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Research Positions

  • Involvement in research as an undergraduate is important if you plan on getting an MS or PhD in mechanical engineering. Undergraduate research experiences help you demonstrate your capacity for research, prepare you for graduate school, and increases your competitiveness for graduate school fellowship funding. For an MS or PhD, activities in the green & blue areas of this chart are especially important for you as an undergraduate. Activities in the red & yellow areas of the chart may also be beneficial.

  • If you are planning to get a combined MS/MBA activities in the red & yellow areas of this chart are especially important for you as an undergraduate. Also, taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam to become a Professional Engineer is important for you.

  • If you plan to enter the job market immediately after completing your B.S., activities in the red & yellow areas of this chart can increase your competitiveness in the job market. For you, external internships are more important than involvement in research. Also, taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam to become a Professional Engineer is important for you.

OPEN RESEARCH POSITIONS

Lockheed Martin Research Positions

Dr. Salmon is looking to hire undergraduate research assistants (3-4) to support a new research project starting in January. The research, supported by Lockheed Martin, will analyze as-manufactured 2D and 3D models and images as part of the Digital Twin to improve the engineering design process. If you have ever considered a position at Lockheed Martin, this could be an opportunity for you to network with them and learn important technical and communication skills for a future career. If you enjoy 3D models, CAD, or computer programming this is the position for you! Interested students should send a short paragraph, resume, and unofficial transcript to johnsalmon@byu.edu. Please send application materials by Dec 15th.

Biomechanics Therapeutic Vibration Device Design and Development

There is a research assistant position for the design and development of a therapeutic vibration device for the treatment of anxiety associated with opioid and alcohol withdrawal. Animal studies performed at BYU have shown that mild whole body vibration can significantly reduce the anxiety associated with withdrawal for animals addicted to opioids and alcohol. We recently received National Institutes of Health funding to trial this technology in humans. As part of the research we are designing unique vibrating chairs that induce traveling waves in the human body. We are in need of creative engineers with fabrication and design skills.

If interested in applying please contact Dr. Blotter. jblotter@byu.edu

Fluid Mechanics

Be part of a team studying novel high speed fluidic actuation for microdevices. Paid position, 10-20 hours/week.

To be considered, email your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of your interests in this position to nbcrane@byu.edu.

Design Education

Be part of the BYU Design Review and help others learn about design. This volunteer position is for helping the editorial board by reviewing articles, uploading content, and writing articles. The time commitment is 1-2 hours per week. It will help your communication skills and help you learn about how to be a better designer.

Email byudesignreview@byu.edu for more information

Cancer Biosensor Microfabrication

This position is for an undergraduate research assistant interested in creating sensors for cancer detection. It will involve learning to perform fabrication steps (in and out of a cleanroom). The work is almost entirely hands-on and will expose you to microscope manufacturing techniques (vapor deposition, lithography, carbon nanotube growth, etc.). Applicants must be willing to work through the next academic year. Initially, the position may be for 5-10 hrs per week this summer. In the fall, potentially for 10-15 hrs per week.

Send an email to Brian Iverson (bdiverson@byu.edu) with your resume and unofficial transcript. Please also confirm that you can work for the required hours and duration.

Materials

Maintain and develop an open-source microscopy software package developed by my research group.

The ideal person is a sophomore with good computing skills, and planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science or related field (at any university). Email dfullwood@byu.edu describing your current and future plans and interests, and other items as listed above.

Aerospace, Wind Energy

We almost always have opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in wind energy and aircraft design research.

Read about how to get started with the FLOW Lab here:
http://flow.byu.edu/onboarding/

Contact/meet with Professor Ning for more info.

Design

Utilize the method developed in the lab for creating dynamic thermal patterns to characterize material properties and/or process performance in an additive manufacturing system. Must have completed ME EN 340.

Email nbcrane@byu.edu with your resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief summary of your interests/goals.

Design

Be part of a team that is developing new additive manufacturing processes and characterizing the performance of existing systems. Work may include mechanical design, materials testing, image analysis, and/or mechatronics. Preference is given to students with prior experience with one or more of these areas.

Email nbcrane@byu.edu with your resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief summary of your interests/goals.

Materials

Improve energy technologies by engineering defect networks in materials through theory, computation, and experiment (see johnson.byu.edu).

I typically require new students to volunteer for 1 semester, followed by a semester of 497R credit. Afterward, if I have funding and you have been productive and enjoyed the work, you may be considered for a paid position. Send an email statement of interest to ojohnson@byu.edu.

Fluid Mechanics

Calibrate systems and run tests in the Stratified Flows Lab.

Paid positions usually are offered to students who have volunteered or gotten credit, and can make a long-term commitment. Email information listed above to crockettj@byu.edu.