Get involved in the SACNAS ASU Chapter

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Events, Organizations and Teams | 0 comments

Are you the E in STEM? Do you wish to participate in a club dedicated to bringing more opportunities in the STEM fields for students? Come to a general meeting for the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

6 p.m.
Physical Sciences A-Wing (PSA) 111 

Food will be provided, so come in hungry! SACNAS is open to ALL STEM majors and ALL ethnic backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

At our next meeting, we will provide information about student opportunities and about the SACNAS National Conference experience, all of which you can be a part of!

Our chapter activities include a variety of events that will help you succeed in your higher education path in the STEM fields!

  • Monthly meetings with news, updates, and announcements.
  • Field trips to regional medical and graduate schools.
  • Speakers from various professional backgrounds to talk about their field or give information on special opportunities exclusively for SACNISTAS.
  • Study rooms especially reserved for SACNAS chapter members.
  • Fundraising events to support our travels to the SACNAS Conference.
  • Conduct community service projects in the Phoenix region.
  • Because we strongly believe in the power of peer-to-peer networking, we work to expand your network of professionals.
  • Leadership opportunities in the spring semester when our election for the following year’s executive board occurs.

If you wish to contact us for more information, email us at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Our officers will be delighted to answer any questions!

Dominic Nicacio, President
Ivan Fernandez, Vice President
Antonio Loza, Community Service
Diana Arroyo, Marketing

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Cooke to receive lifetime achievement award

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Faculty Awards | 0 comments

Nancy Cooke

Nancy Cooke, professor in the Polytechnic School, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual meeting in Chicago on Oct. 28, 2014.

Nancy Cooke — one of 28 women Fellows in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society — will become the second woman to ever receive the Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Award for a career of making change, big change. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society will present the award on October 28, 2014, during their meeting in Chicago.

Cooke is a professor in the Polytechnic School, and program chair for the school’s Human Systems Engineering unit. She holds a doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from New Mexico State University.

Today, she is the first female chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Human-Systems Integration, first female editor in chief of the Society’s flagship journal, Human Factors, and founder of a nonprofit aimed to develop and promote human factors. During her tenure as editor, Cooke virtually doubled the journal’s Impact Factor, which hit a high of over 1.5, the highest it was been before or since.

She continues to make contributions in the areas of team cognition in synthetic task environments as well as human factors of unmanned aerial systems.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of information concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. The Society considers the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines—whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system—and advocates systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance.

Read the full article: Making Change in the HFES bulletin.

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Support the Fulton Schools Academic Bowl teams in the finals

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Organizations and Teams, Spirit and Traditions | 0 comments

Congratulations to the final four teams! The Maroon and Gold teams from Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering made it to the final rounds. The “final four” teams are rounded out with the W.P. Carey School of Business Gold team and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Maroon team.

Watch the final rounds live with moderator Barry Ritchie.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
555 N. Central Avenue, 6th Floor, Lobby, Studio A
Visitor parking available at UCII South of Fillmore between Central and 1st. If lot is full, reservations will be accepted (reservations: Academic Bowl).

4–5:15 p.m. Reception

5:30-5:45 p.m. Match #1
W.P. Carey School of Business Gold VS Ira A. Schools of Engineering Maroon

5:50-6:05 p.m. Match #2
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Maroon VS Ira A. Schools of Engineering Gold

6:10-6:25 p.m. Match #3
Winner of #1 (1-0) VS Winner of #2 (1-0)

6:30-6:45 p.m. Match #4
Loser of #1 (0-1) VS Loser of #2 (0-1)

6:50-7:05 p.m. Match #5
Loser of #3 (1-1) VS Winner of #4 (1-1)

7:10-7:25 p.m. Match #6
Winner of #3 (2-0) VS Winner of #5 (2-1)


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Design and build in eSpace during open lab hours

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Fulton Schools, Opportunities | 0 comments

Come work in the Fulton School’s favorite design and build space after hours.

This open lab time is catered towards students building projects or prototypes and in need of group space, focused project support and helpful tools, including drills, saws, hand tools and soldering stations. Makerbot Replicators and 3-D printers are also available for students to use with their own materials.

Evenings in eSpace
Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
5-9 p.m.
Engineering Center F-wing (ECF) 120 and 122, Tempe campus [map]

Student aides will be on-site to offer equipment help and safety instructions.

This workspace is only available to Fulton Schools students, so bring your ASU ID for entry.

Watch a video to learn more about what the eSpace design studio has to offer. Don’t miss out on this chance to design and build in this coveted workspace!

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Help develop a prototyping platform for behavior-change interventions

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Internships, Opportunities | 0 comments

There are many possible ways that smartphones and other technologies can help people live healthier lives. Right now, the current process for developing these strategies occurs in different silos, and lessons learned in one place often doesn’t get incorporated in other areas.

The purpose of this project is to build a prototyping platform for smartphone-based behavior-change interventions to foster rapid identification of best practices for helping individuals be more active or sleep better.

 The long-term goal is to support other behaviors through this process. This project is in direct partnership with Bob Evans via his Paco system from Google, Max Utter at Jawbone, and Eric Hekler in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Incentive Opportunities: Paid internship (for those with development experience), Research credit, Thesis-eligible

 Tasks for Students

Design/ HCI /Computer Science students: 

  • Students with web development experience (e.g., HTML/Javascript) are being sought to help design different behavior change intervention ideas and to help build the system architecture, building on the open source system, Paco.
  • You will have the opportunity to help design interventions in a transdisciplinary team and to implement them.
  • In addition, you will also have the opportunity to build a web page for participants to be recruited to be “beta testers” for this prototyping platform.

For computer science students:

  • There will be opportunities for back-end database development work as well as opportunities for fostering “big data” analyses from the work accomplished within the prototyping platform.
  • For these students, compensation for work can occur via paid internships, research credit, or thesis work (e.g., Barrett Honors theses).
  • In addition, students will also be given the opportunity to work with experts in industry via our corporate partners.

Health/Nutrition Students: 

  • Students will be able participate in designing behavior-change intervention ideas within the prototyping platform and developing unique work.

Please email résumé to

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ASHRAE meeting, Oct. 27: Psychrometrics & the Engineering Industry

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Events, Organizations and Teams | 0 comments

Join American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for a club meeting on Monday, October 27.

Scott Sellin will present “Psychrometrics and the Engineering Industry.” Sellin works for the M+W Group, which is a global company that specializes in clean-room facilities such as semiconductor production plants and biopharmaceutical production plants. He graduated from ASU in 2008 with a mechanical engineering degree and is a former president of the ASU ASHRAE student chapter. Sellin is the Central Arizona ASHRAE Chapter Student Advisor.

Monday, October 27, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Goldwater (GWC) 487, Tempe campus [map]

Free pizza and drinks!

Questions? Contact George Ioannidis, president, at

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Midterm checkup — Joyce’s career tip of the week

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Career | 1 comment

Fall recruiting season is in full swing. The Engineering Career Fair, lots of first-round and some second interviews have already taken place. This is a good time to pause and evaluate how your quest for a job or internship is progressing.

If you are interviewing and going on to the next round with one or several organizations, you are doing fine!

If you have a strong academic record, campus involvement and work experience, but have not gotten interviews. Your résumé needs improvement.

If creating a résumé was extremely difficult because all you have been doing is going to classes, it’s time to find an activity or two where your involvement will result in some powerful, résumé-building bullets.

If you had several calls for interviews, but did not progress beyond the first round, you need to get feedback on your interviewing, practice and improve. Could the problem be something as simple as not showing enough enthusiasm? Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for individuals who are excited about the positions they are looking to fill and demonstrate that interest through a thorough knowledge of the company and industry.

Finally, are you someone who hasn’t even begun the process? Start with Sun Devil CareerLink and apply for positions that are still available. Use the time between semesters to polish your resume, do company research and practice interviewing.

The Friday prep sessions starting in January will kick off the spring recruiting season. Get ready to impress the company representatives who will be looking for you!

Joyce Donahue is a Career Counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a nationally certified career counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association.

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Attend a professional development workshop for graduate students

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Events, Graduate Students | 0 comments

Specialized Library Resources for Graduate Students
ASU Libraries understand the complexities that you may be facing as a graduate student. Get connected with specialized information and services that can streamline your research and writing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
3-4 p.m.
Fletcher Library (FLHLB) 101, West campus [map]
Register online.


Writing Effectively:  Avoiding Plagiarism
In today’s digital world, it is very easy to plagiarize in one’s writing, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and the consequences can be severe.  This workshop will explore the various forms of plagiarism can take and how you can make sure you are using sources without plagiarizing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
2-3 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU) 227, Tempe campus [map]
Register online.


How to Write a Winning Resume and Cover Letter
This workshop focuses on constructing a skill-based resume that will highlight experiences from work, school, or extracurricular activities to help you present yourself in the most competitive way for non-academic or professional positions.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
3-4 p.m.
Register for the online webinar


IRB Informational Session (Writing Centers)
Susan Metosky, Assistant Director of Research Integrity & Assurance, will present the application and submission process for IRB approval of research projects and IRB training. She will also answer questions about exempt and expedited IRB submissions and any other questions that you may bring with you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12-1 p.m.
Interdisciplinary B (INTDS) 286, Tempe campus [map]
Register online


For more information regarding these events, visit Strategies for Success.

Registration can also be completed via telephone or email.

  • For phone registration, dial 480-965-6171 with the event name and date, along with your name and phone number.
  • For email, include the event name and date, along with your name and phone number, in an email to Put “Professional Development Registration” as the subject line.
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Submit projects for Polytechnic School’s Fall Innovation Showcase

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Opportunities | 0 comments

If you are looking to produce, refine and develop new inventions, new methodologies, and new ideas, the Innovation Showcase is a great opportunity for you! It provides an arena where you can tackle real problems, collaborate across lines, learn from failure, cultivate imagination and curiosity, participate in an overarching entrepreneurial energy and change perceptions. The Innovation Showcase fosters the process of invention, creation and revolution, creating generations of intentional innovators as well as generations of cutting-edge innovations.

Fall Innovation Showcase
Thursday, December 4, 2014
3-5 p.m.
Student Union Cooley Ballrooms, Polytechnic campus [map]

Polytechnic students should submit their projects for the showcase no later than November 10, 2014. Please refer to the Student Guide for important dates.

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Learn technical resume writing and practical interview skills

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Opportunities | 0 comments

Presentation by Krzysztof Pennar, ASU/NASA Space Grant Alumnus

Join ASU/NASA Space Grant Alumnus & Senior Engineer Krzysztof Pennar for a lesson on Technical Resume Writing and Practical Interview Skills  

Krzysztof PennarASU  has given you great experience that sets you apart. Now you need to properly communicate that to your future employer by means of a resume and an interview. Krzysztof Pennar, a Senior Propulsion Engineer at Orbital Sciences, will be offering a talk on guidelines for technical resume writing and practical interview skills. He has polled managers across his industry to understand what they are looking for in employees today, how to best present that in a resume, and how to make a lasting impression at an interview. He has also polled newer employees for their reactions to the resume and interview process so that you can know what they wished they had known.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
3-4 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4) 692 [map]

Please RSVP to or use the comment form below.

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Jobs and Internships – week of Oct. 20

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Career, Internships | 0 comments

Did you know you can use Sun Devil CareerLink (SDCL) to search degree-related job opportunities and internships, upload your résumés for recruiting employers to view, schedule on-campus interviews and see who’s recruiting at engineering career events throughout the year? If you’re not taking advantage of this resource, register for SDCL today. Want to learn more? Check out this SDCL Quick Reference Guide.

Chat online with Employers at the Arizona STEM Virtual Career Fair on Oct. 23

This week there are 373 postings related to Fulton Schools degree programs in SDCL!
These are just a few examples of what you can find in Sun Devil CareerLink this week.

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Engineering undergrad represents Grand Challenge Scholars at White House conference

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Events, Internships, Research, Students | 0 comments


ASU student Kaleia Kramer (second from right) joined engineering Grand Challenge Scholars from other universities at the recent White House BRAIN Conference. Photo by: Randy Atkins/National Academy of Engineering


Arizona State University biomedical engineering and Grand Challenge Scholars Program student Kaleia Krämer recently participated in the White House BRAIN Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The event brought together representatives from research organizations, national laboratories, foundations and companies that have aligned their research goals with those of the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Nanotechnologies) established by President Obama’s Administration.

Krämer was among three college undergraduate students and a graduate student at the conference whose studies and research interests also align with the aims of the initiative. The students represented the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

Students in the program take courses of study designed to prepare them to contribute to solving the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century as defined by the national academy. One of the 14 Grand Challenges is Reverse-Engineering of the Brain.

Krämer was invited to the conference in part because of her work as a research assistant at ASU in the Neural Control of Movement Laboratory, directed by professor Marco Santello, a neuroscientist and the director of the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

In addition, she gained more research experience this past summer by winning a Flinn Scholars Internship, enabling her to work at the Arizona Center on Aging and the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, both based at the University of Arizona.

Read more about Krämer’s research and summer internship.

Krämer and one of the other students at the BRAIN Conference contributed to an Office of Science and Technology Policy blog after the event. They expressed their views on the conference, the BRAIN Initiative and the Grand Challenge Scholar program. They also discussed their research and their motivation for enrolling in the Grand Challenge Scholars program.

Krämer wrote about how a close friend’s experience with a neurovascular disorder influenced her decision. Read the blog post.

She was able to attend the conference with support from an Experiential Learning Grant, which are available exclusively to ASU Grand Challenge Scholars students.

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Enjoy desserts with professors at Society of Women Engineers event, Nov. 4

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Join the Society of Women Engineers for Dessert with Professors (formerly Dinner with Professors) event! Engage and network with ASU Engineering faculty and staff over some delicious desserts!

Open to all Fulton Schools students from both the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, this will be an informal event. Drop in and stay as long as you can. Take the time to get to know your awesome faculty and staff members!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU) Alumni Lounge, Tempe campus [map]
Register online by October 28

Questions? Contact Kristen Brown at

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Environmental research earns scholarship for doctoral student Hottle

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in ic, Students | 0 comments

Troy Hottle

Troy Hottle

Troy Hottle will be aided in earning a doctoral degree in sustainable engineering at ASU by an Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) scholarship he was recently awarded.

The national foundation supports research and education to promote sustainable waste management practices for the benefit of communities and industry.

Hottle is pursuing his degree through the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. His doctoral studies adviser is associate professor Amy Landis.

The scholarship will support his research on biopolymers in municipal solid waste. He is working on developing methods for accurately assessing the environmental impacts of biopolymers throughout their life cycle from production to waste, and exploring the feasibility of using biopolymer waste in industrial composting systems.

Hottle came to ASU in 2012 after earning an undergraduate degree in Ohio, then working for Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension and in industry in Pennsylvania.

Read more about Hottle and his current research.

The EREF scholarship will provide $12,000 each year for his doctoral studies. He expects to graduate in spring 2016.

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