I hope those of you reading this have had a chance to experience the BYU Splash Lab during its short tenure, whether in person or through one of our videos. Though I must take credit for its inception, I cannot take full credit for the inspiring images, scientific publications and successful graduates it has produced.If you have ever taken the time to follow our work or projects, then I thank you! The BYU Splash Lab is now officially dissolved; I have accepted a position at Utah State University, and will no longer be part of the faculty at BYU. Instead, the lab will be renamed to The Splash Lab and is very much alive and kicking! Our website, youtube, facebook, twitter and instagram accounts are being transitioned to the new name and we are trying to keep all of our fans attached to them.
I feel incredibly lucky to have been supported by such a strong department and university while at BYU, and feel even more blessed to have been surrounded by such creative and inquisitive minds. Though most of my students and employees came to the lab to learn from me, I feel that I have learned and grown immensely by working and researching with them. I hope the reader will take one more chance to review and appreciate the incredible work that has been done by the members of this lab in such a short period of time. I will always happily remember both brief and incredible time at BYU creating the Splash Lab along many of my now lifelong friends.
It is with an eye turned to the future that I welcome you to continue following the work of the Splash Lab as we move our research group to Utah State University. I have decided to accept a position at USU for a variety of reasons, but in the end I have felt that it is the optimal decision for me and my family. I have been very warmly received at USU, and I am excited for the possibilities that await the Splash Lab in its new environment. Sometimes the best way to spark creativity is to simply pick up a blank canvas and start anew. I look forward to becoming acquainted with new students and a new university which I know I will grow to both love and appreciate. I look forward to the great work we will do in the future, and hope you will too.
So the next time you’re popping a bubble, spinning an egg in milk or sloppily using a urinal, I hope you remember the Splash Lab!
Tadd T. Truscott, PhD
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-4130