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Fire research from BYU creating better, faster models to predict how wildfires burn

“We are working on a small scale and hopefully that gives us some insight into what happens on a large scale,” said fire expert Thomas H. Fletcher, BYU professor of chemical engineering. “We’re trying to take some of the unpredictability out of fire by doing experiments in well-controlled environments.”


September 4, 2019
Tim McLain appointed Associate Dean

Dr. Tim McLain has been appointed to Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 15, 2019. 

July 15, 2019
Aaron Hawkins awarded IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award

Aaron Hawkins was awarded the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award for the invention and development of optofluidic waveguides and their applications, in particular commercialization for biomedical diagnostics.

June 21, 2019
NASA turns to BYU for critical Mars research ahead of human missions

A multidisciplinary team of BYU engineering and chemistry researchers has been tasked by NASA to develop a system to measure the size and electrical charge of Mars dust — a detail critical to the success of human missions to Mars.

June 14, 2019
Larry Howell new BYU associate academic vice president

Academic Vice President C. Shane Reese has announced the appointment of Larry L. Howell as the new associate academic vice president for research and graduate studies at Brigham Young University.

June 14, 2019
BYU engineers making a more people-friendly robot

Equipped with funding and support from NASA, Brigham Young University mechanical engineers have built an inflatable robot similar to the lovable Baymax character from Disney’s Big Hero Six.

June 13, 2019
BYU engineers making a more people-friendly robot

Equipped with funding and support from NASA, Brigham Young University mechanical engineers have built an inflatable robot similar to the lovable Baymax character from Disney’s Big Hero Six.

June 13, 2019
Dale Tree appointed Mechanical Engineering chair

Dr. Dale R. Tree will be the new Mechanical Engineering department chair, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Tree replaces Dr. R. Daniel Maynes, who has served as department chair since 2013.

June 13, 2019
BYU engineers give back in Dominican Republic with hydro-informatics systems

Since 2011, Dr. Jim Nelson of BYU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department has taken more than 150 BYU Civil Engineering students to the Dominican Republic to develop and implement hydro-informatics systems to improve water management.

May 20, 2019
Study reveals birds' surprising sound source

A team that brings together physics, biology, computation and engineering find the syrinx confers an advantage: by sitting so low in the airway, the syrinx can produce sound with very high efficiency.

April 23, 2019
Electrical Engineering Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award and Grant

Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Smalley was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Award on March 21st, 2019. This prestigious award provides the recipient with a $500,000 grant over a five-year period to fund their research.

April 11, 2019
BYU physicists and engineers invent a quieter airplane toilet

After two years of trial and error, three academic publications and thousands of flushes, a team of BYU physicists and a Mechanical Engineering professor have invented a vacuum-assisted toilet that is about half as loud as the regular airplane commode.

April 4, 2019
2019 Student Innovator of the Year launches business plan into space

Sugarhouse Aerospace took 1st place in the 2019 Student Innovator of the Year competition and $7,000 in prize money. The group seeks to make suborbital space more accessible to educators, researchers, and consumers to explore the final frontier.

March 28, 2019
Secret to lab-on-a-chip breakthrough: matte black nail polish

BYU electrical engineering students have stumbled upon a unconventional method that could speed up disease diagnosis. Read the full story. 

March 5, 2019
BYU's new lab mixes virtual and augmented realities

In BYU’s new Mixed Reality Lab, students are forging a new frontier of virtual and augmented reality. The lab becomes scattered with robots. Equipped with a headset and a controller, a player is tasked with saving the lab from an invasion. Their reality is mixed with augmented 3D technology.

February 20, 2019
BYU researchers unfold new class of mechanical devices

It took just over 10 years, but real science has finally caught up to the science fiction of Iron Man’s transforming exoskeleton suit.

February 14, 2019
BYU Engineering Building Awarded Higher Education Research Building Project of 2018

BYU’s Engineering Building was awarded Higher Education/Research Building Project of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Utah January 24th.

February 1, 2019
Above the Flood

Once a flood victim herself, BYU student Anelle Concepción now uses her studies to protect communities from floods.


January 18, 2019
Folding the Future: BYU engineering professors share origami at Embassy of Japan exhibit, mentor students

From police shields to backpacks and solar panels to dishware, BYU engineering and design students are using Japanese origami principles to innovate and problem-solve.

January 15, 2019
BYU Engineering student entrepreneur becomes CEO of multi-million dollar company Owlet

Photo courtesy Owlet

BYU Chemical Engineering graduate Kurt Workman went from BYU student entrepreneur to CEO of a multi-million dollar company in just a few years. 

January 2, 2019
2018 in review: College of Engineering highlights

It’s a great time to be a part of the BYU College of Engineering.

In 2018, BYU College of Engineering faculty and students participated in ground-breaking research, received awards for innovation and made the world a better place by serving others.

December 26, 2018
Taking origami to space

Watch as Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli demonstrates the use of innovative origami designs created by BYU engineers.

December 13, 2018
Engineering students build smaller, equally powerful version of Village Drill

The nonprofit behind the original Village Drill,, and BYU engineering students have teamed up again to make a smaller but equally powerful version of the tool that can still reach depths over 100 feet and costs less than $2,500 per well to a local community.

December 13, 2018
BYU home to nation's best chemical engineering student

BYU undergrad Josh Wilkerson used his in-depth knowledge of protein therapeutics to beat out students from Georgia Tech, Berkeley and other elite universities to recently win the nation’s top chemical engineering student honor. 

December 13, 2018
BYU Rocketry sets Guinness World Record

BYU Rocketry set the new Guinness World Record for the highest launch of an effervescent tablet rocket while winning $30,000 in the Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge.

December 12, 2018
Dedicated to innovation: Engineering Building Dedication recap

Brigham Young University’s new Engineering Building is home to far more than traditional classrooms.

The 180,000 square-foot, 5 story-high building features state-of-the-art research labs, experiential learning spaces, and classrooms equipped with tools for modern pedagogy.

December 5, 2018
BYU Rocketry club makes Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge finals, competing for Guiness World Record

BYU Rocketry is one of the top five finalists in Bayer's Annual Alka-Rocket Challenge. The team will be competing to break last year's Guinness World Record and win $30,000. The Challenge will take place Dec.12 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

November 19, 2018
First-ever BYU alumni “tech summit” held in Austin

The first-ever BYU alumni-organized tech summit welcomed more than 150 attendees and representatives from 75 companies.

November 16, 2018
Watch: Self-flying drones in disaster zones: BYU engineers help design safer structures

A BYU team, led by BYU professors Kevin Franke (civil engineering) and John Hedengren (chemical engineering), has developed a program that will allow a drone to map its own route and fly independently to image an entire city. The team tested the new algorithm recently in Italian cities that were destroyed by a massive earthquake two years ago.

November 9, 2018
BYU Engineering creating new breed of drones that can navigate without GPS

BYU research into “GPS-denied environments” is producing a new breed of fixed-wing UAVs that can navigate effectively when GPS signals are intermittent, interrupted, degraded or altogether nonexistent.

November 1, 2018
October 29, 2018
BYU Engineering develops multi-university capstone program for UAV research

BYU and Boeing partner to develop multi-university capstone course to help engineering graduates acquire needed skills in the area of drone research.

October 17, 2018
BYU: A national center for UAV research

BYU's Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems is the only National Science Foundation-funded unmanned aircraft research center in the country.

October 17, 2018
Engineering Building opens on BYU campus

The new building opened Sept. 4, 2018 for the first day of BYU's 2018-2019 school year. The Daily Herald interview with assistant dean Jim Trent hints at what the new building has to offer. 

September 4, 2018
BYU Construction Management program ranked #1 best value in nation

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering's Construction Management program ranked first in Value College's "Top 50 Best Value Bachelor's in Construction Management 2019" ranking.

August 31, 2018
Chemical engineering professor and student develop new wildfire smoke emissions model

A BYU chemical engineering professor and his Ph.D. student have developed an advanced model that can help predict pollution caused by wildfire smoke.

The research, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Energy, provides a physical model that can more reliably predict soot and smoke emissions from wildfires over a range of conditions.

August 24, 2018
Engeering Ph.D. grad, NASA research fellow leads by example

After graduating with his Ph.D. this month, Alden will move to the Netherlands where he will begin a post-doctoral position at Delft University of Technology, a world-renowned university in this field. During his two years there, he will work with teams doing spacecraft research, and other research on micro-mechanisms.  

August 17, 2018
NSF asks electrical engineering profs to build new receiver for one of world's largest radio telescopes

The National Science Foundation has awarded Brian Jeffs and Karl Warnick a $5.8 million grant to mount a super-sensitive super-antenna at the focal point of the 1000-foot diameter Arecibo Observatory dish. The super-antenna, more accurately named a phased array feed, will increase the telescopes’ observation capabilities five times over.

August 17, 2018
New cybersecurity major available Fall 2018

BYU has created five new courses of study available to its students starting Fall Semester 2018, including a BS in Cybersecurity.

July 26, 2018
Devotional: Keeping the Spiritual Lifeblood Flowing

Steven L. Shumway delivered the BYU devotional address on June 26, 2018. Dr. Shumway teaches courses in electronics, robotics, and power and energy, as well as how to be an effective teacher and administer assessments in the field of technology. 

July 25, 2018
New department chairs announced

Dr. Aaron Hawkins and Dr. Norman Jones began their respective terms as department chair on June 1, 2018. Dr. Hawkins replaced Dr. Brent Nelson and Dr. Jones replaced Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss. 

July 23, 2018
Industrial design students reach across the ocean to design outdoor lighting products

Every year, industrial design students in BYU’s professional program design user-focused product prototypes for partnering companies.

July 10, 2018
BYU students win international technology competition

BYU’s Technology and Engineering Studies students came home victorious from this year’s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) conference and student competitions in Atlanta.

June 27, 2018
BYU traffic study: No more left turns on busy streets

BYU traffic engineers Grant Schultz and Mitsuru Saito are on a mission to stop people from making left turns on busy roads. It’s not because they want to make life more difficult; it’s because they want to save it.

June 21, 2018
Robots: a new method of learning

Imagine you're a child waking up every morning afraid and upset because you are unable to communicate your needs. Or envision being a parent, breaking into tears, trying everything you can to pacify your child and get them to ask you a question. For children on the autism spectrum and their parents, this can often be reality.

June 19, 2018
TEDxBYU professor, Greg Nordin, lectures about 3D printing for lab-on-a-chip

What we can do in technology is defined by our tools. If we want new possibilities, we need to create new tools.

June 7, 2018
Convocation speaker offers insights about succeeding amidst competition

At the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology convocation ceremonies on Friday April 27, graduates were inspired by Lauren Bird, vice president and general manager of the Valero McKee Refinery, as he taught them how to succeed amidst competition. 

May 29, 2018
Meghan Markle using the mighty Village Drill

Before becoming a Royal family member, Meghan Markle spent time in Rwanda using the Village Drill to help bring water to rural communities.

May 24, 2018
Forum: Self-flying vehicles

Randal Beard, professor of Electrical Engineering and the recipient of BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, delivered the Forum address on Tuesday. He discussed the technology in autonomous vehicles and how he anticipates the field progressing in the future. 

May 23, 2018
Two Engineering and Technology majors selected as Women of Courage

When one hears the phrase ‘women of courage,’ names like Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller come to mind, but women of courage are all around us. Last week, BYU recognized seven Women of Courage Award winners, two of whom come from the Ira A. Fulton College.

May 14, 2018