Highlights from BYU colleges

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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

  • An interdisciplinary team of BYU and University of Maryland students created a video game in January 2017 that will now compete in the major gaming festival IndieCade, often thought of as the Sundance Film Festival of the gaming industry. The students’ alternate-reality game, called “The Tessera,” was picked from over 1000 entries and requires players to interact with the ghosts of Ada Lovelace, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and other thinkers to defeat a villain known only as “S.” IndieCade will judge the game, along with 100 other entries, at its International Independent Games Festival in San Francisco on Oct. 6-8.

    “The Tessera” is an alternate-reality video game created by BYU students and University of Maryland students. It will compete Oct. 6-8 in the IndieCade gaming festival. (Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology)
  • BYU mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Jake Merrell and a team of researchers across three BYU departments have developed and tested a foam to help measure the impact of hits for football players. The nano composite smartfoam can be used in helmets and pads to help coaches understand in real-time the significance of a hit on a player. The foam is able to calculate the impact damage within 90 percent accuracy. This new technology will help coaches to know if there is a possible chance of concussion.

    BYU Ph.D. student Jake Merrell and a team of researchers have developed a smartfoam for football helmets and pads that can help coaches understand the impacts of hits in real-time and detect concussions with 90 percent accuracy. (BYU News)

Marriott School of Business

  • Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta was honored on Sept. 21 with the Marriott School’s¬†2017 International Executive of the Year Award. The award was established 40 years ago and commends business, non-profit and government executives who display excellent leadership and high moral standards. Panetta has nearly 50 years in public service. He’s currently focusing on The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit study center he established with his wife, Sylvia, in 1997.

    Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta received the International Executive of the Year award at a celebratory banquet. (Marriott School of Business)

J. Reuben Clark Law School

BYU’s Center for Conflict Resolution recognized James Ferrell during its annual Peacemaker Award Presentation on Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace. Ferrell is an author, Yale Law School graduate, and a founding member and managing partner of the Arbinger Institute, which works to change the way people think about resolving conflicts. The Center recognized him for his efforts to establish greater peace in the world.

James Ferrell, a founding member and managing partner of the Arbinger Institute, speaks at the Center for Conflict Resolution’s annual Peacemaker Award Presentation on Sept. 21. (J. Ruben Clark Law School)

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