Day: June 21, 2021


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Digital Engineering “Galaxy”

Many of us can relate to Arthur Dent (the main character in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). He is a mild-mannered guy trying to protect his house when he is plucked from the earth just before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. I, myself, felt like “poor Arthur Dent” while writing this article on digital engineering.


Early Design Phase Energy Modeling and Multiobjective Optimization

In the U.S., buildings have an average life span of 70-75 years (DOE, 2011) and represent 40% of the country’s annual energy use (Energy Information Administration, 2012). Consequently, design choices related to new buildings have a significant and long-lasting impact. In general, it is important to consider energy consumption and cost for the design of every building. However, when buildings are part of a larger campus, a single-building perspective can fall short of identifying how the buildings can interact to reduce their overall energy consumption, cost or emissions. This reduction is only achievable through a multibuilding analysis simulation. One difficulty of performing a multibuilding simulation is that each building is probably only defined conceptually during the early design phase of a large campus. This article will go through one way to simulate, analyze and optimize the mechanical system types for a campus when only building function type, quantities of buildings, and size is known.


Interviews With UEC Leadership

The Utah Engineers Council (UEC) has been supporting local Utah chapters and societies for over 70 years. We are the umbrella organization for 15 local chapters and societies within the many engineering disciplines. Our purpose is to advance the art and science of engineering and to provide a forum for communication between the varying engineering societies.


UEC 2021 Scholarship Winners

Zakary Wankier Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of UtahNorthrop Grumman Scholarship Interested in prosthetics — works in the University of Utah’s Orthopedic Department doing research on percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic attachments Co-president of a service oriented nonprofit organization called Maji Baseball fanatic and a die-hard supporter of the Boston Red Sox Bryce Cheek Electrical EngineeringUniversity of UtahNorthrop Grumman Scholarship …

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UEC 2021 Fresh Face of Engineering Nominees

Fresh Face of Engineering Nominee Mykel Vallerga Colvin Engineering Associates Nominated by ASHRAE Project engineer Mykel Vallerga personifies servant leadership. Her technical skills, attention to detail, dedication to successful completion of projects, communication skills, and ability to work with people make her an effective and well-rounded engineer. Mykel demonstrates effective interpersonal skills with diverse industry …

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UEC 2021 MESA Teacher of the Year: Mark D. Jasumback

MESA Teacher of the Year
Mark D. Jasumback
Each year, the Utah Engineers Council recognizes the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program Teacher of the Year, who is selected by the educational community. MESA is an award-winning K-16 organization that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It engages students, parents, and alumni as advocates for equity and access to high-quality STEM education and training for students. This year, the MESA Teacher of the Year is Mark D. Jasumback, a physics teacher and MESA adviser at Skyline High School. Mr. Jasumback accompanied MESA students to the MESA National Engineering Design Competition at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where the team took first place both years!


UEC 2021 Fresh Face of Engineering: Justin Wettstein

2021 Fresh Face of Engineering
Justin Wettstein
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Nominated by AIAA
Justin Wettstein became a first-generation college graduate in 2015. He started as a product development engineer at Orbital ATK/Northrop Grumman in 2016, and he became an analyst for solid rocket motor performance. His work involves qualifying rockets through static tests, analyzed flight performance, and designed the performance of future rockets. While working full time, he pursued a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Over the past few years, he has spent nearly every weekend following his passion for skiing, snowboarding, climbing, and mountain biking.