Archives April 2022

President of the BYU Engineering Design Club

This last school year, I have been the BYU Engineering Design Club president. During this time I have seen a lot of growth within the club as we have gone through our first full year of clubs being allowed to meet in person, which was banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally the club presidency was limited to four members: a club president, two vice-presidents, and a secretary. During my time, we expanded the club presidency to six members: club president, vice-president, secretary, marketing, communications, and activity director. With this expansion, roles were more clearly defined which allowed for people to focus on specific actions that would help the club grow both in attendance and quality. With these new roles added, we also created a training system so that when new presidency members came into the presidency positions, they could have a reference so that they could know how to excel in their position.

During this last year, we saw our numbers rise with many people coming to be a part of the JV Team as well as a club-sponsored Student Innovator of the Year competition team. Between the two teams, there was an average of thirteen people coming each week. Our highest attendance was when our sponsor company Rocketship came to talk with us. During that meeting, we had about twenty-five people in attendance. Over the course of the school year, we also had twenty people come and attend the club for the first time.

One other major event that took place that I was a major part of was the first-ever BYU Engineering Design Club JV design competition. The students that were a part of the JV team worked to complete a conceptual design and then present it to our academic advisors who then judged them and gave them feedback on how to better their designs.

Throughout the school year, I held weekly meetings to plan and organize the club’s activities as well as update and inform the faculty advisors of what we were doing and how things were doing. I was also once again in charge of the JV team and the instruction that took place within. The curriculum generally stayed the same from the previous year with small changes that were made after going through and teaching it before when I was Vice-President of this club. We also sent out a survey in December to enlist feedback from the club members so that we could make sure that we were hitting the needs that they had when it came to learning about design, rather than just providing for what we perceived their needs to be.

Portfolio

Now that another semester has ended, I have had the wonderful opportunity to update my portfolio to showcase some of the amazing things that I have been able to work on. Please click below for a PDF version of my portfolio.

While this is my official portfolio, more examples of my work can be found on this website.

Shoe Tread Analysis

For my final FEA report, I was to run an analysis on something of my choosing. Due to my desire for wanting to go into the shoe industry and run FEA studies to make shoes better, I felt that this was a perfect time to get my feet wet doing just that.

For this analysis, I looked at four different tread patterns and sought to learn which would deflect the least, which in my mind, meant that the shoe provided more grip when a basketball player was moving around on the court.

The report can either be viewed in the viewer below, or the link below the viewer can be clicked and you can download a copy of the report.

Through this attempt, I felt like I learned a lot. Initially, I thought that modeling the shoe tread and the forces that are present on them would be easy, however, that assumption was wrong. Determining how much force and how the force was applied turned out to be more difficult than I initially expected. Also, during the analysis, I tried to simplify the treads down so that I didn’t need to model as many. While this was effective in saving time, I am concerned that it has therefore invalidated the analysis. Further research and talking with industry professionals would be required to better understand if my analysis is valid or not.

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