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April 11, 2019 – LAST Newsletter for winter semester!Best wishes for success in your final exams! Have a great spring and summer!Newsletter will resume in fall.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, April 15 – Online Exit Surveys due from April graduates, 8:00 a.m.
  • Monday, April 15 – Group Exit Interviews with Department Chair for April graduates, 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., 321 EB
  • Tuesday, April 16 – Group Exit Interviews with Department Chair for April graduates, 4:00 p.m., 321 EB
  • Wednesday, April 17 – Student Social for ECEn and Teacher Education Students, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., 1st floor CB
  • Thursday, April 25 – Graduation – BYU Commencement, 10:00 a.m., Marriott Center; College Convocation, 2:00 p.m., Smith Fieldhouse

    Congratulations to all of our graduates!


ECEn 380 ScheduleMany of you have emailed Janalyn Mergist in response to the fall schedule change for ECEn 380. These have been forwarded to Dr. Rice, who along with the Undergraduate Committee and Department Chair, are aware of your requests for a reconsideration of this change. All things considered, it has been determined that the current afternoon lecture schedule will remain as is. Please do not plan on it changing or on additional sections being offered in the fall. Please note that there is a morning lecture schedule for ECEn 380 offered spring term. This may be a better option for some of you. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

BYU Law: Career Paths in Law and Technology: Biglaw, Clerkship, and In-House – TODAY!Thursday, April 11, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., J, Reuben Clark Law School Room 205.Come attend a presentation that will cover the various career paths of engineering in law, specifically in intellectual property law. There will also be a panel discussion regarding judicial clerkship, law firm life, agency and governmental practices, and in-house work. The discussion will be moderated by Derek McCorquindale, a partner in Finnegan LLP. Lunch will be provided.

Electrical and Computer Engineering and Teacher Education Student SocialWednesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., 1st floor CBCome for games, dinner, and a dance party! Free for students in the programs. Plus ones are welcome!

Innovation and Creativity Symposium hosted by WAVETRONIXThursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Zion’s Bank-Top Floor, 180 N University Ave – Provo, UTCreativity isn’t just for artists, musicians, writers, and designers. We all have the ability to be “difurnt.” Join us for a free creativity and innovation symposium featuring award-winning experience designer Michael V. Lee, A.I.A. Mike Lee will be sharing ideas on how to develop creativity in your work—even if your line of work isn’t typically thought of as creative—and how to instill creativity in children and others around you. Come learn imaginative approaches and techniques for idea exploration, problem solving, and developing and preserving child-like creativity.Michael V. Lee, A.I.A., has built a strong reputation as a creative director, master planner, designer and architect on high-pressure, world-class projects. His clients include LucasArts Attractions, Warner Bros., Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), Paramount, Atlantis Resorts, Smithsonian Institution and many others. Check out some of his projects here.For more event information, visit: is limited. Please register here:

Details of Capstone RegistrationSubmit Cart. If you have taken the necessary prerequisites for Capstone, you are eligible to submit ECEn 475 to your registration CART. Please note that the sections that are offered in the class schedule are not tied to any specific projects, as they are not yet defined. Even though you are able to submit EC En 475 to your shopping cart, you will not actually be able to register until after you SIGN-UP for Capstone and complete the paperwork, which is why you’ll receive the message that you need department approval. Sign-up. If you were unable to attend the Capstone Kickoff, to sign up for Capstone 2019-2020, then come to the Capstone office in 344 EB to SIGN-UP. As part of the Capstone paperwork, you will also be required to sign a non-disclosure form. Register. If you completed the SIGN-UP on April 4th (or shortly thereafter), Janalyn Mergist will be notified, will check for pre-requisites being met, and will then email you the add codes for ECEn 475 during the month of May 2019. Again, please know that there is PLENTY of space in Capstone and not registering until May does not reduce your ability to be in Capstone—everyone will get in that needs Capstone in 2019-20. Project Assignments. Assignments will not be made until Fall semester begins. Toward the end of August all those who have completed the Capstone SIGN-UP process will be given the opportunity to view all of the projects and then rate their preferences for project assignments. Please be patient, and be assured that there will be a wide variety of excellent projects for you to express your interest in. Again, please remember that there is plenty of room for EVERYONE to take Capstone. Questions. If you have questions regarding this process, you can get more information through the Capstone Office in 344 EB or by emailing Paula Harper at

Math Department Change for Linear AlgebraThe Math department has retired Math 313. They have created Math 213 (2 credits) and Math 215 (1 credit) to replace Math 313. Unless you have or will be completing Math 313 by summer term, you will be replacing that requirement with Math 213 and Math 215, to be taken concurrently. This becomes effective Fall semester. Please register accordingly.

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property – EC EN 595Engineers, Inventors, and Futurists: want to learn about patents and trade secrets?This is a course for anyone with a future working in technology, whether managing or creating new tech. If you would like to know how to recognize patentable subject matter, understand non-disclosure agreements and when to use them, use competitors patented ideas without infringing on their patents, claim your rights as an inventor, protect your invention internationally, work with or become a patent attorney, or copyright your creative works, this class is for you. This is offered Fall Semester only, and is 1 credit hour. Sign up for EC EN 595, section 001. It will be alternate Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Room 254, Clyde Building.

ECEn Department News StoriesThe department would love to hear about exciting things you are doing with engineering. We will be posting news stories on our website each week. Please send story ideas to Kristen Andersen at We’ll even be passing some stories on to the college for more exposure. You never know when recruiters might be watching!!

Appointments with Janalyn Mergist, Undergraduate AdvisorTo schedule an appointment with Janalyn, go to the department website, choose “Undergraduate Program” and follow the link labeled “Undergraduate Advisor Appointments”. If all appointment times are full, you will need to wait until future dates open up.

Experiential Learning Opportunities:

Clubs and Competitions:

Global Engineering Outreach (GEO) Club Closing Social/Fall 2019 Kickoff – TODAY!

Thursday April 11, 7:00 p.m., 321EBJoin us for our closing social! Take a look at some of the cool things we’ve done this year and learn about some of the exciting things happening with the GEO club next year!The GEO Club uses engineering to better the lives of people around the world. All majors welcome!Ice Cream will be served!

GEO Club Leadership Applications

We have leadership positions available for students who want to get involved in Global Engineering Outreach and become an officer.

Positions include:


·Outreach Coordinator

·Marketing Coordinator

·Activities Coordinator

·Logistics Coordinator

·Navajo Nation Coordinator


If you are interested, please fill out the following survey!

Brief descriptions of the duties of each position are given in the survey.

BYU Mechatronics Club: Competition Day - Finale! – TODAY!Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m., Clyde StepdownCome compete with you autonomous vehicle. Pizza and other treats will be provided. Feel free to bring your friends and family!

BYU American Nuclear Society (ANS) Closing SocialFriday, April 12, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Engineering Building Club Commons (100EB)BYU ANS is holding their closing social this Friday. Come for free J-Dawgs and stay to participate in the elections for next year’s leadership counsel. If you are interested in running for an office, please fill out the following form: 2019-2020 BYU ANS Leadership Election Sign-ups.

BYU Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Officer Elections - Wednesday, April 17, 5:00 p.m., 254CBThe SPE will be electing new officers. Open positions include President and Vice President (must be from existing presidency), Secretary, Treasurer, Marketing Specialist, ME Rep, ChemE Rep, CivE Rep, EE rep, and Geology Rep. Please send an email to Courtney Nordgran ( with a slide detailing your name, the position you will be running for, and why people should vote for you. Domino’s pizza will be provided at the election.ExxonMobil and Baker Hughes General Electric have contacted the SPE to encourage the participation of Electrical Engineers in the club. They are looking to hire Electrical Engineers for internships and full-time positions. There is a need for an Electrical Engineering Representative in the club which is a great addition to any resume. Officer meetings are generally once every two weeks during Fall and Winter Semesters. General club meetings are once a month during Fall and Winter semesters.If you would like to join the email list for the club, contact

BYU Spacecraft Club Intermediate ChallengesThe BYU Spacecraft Club is hosting a number of student projects pertaining to small spacecraft development. If you are interested in space (NASA, SpaceX, etc.) this is the place to build your resume to land the dream job! Projects include mechanical, electrical, and systems engineering projects that are designed for student innovation. Successful projects have a high likelihood of being launched into space. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at!

American Nuclear Society BYU

ANS would like to invite you to fill out the survey below about a nuclear reactor operator class. This class will be offered at the University of Utah sometime in the next year, and the purpose of this survey is to investigate when the best time for everyone will be. Multiple classes can be held, so please fill out all the dates for which you are available.


Please email us at with questions if you have any.

Study Abroad Programs:

GREEN Program Study Abroad to Iceland, Peru, and NepalUse the world as your classroom for short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development. Now enrolling for Winter Semester 2020.Cusco, Peru: Water Resource Management and Sustainable Practices, January 2 – 11, 2020Kathmandu, Nepal: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development, December 12 – 21, 2019; January 5 – 14, 2020.Reykjavik, Iceland: Renewable Energy and Sustainability, December 15 – 22, 2019; January 8 – 15, 2020Apply now: more:

Wind Turbine Volunteer OpportunityWindAid Institute hosts a 4 week trip to Peru installing wind turbines in areas that don’t have electricity. They are looking for volunteers for both installation and development. For more information, check out their website and flyer and if you’re interested, apply here!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fix-it Clinic Sponsored by Utah Recycling Alliance and United WaySaturday, June 22Do you have any kind of repair skills? Do you enjoy tinkering or figuring out how things work? If so, we need your help! If you have any knowledge in the repairs of computers, phones, other small electronics, small appliances, bikes and skateboards, clothing and fabric, or toys, we are looking for you. You don’t need to be an expert in everything, or necessarily in anything, but if you like taking things apart, seeing how they work, and solving problems then you will be perfect for this.If you are interested, please visit: more information, contact us at 801-691-5375 or at

Become a Tutor!

Consider joining the Y-Serve Tutoring program this semester! Here are some reasons why you should be a tutor:

-Great resume builder (opportunities for service and leadership experience)

-Serving others brings blessings and happiness!

-Teaching helps you better understand the material yourself

-We have a shortage of science and math tutors, and we need your help!

If you are interested, go to to sign up as a tutor, or e-mail us at

Employment, Internship, & Research Opportunities:

For the latest jobs and internship postings, please visit Handshake – BYU’s Job board. Employers who want to hire BYU graduates or offer internships to current students post job openings to this website, making them accessible to students. Just like LinkedIn, employers can view student profiles and students can network as they apply for jobs and internships. You can log in to with your BYU Net ID for more information. Don’t forget to download the Handshake app! Available for both iOS and Android.


Handshake is BYU’s new online system where employers connect with students, post jobs/internships, schedule on-campus events, and more. For the most up-to-date information on companies and employers, visit the Handshake website. To create a student Handshake profile:

  1. Go to and log in with your BYU NetID and password.
  2. Upload a PDF of your resume to auto-fill your profile. Click “visible” if you want employers to see your resume.
  3. Connect Handshake to LinkedIn.
  4. Fill in the Summary/Bio section.
  5. Add your past jobs and experiences, including bullet points from your resume.
  6. Upload a professional headship and background photo.

Need Help With Your Job Search? Check out this week's news story on the ECEn website here. You’ll find tips to help prepare your resume, elevator pitch for upcoming STEM Fairs, networking suggestions, and more.

Message from Tony Jewkes, Career Director, Engineering & TechnologyAs we progress through the semester with students still in need of help finding jobs and internships, please feel free to promote my services. Each week I maintain hours each day to meet with students one-on-one to help with their career search needs. Appointments can be made in the Student Services suite in the Engineering Building #246, in the Career Studio in the WSC or by calling 422-6535.

Spring/Summer TA PositionsThere is still a need for TAs in Junior and Senior level courses. If interested, please contact Dr. Daniel Smalley.


NASA Space Grant FellowshipsOur goal is to promote-space related research at BYU. Applications are due by May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to Lissa Camacho in 240 EB. $2,000 available for undergraduates. For more information, visit

3D Printer

Close-up of printed circuit board mill

Laser cutter

ECEn Shop: The shop has a 3D printer, a Printed Circuit Board mill & a Laser Cutter: