M.E. News

Kennecott Walkway Construction Underway

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Construction is well underway on the North Campus Connecting Element. There have been intermittent lane closures on 100 South and North Campus Drive as crews prepare for the walkway installation. This project includes the installation of an elevated pedestrian walkway, connecting main campus to the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building, as well as the relocation of the current bus stop on North Campus Drive. The area is already being prepped for the placement of the walkway. Throughout May, there will be intermittent lane closures. The walkway will open in late […]

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New EAA President


Austin Van Otten (BS ME ’03, MS ME ’07, MBA ’10) has become the new College of Engineering Alumni Association president. The association offers many opportunities for engineering alumni to meet, volunteer and stay in touch with the college. To volunteer . . .

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Engineering Class of 2015


  With proud family members and friends looking on, the University of Utah’s engineering graduating class of 2015 walked through its convocation ceremony filled with hope, vitality and a promise for a bright future. College of Engineering Convocation Video and Photo Gallery Class of 2015 “There has never been a better time to graduate in engineering or computer science than today,” U College of Engineering Dean Richard Brown said during his welcoming remarks. “Large technology companies, government entities and startups across the U.S., and particularly in Utah, are pleading for […]

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Kam Leang: Robots Rule


In the killing fields of Cambodia, University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor, Kam Leang, lived a childhood marred by gunfire and constant hunger. Thanks to a family in Tremonton, Leang landed in the safer, greener pastures of Utah, and he is now forging a successful career in robotics.   Q: You and your family fled Cambodia when you were 6 years old and took refuge in Thailand. Tell us about that experience and how that led to you coming to the United States. A: In 1975 the Khmer Rouge […]

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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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