Featured Engineering School: BYU’s Fulton College of Engineering

Why Study Engineering at BYU?
Here is what they have to say:

The world’s expectation of its engineering and technical personnel will range from providing for interplanetary exploration and travel to solving such earthly problems as pollution, transportation, efficient energy use, new materials, and new products and manufacturing processes, as well as many other exciting and challenging needs.

The solution to man’s present and future problems will require people trained as craftsmen, technicians, technologists, and engineers working together as a team. Each of the departments in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology has a faculty with special training and advanced education, including years of work experience, which qualify them to prepare students for these technical careers. Each department also has modern, well-equipped laboratories that provide exciting and valuable hands-on experience.

Their Mission Statement:
The mission of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at BYU is to help develop men and women of faith, character and technical ability who will become outstanding leaders throughout the world.

Engineering, with a strong emphasis on mathematics, and the basic sciences, has been offered at Brigham Young University since 1952. The School of Technology provides an environment where students and faculty can learn in a nurturing atmosphere with emphases in leadership, management and application of technology. Graduates of both engineering and technology find acceptance in the best graduate schools and in top industrial organizations. Many are in key positions in leading industries or have important assignments with government agencies. With the evident need extending well into the future for those skilled in solving technological problems, an engineering degree from BYU is a valuable professional accomplishment.


BYU’s Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology also did well in this year’s U.S. News graduate school rankings, earning top 100 marks in three specialty areas:

— 58th, chemical engineering specialty

— 68th, mechanical engineering specialty

— 79th, electrical engineering specialty

Featured Engineering School: the University of Utah

What does the University of Utah’s College of Engineering have to say?
For Undergraduate:
At the College of Engineering we provide our students with the highest quality education that prepares them for leadership positions and professional practice in academia, industry and government. With about 130 full-time faculty, we strive to create an environment where the highest standards of scholarship and professional practice are observed, and where our responsibilities to students are taken seriously and met. Our BS engineering degrees are designed to be completed in four years, and it is not uncommon for seniors to have great job offers while still in school.

The College recognizes that an essential component of achieving excellence includes practices that integrate teaching and research. In support of this mission, the College provides a comprehensive experience at the undergraduate level that promotes and nurtures engineering science and its applications through its educational programs, research and public service.

Scholarships, internships and rewarding research experiences are available in all of our educational programs. We welcome students to explore the educational opportunities available and encourage them to meet with advisors to take full advantage of all that the College and University have to offer.
For Graduate Degrees:

Nestled in the spectacular Wasatch range, the College of Engineering provides unique graduate training programs to highly qualified students leading to degrees that push the frontiers of engineering beyond its present borders. With internationally recognized faculty and state of the art research infrastructure, the college of engineering consistently places its graduates on successful career paths. During the past 100+ years, the College has graduated over 12,000 engineers. Many alumni have gone on to achieve international recognition in industry, manufacturing, research, education, law, medicine and many other professions.

If that that isn’t enough, how about an annual snowfall of 500 inches of fluffy, dry powder and 13 incredible resorts? Or perhaps you like mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, or rock climbing. The fact is that we have more varieties of landscapes, geology and recreational opportunities than even we can imagine. While our national parks are considered by many as treasures, there are many more places to see and things to do that are just as amazing and certainly less crowded! Come and check us out, most of our graduates never want to leave.

We invite you to explore our degree options by examining our degree programs and to contact faculty directly to enquire about openings in their research groups.

University of Utah College of Engineering Rankings:(Graduate)
The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) ranks the University of Utah’s College of Engineering[2]:

53rd out of 331 schools for undergraduate enrollment
Among the top 50 schools for the number of PhDs
Among the top 50 schools for BS degrees in computer science, civil engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering
44th out of 200 schools in research expenditures
44th out of 323 schools for the number of teaching personnel

USnews ranks the College Of Engineering 62nd in the nation

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Chemical Engineering Thought of the Day

life time of business = freshman semester of engineering

Some useful words for Chemical Engineering:
Heat Capacity: The change in internal energy or the change of enthalpy with respect to temperature
Heat of condensation: The negative of the heat of vaporization
Heat of Fusion: The enthalpy change for the phase transition of melting
Heat of vaporization: the enthalpy changes for the phase transition of a liquid to a vapor
Latent Heat: An enthalpy change that involves a phase transition
Phase Transitions: A change from the solid to the liquid phase, from the liquid to the gas phase, from the solid to the gas phase, or the respective reverse changes.
Sensible heat: An enthalpy change that does not involve a phase transition

Organic Chemistry Review Sn1, Sn2, E1, E2 Reactions

Organic Chemistry may have a bad reputation,,, but its actually quite simple. Something I notice alot of students struggle with in Ochem 1 is Sn1, Sn2, E1 and E2 reactions.
First off, Lets define two types of reactions, A) substitution reactions and B) Elimination reactions
Substitution reactions occur when an Alkyl Halide reactes with a nucleophile in a way that the nucleophile replaces the halogen attatched to the carbon strand/ring.
Substitution reactions can be split into two groups: A) Sn1 reactions and B)Sn2 reactions
Things to remember about Sn1 reactions:
1) Sn1 reactions are two step reactions, meaning the bond breaks between the carbon and the halogen, and afterward the nucleophile attatches itself to the positive carbon(electrophile). Because there is an intermediate product (the carbon strand without the halogen) the stability of this itermediate product will determine the speed of the Sn1 reaction. Stability of the intermediate product is determined by how many R groups are attatched to it, meaning a tertiary alkyl halide will definatly go through an Sn1 reaction, while a secondary alkyl halide may go through an Sn1 reaction, and a primary alkyl halide will not go through an Sn1 reaction.
2)The Sn1 reaction results in a racemic mixture as its product.
3)The Sn1 reaction exhibits first order kinetics, meaning that only the concentration of the alkyl halide effects the rate of reaction (concentration of nucleophile has no effect)
4)favored by polar protic solvents
Things to remember about Sn2 reactions:
1)The Sn2 reaction is a one step reaction meaning that the bond between the halogen and carbon breaks as the bond between the nucleophile is created. Because of this, limiting steric strain will speed up the Sn2 reaction. If the nucleophile is “bulky” the reaction will be too slow, and if the alkyl halide is bulky, the reaction will not start. For Sn2 reactions, primary alkyl halides are the best candidates for Sn2 reaction, secondary alkyl halides can go through Sn2 reactions, and tertiary alkyl halides do not go through Sn2 reactions.
2)The stereochemistry of an Sn2 reaction is very specific in that the nucleophile always attacks from the opposite side of the halogen. This results in the inversion of configuration at a stereogenic center.
3)The Sn2 reaction exhibits second order kinetics, meaning that the concentration of the alkyl halide and the nucleophile both effect the rate of reaction. If you double concentration of both, you quadruple you reaction speed.
4) favored by polar aprotic solvents
Elimination reactions occur when a base attacks a hydrogen attatched to a carbon which is diagnal from the halogen. After the hydrogen leaves, the carbon forms a double bond with a the carbon bonded to the halogen, which in turns releases the halogen.
Elimination Reactions can be split into two groups:A)E1 Reactions, B)E2 Reactions
Things to remember about E1 reactions
1) similar to Sn1 reactions, E1 reactions are a two step reaction, and exhibit first order kinetics in the same fashion.
2)Weak bases favor the E1 reaction.
3)more substituted halides react fastest, meaning tertiary alkyl halides react the fastests, while primary halides rarely react, (if at all)
4)Polar protic solvens that solvate the ionic intermediates are needed
Things to remember about E2 reactions
1) similar to Sn2 reacitons, E2 reactions are a one step reaction, and exhibit second order kinetics in the same fashion
2)Strong Bases favor the E2 reaction
3)more substituted halides react fastest, meaning tertiary alkyl halides react the fastests, while primary halides rarely react, (if at all)
4) favored by polar aprotic solvents