BYU student engineers lead project to design global race car
August 12, 2007
Brigham Young University mechanical engineering professor C. Greg Jensen and his students recently returned from Germany, where they presented their global race car at the annual PACE faculty forum.
PACE, the industry coalition that includes General Motors and supports computer-aided engineering, selected the BYU team to lead a group of engineering students from around the world in designing and assembling a Formula One race car.
BYU was chosen for its engineering expertise and for its diverse language skills, which allowed team members to communicate just as well with collaborators in Korea as with those in Canada.
BYU researchers found that more than half of American adults in a new study gained 5% or more body weight over a 10-year period. What’s more, more than a third of American adults gained 10% or more body weight and almost a fifth gained 20% or more body weight.
For the first time, researchers have sequenced the entire genome of a modern oat, the Swedish variety “Sang.” BYU plant and wildlife sciences professors Jeff Maughan and Rick Jellen played an important role in the international project, sequencing the genomes of two of oat’s ancient progenitors to elucidate its evolutionary history. The group’s findings were recently published as the cover article in top science journal Nature.
This spring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a massive $360 million grant to fund a four-part initiative to conduct research on water resources nationwide. BYU has been tapped to lead one of the four pillars of this major effort over the next five years.