Highlights from BYU colleges


Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering

BYU is one of the select colleges collaborating with Boeing in the AeroPace capstone program. (Steven Gorrell)

BYU has partnered with Boeing for the Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering (AerosPACE). AerosPACE is a multi-college capstone course that gives college students the opportunity to build and fly unmanned aircrafts in a real world engineering environment. BYU is one of the nation’s leaders in UAV research and continues to develop new drone technology.

BYU is furthering the research and development of the “drone revolution.” (Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Engineering professors Randy Beard and Tim McLain head the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at BYU, which is the only National Science Foundation-funded unmanned aircraft research center in the country. The program is sponsored by companies such as Boeing, NASA and General Electric. In return, BYU provides groundbreaking research at a low cost. Beard and McLain, along with other professors and students, are currently working on UAVs that fly autonomously in places where GPS does not work. Previous projects include ensuring UAVs do not run into things, and the ability for UAVs to land on moving objects.

David O. McKay School of Education

The PolyPsi team is on a mission to research spiritual, cultural and indigenous methods of psychotherapy in American Samoa and New Zealand. (Kawika Allen)

The Polynesian American Psychology Research (Poly Psi) Team has recently returned from their summer trip to American Samoa and New Zealand with a year-long study of Polynesian psychotherapy ahead of them. Not only did the Poly Psi team learn about various methods of psychotherapy on these islands, they also taught and trained psychotherapists, physicians, nurses and medical administrative staff. The Poly Psi team hopes to continue researching culture-centered treatment.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

The BYU Public Relations Student Society of America earned two Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter awards at the 2018 PRSSA National Conference in Austin. Teahan chapter awards recognize outstanding achievement in 12 different categories and is the highest recognition awarded by the society. (PRSSA)

The BYU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won top awards at the 2018 PRSSA National Conference in Austin. Making Cougar history for winning two Teahan awards at a single PR conference, BYU won for its excellence in Community Service and for the Chapter Website, out of over 300 PRSSA chapters from around the nation.

(BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications)

BYU art professor Joe Ostraff will give a presentation titled, “We Breathe the Same Air” at the November Faith and Works Lecture Series on Nov. 1. Throughout his career, Ostraff has directed multiple collaborative programs, received a grant to fund the Western Wilds Collaboration through the BYU Laycock Center and was a recipient of the 2010 Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship.

College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

As done in the past, the BYU Office of Civic Engagement will again hold a Civic Engagement Research Conference. (Office of Civil Engagement)

The BYU Civic Engagement Leadership Association will be hosting an informational voting workshop to help students register to vote and learn how to become more civically involved. The workshop will also present information on current candidates and issues that will be on the ballot. The BYU Civic Engagement Leadership Association hopes students will be more passionate about civic issues in their community and understand the value of one’s voice in a democratic government. The workshop will be help on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in room 2111 JKB.

The Office of Civic Engagement will also be holding a Civic Engagement Research Conference on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Hinckley Center. This research conference will include presentations from scholars from Columbia University, Arizona State University and Notre Dame, and a panel of BYU faculty and students.

College of Humanities

The BYU Women Studies program will be holding a conference titled, “Bodies of Women” on Nov. 1 and 2. Focusing on the physical bodies of women and what a body of women can accomplish together, the conference will include six speakers from many specialities and a service project for Days for Girls.

This event is free and open to the BYU community.

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