“I want to use my engineering to make a difference in the world.”
I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in a unique old house with a large wooded backyard. I spent most of my time as a child either making things or breaking things. Both my dad and my mom taught me about design. Although neither of them were engineers, I knew well before I went to college that I wanted to be an engineer. I worked my way through undergraduate school by working at a local engineering firm. Graduate school took me to New York. My first job after my PhD gave me the opportunity to move near Hong Kong to set up a design center. Eventually I became a professor at Brigham Young University where I teach and do research in the area of engineering design.
Why I Design
Pure and simple, I love to create things. I want to use my talents to contribute to the grand challenges put out by the National Academy of Engineering. Especially the ones related to poverty. If I can help people living in poverty to increase their income, to produce more food, or to have access to clean water and clean energy, I will have done something worthwhile.
To do this though, it's not likely to come from simple solutions. We've have had simple solutions at our disposal for thousands of years, and we still have significant poverty problems. I believe modern engineering has a lot to offer, and it's my goal to link modern engineering with the world's most pressing issues.
What I Do
I’m the faculty director of the lab. This means I get to be involved in everything. For example I choose our research direction and make sure that what were doing is making a positive difference in the lives of others.
I’m also privileged to choose which students get to be apart of our lab. This is a difficult task because so many want to join and all the applicants are among the best and brightest students at BYU. I love to teach students how to create publications, write proposals and create products like the World Cart and the Human Powered Drill.
PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Mechanical Engineering
MS Brigham Young University Mechanical Engineering
BS Brigham Young University Mechanical Engineering
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
BYU Class of 1949 Endowed Young Faculty Award
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award
AIAA Outstanding Service Award
AIAA Technical Committee Service Award
Labratory Equipment Scientist of the Week
ASME Best Paper Award
ASME Mechanisms Award
The Jack Spergel Memorial Award of Outstanding Technical Paper
You can check out some of my original designs here.