Underwater Dreams film and panel discussion, Sept. 26

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underwaterdreamsJoin the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in the Hispanic Heritage Month Event: Underwater Dreams film screening and panel discussion.  The event is co-hosted by the Graduate & Professional Student Association, Society of Hispanic Engineers, Latinos in Science & Engineering, NASA Space Grant Robotics club and DREAMzone.

The Underwater Dreams film is based on a true story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build underwater robots and beat powerhouse MIT.  The high school team was from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and features alumni of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and ASU.

Friday, September 26, 2014
6–10 p.m.
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom, Tempe campus [map]
Reserve your ticket online. Tickets are free and required.

6 p.m. Reception featuring SHPE, MAES, GPSA, Dreamzone, NASA Space Grant Robotics.
7 p.m. Film viewing.
9 p.m. Panel discussion with members of the film.

Questions? Send an email to Jade Silva at jade.silva@asu.edu.

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Stabenfeldt helps produce new material to prevent excessive bleeding

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Faculty, Research | 0 comments

Development of a new synthetic material that promises to aid the natural process of blood clotting and the emergency treatment of traumatic injuries was reported on recently in the research journal Nature Materials.

ASU biomedical engineer Sarah Stabenfeldt was on the team of physicians, scientists and engineers that created the new class of synthetic platelet-like particles, which are based on soft hydrogel materials.

Stabenfeldt, a co-first author of the paper in Nature Materials, is an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering.

The new particles are proving to be effective in slowing bleeding and circulating safely in the bloodstream. The advancement could potentially help reduce the number of deaths from excessive bleeding, according the lead author of the paper.

Stabenfeldt’s role in the research focused on fibrin, a protein that is critical in the blood clotting process. It forms a fibrous mesh that helps impede blood flow.

She identified a unique single-chain antibody fragment that specifically recognizes polymerized fibrin – the fibrin mesh found in blood clots.

The antibody fragment was then attached to the synthetic hydrogel particles to enable specific interaction with native fibrin clots that ultimately enhanced the effectiveness of the clotting process by decreasing the time it took for blood to clot.

“To achieve this targeting specificity,” she explained, “I used a molecular biology technique known as phage display, which is essentially using biological machinery to screen a large array of biological motifs to identify the motif with the highest affinity and specificity to your target of interest.”

In her ASU lab, Stabenfeldt has been using the same phage display screening process to identify novel targeting motifs in her research to improve the detection and diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries.

Her collaborators on the overall project reported on in Nature Materials included researchers at Georgia Tech, Chapman University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University.

Read about the research in Nature Materials. Read a news release about the research paper.



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Fulton Schools news roundup

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Alumni, Faculty, Outreach, Students | 0 comments

New on Full Circle

Mentor Dida: Giving back to his Kosovo homeland
Mentor Dida’s experiences as a refugee inspire him to use his engineering education to make the world a better place. Read the article.

In the news

Scientists test jetpack to help soldiers run faster on the battlefield (Daily Mail Online – United Kingdom)
The Discovery Channel Canada show “Daily Planet” recently debuted a video and report on a jet pack prototype developed by ASU engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes, who works in the Polytechnic School’s Human Machine Integration Laboratory. It demonstrated how the technology enhances human physical capabilities. The video and additional news reports soon followed on a variety of news websites, including the Daily Mail, Fox News, Grind TV, Daily Urban Culture, Locker Dome and the Phoenix New Times.

Building a robotic tomorrow (State Press Magazine)
Human-technology integration is the focus of the work of Thomas Sugar, a professor in the Polytechnic School engineering program. He’s helping integrate robotic systems with the human body to boost the physical abilities of people living with amputations and make it easier for soldiers to carry heavy loads during military operations. Read the article.

Bringing creative engineering to students (Embedded Computing Design)
Shawn Jordan, an assistant professor in the Polytechnic School engineering program, teaches ASU’s STEAM Labs to middle school and high school students. The program integrates the arts with science, technology, engineering and math. Students get an introduction to the engineering design process by creating chain-reaction machines. Read the article.

Making: The gateway to an engineering career (Embedded Computing Design)
The Maker and DIY movements are being brought to ASU through the efforts of Micah Lande and Shawn Jordan, assistant professors in the Polytechnic School engineering program. (Lande founded the first Maker Corps site in Arizona). Through TechShop and other program and facilities, they are using the Maker and DIY methods to give young students hands-on experiences in the everyday practice of engineering. Read the article. Hear the ASU Alumni Association podcast “Hands On-The Maker Movement Comes to ASU,” featuring an interview with Lande and the sounds of students at work in his summer Making+Tinkering Camps.

Conditioned for success (ASU Magazine)
Damien Richardson was a starter for the ASU Sun Devils football team for three seasons while majoring in bioengineering, before going on to play in the National Football League for several years. After his athletic career, he used his ASU engineering degree to make the step into medical school and a second career in the health care field. Read the article.

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Talking to recruiters at the career fair – Joyce’s career tip of the week

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Career | 0 comments

There are a few things that are absolute “must do’s” in order to be a successful applicant at a career fair.

The first is to dress professionally. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression. A suit might feel like overkill; but, it does show recruiters that you are committed to your search and want to be seriously considered.

When it is your turn to speak to each recruiter, make eye contact, smile and offer a firm handshake. The handshake should only last a few seconds. It can be pretty embarrassing when the recruiter has to try to tactfully pry his or her hand free! Campus recruiters are on the road throughout September and October. Make them feel welcome at ASU! If your palms are sweaty, carry a handkerchief or paper towel to wipe them off. Use hand sanitizer. There are bottles on every table.

Speak clearly and distinctly, yet naturally. You don’t want to sound like you’re mechanically reciting a memorized speech. Watch for recruiters’ reactions. Allow them time to talk and ask questions.

Deliver your “30 Second Commercial”.

Your commercial should include your name, major, year in your program and what you are seeking – an internship or a full-time position, as well as when that would be. (Internship summer 2015 or full-time position in December 2014 or summer 2015)

Now the next part is really important: tell why you are interested in that particular organization. Show that you know something about them and their industry. Then say something about your skills, interests and experience that will show you are the talent they need.

Many companies will be interviewing the day after the career fair. Make sure that you have checked your schedule and know when you can be available.

Listen carefully when recruiters are speaking. At the end of the conversation, thank them for their time and repeat your interest.  Jot down notes before going on to the next company.

Be sure to keep checking your phone and emails for invitations to interview!

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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Listen to podcast about ASU’s Maker Movement

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Faculty, Opportunities | 0 comments

In this ASU Alumni Magazine podcast, Liz Massey visits a “making and tinkering camp” hosted at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center for budding makers, and tours TechShop Chandler, a program that gives access to industrial-strength tools to ASU students and the general public. The podcast features students at the Making and Tinkering Summer Camp, and interviews of Jon Barbara of TechShop and Micah Lande, an assistant professor in the Polytechnic School. The Maker Movement is a do-it-yourself tech community that emphasizes hands-on experimentation to create innovative solutions.

Listen to Hands On – The Maker Movement Comes to ASU 

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Seminar: Applications of Quantitative 3D Imaging

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Seminar: Application of Quantitative 3D Imaging to Better Understand the Relationships between Chemical Formulation, Morphological Characteristics and Physical Properties of Materials 

Brian Patterson
Polymer and Coating Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Friday, September 19, 2014
1:30 p.m.
John W. Schwada (SCOB) 250, Tempe Campus [map]


X-ray computed tomography (CT), is an indispensable tool for materials development and characterization. With this technique, 3D images of a material are collected, non- destructively, providing a probe into its internal 3D structure. This provides a better understanding of its manufactured morphology, after-experiment morphology, and even the morphological changes during the experiment. This presentation will focus on four recent topics on the use of X- ray CT and confocal micro X-ray fluorescence within the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory to answer a variety of materials challenges. These challenges include understanding metal damage and solidification, mechanical response within polymer foams, and quantification of embedded metallic layers. On top of these challenges, much of our research has focused on improving the robustness of CT measurements and making them more quantitative. Probing questions such as, “How many radiographs do I really need to acquire?”, and “What resolution do I need so that the statistics are related to the object and are not skewed by the number of voxels within the object?” provides a foundation to answer these materials science questions with more confidence. CT provides an avenue for the quantification of morphological structure of solidified materials. Measuring features on the micrometer scale can be used to understand processing history and continues to show that sample preparation is still key. Additionally, CT can be used to relate polymer foam synthesis to its morphological structure, and then to its mechanical performance. For blown polymeric foams, in which the foaming process is stochastic, studies relating morphological structure to performance are especially difficult. In-situ mechanical performance measurements of these polymer foams, as well as foams made through additive manufacturing, while they are imaged 3D using laboratory and synchrotron based X-ray tomography, opens up a variety of research avenues to better understand mechanical performance. Finally, coupling CT with confocal micro X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, a 3D elementally-specific spectroscopic technique, opens up other venues for rapid materials screening and elemental identification.


Brian M. Patterson is an R&D Scientist and Team leader of the Characterization and Forensics team in the Polymers and Coatings Group, MST-7. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education, teaching high school science for two years before entering graduate school. He received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Miami University, Oxford, OH in 2004 under the direction of Andre’ J. Sommer developing techniques in infrared micro- spectroscopy. He joined the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory under the direction George J. Havrilla as a post-doctoral researcher in 2004 working in the area of micro X-ray fluorescence and FT-IR imaging. Brian was converted to a LANL staff member in 2006. Brian’s expertise and research interests are in materials analysis using X-rays; specifically micro- and nano-scale X-ray computed tomography and micro X-ray fluorescence. Using these techniques he answers a variety of materials science questions relating to: high explosives, polymer foams, aerogels, carbon fiber composites, damaged materials, and low density materials examining defects (intentional and unintentional), voids, and the distribution of their component materials. He specializes in morphological structure quantification, in-situ dynamic measurements and overlaying imaging techniques to synergistically answer questions in 2D and 3D. He also currently serves on the editorial board of Microscopy Today.

Please contact Durella O’Donnell at Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information, or if you would like to meet with Brian Patterson while he is on campus.

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Seminar: Modeling and Simulation of Interfacial Flows

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Seminar: Modeling and Simulation of Interfacial Flows

Marianne Francois
Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Friday, September 19, 2014
1:30 p.m.
John W. Schwada (SCOB) 210, Tempe Campus [map]


Interfacial flows are multi-material flows comprised of two or more immiscible materials demarcated by interfaces. They are ubiquitous in nature and are encountered in several industrial applications. Examples of applications include materials processing (e.g. casting), inertial confinement fusion and solvent extraction. We are interested in the development of accurate numerical methods for high-fidelity simulations of interfacial flows. For such simulation, the position of the interface between the fluids and the interface physics (like surface tension) needs to be predicted as part of the solution of the flow equations. In addition, the discontinuity in fluid density, viscosity and species concentration at the interface presents additional numerical challenges. Our framework is the volume tracking method, a pure Eulerian method that represents the interface with volume fraction and intrinsically ensures mass conservation. However, since the interface is not explicitly tracked by marker points, estimation of the geometric properties of the interface is challenging. In this talk, I will present the balanced-force volume tracking algorithm for modeling interfacial flow with surface tension and discuss accurate ways to estimate interfacial curvature. Then I will present a global embedded interface formulation to model the jump conditions in species concentration across the interface. Numerical test cases will be given to illustrate the strength of the methods.


Marianne Francois is a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and currently the deputy group leader of T-3, the Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group in the Theoretical Division. Her research focuses on the development of numerical methods for incompressible and compressible interfacial flows with heat and mass transfer, with application to biofluids, spray cooling, material processing, fluid mixing, hydrodynamic instabilities, and nuclear energy. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fluids Engineering Division, Multiphase Flow committee. Francois received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida in 2002.

Please contact Durella O’Donnell at Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information, or if you would like to meet with Marianne Francois while she is on campus.

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Seminar: Catalysts for Methane Utilization

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Seminar: Catalysts for Methane Utilizationchuang seminar

Steven Chuang
Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron

Monday, September 22, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Biodesign Center Auditorium (BD) 210, Tempe Campus 



Methane is a major component of shale gas. Recent oversupply of shale gas has changed the landscape of energy and chemical industries in the U.S. The U.S. utilities are producing about 30% of electricity from natural and shale gas, increasing from 15% in 2010. US chemical industries have begun using ethane from shale gas as a feedstock. The low methane price is expected to push its producers to search for ways to expand its uses in the following areas: (i) production of value-added chemicals, (ii) efficient electricity generation through fuel cells, and (iii) methane storage for vehicles.

The key approach for converting CH4 to higher value chemicals is the catalytic partial oxidation reaction.
This presentation will discuss the use of in situ infrared (IR) spectroscopy and transient approaches to study catalytic reaction mechanisms of CH4 partial oxidation, dry reforming to syngas (CO2 + CH4 -> CO + H2), and electrochemical oxidation of CH4 in the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). In situ IR studies revealed that adsorbed oxygen leading to the formation of CO was found to be different from those leading to CO2 in CH4 partial oxidation. The selectivity toward CO could be enhanced by selective poisoning the CO2 formation sites on the catalyst surface. Transient studies revealed that electricity generation from the direct CH4-SOFC on the Ni-based catalysts involved decomposition of CH4 to surface carbon/coke and adsorbed hydrogen, followed by electrochemical oxidation with oxygen anions. The addition of CO2 to the feed of the direct CH4-SOFC initiated dry reforming reaction and eliminated the CH4 decomposition/coke formation pathway, producing syngas for electrochemical oxidation. Elimination of coke formation allowed the Ni anode catalyst in the SOFC to operate for a long period of time without appreciable deactivation. This presentation will also briefly discuss the current state of R&D on (i) activation of C-H bond for converting CH4 to other chemicals and (ii) methane storage for vehicle.


Steven S. C. Chuang obtained his Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh, 1985. He joined the University of Akron in 1986 and began his research in using transient infrared spectroscopic techniques in studying CO related reactions. He served as Chair of Chemical Engineering in 1997-2005. His research shifted to CO2 capture, photocatalysis, and catalysis of solid oxide fuel cells. In 2009, he established FirstEnergyAdvanced Energy Research Center, focusing on the development of CO2 capture and carbon fuel cell technologies. In 2011, he was appointed as Professor of Polymer Science and is organizing Advanced Energy Materials Research at the College of Polymer Science/Engineering at the University of Akron.

Please contact Durella O’Donnell at Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information, or if you would like to meet with Dr. Chuang while he is on campus.

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Attend USAA’s Information Session

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Career, Events | 0 comments

USAA relies on the expertise of our IT team to ensure that our systems and processes are up to date and running seamlessly. Join USAA for a career in Information Technology, and you’ll be part of a FORTUNE® 100 Best Companies to Work For and a Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT. True success in IT development and maintenance takes people who are creative, technically proficient and constantly user-focused. We strive for 100 percent availability, 24/7, while processing more than 20 million computer transactions every day. At USAA, you’ll enjoy plenty of work flexibility and mobility, and the chance to broaden your skills with continued training. We’re a large organization with a steady and growing IT budget, focusing on both legacy technologies and cutting-edge platforms. We were one of the first to market via mobile, and are also innovating in areas such as biometrics.

USAA Info Session
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Brickyard Artisan Court (BYAC) 260, Tempe campus [map

Why should you invest in an Information Technology career with USAA? We’re well-funded; our alliances with business are tops; the industry benchmarks against us; we offer excellent growth opportunity and the chance to own your career development plan; and we’re backed by the stability of an organization that has been in business since 1922.

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Test drive hybrid, electric, and alternative fuel cars at ASU’s EcoCAR 3 event, Sept. 20

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Events, Faculty, Fulton Schools, Organizations and Teams, Students | 0 comments

Join ASU’s EcoCar 3 organization and team at their event for National Drive Electric Week on September 20th! You can test drive electric and hybrid vehicles around ASU’s Polytechnic Campus, check out showcased electric vehicles, educate youth in STEM, spread awareness of National Drive Electric Week and EcoCAR 3.

EcoCar 3 Test Drive Event
Saturday, September 20, 2014 
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lot 16, Polytechnic campus [map]

To learn more, visit EcoCAR 3′s website or Facebook page for daily updates.

EcoCAR 3 Celebrates National Drive Electric Week!

EcoCAR 3 Celebrates National Drive Electric Week

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2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computer Science

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Career, Events | 0 comments

american express

American Express will be attending the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing at the Phoenix Convention Center, October 8-10.

Come meet the American Express team at booth 325 to learn more about full-time and internship opportunities for software engineers.

American Express has the know-how, technology, benefits and global reach to make nearly any idea a reality. All that’s missing is you. Apply now!

At American Express, we’re in the midst of an exciting digital transformation driven by an energetic team of high performers. You’ll be part of a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team responsible for delivering world-class customer experiences across multiple channels, using such platforms as native iOS, Android, web, social integration, Java services, and APIs. You’ll be challenged with identifying innovative ideas to deliver against the existing and future needs of our customers.

Select the appropriate link below to complete an application for full-time or summer internship opportunities.

2015 Technology Software Engineer Full-Time (Bachelor’s or Master’s Graduating Dec. 2014 – June 2015)
2015 Technology Software Engineer Intern (Bachelor’s or Master’s Graduating Dec. 2015 – June 2016)

Learn more about the Technology group at American Express by visiting careers.americanexpress.com/tech

“We look forward to meeting you soon!”

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Jobs and internships – week of Sept. 15

Posted by on Sep 12, 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 GuideThis week there are 380 postings related to Fulton Schools degree programs in SDCL!

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High-Speed Video Demonstration Day, Sept. 12

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Events, Fulton Schools | 0 comments

Drop by the Technical Imaging Lab and try your hand at capturing high-speed video shots and see demonstrations. Learn more about the high-resolution, fast Phantom v2511 and the portable, high-speed m310 cameras. There will also be pizza!

Friday, September 12
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Technology Center (TECH) 111, Polytechnic campus [map]
Register online

Questions? Contact photo@asu.edu

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Take the first step to being a leader

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Announcements, Fulton Schools, Opportunities | 0 comments

Are you ready to become a leader? Enroll in FSE 194 Exploring Leadership Potential, a required prerequisite for the Fulton Schools Leadership Institute.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has a new leadership program available for students! We recognize that engineers are expected to solve problems and offer innovative solutions to change the world we live in while being leaders in communities. The Fulton Schools Leadership Institute will help you develop your leadership skills through curricular, co-curricular and mentorship opportunities.

This program is based on the book Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Astin & Astin, 1994), which teaches that leadership is a purposeful, collaborative, inclusive and values-based process that results in positive social change.

Take the first step to being a leader in fall 2014. Enroll in FSE 194 Exploring Leadership Potential. This 1-credit hour course offered in the B session is a requirement to be eligible the Fulton Schools Leadership Institute in the spring 2014 semester.

Questions? Send Jade Silva an email at jade.silva@asu.edu.

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Become a DREAMzone ally, Oct. 10

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Events, Opportunities | 0 comments


DREAMzone is a comprehensive professional development program at Arizona State University that provides student leaders, staff and faculty with knowledge, skills and resources necessary to effectively respond to the presence and needs of undocumented students at institutions of higher education. The aim of the program is to establish visible support networks that aid participants in developing competencies for working with and improving the campus culture for undocumented students.

Become a part of this ally network and enhance your cultural competency!  Registration is required and we must get at least 15 participants, register online today.

Friday, October 10, 2014
4 p.m.
Goldwater (
GWC) 487, Tempe campus [map]
Register online

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will be hosting Dreamzone certification for faculty, staff and students as part of Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Fulton Schools news roundup

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Faculty, Graduate Students, Research | 0 comments

New on Full Circle

Research aims to ramp up resilience of critical engineered systems
National Science Foundation fellowship awards are supporting work by engineering doctoral student Daniel Eisenberg to better fortify public infrastructure. Read on Full Circle

Engineering doctoral student’s water research earns EPA support
ASU engineering doctoral student Mac Gifford is striving to help develop technologies to ensure reliable access to safe drinking water for small communities. Read on Full Circle

ASU engineering graduate refused to be statistic, powered up her career
Carrie Culp likes puzzles and she figured out a big one: how to make her life work. Read on Full Circle

In the news

No one should be afraid of synthetic biology-produced vanilla (Future Tense)
Innovations being made possible by advances in synthetic biology have raised questions about its impacts – particularly when it is used to produce or enhance foods. One aspect of debate focuses on definitions of “natural” biomaterials and “engineered” biomaterials. In a commentary in Future Tense (a collaboration of Slate magazine, the New American Foundation and ASU) Karmella Haynes, an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, addresses the issue. She points out how misguided arguments are leading to unfounded concerns about synthetic biology. Read online

ASU Jet Pack (Daily Planet)
ASU engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes, who works in the Polytechnic School’s Human Machine Integration Laboratory, has developed a prototype for a jet pack designed to enhance human physical capabilities. His work was featured on the Daily Planet program on Discovery Channel Canada, highlighted by a race between ASU students – one helped along by Kerestes’ jet pack. Watch the video.

Project Hieroglyph: Fighting society’s dystopian future (BBC News)
ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination teamed prominent writers of science fiction and social critiques with engineers and scientists to produce the new book “Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future.” Among engineers who participated with writers were Brad Allenby and Keith Hjelmstad, professors in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. They were among the collaborators assigned to help produce stories and articles reflecting “techno-optimism” – a positive vision of the future based on viable potential science and engineering solutions – in contrast to the visions of future dystopian societies popularized in today’s books, movies and television shows. BBC News (British Broadcasting Company) is among major news outlets that have been reporting on the Hieroglyph project. Watch the video. Read the article. Read more about the Heiroglyph project. Listen to Hjelmstad talk about his collaboration with writer Neal Stephenson.

ASU sustainability scientists study climate change impacts, disease with NSF support (ASU news)
Thomas Seager, an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, is one of several ASU sustainability scientists recently earning support for their research from the National Science Foundation. Seager is leading a team seeking to devise ways for society to more effectively respond to public crises situations. Read online

College Avenue Commons unveiled (ASU News, KTAR radio)
ASU hosted the official opening ceremony for its new mixed-used building, College Avenue Commons, the new home of the Del E. Webb School of Construction, part of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. The building – designed to also serve as a campus community center – includes an array of sustainable construction and engineering features. Read the ASU News report about the building. Read the text of the KTAR radio report on the opening ceremony.

Kickoff for FIRST robotics and STEM competition season (Arizona ABC 15 News)
The Nightingales robotics team from the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies helped promote the 2014 Arizona FIRST Season Kickoff hosted by ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering on September 6. The middle school students demonstrated the capability of their robot, Taco, on the local Channel 15 News morning show in Phoenix. The team was part of the event later that day at ASU that marked the start of the competitive season for thousands of young students throughout Arizona who participate in FIRST programs that put science, technology, engineering and math fundamentals into action through designing, building and programming robots. Watch the video






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Get experience you need through co-op

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Career | 0 comments

Get the experience you need through Co-op – Work and Learn, available in every school of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. Experience your future through a Co-op.

The Co-op program is optional but highly recommended if you want work experience that employers are looking for in new graduates.

Cooperative education is a structured method of complimenting classroom education with paid practical work experience. A cooperative experience – known as a Co-op – will provide you job experience directly related to a your major. Cooperative education helps students make the school-to-work transition by providing real-world experiential learning.

Starting in your sophomore or junior year, you can begin terms of employment through the cooperative education program. You’ll be classified as a full-time student during each term you work full-time for an employer.

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Attend an NSF graduate research fellowship student workshop, Sept. 19

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Events, Graduate Students | 0 comments

Graduate students, talk to your faculty mentors about applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Attend a workshop to learn more about how to apply for the fellowship.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships pay an annual stipend of $32,000 for three years plus $12,000 toward your tuition and fees. Graduate research fellowships are extremely prestigious, and will significantly enhance your competitiveness on the job market for faculty or other professional positions. Fellowships also are eligible for other national research resources such as supercomputer time or international research funding support.

In order to qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, and you must not have completed more than one year of graduate study. This last requirement can be waived if you are changing fields after time away from school.

To help you develop the most competitive application, the Dean’s Office is hosting NSF Graduate Research Fellowship workshops on Friday, September 19, 2014. We will introduce strategies for making a personal connection with reviewers, and discuss the elements of a winning research project.  Tip sheets and storyboards will be provided to help you tell a compelling story, and cover the mechanics of applying.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Student Workshops
Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Brickyard (BYENG) 660, Tempe campus [map]
To register, send an email to Stacy Esposito at stacy.esposito@asu.edu by Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

You only need to attend one student workshop. Faculty are welcome to attend a student workshop as well.

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Seminar: On the road to ubiquitous OR town, Sept. 11

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Seminar: “On the Road to Ubiquitous OR Town” 

Leon McGinnis, Professor Emeritus
Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Georgia Institute of Technology

Leon McGinnis Seminar

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Noon–1 p.m.
Brickyard (BYENG) 210 [map], Tempe campus

Today, finding a new restaurant or the home of a new friend is as easy as entering an address into your phone, and accessing a shortest path algorithm that uses a network model based on the latest roadmap, and it doesn’t matter if the destination is across town or across the country. What if we could make it almost that easy to analyze production requirements to determine batch sizes and release schedules? Or perform Factory Physics calculations to determine WIP levels? Or simulate alternative warehouse or factory configurations? These kinds of innovations would bring sophisticated OR analyses to operational and strategic decision makers across the spectrum of enterprise scale, but they would require us to put sophisticated OR applications “in a box” with standard interfaces. What research and development would be required to enable such an innovation?

This talk will describe the journey of the Keck Virtual Factory Lab researchers, from the ambition of ubiquitous OR to brink of realistic demonstration. It will describe our encounters with computer science and software engineering, with knowledge management, and perhaps most interesting, with the (self-imposed) limitations of the most frequently used OR tool. With any luck, we’ll have a lively discussion of “what it all means” for Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Leon McGinnis has been teaching and leading research in the Stewart School for almost 40 years, where he has focused on problems of understanding, modeling, analyzing and designing discrete event logistics systems, or DELS. His teaching portfolio includes the development or major revision of courses on computational methods in OR, optimization, manufacturing enterprise, production systems, systems design, and model-based systems engineering. His research has been funded by Federal agencies, including the US Navy Sea Systems Command, DARPA, and NSF, and by companies such as Boeing, Ford, GM, GE, Lockheed, and United Technologies. He has held leadership positions at Georgia Tech in multi- disciplinary and industry-supported academic programs as well as multi-disciplinary research centers. He has mentored 29 PhD students, many of whom have achieved leadership positions in academia and industry, and his work has been recognized with the David F. Baker Outstanding Research Award and the Fellow Award from IIE.

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Become a Peace Corps campus ambassador

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Opportunities | 0 comments

Have you always been interested about the Peace Corps? If so, there is a new internship-like opportunity for you called “Campus Ambassadors”. Though uniquely crafted for students interested in the Peace Corps service, this is also an excellent learning opportunity for students interested in complex international topics, ranging from international business, law, to public health, global affairs, and social work.

As a Campus Ambassador, you will:

  • Help manage the social media of the Peace Corps at ASU, attracting diverse pools of individuals in underrepresented communities.
  • Be encouraged to attend events on global cross-cutting issues.
  • Gain valuable skills in networking while interacting with a variety of different groups and individuals.

There are several open positions for Campus Ambassadors at ASU. You will work with the Regional Recruiter, Campus Recruiter, and Peace Corps Liaison to fit the needs of the Peace Corps team. Campus Ambassadors are expected to work from mid-October through next May; however the team will put academic success first.

Peace Corps may not be for everyone, but this is your opportunity to decide if it is right for you! If you are interested, please take a few minutes to complete the Campus Ambassador application form. The deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014.

Questions? Send an email to diversity@peacecorps.gov or contact Chris Ammon at 480-965-4840 for more information.


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Seminar: Bulk nanocrystalline metals, Sept. 12

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Tschopp SeminarSeminar: 
The “Nanocrystalline Metals” Renaissance of the 21st Century: Tailoring “Bulk” Nanocrystalline Metals for Enhanced Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties 

Mark Tschopp, Materials Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Friday, September 12, 2014
1:30 p.m.
John W. Schwada Building (SCOB) 210 

It is a new beginning for innovative fundamental and applied science in nanocrystalline materials. Many of the processing and consolidation challenges that have haunted nanocrystalline materials are now more fully understood, opening the doors for bulk nanocrystalline materials and parts to be produced. While there are still challenges remaining, recent advances in experimental, computational, and theoretical capability have allowed for bulk specimens that have heretofore been pursued only on a limited basis. This talk will discuss the methodology for synthesis and consolidation of bulk nanocrystalline materials using mechanical alloying, the alloy development and synthesis process for stabilizing these materials at elevated temperatures, and the physical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline materials with a focus on nanocrystalline copper and a nanocrystalline Cu–Ta system, consolidated via equal channel angular extrusion, with properties rivaling that of nanocrystalline pure Ta. Moreover, modeling and simulation approaches as well as experimental results for grain growth, grain boundary processes, and deformation mechanisms in nanocrystalline copper will be briefly reviewed and discussed. Integrating experiments and computational materials science for synthesizing bulk nanocrystalline materials can bring about the next generation of ultrahigh strength materials for defense and energy applications.

Mark A. Tschopp is a materials engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering in 2007 from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his B.S./M.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Tschopp has spent 4 years in casting research at GM Power train, 2 years in material sustainability and mechanics at the Air Force Research Laboratory, and 4+ years as faculty at Mississippi State University. He has published over 100 journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, and technical reports with >900 citations for the >60 peer reviewed journal papers (Google Scholar). He has been either the presenter or co-author on >100 presentations and seminars at national and international conferences, including >50 invited talks, keynote talks, and invited seminars. He is an active member of ASM International, TMS, and ASME.


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