Meet an Inventor Night

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U engineering graduate and inventor, Ross Mann, will be speaking about his passion for designing coin-operated machines during the annual Meet an Inventor Night Thursday, April 23. Think of Ross Mann as the ultimate Santa’s elf. He likes to design and construct fun.  Mann, a product development engineer for his son’s Bountiful company, MannMade Engineering, invented the first “kinetic art gumball” machine in the 1980s, a gumball machine that delivered candy through a series of Rube Goldberg-like mechanical contraptions. Now he’s bringing to market a new system of LED garden […]

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Washakie Renewable Energy Awards Scholarships


Fourteen University of Utah graduate and undergraduate students from the College of Engineering received a total of $50,000 in scholarships from Washakie Renewable Energy, part of the Salt Lake City biofuel company’s Kingston Energy Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was founded by Dr. Jacob Kingston, the chief executive of Washakie Renewable Energy, and his wife, Sally, as a way to give back to his alma mater, the University of Utah. Washakie and its partner, the Utah Jazz, each have been donating $5 for every point the NBA team made from the […]

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Design Day 2015—April 23


Just under 500 mechanical engineering students will be competing in the 2015 Design Day on Thursday, April 23, 11:00 am—3:00 pm at the U Olpin Union ballrooms and surrounding area. Design Day showcases students’ ability to strategically problem solve today’s engineering needs. This event is free and open to the public!  Freshmen students will assemble in the Pacific Ocean to demonstrate their programming skills in a Battleship Competition. Always a crowd pleaser, junior mechatronics students built tele-operated robots to compete in a Robot Volleyball Competition. Thirty senior capstone projects ranging […]

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U Engineering Students Win Bench-2-Bedside


A team that includes two University of Utah engineering students won the 2015 Bench-2-Bedside competition, a contest designed to help medical, engineering and business students create new ideas in medical devices. A team that includes two University of Utah engineering students won the 2015 Bench-2-Bedside competition, a contest designed to help medical, engineering and business students create new ideas in medical devices. The competition, which is organized by the U’s Center for Medical Innovation, was held April 8 in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda. The team, Cinluma, is made up […]

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U Mechanical Engineering Student Awarded DOE Fellowship


Brooklyn Noble is first Utah student and mechanical engineer to receive a fellowship from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.  Brooklyn Noble was born with a passion for science, technology and engineering, she says.  While growing up near North Ogden in Weber County, the University of Utah mechanical engineering student entered all of the school science fairs. At 14 years old, she even went to the national science fair with her project on astronomy. “I can’t remember when I wasn’t interested in science,” she said. “No one in […]

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Patching the Pipeline: Educators, Businesses Call for Utah Tech Talent

Engineering student Joey Bourne works on a senior project in the Mechanical Engineering Design Automation Robotics and Control Lab at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Friday, April 3, 2015. Photo courtesy Ravell Call, Deseret News

Deseret News:  When KC Jensen changed his mind about becoming a patent attorney, he knew he wanted “an actual job in science.” His passion for science, technology, engineering and math was what prompted him to change his major to mechanical engineering. But more and more often, the University of Utah sophomore gets a fresh realization that it was a step in the right direction. “No one ever came to my high school to explain the STEM thing. I didn’t really understand what kind of opportunities there were for science and […]

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U Students Develop Engineering Course Materials for Nationwide Use

Tran and Thoms presenting at the 2015 Research Posters on the Hill. Photo credit: Andy Brimhall

March 12, 2015—A pair of engineering undergraduates at the University of Utah have created a new way to educate high school and university students about nanotechnology. Jeff Thomas, a senior civil engineering major, and Bryan Tran, a junior mechanical engineering major, created teaching materials and corresponding demonstration microchips to teach high school and university students basic engineering scaling concepts related to the way physical rules change and operate when designing at the micro- and nano-scale, which is 1 to 1000 nanometers. “In high school, students have to take a computer […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Gretchen McClain


The Doors Engineering Can Open – The Broad Career & Exciting Opportunities in Front of You Friday, March 27, 2015, 3:00 pm Mechanical EngineeringDistinguished Seminar Series1250 WEB (Warnock Engineering Bldg.) Reception to follow at 4:00 pm Gretchen McClain Director, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Co.Director, AMETEK Inc.University of Utah 2015 Founders Award Recipient Abstract:There’s never been a more exciting time – or a more urgent need – for bold and talented engineering professionals. Looking at life’s challenges through an engineer’s eyes gives you a powerful advantage: you have the analytical thinking […]

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When it Comes to Robots, Mark Minor says the Future is Here

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Deseret News: Mark Minor, the University of Utah professor who is developing “smart” shoes for Parkinson’s patients and flying robots to perch in trees and devices to help cars drive themselves, was destined for such work from the start. When most kids were out playing soccer or football, he was in the family garage under the hood of a car or playing with Lego Mindstorms. As early as 5 years old, he was replacing piston rings and helping his father rebuild engines and wondering how and why things worked. “I […]

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Utah Students Take a Remote Drive on a “Mars” Rock Yard


cradlepoint -global Leader in 4G LTE Network Solutions blog on University of Utah RoboUtes students’ preparations for their extraterrestrial missions of the future. The RoboUtes are an interdisciplinary student organization at the University of Utah. For the past three years, they have participated in the RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition. “Robo-Ops,” which is sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace, pits undergraduate and graduate students from eight select universities across the country as they compete to create the highest-performing planetary rover prototypes. Once the teams have created […]

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