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.

Vice President of BYU Engineering Design Club

Back in the spring of 2018, I heard of the BYU Engineering Design Club for the first time. My friend had gotten into the presidency of the club, but that was the last that I heard of it. Due to a busy school and work schedule, I wasn’t able to attend until late in 2019.

When I first attended the club, there was a speaker who had come to talk about their portfolio. I was pretty nervous going in as I didn’t know anyone in the club. That was my one interaction with the club before I myself got into the club presidency in the summer of 2020.

I joined the club presidency as the club vice president and helped contribute ideas to how the club could grow and meet the needs of the students that came. The presidency that held over from the previous year felt that for the club to grow a complete overhaul of how the club was run was necessary. They wanted to take the club from more of a “come and listen to people talk” type of club, they wanted to make it more hands-on.

To make the club more hands-on, I met multiple times with the presidency that summer as we hashed out the way that the presidency would be run with this new ideology. We created two groups, one for those that did not know anything about design, and one for those who did. To help those that did not know anything about design, we created a curriculum so that we could not only teach but also allow the club members to have hands-on experience implementing the things that they learned.

Throughout the next two semesters, from August to April, I was the one that was in charge of teaching this second team, which we called the “JV Team”. I taught design principles and worked with the JV Team as we worked to design a chair that would help out college students. We created surveys so that we could learn the needs of the market, we made designs and learned to sketch so that we could better showcase our ideas, and lastly, we started to prototype. These things helped many who had never learned about how to design before.

While I was vice-president, I attended bi-weekly presidency meetings as well as taught and interacted with the JV team on a weekly basis. The club also grew in number from 5 people attending regularly to 10 people attending regularly.