Department News

Prof. Rice Receives Award

Prof. Michael Rice, Jim Abrams Professor, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Communications Theory Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society at IEEE Globecom 2013 in Atlanta.

Prof. Rice Begins New Appointment

Prof. Michael Rice was appointed Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Aerospace & Electronic Systems.

BYU Authors Win Best Paper Award

Darren Kartchner and Prof. Michael Rice won the best paper award at the International Telemetering Conference.

New Faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty member Daniel Smalley.


BYU gets an MRI Research Facility

An MRI scanner is now in operation at Brigham Young University to support research from a variety of disciplines.

BYU engineers help ballroom dancers shine at international competition


Engineers and ballroom dancers might not be the most typical collaborators on a college campus. But the combination recently paid off for BYU.

The BYU Ballroom Dance Company took first place in the formation category at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England Wednesday night. Part of the praise goes to BYU engineering students who built the custom-made LED light dresses that wowed the audience.

“When we went out and did our ballroom medley, the crowd went nuts,” said Ballroom Dance Company director Lee Wakefield. “At the end of our dance there’s a tag, which is about 40 seconds long. But before the tag started the entire audience was standing. You could hardly hear the music.”


How Highway Bridges Sing

A team of BYU engineers has found that by listening to how a highway bridge sings in the rain they can determine serious flaws in the structure.

Sara Ehlert awarded the Goldwater scholarship

Recently, Sara Ehlert, a Electrical Engineering and Mathematics major was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.  Of the 1,107 students nominated by their institutions, 271 scholarships were awarded. Established in 1986, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created to award scholarships to college students studying to become scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.  The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

As a part of the application, students have to write a research proposal.  Sara wrote about her work with Dr. Aaron Hawkins.  For the past 2 years, they have been working on applying techniques from microelectronic fabrication to the creation of miniature analyzers called lab-on-a-chip.  Specifically, they are working on creating a chip to filter blood.  Sara says "I am very appreciative of the support Dr. Hawkins and BYU has given me in order to allow opportunities like this scholarship to be possible. It has given me even more confidence to know that my research and education is important."

Students use "Space Invaders" as a learning tool

It’s not every day you get to play video games in class. For Professor Brad Hutchings' Embedded Systems course, however, “Space Invaders” is the main item on the syllabus.

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