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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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.
  • Email your interest as directed below.  The email should include:
    • Your anticipated graduation date
    • Why you are interested in the position
    • Attach a current resume.
    • From MyBYU>AIM>Grades, attach a current unofficial transcript.
Status Type Faculty Research Area Description To Apply
Open Paid Brian D. Iverson Thermal Transport

The position is for 1 semester (fall 2017) with a possibility for additional work in 2018.  The work involves running the supercomputer and learning/using Python to generate numerical models that will model heat transfer of angular surfaces (like origami).  

Please express interest by emailing your resume and transcript to bdiverson@byu.edu.  Successful applicants would have ‘interest' or aptitude in the following areas

- Python programming

- Java programming

- Supercomputing

- Available ~10 hrs per week

- Ability to work independently

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer Troy Munro 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.

Currently Closed Paid or Credit Brian D. Iverson Dynamic Systems, Controls, and Robotics

BYU ME and ECE departments are building a CubeSat (small 10 cm square) satellite for launch later in 2017.  At this stage, the design is mostly complete and we are looking for someone to assist us over the summer in the following areas.  Experience or interest in multiple areas below is a plus but not required.  

            • Thermal testing

            • Manufacturing / Machining

            • Assembly

            • Vibration testing

Send a resume and transcript (unofficial is ok) to Brian Iverson (bdiverson@byu.edu).  We are considering 1 student that would contribute for elective course credit and 1 student that would be interested in a paid position. 

Currently Closed Paid or Credit Troy Munro 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

Open Credit or Volunteer Marc D. Killpack 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.

Open Paid or Credit Scott Thomson 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.

Currently Closed Credit or Volunteer John L. Salmon 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.

Currently Closed Paid or Credit David T. Fullwood 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.

Open Paid or Credit S. Andrew Ning 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 Credit or Volunteer Tim McLain Aerospace

Currently not accepting additional applicants!    Design, build, fly, develop software and avionics for a small unmanned aircraft as part of the MAGICC Lab AUVSI student UAS competition team!

Email Tim McLain at mclain@byu.edu with the information listed above.

Open Credit or Volunteer Julie Crockett 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.

Open Volunteer Oliver K. Johnson 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.

Open Credit or Volunteer Julie Crockett 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