primary research specialty is voice aerodynamics and vibrations. While this may seem like a very different area than that of flapping wing aerodynamics, they require the use of similar computational and experimental methods and both are strongly influenced by complex interactions…
Quentin Aten's great experience with BYU Grad Studies (October 7, 2008)
Quentin Aten's great experience with BYU Grad Studies
Quentin Aten's complex project required the collaboration of mentors from both biology and mechanical engineering.
Student recognized for paper (August 27, 2008)
Student recognized for paper
Peter Halverson, a PhD student at Brigham Young University, won 2nd place in the Graduate division of the 2008 ASME Student Mechanisms Design Competition for his entry about contact-aided compliant mechanism based spinal arthroplasty. The contest was part of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference held in Brooklyn, New York, held from August 4th -5th. Peter's goal was to produce a viable alternative to spinal fusion by designing a device that mimics the physiological motion of the spine. The presented design has the potential to restore both the quality and quantity of motion in the…
BYU team wins award for design (August 26, 2008)
BYU team wins award for design
A Capstone team from BYU was awarded third place in the ASME Student Mechanism Design Competition at the recent ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference. The conference was held in Brooklyn, New York, on August 3-6th. Finalist included four teams from the U.S. and China. The team, who is named "Tropical Pressure", was awarded 3rd in the competition for their design of a coconut oil press and drying machine for villagers in Boza, Tanzania to assist in extracting coconut oil from coconuts that are abundant in the region. Chris Christensen, a member of the Capstone project, represented the team…
ME student and professor receive award for paper (August 18, 2008)
ME student and professor receive award for paper
Undergraduate student Sterling Anderson and ME Professor Dr. Brian Jensen of Brigham Young University received the “Compliant Mechanisms Award: Applications” in recognition of a prize winning paper. The award is presented annually to the authors of the best paper demonstrating an application of compliant mechanisms. The award was received at the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference held in Brooklyn, New York, from August 4th-5th. This conference is the premier conference for work in compliant mechanisms, with papers from many researchers all over the world. This is the second year that…
Behind the wheel of the 2008 BYU formula racer (July 25, 2008)
Behind the wheel of the 2008 BYU formula racer
The BYU Formula Race Car competed in Fontana, California at the Auto Club Speedway, against 90 vehicles from colleges around the world. This year in its third year of participation in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers West competition, the BYU racer placed in the top ten in the design category. The competition gives budding engineers exposure to the mechanical challenges – and deadline pressures – they will encounter in real-world industry situations. A team of eight BYU mechanical engineering students spent several hundred hours conceptualizing and fabricating every aspect of the…