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Back to the Future: BYU profs find 50s-era solution to modern engineering mystery

August 30, 2022
A group of BYU researchers have traveled back in time to solve a seemingly irreconcilable scientific mystery that has confused engineers and chemists for nearly two decades. And while they didn’t actually hit 88 miles an hour in a DeLorean like Michael J. Fox, the team did end up in the same time frame as Marty McFly, where they found the answer to a metals processing conundrum that has popped up in modern academic research.
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BYU students build Mars rover, travel to Mars-like terrain, compete for Earth's top prize

June 06, 2022
BYU engineering students and undergrads from universities representing 10 countries traveled to the deserts near Hanksville, Utah, last weekend for the annual University Rover Challenge. There they tested their student-built rovers to the limits and the BYU team competed admirably with some of the finest student engineering minds in the world.


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BYU engineers travel to the Arctic, develop innovative radar method to detect polar bears

May 25, 2022
BYU engineering students are testing radar to track polar bears aboveground. If successful, the team’s work would mark a significant step forward in scientists’ ability to track mother polar bears during winter, when they den and give birth to their cubs beneath dense snowpack. Locating and protecting bear dens is important for conservation efforts.
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Student-created, origami-based windshield wiper solves laparoscopic surgery conundrum

June 17, 2021
Engineering graduate student Jacob Sheffield has created a tiny origami-based device that serves as a miniature windshield wiper for laparoscope camera lenses.
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BYU engineering student creates simple device to help young violinist with prosthetic arm

June 10, 2021
Adia Cardona is a 10-year-old violinist who has exceptional skill for her age and determination to match it. The young Provo girl also has just one hand.
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BYU engineering, theatre arts students team up to create animatronic cougar

May 19, 2021
Thanks to the combined efforts of two BYU engineering capstone teams and a group of theatre and media arts students, the beloved mascot Cosmo is getting an animatronic counterpart in the theatre department.
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With innovative nanofiber membranes, cloth masks’ efficacy goes up to 99%

October 21, 2020
The cloth masks many are sporting these days offer some protection against COVID-19. However, they typically provide much less than the professional N95 masks used by healthcare workers. That may soon change. Recently, students from BYU’s College of Engineering teamed up with Nanos Foundation to develop a nanofiber membrane that can be sandwiched between the cloth pieces in a homemade mask, increasing efficacy up to 99%.


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Animation-streaming glasses to help children with autism establish eye contact

September 02, 2020
Hoping to create a solution to the eye-contact conundrum for children with autism, a BYU Engineering Capstone team and their sponsor have created a pair of glasses that display dynamic animated images on the lenses, potentially increasing the engagement and comfort of the child as they work to improve eye contact.


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BYU 3D printing protective masks for first responders during coronavirus crisis

April 01, 2020
In a corner lab of the BYU Crabtree Technology Building, there is a constant hum as five machines zip back and forth. Hour by hour and layer by layer, a group of 3D printers are churning out protective face masks.
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Shark Tank deal for BYU inventors of massage therapy ball

October 28, 2019
Rollins Center-supported startup Myostorm lands deal on ABC's prime-time show.
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Study reveals birds' surprising sound source

April 09, 2019
The best place for a bird's voice box is low in the airway, researchers find
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BYU engineers making a more people-friendly robot

March 19, 2019
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.
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BYU researchers unfold new class of mechanical devices

February 13, 2019
"Developable mechanisms" are built into the surfaces of structures
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Students build smaller, equally powerful version of Village Drill

December 12, 2018
Water-well drill can now reach more remote locations around globe
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Students engineer hand-trike attachment for LDS Charities global wheelchair program

April 08, 2018
BYU engineering students are helping make LDS Charities wheelchairs even better for people in need around the globe.

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BYU-developed helmet smartfoam signals potential concussions in real time

September 20, 2017
Ph.D. student Jake Merrell and his mentors have developed a smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet to more accurately test the impact and power of hits. The nano composite foam can help diagnose concussions.

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Five years later, BYU's village drill project bringing clean water to hundreds of thousands

September 13, 2017
In 2011, a group of mechanical engineering students built a human-powered drill to dig water wells as part of a senior capstone course. The project seemed promising, but little did they know how life-changing it would become.

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BYU researchers helping connect fluid dynamics research to brain trauma

September 10, 2017
As many YouTube videos show, striking the top of a liquid-filled bottle can shatter the bottom. Researchers are hoping to use new knowledge of the party trick to help fill a gap in something much more serious: brain research.

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