Professor Thomson is teacher/scholar of mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-I). His research specialty is the fabrication of artificial vocal cords and related anatomy. When he decided to take a faculty position at BYU-Idaho, he needed a way to keep his federally sponsored research moving forward that he started previously at a research university.
Due to the affiliation between BYU-Idaho and the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC), the RBDC is able to enter into agreements with external sponsors in collaboration with BYU-Idaho faculty and staff. RBDC then serves as the fiscal and administrative agent for sponsored research and other externally funded projects. Professor Thomson has been able to maintain the grants and now has the opportunity to mentor BYU-Idaho students in his expertise.