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Getting to BYU

Information useful when traveling to BYU and the ECEn Dept.

Mailing address:

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brigham Young University
450 Engineering Building
Provo, Utah 84602

Phone numbers:

Department office: (801) 422-4012
Department secretary: (801) 422-4013
Fax number: (801) 422-0201


The BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECEn Dept.) is located on the fourth floor (Room 450) of the new Engineering Building (EB) that is just south of the Clyde Building (CB) on the Brigham Young University Campus in Provo, Utah. (Note: The EB is new enough that it does now show up on many maps!) Provo is located in 4200 ft high Utah Valley and just less than an hour south of Salt Lake City in the State of Utah.

Provo enjoys a small town atmosphere with 105,000 residents, a nice business community, and two large universities. The 11,750 foot Mount Timpanogas dominates the skyline north of the city and the 23 mile long Utah Lake is just to the west. Perhaps Provo's biggest claim to fame is that it is the home of Brigham Young University. There are numerous hotels in Provo which are convenient to the BYU campus.

The international airport in Salt Lake City is the closest major airport to Provo and BYU. It is a major hub for Delta and Southwest airlines. You can either rent a car at the airport or take the bus shuttle service to Provo. The shuttle service can drop you off at your hotel or at the BYU Wilkinson Center.

Salt Lake Airport to BYU (driving)

To get to the Provo area from the Salt Lake City airport if you are driving: (Airport Access). It is approximately a 40-50 min drive from the Salt Lake City Airport to Provo. From the airport head take I-80 eastbound to the I-215 interchange. Take I-215 southbound toward Provo (follow the signs). Take I-215 South 3 or 4 miles to the I-15 interchange. Turn right (southbound) onto I-15 toward Provo. Travel I-15 South for about 45 miles to Orem City (which is just north and west of Provo). Here is a link from Google Maps.

Route from I-15 to BYU Campus (Detailed map) (Simple Map part 1) (Simple Map part 2) (Intermediate Map)

To get to the BYU campus from I-15 take the University Parkway exit (exit 269, marked as the BYU exit - east bound (left over the freeway). Follow University Parkway east to the BYU campus (about 4.4 miles). On the way you will pass a large mall on your left and go down a curving hill into Provo. At the bottom of the hill go past three lights to turn right (southbound) onto Canyon Road. Note: right before Canyon Road you will cross over University Ave. [Yes, you are ON University Parkway and crossing University Avenue]. Travel about 0.2 mile south on Canyon Road and turn left (east) at the second light onto Bulldog Blvd (1200 N) and drive up the hill. Turn right at the light. This is the main entrance to campus. The visitor's lot is on the left.

An alternate entrance to campus, and the one recommended, is to NOT turn onto University Ave but continue east on University Parkway past the stadium on your left until 900 East. A large building close to the road is on the left, with an open field on the right. Turn right (south) on 900 East and proceed about 0.5 mile south to Campus Lane, which is just past the light at 1200 N/Birch St. Turn right. The vistor's lot is on the left. The Wilkinson Center is straight ahead with BYU Law building is the white building on the right.

To the Engineering Building and Clyde Building (Navigatible Campus Map) (Intermediate scale map)

To get to the Clyde Building [CB], walk westward between the Wilkinson center on the right and the white Crabtree Technology building with its green windows on the left. At the top of the hill where a drive descends into an underground garage, turn left. The Clyde Building [CB] is the second building on the right. (Second building south of the Wilkinson Center). The Engineering Building [EB] is the building south of the CB. To get to it, walk past the descending drive and turn left. The EB is the third buildinging on the left.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department office is on the fourth floor of the Engineering Building in room 450 EB. The MERS lab is in room 304 CB. The campus bookstore and a cafeteria are available at the Wilkinson Center.

Note: BYU does not permit smoking anywhere on campus. Coffee and tea are not available on campus.

(Navigatible BYU campus map) (PDF BYU camputs map)

Weather

The average winter temperatures in Provo and Salt Lake City average 40F but can be below 0F at night. Summer temperature can range up 100F. Provo is in a large mountain valley at an altitude of approximately 4400 feet. Provo, Utah Weather

Tourist Stuff

Skiing

Some the world's best skiing is within an hour and half of Provo. Nearby ski resorts include Park City, Park West, Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, and Sundance (Sundance is only 25 minutes from Provo up Provo Canyon). Both downhill and cross-country skiing are available. Equipment rental is available and there are beginner through advanced slopes at all resorts.

Sight-Seeing

A good sight-seeing stop is Temple Square (home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir) in downtown Salt Lake City (1 hour north of Provo). Free tours are available in most languages. There are lots of other tourist activities to do in Utah, including a quite a number of National Parks and the like.