May 23, 2022

Workman Nydegger Awards Scholarships for Students Studying Engineering, Science and Technology

By: Kenzie Nickles
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SALT LAKE CITY, May 23, 2022 –Workman Nydegger is pleased to award the Workman Nydegger Scholarships for Engineering, Science, and Technology to two University of Utah students, Kai Pruyn and Jared Zollinger, and seven Brigham Young University students, Jake Beus, Nathan Butler, Logan Dame, Josh Hoffman, Fagasoaia-Iliganoa Leituala, Jake McCoy, and Matthew Gregory Taylor for the 2022 school year.

Kai Pruyn is a senior in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Utah. She is focusing on biomechanics and also have a minor in chemistry. Ms. Pruyn will complete the BS/MS program in BME to graduate with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spring 2024. She is from Reno, NV and has an identical twin sister! Ms. Pruyn loves the outdoors, especially skiing and mountain biking. At the U, Kai is a member of the Utah Bionic Engineering Lab where they develop powered exoskeletons and prosthetic devices. She has also completed an internship in BD Medical’s R&D department working on IV catheters. These opportunities have changed her perspective on disabilities and medical care. In both, they focus on specializing the medical devices they develop in order to better provide for their patients. Kai has greatly enjoyed the creative and collaborative environment that engineering provides, and is looking forward to helping more people in her career.

Jared Zollinger is a senior in the Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Utah. He works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Utah NeuroRobotics Lab at the Neilson Rehabilitation Hospital where they investigate upper limb prosthetic applications utilizing technologies such as surface electromyography. Jared has also participated in research at the Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute where he examined the remodeling of cardiac tissue following tissue damage. This summer Jared will participate in a summer internship at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln working with ultrasound technology to develop a wearable device to measure blood flow in the brain. Outside of school, Jared enjoys spending time in the mountains, biking, hiking, and camping.

Jake Beus is attending Brigham Young University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He loves learning how things work and broadening understanding of new and developing technologies. Jake is continually looking forward to new innovations and enjoys working with others to find solutions to problems. Jake loves skiing, biking, and climbing and plans to attend law school after graduating.

Nathan Butler is attending Brigham Young University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He loves learning about the mechanics of the world and building things with his hands. Nathan loves pursuing classes to learn to develop devices that benefit communities in need in other parts of the world such as water filtration systems, irrigation solutions, food storage and preparation, and more. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Belem, Brazil. Nathan has a deep love for music, a fascination with technology, and an obsession for movies.

Logan Dame is attending Brigham Young University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He works in Prototyping Lab (machining shop) and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Busan, Korea. Logan enjoys learning in the realm of mechatronic systems, robotics, and automation. He loves skiing, racing road bikes, canyoneering, and spending time with friends.

Josh Hoffman is attending Brigham Young University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in biomedical engineering and patent law and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Philippines. Josh loves sports, music, and his family.

Fagasoaia-Iliganoa Leituala is attending Brigham Young University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with plans to attend law school upon graduation. He is interested in protecting the cutting edge of science and engineering. Fagasoaia-Iliganoa served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Jake McCoy is attending Brigham Young University pursuing a degree in computer engineering. He plans to attend law school and served a mission in Montreal and Ottawa Canada for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jake loves spending time with his family and enjoys playing tennis. He also likes listening to music and learning about history, especially American history.

Matthew Gregory Trainor is attending Brigham Young University pursuing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with intention to go to graduate school. He served a mission in Chile for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loves learning, working, and growing.

Workman Nydegger awards scholarships each year to students attending the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Through a combination of demonstrated achievements and written essays submitted by the students, Workman Nydegger attorneys work closely with both universities’ scholarship committees to identify the exceptional and promising undergraduate candidates. The scholarships are offered to junior and senior students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

These scholarship programs represent Workman Nydegger’s commitment to helping students succeed in their engineering or science training. The firm hopes to provide students with an understanding of the many career opportunities available to those with science and engineering backgrounds and an interest in intellectual property law as a career path.

Founded over 30 years ago, Workman Nydegger specializes in intellectual property law and complex litigation.  The firm represents a wide array of clients in all areas of intellectual property law and complex litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, litigation and prosecution, unfair competition and related licensing matters, and legal opinion, including pre-ANDA invalidity opinions, and possesses expertise in a diverse range of technologies, including computer systems, software, e-commerce and information technology; electronics and electrical engineering; pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and medical and life science technologies; physics and optics; mechanics and mechanical engineering and alternative energy.

Kai Pruyn – University of Utah

Jared Zollinger – University of Utah

Jake Beus – Brigham Young University

Nathan Butler – Brigham Young University

Logan Dame – Brigham Young University

Josh Hoffman – Brigham Young University

Fagasoaia-Iliganoa Leituala – Brigham Young University

Jake McCoy – Brigham Young University

Matthew Gregory Trainor – Brigham Young University