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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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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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December 03, 2020 08:20 AM
Dr. Greg Nordin and his research team have again landed in the top 5% of highly cited authors with the Royal Society of Chemistry journals for their paper on the creation of a custom 3D printer for microfluidic devices.
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November 30, 2020 01:36 PM
If you follow BYU news, you might have heard about the CubeSat - the small, six-sided “spacecraft selfie cam” a team of our electrical engineers will soon launch into space. The handsome fellow narrating the video is PhD student Patrick Walton, and the unprecedented CubeSat project - which he started as an undergraduate - was just his warm up. In addition to the soon-to-be-launched space camera, Walton is building a fleet of tiny weather satellites with the potential to fill the gaping holes in forecasting data. He started the project, called Care Weather, in January 2019, with business partner Alex Laraway and faculty mentor Dr. David Long.
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November 23, 2020 11:01 AM
Friday was the night.
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November 06, 2020 11:59 AM
Each year, BYU Capstone partners with government agencies, corporate leaders, humanitarian organizations, and entrepreneurs to provide opportunities for senior-level engineering students in Computer, Electrical, Manufacturing, and Mechanical Engineering to participate in real-world engineering challenges. Top engineering faculty and skilled industry mentors guide students through the design and development process. This year, teams of Capstone students are participating in 53 unique projects across a wide variety of industries.
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November 04, 2020 11:37 AM
Boy Scout camp has a cherished place in American hearts for its role in teaching the skills essential to life: wilderness survival, first aid, citizenship, and - if you’re PhD student Jakob Kunzler - calculus and differential equations.
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October 26, 2020 09:19 AM
Mark Ruzindana cites a few people as his inspirations: his parents and sisters, professional rock climber Tommy Caldwell, and Batman.
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October 21, 2020 09:57 AM
At the same conference where grad student Farah Arabian took home third place for her presentation on mobile systems last week, another ECE student placed for his presentation on the self-driving car platform featured on BYU’s YouTube channel and the recent department tours.
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October 12, 2020 03:52 PM
You might recognize her name. In 2018, she won the First Place Graduate Student Award at the International Telemetry Conference (ITC), and last year she won the Myron Hiram Nichols Telemetry Spectrum Award at the ITC. This month, Farah Arabian - a PhD student studying under Dr. Rice - received another award: third place in the engineering track at the Intermountain Engineering, Technology, and Computing Conference (i-ETC) for her paper “Who’s on First in 5G Mobile Networks: Equalizers or Polarization Diversity Combiners?”. She compared two mobile phone architectures to see which outperformed the other, specifically observing how the order of combining and equalization in signal processing affected the outcomes.
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October 05, 2020 02:21 PM
Nearly ten years after publishing the first edition of Numerical Methods for Engineering, Professor Karl Warnick has published its new and improved successor. Numerical Methods for Engineering, 2nd Edition has new material and improvements based on a decade of feedback from students who have used the book.
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September 18, 2020 08:37 AM
For the past two weeks, the reopened Harvey’s Cafe has been blessing (or cursing) the Engineering Building with the smell of bacon, but that’s not the only change in the air. Throughout the building, doors remind visitors to wear face coverings, the floors direct them to stand six feet apart, and the bathroom sinks re-emphasize the timeless need to wash those hands. Not only does it look different, but for students and professors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, it feels different. The classes have turned upside down.
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September 09, 2020 01:19 PM
The start of the academic year brings with it advancements, awards, and recognitions for outstanding faculty members. The university conference, which transpired the final week of August, honored this year’s worthy faculty and staff members on both university and college levels.
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September 03, 2020 09:07 AM
Dr. Joshua Mangelson is coming to us from his one-year post-doc in the Field of Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Mangelson is an alumnus of BYU and the University of Michigan. When he was here as an undergraduate student, he was the digital lab director and a teaching assistant for ECEN 220 (Fundamentals of Digital Systems) and ECEN 320 (Digital System Design). He also did research with Dr. Nelson in the Configurable Computing Lab and was a TA in the Math Lab.
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August 25, 2020 09:19 AM
Every summer, bright young minds gather together on BYU campus to learn the secrets of engineering at Chip Camp. The department staffs full-time ECE students to lead these middle schoolers in exercises designed to open their eyes to the possibilities within the electrical and computer engineering fields. It’s three days of fun with educational undertones.
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