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ME professor awarded $1.8 million research grant (December 3, 2009)
Scott Thomson Research
BYU Mechanical Engineering professor Scott Thomson was recently awarded a five year, $1.8 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Thomson’s project will investigate the influence of subglottic anatomy on voice production. The grant has subcontracts through BYU to the University of Utah, the National Center for Voice and Speech, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Vocal fold vibration is caused by a three-way coupling between laryngeal aerodynamics, acoustics, and tissue dynamics,” Dr. Thomson commented. “Research focused on the glottic and supraglottic…
Outstanding technical paper award goes to ME professor (December 2, 2009)
Dr. Christopher A. Mattson
Dr. Christopher A. Mattson was recently awarded the Jack Spergel Memorial Award for Outstanding Technical Paper at the International Wire and Cable Symposium Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The paper, entitled “Recent Developments in the Design and Optimization of Constant Force Electrical Contacts,” was selected as the outstanding technical paper of the 2008 IWCS Conference. The paper was written with students John Meaders and Stephen Harston. Meaders graduated from BYU in August 2008, and is now employed by Spirit Aerospace. Harston is currently in the PhD program in Mechanical…
Birthday party of the decade (November 30, 2009)
Birthday party
After months of planning, plotting and scheming, colleagues and ex-students of BYU Mechanical Engineering Professor Brent Adams finally launched the birthday party—also known as an honorary symposium—a week of celebration and camaraderie at the Materials Science and Technology conference in Pittsburgh. From October 26-29, 2009, scores of top scientists and academics from across the globe came to celebrate 60 years of Brent Adams. They thanked him for his contributions, and shared their discoveries that have been made possible because of his work. The MS&T Conference is attended by…
BYU sponsors 2nd annual Nephi's Steel Bow Competition (November 30, 2009)
Nephi's Steel Bow Competition
PROVO, Utah -- About 33 BYU students made a Book of Mormon story a reality Friday at the second annual Nephi's Steel Bow Competition. These students designed, made and shot off steel bows, experiencing for themselves the difficulties of the ancient American prophet Nephi in making an effective
AIAA Foundation awards 3rd place to BYU team (November 19, 2009)
AIAA 3rd place
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced the winners of the 2008-2009 AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition. A team from BYU’s Mechanical Engineering department won third prize for their design. The competition required the development of a variable cycle engine for subsonic transport applications. Dr. Jerry Bowman, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department, had three teams from his Jet Engine Design class enter the competition. Members of the winning team were Scott Egan, Terrence Hess, Matt Hortin, Gordon Reese, Stephen Taylor…
Undergrad wins second place in poster competition (November 19, 2009)
Oliver Johnson
BYU Mechanical Engineering senior Oliver Johnson won second place at a competition sponsored by the Department of Energy for its interns at the national labs. The Science and Engineering Research Challenge (SERCh) was held at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, November 8-9, 2009. The competition included 100 students from top schools across the nation, and Johnson represented BYU by bringing home a second place trophy and $1500. As part of the competition, the interns presented posters and shared their work with other students and faculty. Johnson was presenting…
Engineers without Borders program travels to Peru (September 14, 2009)
Engineers without Borders program travels to Peru
Several members of BYU’s Chapter of Engineers without Borders recently returned from a humanitarian service trip to Peru. The team of students represented several departments in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. The group included three ME students, one ECEn, one ChE, one MET, and one CE student. The students were accompanied by faculty members Randy Lewis, of Chemical Engineering, and Jerry Bowman, of Mechanical Engineering. The team traveled from August 3 until August 17, 2009, spending part of their time at Salkantay, a remote village about 10 miles by dirt road from Cusco…
University award given to ME professor (September 10, 2009)
Dr. Brian Jensen
Dr. Brian Jensen, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the Young Scholar Award at the annual University Conference on August 25, 2009. The Young Scholar award is given to junior faculty to encourage and acknowledge outstanding promise and contribution, and is a three year appointment. Dr. Jensen was nominated by the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair and the Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, and was selected by President Samuelson and the Faculty Awards Committee. “Brian Jensen has made outstanding contributions in our department…
2009 ASME International Design Engineering Conferences (September 10, 2009)
Dr. Larry Howell
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Design Engineering Conferences (IDETC) held their annual meeting in San Diego, California August 30-September 2, 2009. Over ten different conferences operate as part of the IDETC, with attendance at approximately 1300. BYU was well-represented at several of the conferences, with both faculty and students presenting papers, posters, entering design and photo competitions, and winning several awards. At least seven papers were presented by BYU authors, and sessions were chaired or co-chaired by Drs. Larry Howell, Brian Jensen, Spencer…
How termites help build structures (July 14, 2009)
How termites help build structures
The challenge given to this team of Brigham Young University engineering students seemed like a mission impossible. They were asked to create a sustainable building material for people living in impoverished villages in Mozambique. The catch? It had to be made from ...