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Welcome to the May edition of our eNewsletter. With our spring commencement exercises recently completed, we are excited to watch our new graduates excel and help shape the future of both industry and academia.

Last month, we had the pleasure of sending 160 new graduates out into the world for a lifetime of new adventures and discoveries. Through their undergraduate education at BYU, these young men and women have been well prepared to blaze new trails in their chosen fields, thanks to hours of classroom instruction and a variety of mentored research opportunities.

Many of these graduates have already moved on to exciting opportunities outside Provo that will undoubtedly allow them to expand their horizons and magnify their influence. Some of our students are currently beginning work at prestigious organizations (including Microsoft, the Federal Reserve, and Epic Systems, to name a few), while others will seek advanced degrees from some of the world’s finest academic institutions, such as Harvard, Duke, and Johns Hopkins.

We also had the pleasure of seeing 19 students graduate with Master’s degrees and nine complete their Ph.D. The college is proud of these students and the work they performed during their time at BYU – whether carrying out their own research or overseeing and instructing undergraduate students. We are eager to watch these students put their graduate education to work and contribute to our changing world.

As always, we are constantly looking to provide great opportunities to our students and graduates. Oftentimes, we depend on our alumni and friends to let us know of any internships or career prospects that you might become aware of in your little corner of the world. If you or your employer has any openings for which you think our students might qualify, please feel free to contact Lynn Patten via email at lynn_patten@byu.edu.

We look forward to keeping in touch.

DEPT. NEWS

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Students move computer animation field forward with help of professor
GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Professor explores sand dunes on Titan, Saturn's largest moon
MATHEMATICS
Undergraduate students put education to work, excel in math competitions
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Acoustics group allows students to conduct top quality research at BYU
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TURNING WASTE INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY

Slaughterhouse waste, manure, algae, sawdust, used cooking oil. What common factor unites these seemingly unrelated materials? They are all, in fact, sources of natural energy.

Thanks to Jaron Hansen, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Lee Hansen, an emeritus professor of the same department, waste of all kinds may now be used to produce electricity. To market their innovative system, the pair created their own company called Anaerobic Digestion Technology.

To produce energy, the company first gathers its fuel – garbage. This material is then pumped into a large 14-foot by 30-foot vat filled with bacteria. These bacteria eat through practically anything and produce methane gas in the process. As the methane rises to the top of the vat, it is collected through a pipe that channels it into a cleaning chamber.

This cleaning chamber is called the gas conditioning system and is a breakthrough, patent-pending invention by Hansen and Hansen. Although the gas produced by the bacteria is mostly comprised of methane, other contaminants are present that negatively affect electrical generators. Thus, in order to prepare the gas for entrance into the generator, it passes through a container full of zeolite. These beads soak up all the other gases and contaminants and let the methane gas pass easily through, resulting in 98 percent pure methane gas to be burned and converted into electrical power by the generator.

Currently, 100 homes are being powered by Anaerobic Digestion Technology and their partner company Andigen. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is also interested in this technology.

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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY | COMPUTER SCIENCE | GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
MATHEMATICS | MATHEMATICS EDUCATION | PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY | STATISTICS

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