How a BYU student's 'smart helmet' might save football players from brain damage

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9 2013 1:46 p.m. MST

“Jake is the one who pushed testing the sensors in silicon foam and he is the one who discovered that it is piezoelectric — that it creates voltage when compressed,” BYU mechanical engineering professor David Fullwood said in a BYU press release. “Jake is very proactive, talking to people in the industry and pushing hard to make it work.”

This isn't the first time Merrell, a graduate of Orem's Mountain View High who returned to BYU three years ago at age 27, has made news this year for an engineering feat.

In May, Merrell and three other BYU students built an "unbreakable bridge." Judges at the International SAMPE Bridge Competition couldn't bust their 2 kg I-beam, not even at 20,000 pounds of pressure, a first for the competition.


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