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October 12, 2021 01:37 PM
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University is seeking outstanding faculty candidates for Professorial and Professional positions. The department has a very strong atmosphere of collegiality, positivity, and success and we invite applicants that can contribute to this environment through teaching, research, and service. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar Oct. 18th, 2021: Gregory Nielson:

October 12, 2021 01:29 PM
Beyond the Constraints of Lithography: Direct 3D Microfabrication in Semiconductor Materials Read Full Story

Winter 2022 Graduate Application Deadline: October 15th

October 07, 2021 09:13 AM
We are looking for new graduate students to start Winter 2022! If you are graduating this semester and considering graduate school, you can still apply for Winter 2022! We will be accepting Graduate School Applications through October 15th. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar Oct. 11th, 2021: Eric Dodgen

October 05, 2021 12:50 PM
"Extreme Rocket Science; Stewarding the Nuclear Stockpile" Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar Oct 4, 2021: Dr. Traci Nielsen

September 21, 2021 01:16 PM
"Learning to Listen" Read Full Story

Faculty Spotlight: Meet Dr. Matt Allen

September 20, 2021 03:31 PM
When rockets take off or airplanes fly, all of their internal parts move, shake and bend because of various forces. How do you design those parts so they don’t break? Dr. Matt Allen’s structural dynamics research group is working on solutions to these types of problems. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar Sept. 20, 2021: Dr. Brian Iverson

September 14, 2021 01:24 PM
In performing research, providing context to your contribution is a critical part of communication. We’ll be discussing literature reviews and literature searches as well as the first steps of writing. We will aim to set you on a course to be successful at following the research in your field and establishing your position in it. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar - September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021 02:16 PM
Dr. Jeff Hill is the newest member of the ME faculty. He received his BS and MS from BYU and his PhD from Penn State. He has been working at Sandia National Laboratories for the past 10 years, designing and testing various electromechanical systems. Prior to that he was a visiting research investigator at the University of Michigan. His area of research is in impact and shock testing, with a focus on protecting electronics in harsh environments. In this talk, Dr Hill will explain current research on surviving harsh mechanical shock environments and how to test to these environments. Read Full Story

BYU engineering, theatre arts students team up to create animatronic cougar

Rise and shout! BYU fans will soon have a new cougar to cheer for. Thanks to the combined efforts of two BYU engineering capstone teams and a group of theatre and media arts (TMA) students, Cosmo is getting an animatronic counterpart in the theatre department. Designed to introduce plays and similar events, “Cosmotron,” as he is fondly known, will bring added school spirit to BYU performances.

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BYU engineering student creates simple device to help young violinist with prosthetic arm

For aspiring musician Adia, a young violinist who wears a prosthetic arm to play, controlling her bow was a challenge. After recognizing this struggle, her teacher reached out to BYU's Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering. Joshua Vanderpool, president of a prosthetic-engineering club, came in to help Adia.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Maynes

By Lauren Maynes June 16, 2021 02:44 PM
Dr. Daniel Maynes decided to major in Mechanical Engineering through what he called “a process of elimination,” because he liked Chemistry, Math, Physics and did not like subjects like history. Maynes had narrowed down his focus to Engineering, Physics or Math before he left for his mission. Read Full Story

Mechanical Engineering Students Receive Competitive Fellowship Awards

By Lauren Maynes May 11, 2021 09:28 AM
Thousands of dollars of fellowship award funding was recently awarded to four Brigham Young University mechanical engineering students. Josh Cannon, Wesley Holt, Brian Merrit and Mathew Haskell will be using these grants to further their work on wind energy optimization, satellite temperature control, advanced energy technologies, and robust control methods. Read Full Story

MechEng Student Breaks Track Record

Lucas Bons breaks the four-minute-mile mark on Utah soil at last Saturday’s Robison Invitational. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar - April 12, 2021

April 09, 2021 08:42 AM
Dr. Kimberly Boster,

Dr. Boster will be discussing Modeling Cerebral Fluids, and recount a cautionary tale about bou8ndary conditions. Read Full Story

Go With the FLOW: What’s Happening in the Mechanical Engineering FLOW Lab

By Larissa Beatty April 08, 2021 03:05 PM
Partnerships with NASA, groundbreaking discoveries in wind farm optimization and the design of flying cars; these are just a few ways the FLOW Lab of Brigham Young University’s Mechanical Engineering Department is changing the way the world is powered and run. Read Full Story

Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Utley

By Larissa Beatty April 08, 2021 02:58 PM
Experiments in the basement of the Clyde building on Brigham Young University campus was the beginning of an over two-decade career in mechanical engineering for BYU Alum Thomas Utley. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar - March 29, 2021

March 26, 2021 11:42 AM
David Paxton

David Pixton is a subject liaison at the Harold B Lee Library here at BYU. In this role, he is responsible for providing research training and assistance to researchers in the fields of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, manufacturing engineering, technology & engineering studies, and industrial design.

His topic will be on High Pressure Engineering, and oh yeah, the Downhole Internet

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Student Spotlight: David Calabuig Jr.

By Larissa Beatty March 25, 2021 01:59 PM
Cars have always captivated Brigham Young University student David Calabuig Jr. When he found a similar fascination with physics in high school, he set his sights on working as an engineer in the automotive industry. Read Full Story

Navigating Your Path to Success: Weidman Center Hosts Virtual Panel

By Larissa Beatty March 18, 2021 03:10 PM
Attendees of the panel hosted by the Brigham Young University Weidman Center learned how to navigate their own path to success on March 10. Having babies, tech startups and internships were just a few of the events on the unique career paths that led each of the event panelists to their current success. Read Full Story

Why Become a Licensed Engineer?

By Larissa Beatty March 18, 2021 02:20 PM
Dr. Anton Bowden spoke about the importance of getting licensed as a professional engineer in a virtual presentation on Wed. March 4. The event was hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar - March 22nd, 2021

March 18, 2021 08:43 AM
Dr. Matt Allen, University of Wisconsin-Madison / Brigham Young University Read Full Story

Where Engineering, Entertainment, and Education Collide: Faculty Spotlight with Dr. Mark Colton

By Larissa Beatty March 12, 2021 10:01 AM
After working as an engineer on projects like the Jurassic Park Robots for Universal Studios and the synchronized fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, robotics and mechatronics professor Dr. Mark Colton has found his calling in the classroom. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar- March 15th, 2021

March 12, 2021 01:19 PM
Brad Adams

Professor Adams received his B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1984. Followed was his M.S., Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 198.5. Most recently was his Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1993. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar- March 8th, 2021

March 04, 2021 11:51 AM
Ryan McClarren, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, will be speaking about Uncertainty Quantification and Machine Learning in High Energy Density Experiments. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar March 1st, 2021

February 26, 2021 10:25 AM
Captain Jacob Singleton is currently an exchange officer for UK Space Research & Development at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for the UK Read Full Story

TA Awards

By Larissa Beatty February 16, 2021 09:33 AM
Sydney Ward and Andrew Bedke were recently awarded the Mechanical Engineering department Outstanding TA Award for their efforts to create a positive and effective learning environment for students last fall semester. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar February 2, 2021

February 12, 2021 01:04 PM
Peter E. Raad is currently a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

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Graduate seminar - February 8, 2021

Jordan Cox, Ph.D will be presenting on Economic and Resilience Analysis of Energy Systems. Economics drives the technologies we adopt. No matter how elegant a solution, it must also be affordable and reliable.

Graduate Seminar - February 1, 2021

February 04, 2021 12:11 PM
The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports work in all fields of science and engineering, including biomedical engineering. That said, biomedical engineering researchers can face challenges in finding the right ‘home’ and scope for their work at NSF.

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From Impossibility to Internship: Making the Most of the Career Fair

By Larissa Beatty February 04, 2021 11:42 AM
Hundreds of employers gathered together in one place to connect students to job prospects. This is what happens at a career fair, a recruitment opportunity exclusive to college students. The career fair for the engineering department will be held Feb. 4. Read Full Story

Three Minute Thesis Competition Held At the Semester's First Graduate Seminar

By Larissa Beatty February 04, 2021 11:32 AM
Metal origami, drone technology and improved car seats were just a few of the cutting edge ideas presented in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held on Jan. 25. Read Full Story

Faculty Highlight: Combustion and Commitment with Dr. Dale Tree

By Larissa Beatty February 02, 2021 12:03 PM
For Dr. Dale R. Tree, a nearly 40 year career focused on thermodynamics began with a gradeschool interest in math and science, and has brought him to his current position as the chair of the Brigham Young University Mechanical Engineering Department. Read Full Story

BYU Capstone Teams with Mercury Systems for DDR4 Memory Tester

November 09, 2020 12:11 PM
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.
Check out Mercury Systems on LinkedIn! https://www.linkedin.com/company/mercury-systems/
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PhD Student's Marble Tracks in the News

BYU Mechanical Engineering student Bryan Stringham's 3-D printed marble tracks were featured on a local news site. Read Full Story

Female Engineers Represented and Empowered in LaparoVision SIOY Win

By Mandy R. Herrera July 28, 2021 03:41 PM
Across the nation, female engineering students face the daunting issue of being in the minority. However, at BYU, mechanical engineering student Amanda Lytle Bartschi produces inspiring results for other women in engineering as she defeats the odds and wins awards for her work. Read Full Story

SPOT®: An Engineer's Best Friend

June 22, 2021 03:32 PM
Capstone students customize SPOT® robot to meet surveillance needs for Novva Data Centers Read Full Story

Student-created, origami-based windshield wiper solves laparoscopic surgery conundrum

June 17, 2021 09:46 AM
Engineering graduate student Jacob Sheffield has created a tiny origami-based device that serves as a miniature windshield wiper for laparoscope camera lenses.
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BYU engineering student creates simple device to help young violinist with prosthetic arm

By Todd Hollingshead June 10, 2021 08:54 AM
Adia Cardona is a 10-year-old violinist who has exceptional skill for her age and determination to match it. The young Provo girl also has just one hand. Read Full Story

BYU engineering, theatre arts students team up to create animatronic cougar

By Christie Allen May 19, 2021 06:00 AM
Thanks to the combined efforts of two BYU engineering capstone teams and a group of theatre and media arts students, the beloved mascot Cosmo is getting an animatronic counterpart in the theatre department. Read Full Story

With innovative nanofiber membranes, cloth masks’ efficacy goes up to 99%

By Christie Allen October 21, 2020 06:00 AM
The cloth masks many are sporting these days offer some protection against COVID-19. However, they typically provide much less than the professional N95 masks used by healthcare workers. That may soon change. Recently, students from BYU’s College of Engineering teamed up with Nanos Foundation to develop a nanofiber membrane that can be sandwiched between the cloth pieces in a homemade mask, increasing efficacy up to 99%.


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Animation-streaming glasses to help children with autism establish eye contact

By Rachel Smith September 02, 2020 07:46 AM
Hoping to create a solution to the eye-contact conundrum for children with autism, a BYU Engineering Capstone team and their sponsor have created a pair of glasses that display dynamic animated images on the lenses, potentially increasing the engagement and comfort of the child as they work to improve eye contact.


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BYU Capstone team develops the “impossible” to help therapists working with children diagnosed with autism

By Rachel Smith August 07, 2020 05:40 PM
The team of Mechanical and Electrical and Computer Engineering students created a pair of glasses that displays in-lens animations to help with attentiveness and eye contact development. Read Full Story

BYU Capstone team develops portable assisted person lift for the National Ability Center

By Rachel Smith July 30, 2020 04:54 PM
A team of six BYU Mechanical Engineering students partnered with the National Ability Center (NAC) through the BYU Engineering Capstone program to design a portable lift to assist in moving people of varying abilities from a wheelchair to adapted sporting equipment. The NAC is a nonprofit located in Park City, UT that aims to empower individuals of different abilities to participate in a variety of recreational activities such as skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing and more. Read Full Story

BYU 3D printing protective masks for first responders during coronavirus crisis

By Natalie Ipson April 01, 2020 09:45 PM
In a corner lab of the BYU Crabtree Technology Building, there is a constant hum as five machines zip back and forth. Hour by hour and layer by layer, a group of 3D printers are churning out protective face masks. Read Full Story

BYU College of Engineering earns spot on U.S. News & World Report "Best Grad Schools" list

By Rachel Smith March 23, 2020 12:09 PM
U.S. News & World Report recently announced the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering earned a spot on its annual “Best Graduate Schools” list along with BYU's Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering graduate programs. Read Full Story

BYU professors receive shared $2M NSF grant for soft robotics research

By Rachel Smith March 09, 2020 04:39 PM
BYU Mechanical Engineering faculty Marc Killpack and BYU Computer Science faculty David Wingate have received a $2 million shared grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) grant will be shared with the University of Tulsa faculty Michael Keller, Joshua Shultz and his biological robotics team. Read Full Story

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering receives national recognition from GradReports

By Rachel Smith March 09, 2020 02:00 PM
The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering houses two programs that have received national rankings in engineering departments. Read Full Story

BYU awarded $800k grant to fund research in clean energy

By Rachel Smith January 06, 2020 09:30 AM
The $800k grant will be used to continue research on the effects molten salt reactors may have on clean energy initiatives Read Full Story

2019 in review: College of Engineering highlights

By Rachel Smith December 31, 2019 09:30 AM
2019 was a great year for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering. From the classroom to the field, faculty and students continued to make a positive impact on the world. Read Full Story

Shark Tank deal for BYU inventors of massage therapy ball

By Todd Hollingshead October 28, 2019 10:25 AM
Rollins Center-supported startup Myostorm lands deal on ABC's prime-time show. Read Full Story

BYU to receive $2.3 million NIH grant to tackle opioid crisis through wearable back sensor

October 10, 2019 11:56 AM
BYU Engineering and Exercise Sciences researchers seek to more effectively diagnose lower back pain through novel technology. Read Full Story

$450k Nuclear Regulatory Commission grant awarded to BYU Mechanical Engineering

October 09, 2019 02:00 PM
BYU’s Mechanical Engineering department is one of only 11 programs nationwide to be awarded this grant in 2019; the grant will help expand BYU's existing nuclear research capability, encourage cross-disciplinary research, and more Read Full Story

Study reveals birds' surprising sound source

April 09, 2019 10:00 PM
The best place for a bird's voice box is low in the airway, researchers find Read Full Story

BYU engineers making a more people-friendly robot

By Todd Hollingshead March 19, 2019 10:00 PM
Equipped with funding and support from NASA, Brigham Young University mechanical engineers have built an inflatable robot similar to the lovable Baymax character from Disney’s Big Hero Six. Read Full Story

BYU researchers unfold new class of mechanical devices

By Todd Hollingshead February 13, 2019 10:00 PM
"Developable mechanisms" are built into the surfaces of structures Read Full Story

BYU researchers unfold new class of mechanical devices

By Todd Hollingshead February 13, 2019 04:00 PM
"Developable mechanisms" are built into the surfaces of structures Read Full Story

Students build smaller, equally powerful version of Village Drill

By Todd Hollingshead December 12, 2018 10:00 PM
Water-well drill can now reach more remote locations around globe Read Full Story

Students engineer hand-trike attachment for LDS Charities global wheelchair program

By Todd Hollingshead April 08, 2018 10:00 PM
BYU engineering students are helping make LDS Charities wheelchairs even better for people in need around the globe.

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Compliant Mechanisms Research Lab tops the podium at ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences

September 25, 2017 03:48 PM
The BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research Lab enjoyed enormous success at this year’s Design Engineering Technical Conferences hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Students claimed first and second place in the Graduate Division of the 2017 ASME International Student Mechanisms Design Competition in Cleveland, Ohio, in August. Read Full Story

BYU-developed helmet smartfoam signals potential concussions in real time

By Jayne Edwards September 20, 2017 10:00 PM
Ph.D. student Jake Merrell and his mentors have developed a smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet to more accurately test the impact and power of hits. The nano composite foam can help diagnose concussions.

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Graduate Seminar - November 18, 2019

November 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Prof. José L. Lage, Ph.D., P.E. Department of Mechanical Engineering Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX. A brief overview of my professional background is followed by a description of sweeping convection, a new heat transfer effect discovered when studying alveolar capillary gas exchange. Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar - November 11, 2019

October 31, 2019 02:00 PM
Dr. CJ Kim will be addressing students at 4:00 pm in 246 CB. Professor CJ Kim received his B.S. from Seoul National University, M.S. from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and joined the faculty at UCLA in 1993. Holding Distinguished Professor title and the Volgenau Endowed Chair in Engineering Read Full Story

Graduate Seminar - October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019 04:00 PM
Dr. Jeffrey Rickman of Lehigh University will be addressing graduate students at 4:00 pm located in 204 EB. Dr. Rickman earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and joined Lehigh University in 1993 after postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan and Argonne National Laboratory. Read Full Story

Teaching fellowship awarded to BYU doctoral student

September 19, 2017 04:20 PM
Allison Lee, a PhD student studying mechanical engineering, recently received a renewal of her teaching fellowship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award, given to only four to five students in the nation annually, represents years of hard work and dedication to her studies. Read Full Story

Five years later, BYU's village drill project bringing clean water to hundreds of thousands

By Todd Hollingshead September 13, 2017 10:00 PM
In 2011, a group of mechanical engineering students built a human-powered drill to dig water wells as part of a senior capstone course. The project seemed promising, but little did they know how life-changing it would become.

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BYU researchers helping connect fluid dynamics research to brain trauma

By Todd Hollingshead September 10, 2017 10:00 PM
As many YouTube videos show, striking the top of a liquid-filled bottle can shatter the bottom. Researchers are hoping to use new knowledge of the party trick to help fill a gap in something much more serious: brain research.

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Engineering and technology faculty receive top university honors

August 28, 2017 04:38 PM
At this year's University Conference, BYU's most prestigious award went to Randal W. Beard, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Three other Ira A. Fulton College faculty members were also honored. Read Full Story

BYU engineers earn honor society scholarships

August 15, 2017 04:46 PM
Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, recently named its 271 scholars for the 2017-18 academic year. This year, 10 scholars are Brigham Young University students. Read Full Story

Alum continues to apply skills learned at BYU to job at Ford

July 20, 2017 05:05 PM
Harry Douglass' BYU education taught him a lot of valuable skills. Since receiving his degree in mechanical engineering in 2014, he continues to apply his BYU education to his work at Ford. Read Full Story

Training computers, helping humans

By Andrea Christensen May 01, 2017 10:00 PM
Three BYU professors recently received Career Awards: the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

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Students creating prosthetic sockets for thousands of amputees in Africa

By Todd Hollingshead April 19, 2017 10:00 PM
BYU engineering students have teamed with non-profit Engage Now Africa to create a socket for above-knee amputees that fits neatly into prosthetics made available by the international Red Cross.

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Engineering students make biking possible for kids with leg-length discrepancies

By Todd Hollingshead April 10, 2017 10:00 PM
Mechanical engineering students at BYU have created a special adapter to a bike pedal that allows people with leg-length discrepancies and knee flexibility issues ride smoothly and painlessly.

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Engineering students use virtual reality to develop aerospace and defense solutions

By Todd Hollingshead February 26, 2017 10:00 PM
Students partner with Lockheed Martin to use video game VR for engineering training Read Full Story

BYU engineers built a bulletproof origami shield to protect law enforcement

By Todd Hollingshead February 15, 2017 10:00 PM
BYU engineering professors have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire.

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BYU Academic VP Receives Top Engineering Award

November 17, 2016 10:00 PM
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has selected BYU Academic Vice President Brent Webb as a recipient of one of the highest honors given in mechanical engineering.

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Solar-panel picnic tables and bus stops? Students starting a 'solar-cell revolution'

October 31, 2016 10:00 PM
A group of BYU engineering students hope to trigger energy change by installing solar cells in public locations you wouldn't think of.

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Tiny origami-inspired devices opening up new possibilities for minimally-invasive surgery

By Todd Hollingshead March 02, 2016 10:00 PM
BYU mechanical engineers have made a name for themselves by applying the principles of origami to engineering. Now they're applying their origami skills to a new realm: the human body.

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Professors' super waterproof surfaces cause water to bounce like a ball

May 20, 2014 10:00 PM
Julie Crockett and Dan Maynes have spent decades studying super-hydrophobic surfaces. Some of this research has resulted in commercial products, but the professors are finding characteristics aimed at large-scale solutions for society.

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BYU students develop innovative prosthetic hand for a young mom

April 19, 2010 10:00 PM
BYU engineering students spent their senior year developing a custom prosthetic hand for a young mom who lost her fingers after being stricken with septicemia, a life-threatening blood infection.

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