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Kyle Squires appointed vice dean of Fulton Schools, will serve as interim dean
Paul Johnson, dean of the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering, has appointed Kyle Squires, director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE), to the position of vice dean. The appointment takes effect June 22. Squires also will move into the role of interim dean July 1, as Johnson leaves ASU to head the Colorado School of Mines. This will be followed by a national search for the new dean of ASU’s Fulton Schools of Engineering.
Countering social influence and persuasion of extremist groups
Social media has become a vital channel for terrorist groups to share news and seduce new members. The recent, notable successes of ISIS in the United States and Europe have demonstrated that terror groups can successfully use this approach to further their agenda of violence. While it gets less attention, social media is equally important for groups that are sharing and communicating information to counter extremist discourse.
The problem is, how can those looking to counter the violent ideology of groups like ISIS analyze all the conversations to determine what is a significant danger? How can groups countering violent extremism leverage social media to limit the diffusion of extremist ideology?
Arizona State University will lead new research aimed at helping to solve this puzzle. The university has been selected to receive a highly competitive Minerva grant to gain a better understanding of what types of information “go viral” and under what circumstances.
Research findings point way to designing crack-resistant metals
Potential solutions to big problems continue to arise from research that is revealing how materials behave at the smallest scales.
The results of a new study to understand the interactions of various metal alloys at the nanometer and atomic scales are likely to aid advances in methods of preventing the failure of systems critical to public and industrial infrastructure.
Research led by Arizona State University materials science and engineering professor Karl Sieradzki is uncovering new knowledge about the causes of stress-corrosion cracking in alloys used in pipelines for transporting water, natural gas and fossil fuels — as well as for components used in nuclear power generating stations and the framework of aircraft.
NSF awards faculty $2 million to redesign undergraduate engineering and computer science education
Arizona State University is launching a project to revolutionize engineering education by creating a learning environment that values risk-taking, making, innovation and creativity among its students and faculty.
Faculty of the Polytechnic School, one of the six Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, will lead the project. The school, under the leadership of director Ann McKenna, has been selected to receive one of only six $2 million grants awarded recently by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Other universities and colleges chosen to lead this effort include Purdue University, Colorado State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of San Diego and Oregon State University. The awards are part of NSF’s Revolutionizing Engineering Departments program known as RED.