BYU professor Brent W. Webb to speak at devotional

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    By CHERISE RICHARDS

    Brent W. Webb will speak at today’s Devotional at 11 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall at the HFAC.

    Webb, a BYU professor of mechanical engineering and the executive director of the Office of Research and Creative Activities, will speak about the topic of “Repentance–a mighty change of heart.”

    “It’s a topic that’s been on my mind for a long time,” Webb said. “And, I have experiences of it from serving in the church.”

    Webb was invited to speak at the Devotional by one of the BYU vice presidents.

    “He speaks very warmly,” said Michele Kennedy, office manager for ORCA. Kennedy, who works with Webb, said, “He’s pretty funny, but he is also extremely intelligent and efficient. He’s to the point and official.”

    A BYU alumnus, Webb earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and went on to get a PhD from Purdue University. In 1986, this Lehi native joined the BYU faculty.

    “He is one of the highest rated teachers here,” said Spencer Magleby, associate chair of the mechanical engineering department.

    While teaching at BYU, he received the College of Engineering and Technology Outstanding Faculty Award in 1991, BYU Alumni Professorship for 1997-2000, Young Scholar award for 1991-1993 and the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award in 1994.

    “He is very productive,” Magleby said. “He has certainly been outstanding as a member of the faculty and among students.”

    Webb has lectured domestically, as well as abroad. He is the author of more than 100 publications and is also the associate editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer.

    Webb said he loves teaching and researching, which explains his versatility.

    Before becoming the bishop of the Orem Cascade Third Ward, Webb was the bishop of a BYU campus ward. He also served in the church as a young men’s president, a high councilor, and a bishopric councilor.

    Webb is married to Amy Jo Barker and has six children.

    Today’s Devotional will be broadcast in the JSB Auditorium.

    It will also be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (channel 11) and KBYU-FM (89.1). It will be rebroadcast Sunday, May 23 at 6 and 11 a.m. on channel 11 and at 8 p.m. on 89.1 FM.

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