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.