Planning to Pursue an M.S. or PhD.

Involvement in research as an undergraduate is important if you plan on getting an MS or PhD in mechanical engineering. Undergraduate research experiences help you demonstrate your capacity for research, prepare you for graduate school, and increases your competitiveness for graduate school fellowship funding. For an MS or PhD, activities in the green & blue areas of this chart are especially important for you as an undergraduate. Activities in the red & yellow areas of the chart may also be beneficial.

Planning to Pursue a combined M.S./MBA

If you are planning to get a combined MS/MBA activities in the red & yellow areas of this chart are especially important for you as an undergraduate. Also, taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam to become a Professional Engineer is important for you.

Getting a Job after Completing Your B.S.

If you plan to enter the job market immediately after completing your B.S., activities in the red & yellow areas of this chart can increase your competitiveness in the job market. For you, external internships are more important than involvement in research. Also, taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam to become a Professional Engineer is important for you.

How to Apply for Positions Below

  • Apply only for “Open” positions.
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  • Email your interest as directed below.  The email should include:          
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    • Your anticipated graduation date
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    • Why you are interested in the position
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    • Attach a current resume.
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    • From MyBYU>AIM>Grades, attach a current unofficial transcript.
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Research Opportunities

Status Type Research Area Description To Apply
Currently Closed Paid

Develop temperature control models and hardware based on fluorescent thermometers to control temperature in microfluidics.  The end application is a chip that will aid in DNA mutation detection, based on what temperature the DNA melts at. Responsibilities will likely include MATLAB/Labview programming, hardware construction, and troubleshooting. Work is anticipated to span 10-20 hours/week beginning Spring Semester through the end of summer, with the expectation to extend into fall.

Email your resume and unofficial transcript to troy.munro@byu.edu.

Currently Closed Paid Thermal Transport

The Flux Lab (https://fluxlab.byu.edu) is looking for an undergraduate research assistant to assist in the optimization of a concentrated solar power-coal hybrid power plant. Responsibilities will likely include economic and thermodynamic analyses and assisting in creating an optimization routine in MATLAB. Some experience with MATLAB and/or Microsoft Excel is preferred, but candidates must have taken ME321. Work is anticipated to span 10-20 hours/week beginning Spring Semester through the end of summer, with the potential to extend into fall. 

Please express interest by emailing your resume and transcript to bdiverson@byu.edu.  

Currently Closed Paid Design

​CAD and prototype support systems for a blu-ray based microscope as the TEMP lab is trying to make a portable thermal analyzer.  This will involve design CAD of the overall system and 3D printing of motor mounts and the overall enclosure.  Skills needed include ability to use or learn SolidWorks, as well as some basic electronics experience.

Email your resume and brief summary of why you are interested in this position to troy.munro@byu.edu

Currently Closed Paid Fluid Mechanics

Use state-of-the-science computer software to model air quality in Utah. Candidates should have the following skills and/or experience: Interest in understanding and modeling air quality and air pollutants, Experience with code development and compilers, Familiarity with Linux OS preferred but not required, Self-motivated and able to work independently, Strong communication skills. Work will begin immediately and continue through August 2019. Students should be able to work 6-8 hrs/wk during winter semester and ~32 hrs/wk during spring and summer.

Email your resume and a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in this position to brad.adams@byu.edu

Open Paid or Credit Fluid Mechanics

Characterize the wetting of droplets under vibrations and/or electrical fields. Possible work includes studying of wetting transitions on vibrating super hydrophobic surfaces and designing an electrowetting actuation for tuning antennas.

Email nbcrane@byu.edu with your resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief summary of your interests/goals.

Open Paid or Credit Design

Be part of a team that is developing new additive manufacturing processes and characterizing the performance of existing systems.  Work may include mechanical design, materials testing, image analysis, and/or mechatronics. Preference given to students with prior experience with one or more of these areas.

Email nbcrane@byu.edu with your resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief summary of your interests/goals.

Open Paid or Credit Design

Utilize method developed in the lab for creating dynamic thermal patterns to characterize material properties and/or process performance in an additive manufacturing system.  Must have completed ME EN 340. 

Email nbcrane@byu.edu with your resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief summary of your interests/goals.

Currently Closed Paid Bioengineering

The position is available now through Dec 2018 at approximately 10 hrs per week.  The selected applicant will learn micro/nanofabrication methods including using tools in the BYU cleanroom.  A subset of fabricated samples will be electrically characterized using impedance spectroscopy.  Training for learning these methods will also be provided and paid.  The structures/samples may be used in cancer/disease detection or in improving heat transfer at condensing surfaces.  For more information, please visit the Flux Lab website

Please express interest by emailing your resume and transcript to bdiverson@byu.edu

Currently Closed Paid Design

This programming position is available now through Dec 2018 at approximately 10 hrs per week.  The primary responsibility will be to translate a program written in R into Python.  Once the code has been translated, we will benchmark the code with the old code, and run a series of cases corresponding with experiments we have planned.  The existing code is a model for gas chromatography separations.  Gas chromatography is used to detect what types of gases comprise a sample and is used in defense and security applications.

Please express interest by emailing your resume AND transcript (unofficial is ok) to bdiverson@byu.edu.  Please note any experience you have in Python or R.  If you are seeking a computer science minor, that could be a plus but not a requirement.

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer Fluid Mechanics

Design and set up experiments; run tests.  Some paid positions may become available for long term participants.

Send an email statement of interest to crockettj@byu.edu 

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer Fluid Mechanics

Calibrate systems and run tests in the Stratified Flows Lab.

Paid positions usually are offered to students who have volunteered or gotten credit, and can make a longer term commitment.  Email information listed above to crockettj@byu.edu.

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer Dynamic Systems, Controls, and Robotics

We need significant help on the BYU Mars Rover Capstone team and have up to 6 open positions to start January 2017.  Good performance will likely lead to a spot on the Mars Rover team for 2017-18.  See https://goo.gl/m7kB6t for more details.

Email marc_killpack@byu.edu with the info listed on https://goo.gl/m7kB6t.  Preference given to those who reply before January 1, 2017.

Currently Closed Paid or Credit Dynamic Systems, Controls, and Robotics

Dr. Munro is looking for a student to design and build a modified blu-ray player, including electronic control and the housing, with the end goal of relating the measured light to the temperature of a material. Preference will be given to students that:

- Are currently enrolled in or have taken ME EN 330 Mechatronics

- Have a strong academic track record

Please send a resume and unofficial transcript to troy.munro@byu.edu

Please send a resume and unofficial transcript to troy.munro@byu.edu

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer Bioengineering

Employ existing synthetic spider silk for use as a fiber-optic temperature and/or chemical sensor for use in implantable optics and lab-on-chip applications.  Involves experimental setup and testing, similar to this experiment (DOI: 10.1117/2.1201603.006394​).

Experience with optical systems preferred, but not required. 

Send a resume and unofficial transcript to troy.munro@byu.edu.

Open Paid or Credit Aerospace

We generally have openings in wind energy and aircraft design at the beginning of each semester.  Click HERE for information on how to get involved.

After reading the website information HERE, stop by during Dr. Ning's office hours if you would like to discuss in more detail.

Currently Closed Paid or Credit Materials

Not currently accepting any further applicants at this time. Maintain and develop an open-source microscopy software package developed by my research group. 

Ideal person is a sophomore with good computing skills, and planning on pursuing a PhD in materials science or related field (at any university).  Email dfullwood@byu.edu describing your current and future plans and interests, and other items as listed above.

Currently Closed Paid or Credit Dynamic Systems, Controls, and Robotics

Modify a blu-ray player to control the lasers, the motors, and the photodiode with the end goal of relating the measured light to the temperature of a material.  Preference given to students that have a strong academic track record and are currently in or have taken ME EN 330 Mechatronics. Can also be a volunteer position in addition to paid and credit. 

Send a resume and unofficial transcript to troy.munro@byu.edu. 

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer Design

Not currently accepting any further applicants at this time.  Design and carry out experiments to determine how climbing, rappelling, and rescue equipment behaves under load and when exposed to various environmental factors.

Email johnsalmon@byu.edu with the information listed above.

Open Paid or Credit Fluid Mechanics

Design and set up experiments and simulations in research areas such as human voice production, bird vocalization, and humpback whale flipper analysis. Paid, credit, or volunteer.

Email thomson@byu.edu with the information listed above.

Open Volunteer Materials

Improve energy technologies by engineering defect networks in materials through theory, computation, and experiment (see johnson.byu.edu).

I typically require new students to volunteer for 1 semester, followed by a semester of 497R credit.  Afterwards, if I have funding and you have been productive and enjoyed the work, you may be considered for a paid position.  Send an email statement of interest to ojohnson@byu.edu.