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BYU Students take #1 and #2

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BYU Students Matt Jacobs and Kyles Owens win tops honors at the 2020 the SAMPE University Research Symposium

Matt Jacobs (graduated MFGEN 2020) won 1st place in the Undergraduate division of the SAMPE University Research Symposium. This includes a $500 cash prize. The final awards were announced in November. This is an annual competitive program that invites SAMPE (Society for the Advancement in Materials and Process Engineering) student members to submit an abstract regarding their academic research. Semi-finalists are invited to submit a full paper over the summer, and then finalists are selected and sponsored to attend and present the results of their research at CAMX (the Composites Advanced Materials Expo). The best papers presented in each student category are awarded cash prizes.

Matt's winning paper and presentation were on "Novel Methods for Composites Recycling via Pyrolysis," investigating potential low-cost methodologies to recover carbon fiber from composite materials, and methodologies to manufacture composite materials with those recovered fibers. His research was partially funded by the BYU Honor's Program, and he successfully defended his Honor's thesis last spring.

Kyle Owen's presentation is entitled "Influence of Cycle-Count, Rate, and Dwell-Time During Debulking Upon the Compressibility of Dry Carbon Textiles"

Due to COVID, the symposium finalist presentations were made remotely. Matt's and Kyles recorded presentations can be viewed here:

Novel Methods for Composites Recycling via Pyrolysis (Matt Jacobs)