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Over 60 BYU engineering students will make history on Dec. 19 when BYU’s first satellite is launched into space.
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May 04, 2021 12:50 PM
They may be tiny weapons, but BYU’s holography research group has figured out how to create lightsabers — green for Yoda and red for Darth Vader, naturally — with actual luminous beams rising from them.
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May 04, 2021 11:55 AM
Dr. Mike Wirthlin, Dr. Jeff Goeders, and students are researching how systems on chips respond to high radiation as part of a $54 million project spanning 22 institutions.
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April 16, 2021 03:56 PM
Electrical Engineering's own Dr. Cammy Peterson received the first annual Inspiring Learning Award - Experiential Learning from BYU Careers and Experiential Learning on 16 April, 2021.
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April 12, 2021 01:58 PM
Electrical Engineering senior Keaton Shurilla pictures a future where he can roll up to the club and experience a 360-degree audio system - not through strategically-spaced speakers, but through speakers with the technological prowess to project sound everywhere in the room. In that imagined future, he wants someone across the world to tune in with a virtual reality system so sophisticated it feels like they’re in the club with him. He is combining his passions for technology and the arts to make that future more feasible.
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April 05, 2021 01:03 PM
The Experiential Learning Center hosted the second semi-annual robotics competition on March 26, 2021, with six finalist teams competing for the $500 grand prize.
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Department Secretary, Electrical & Computer Engineering
(801) 422-1160
460-S EB
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March 15, 2021 11:46 AM
Like every other human biometric identification system before it, there are still significant security flaws in some of the most advanced identity verification technology. BYU computer and electrical engineering professor D.J. Lee has decided there is a better and more secure way to use your face for restricted access.
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March 15, 2021 09:22 AM
Professor Wood Chiang and his students have created an analog-to-digital converter with record-breaking power efficiency, and their breakthrough is featured in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits.
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March 04, 2021 01:43 PM
Meet Jesse Richmond! He’s a second-year Master’s student from Mount Pleasant, Utah emphasizing in electrical engineering. He works under Dr. Willie Harrison in joint source-channel coding research, looking at how to compress data and then protect it from transmission errors in one step. This well-rounded gentleman also helped BYU sweep the short story contest earlier this semester! He placed as a runner up in the short fiction category for a quirky, humorous story he wrote titled “Solomon’s Lines.” Take it away, Jesse!
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March 01, 2021 01:23 PM
Dr. Randy Beard has been elected a Fellow, Class of 2021 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society.
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February 18, 2021 03:00 PM
Meet Autumn Twitchell! She is a first-year Masters student from Folsom, California working under Dr. Rice in aeronautical telemetry. She will be the first in a series of ECEN Interviews celebrating our students, inspired by the Cougar Queries.
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February 02, 2021 03:36 PM
Our BYU chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the IEEE honor society for electrical engineering students, has big plans for this semester despite roadblocks from a pesky pandemic. The chapter has been striving to build a sense of community within the department between students and professors, and it has more ideas on the horizon for furthering the chapter’s goals.
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Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
spallen@byu.edu
(801) 422-9421
154 MCDB
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January 29, 2021 03:50 PM
The population of Earth’s orbit grew ten satellites larger Sunday, Jan. 17., when NASA’s Virgin Orbit launch vehicle released ten student-built satellites into space. Two of them - the Passive Inspection Cubesats (PICs) - came from Dr. David Long and his team of students. The PICs entered Earth’s orbit successfully, and the team is now pursuing the next steps.
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January 22, 2021 08:56 AM
If you’ve ever had the inclination to break into top-secret laboratories, now would be the time to do it.
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December 16, 2020 01:00 PM
Even though students couldn’t touch one another with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole at this year’s department Christmas party (held Thursday, December 10th), it was virtually (get it?) the best party ever thrown!
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