Sign up for FSE 194: Make world of difference through Engineering Education internship

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Customize your experience |

Sign up for classes and make a world of difference

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Inspire the next generation of engineers by making engineering relevant to elementary, middle, and high school students. Enhance awareness and understanding of engineering. Demonstrate how engineering makes our lives better. Foster early interest and engagement in engineering. Shape the future!

Enroll in one credit of FSE 194: Pre K-12 Engineering Education Internship in a hybrid course format including succinct online modules, three face-to-face, 50-minute sessions, and one four-hour Saturday workshop. Complete a minimum of 10 service learning hours by delivering education activities in K-12 classrooms. Receive a polo shirt and name badge for participation in the program!

Questions? Contact Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh, assistant dean for Engineering Education, at

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Update your professional portrait during November open studio hours

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

The Fulton Schools of Engineering provide free professional portraits to all Fulton Engineering students, faculty and staff. These photos can be used for LinkedIn profiles, FURI student abstracts, news stories, student organization directories or the ASU directory.

Take advantage of open studio hours to update your professional portraits — no appointment necessary.

We have three studio locations for your convenience: Engineering Center G-Wing (ECG) 103, Brickyard Engineering (BYENG) 670 and on the Polytechnic Campus in Santan (SANTN) 330.

Upcoming open studio hours near the Engineering Student Center (ECG 103)

  • Thursday, November 13, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Upcoming open studio hours in the Brickyard (BYENG 670)

  • Thursday, November 20, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25, 9-10:30 a.m.

Upcoming open studio hours at the Polytechnic campus (SANTN 330 conference room)

  • Thursday, November 6, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Polytechnic School students: Are you planning to be part of Innovation Showcase? Come get your portrait taken for inclusion in the book!

You can also bring your team for a group portrait.

Wear business attire; neutral colors are best—avoid stripes or patterns. Black and other dark colors are fine.

Contact Jessica Hochreiter if you have questions, need to schedule an alternate time or need the updated password to download your photo. You may need an updated password if you had your portrait taken before March 1, 2014.

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Maroon team wins 2014 Academic Bowl

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Customize your experience, Organizations and Teams | 0 comments

Congratulations to both the Fulton Schools Maroon and Gold teams for making it to the Academic Bowl finals, The finals competition was held live in the KAET Studio on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus on October 23. The Maroon team brought home a win for the third year in a row. They won $24,000 in scholarships—and some serious bragging rights.

W. P. Carey School of Business Gold and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Maroon also made it to the Finals. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Maroon fell to Fulton Schools Maroon in the final match.

Returning Maroon team members, Wesley Fullmer and Prad Kadambi were on the winning team in 2012, and again in 2013 with the addition of Rohan Murty. Fullmer and Kadambi are Electrical Engineering majors. Murty is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Daniel Martin (Computer Systems Engineering) and Matthew Askins (Aerospace Engineering) joined the Maroon team this year. Askins was the Maroon team alternate, and played in the first Finals match.

Gold team members are Daniel Aukland (Engineering), Jose Eusebio (Computer Science), Allan Garry (Aerospace Engineering), Andrew Hoetker (Chemical Engineering),  and Jon Malapit (Electrical Engineering). Gold team members secured $5,000 in scholarships for their participation.

The National Academic Quiz Tournament provides questions for the Academic Bowl. Questions are not limited to any discipline, and test your knowledge from literature and social sciences to math, science and engineering, as well as popular culture, current events and sports. Tryouts for next year’s Academic Bowl will be in early fall 2015. Watch Inner Circle for announcements.

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MAES at ASU wins honors at national symposium

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Organizations and Teams | 0 comments

MAES at ASU attended the 40th MAES Symposium in San Diego, October 15-18. MAES works to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. The organization promotes, cultivates and honors excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists. The MAES at ASU chapter conducts outreach activities at local schools. Learn more about MAES at ASU

Join us in congratulating the following students who received recognition at the symposium.

  • Gina Rivera, a sophomore in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, received the Exxon Mobil MAES Strong Scholarship.
  • Jairo Gonzalez, a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, as recognized by the MAES Honors Program, which recognizes academic excellence. To be recognized, undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Berenice Castro, a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, received the U.S. Marine Corps Registration Grant which covered the full conference registration cost.

The MAES at ASU Decathlon Team, led by captain Javier Becerra, took second place. Other team members are Jairo Gonzalez, Eric Vega, Berenice Castro and Juan Bahena. Vega is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering. Decathlon teams compete against other universities in 10 events over three days.

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Seminar: Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Oct. 31

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Yang, Oct. 31

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Nanoscale Heat Transfer: Thermal Conductivity of Polymer and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials
Ronggui Yang, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado

Friday, October 31, 2014
1:30 p.m.
Schwada Classroom Office Building (SCOB) 210, Tempe campus [map]

Thermal transport plays an important role in energy conversion efficiency and device reliability. There were significant progresses on the understanding of thermal conductivity and phonon transport mechanisms over the past two decades, owing much to the challenging needs in high efficiency energy conversion, high speed electronics, and high power lasers. In concurrence with such technical challenges, significant progresses in computational power makes first-principles prediction of materials possible. Ultrafast lasers can now probe materials both at sub-femtosecond timescale and at atomic or sub-nanometer length scale. In this seminar, Ronggui Yang will quickly highlight a few notable accomplishments in the field in the context on the efforts in building multiscale-multiphysics simulation platforms for the study of phonon transport and thermal conductivity in nanostructured materials.

In the second part of the seminar, Yang will discuss efforts towards the understanding and engineering thermal transport in polymers and hybrid organic-inorganic materials, which are of interest to thermal management and thermoelectric applications. He will show that the thermal conductivity of ultra-thin polymer films can both increase and decrease. We find that the effective thermal conductivity (both cross-plane and in-plane) of ultra-thin polymer films increase with the decreasing thickness, which is a trend significantly different from inorganic films, mainly due to the changing of chain structure near the PS/substrate interface. Yet in another example, much lower thermal conductivity were obtained in atomic/molecular layer deposited hybrid organic–inorganic zincone thin films compared to that of W/Al2O3 inorganic nanolaminates reported by Costescu et al. [Science 2004, 303, 989–990], suggesting that the dramatic material difference between organic and inorganic materials may provide a route for producing materials with ultralow thermal conductivity.

Coupled with its low thermal conductivity, polymer thermoelectric composites are attractive for energy harvesting and localized cooling where temperature gradients are moderate, surfaces are irregular, toxic or rare elements are avoided, and low-cost processing is preferred. Though great progresses have been made for p-type polymers with a thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) up to 0.42, there has been a paucity of unipolar n-type composites for this purpose . I will also report the measurement and understanding on the low thermal conductivity of an N-type flexible hybrid TiS2-organic superlattice showing ZT >0.1, making possible the realization of flexible thermoelectric devices for wearable electronics, with both n- and p-type materials available.

Ronggui Yang is the S.P. Chip and Lori Johnson Faculty Fellow in Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering directing the Nano-enabled Energy Conversion, Storage, and Thermal Management Systems group (NEXT) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Yang received his Ph.D degree focusing on Nanoscale Transport Phenomena with professor Gang Chen in mechanical engineering from MIT in February 2006. Since January 2006, he started his faculty career as an assistant professor at CU-Boulder and has been promoted to associate professor with early tenure in summer 2011 (two years ahead of the normal clock at CU-Boulder). He has won the ITS Young Investigator Award in 2014 and the Goldsmid Award in 2005 from the International Thermoelectrics Society, the Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer in 2010 from ASME, an NSF CAREER Award in 2009, the MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, and a NASA Tech Brief Award for a Technical Innovation in 2004. He has also won the Provost’s Achievement Award (2012), the Dean’s Performance Award (2010), the Woodward Outstanding Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (2011) and the Outstanding Research Award in Mechanical Engineering (2008 & 2013) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was endowed with the S.P. Chip and Lori Johnson Faculty Fellow for 2013-2017 and the Sanders Faculty Fellow for 2008-2012.

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Reserve your spot for Polytechnic’s game day shuttle

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Events, Spirit and Traditions | 0 comments

Reserve your roundtrip transportation for the ASU Homecoming game and other events on the Tempe campus. Reserve your spot online

Be bold and wear GOLD this Saturday, November 1, as we celebrate ASU’s Homecoming. Roundtrip transportation is provided from the Polytechnic campus to the Tempe campus on game day.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
3 p.m. —  Depart to Tempe campus, outside Century Hall
3o minutes after the game — Return to Polytechnic campus

Riding the official shuttle departure time will help you bypass the line at Wells Fargo Arena to pick up your ticket and wristband for the game. Reserve your spot for the game day shuttle online.

Think you’ll be hungry when you get to Tempe campus? Sign up for the Fulton Schools Homecoming Block Party. Our attractions are open to everyone, but only ticket holders receive a free meal.

Devil’s Royale
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Come try your luck at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. Dress up or come as you are as you play blackjack, dance to a live DJ and sip on mock tails in our 007 lounge. Be ready for prizes and giveaways for best dressed and other contests. It will be a fun night whether you like it shaken or stirred.

Learn more about ASU Homecoming signature events

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Seminar: Towards a rigorous base for the design of distributed systems, Oct. 30

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Thim Strothmann, Oct. 30Towards a rigorous base for the design of distributed systems
Thim Strothmann
University of Paderborn, Germany

Thursday, October 30, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Brickyard (BYENG) 210, Tempe campus [map]

In this talk Thim Strothmann will present recent results concerning the design of dynamic distributed systems. More precisely, we aim to create a rigorous base for peer-to-peer systems, which allows for a formal analysis of real-world phenomena. To achieve this goal, we first introduce four general primitives for peers, which not only leave the overlay network graph connected at all times, but are also provably universal to create any goal topology for the network.

Furthermore, we formally investigate one of the most fundamental problems of robust peer-to-peer systems: safe departure of nodes, i.e. nodes requesting to leave the peer-to-peer system are excluded from its overlay network without affecting the network connectivity. If the overlay is initially in a well-defined state, then various proposals have already been made on how to safely exclude nodes, but surprisingly, the problem had not been formally studied yet for the case when the overlay network may be in an arbitrary initial state. We propose self-stabilizing solutions for excluding leaving nodes. We study this problem in two variants: the Finite Departure Problem (FDP) and the Finite Sleep Problem (FSP).

In the FDP the leaving nodes have to irrevocably decide in finite time when it is safe to leave the network whereas in the FSP we just aim at excluding the leaving nodes from the network in finite time, but they may not be aware of the fact when they are ultimately excluded from the network. Not surprisingly, we can show that there is no self-stabilizing local-control protocol for the FDP. To enable a solution, we introduce oracles that give nodes non-local information about the network. For a oracle called ONESID, we can show that it is necessary and sufficient so solve the FDP.

On the other hand, we show that if we just want to solve the FSP problem, then no oracle is required to exclude the leaving nodes. This phenomenon is similar to what is known for other fundamental problems like the consensus problem: if we require the nodes to decide in finite time when a consensus has been reached, then there is no self-stabilizing local-control solution for it, but if we just aim at eventually reaching a consensus without the nodes being aware of it, there is a self-stabilizing solution.

This is joint work with Christian Scheideler and Andreas Koutsopoulos (U. of Paderborn), and Mikhail Nesterenko and Dianne Foreback (Kent State).

Thim Strothmann is a CS Ph.D. student under the supervision of professor Christian Scheideler at the University of Paderborn, Germany. He received his M.S. and B.S. degree from University of Paderborn. He is currently visiting ASU for two weeks, hosted by Andrea Richa, associate professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. His research interests are programmable matter, self-stabilizing distributed systems and algorithmic game theory.

CIDSE Invited Talk
Hosted by Professor Andrea Richa

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Teach the teachers at wind energy workshop, Nov. 8

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Customize your experience | 0 comments

At this workshop you will collaborate with middle school educators and demonstrate how engineering can impact our lives through design and innovation. Sign up for the workshop and then enroll in FSE 194: Pre K-12 Engineering Education Internship to become an Engineering Envoy working in middle school classrooms.

Sign up for classes and make a world of difference

Learn more about Engineers for Education and how you can make a world of difference

Not sure if you want to enroll in FSE 194 PreK-12 Engineering Education Internship? Preview the class at the Harness Wind Energy workshop. This workshop brings together teachers, engineering students and teacher candidates to explore an engineering design project.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Engineering Center F-wing (ECF) 120-122

Register online by November 5
Lunch will be provided at 1 p.m.
Registration is free and required. Limited seats are available.

The Engineers for Education program gives Fulton Schools students the opportunity to serve as an engineering envoy to K-12 schools and classrooms. Join us for the Harness Wind Energy workshop and meet the middle school educators in whose classrooms you can serve as an Engineering Envoy. Demonstrate how engineering can impact our lives through design and innovation!

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Fulton Schools news roundup

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New on Full Circle

Advances in robotics technology promise performance boost in prosthetic hands
Researchers at ASU, Mayo Clinic and the Italian Institute of Technology are collaborating to improve the capabilities of artificial hand devices. Read the article.

Study charts chemicals for potential health concerns
ASU engineer Rolf Halden is working to reveal which of the ever-growing kinds of chemicals being produced could become threats to humans and the environment. Read the article.

Exploring environmental impacts of solar technologies
ASU engineers are contributing to research aimed at providing a clearer picture of the long-term effects of today’s emerging renewable energy technologies. Read the article.

Organizing conferences worth the effort
Engineering faculty who help organize professional conferences in their fields can advance their careers and have a positive impact on future research support, local economies and ASU’s reputation. Read the article.

College Avenue Commons: A monument to innovation and construction
A monument to excellence in craftsmanship, innovation, sustainability and efficiency, the stairway in College Avenue Commons also is a testament to gratitude, individual achievement and beauty. Read the article.

GIT student honored by Education Malaysia
Hayda Abu Hasan, a senior majoring in graphic information technology, recently was honored as an outstanding Malaysian scholar. Read the article.

ASU engineers have growing role in renowned Chautauqua dialogues
Engineers Brad Allenby and Amy Landis are among ASU faculty members who have been leading public dialogues on society’s big challenges at the prominent Chautauqua Institution center. Read the article.

Q&A with Shawn Jordan: Building epic machines, winning prestigious awards
Professor Shawn Jordan uses crazy chain-reaction machines to help students learn engineering skills. He recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award. Read the article.

In the news

ASU officials visit Vietnam to support education advancement (ASU News)
ASU President Michael Crow met with Vietnamese government officials and education leaders in to mark an agreement to advance engineering education at the Post and Telecommunications Institute of Technology in Vietnam. The project extends the efforts led by the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), a collaboration of ASU, Intel and the U.S. Agency for International Development that has been working since 2010 to advance engineering education at Vietnam’s universities and technical colleges. HEEAP is administered through the office of Global Outreach and Extended Education in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Read the article.

Halting the spread of Ebola: Nigeria a model for quick action, scientists find (National Science Foundation news)
A report on efforts to control the Ebola virus cites research on big data-driven computational simulations designed to aid planning to battle epidemics. The research was led by K. Selçuk Candan, a professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. The  article explains the contribution of the research to developing scenarios that help guide development of effective responses to significant public health threats. Read the article. Read more about Candan’s work in this area: ‘Big data’ advances could help solve health, energy challenges.

Entrepreneur: EndoVantage spins ASU research into product for market (Phoenix Business Journal)
Research led by ASU engineer David Frakes has led to formation of a business startup. The company called EndoVantage is working to bring to the marketplace technology developed by Frakes and his team that enables physicians to do virtual surgical planning using advanced computer simulations. Frakes is an associate professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Read the article. Read more about the research and the technology startup: Innovative medical device modeling software sparks tech startup.

ASU hires former NASA space walker who climbed Mount Everest (The State Press)
New Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty member Scott Parazynski brings his experiences as a physician, astronaut, inventor and mountain climber to his teaching and research roles at ASU. Parazynski is joining the faculty of the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, and has a joint appointment with the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Read the article.

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Learn about research in the FSE 294 Undergraduate Research Experience course

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Announcements, Customize your experience, Opportunities, Students | 0 comments

Are you making something that matters? More importantly, is what you have made the answer for your research question and ultimately your audience? How can you be certain of it? It all depends on the evaluation process.

Enroll in FSE 294 Undergraduate Research Experience, a 1 credit hour course offered for students in the Polytechnic School in the Spring 2015 semester. Two sections of FSE 294 will be offered (28293, Monday 3:00-3:50; 29465, Wednesday 3:00-3:50) held at the Polytechnic campus.

The course will provide a practical introduction to the application of the evaluation process from the beginning (literature review, problem creation) to end (human subjects research and dissemination) of the research cycle. The course will provide concrete examples and methodologies from the Human Systems Engineering program and other human centered areas at The Polytechnic School and help prepare you to submit a proposal to the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative or other funded research programs. For more information contact Dr. Scotty Craig at

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Enroll in FSE 294 Global Engineering

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Announcements, Opportunities, Students | 0 comments

The Fulton Schools of Engineering is offering a FSE 294 Global Engineering (3 credits) course on the Tempe campus in the Spring 2015 semester taught by Dr. David Benson. It will be offered Tuesday/Thursday from 3-4:15 p.m.

The course will focus on understanding and analyzing the unique challenges and business environment which is present in Vietnam through a combination of direct interactions with faculty, students and industry representatives in Vietnam and concentrated studies/projects on global business. Students in this course will learn some Vietnamese and explore Vietnamese food and culture, while at the same time charting the social and political conditions which define the current state of Vietnam.   Students in this course will also directly experience global engineering by completing a semester-long engineering design project for a Vietnamese client. Read more.

Dr. David Benson joined ASU in March of 2013 as a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Director for the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) and, over the past year-and-a-half, Dr. Benson has hosted six workshops at ASU for Vietnamese faculty and has traveled to Vietnam several times to conduct workshops, coordinate conferences and meet with faculty to develop ASU-VN educational connections.   At ASU, Dr. Benson has also taught FSE 100 Introduction to Engineering courses and FSE 194 EPICS Gold I.

This course will meet a global requirement for Grand Challenge Scholars Program Students, but it is not approved to meet a global general studies requirement.

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Jobs and Internships- week of October 27

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Career, Opportunities | 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 440 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.



All Engineering Major

Organization  Baker Hughes
Position Title  Engineering Opportunities
Position Type  Full-Time and Internship
City, State  Nationwide
Application Details  Job details on Sun Devil CareerLink, multiple listings


Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Organization  Software Catalysts
Position Title  Biomedical Engineer
Position Type  Full- Time
City, State  Nationwide, U.S.
Application Details  Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #800817

The Polytechnic School

Organization  Bloomberg
Position Title  Software Engineer
Position Type  Full-Time
City, State  New York, NY
Application Details  Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #800989

Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Organization  State Farm
Position Title  IT/Systems
Position Type  Full-Time and Internships
City, State  Phoenix, Arizona
Application Details  Job details on Sun Devil CareerLink, multiple postings


Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Organization  Abengoa
Position Title  Electrical Engineer
Position Type  Full Time
City, State  Phoenix, Arizona
Application Details  Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #800497

Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Organization  Latterall Technical Search
Position Title  Mechanical Project Engineer
Position Type  Full-Time
City, State  Chandler, MN
Application Details  Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #801588

Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Organization  Tradeco
Position Title  Project Engineer
Position Type  Full- Time
City, State  El Paso, TX
Application Details  Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID#800882


Find more job postings, events and career development opportunities at the Fulton Engineering Career Center.

Sun Devil CareerLink, ASU’s web-based employment management system, is powered by NACElink Network.

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Sleep, it’s a good thing! Joyce’s career tip of the week

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Career | 0 comments

Midterms are already history; and, the calendar is quickly moving toward the end of the semester. Homework and academic projects are requiring more and more time. College students sometimes rely on “all-nighters” in order to get their work done. More frequently, the amount of time allotted for sleep is significantly reduced as the “to do” list gets longer and longer.

Why am I writing about sleep in a career tip? “Harvard scientists estimated in 2011 that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies $63.2 billion in lost productivity per year, mainly because of ‘presenteeism,’ people showing up for work but operating at subpar levels.” “Go Ahead, Hit the Snooze Button”, Wall Street Journal

Inadequate sleep has both physical and emotional consequences. Continual sleep deprivation can hurt cognitive processes, impair coordination and judgment, consequently resulting in accidents. Lack of sleep has been known to cause weight gain; and, can lower the immune system, making one more susceptible to colds and flu. Heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes are some of the serious medical consequences from long-term shortages of proper sleep. Emotionally, sleep deprivation can increase mental health issues, particularly depression.

Start forming lifetime good habits today. When you are making schedules in your daily and weekly planners, put a minimum of 7 hours sleep on the top of your to-do list!

For more information:

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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Apply for a residential peer mentor position today (Tempe campus)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Opportunities, Students | 0 comments

Peer Mentors are upper-division Fulton students who live and work in the Engineering Residential Community on the Tempe campus in Palo Verde East and Palo Verde Main. You can help freshmen by serving as a resource for academic and social success.

Read the full job description and apply online!

The application will be open Nov. 1 at midnight – Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

If you attend an information session or resume workshop (dates/times on the website above) you will receive priority consideration of your application materials.

***This application is open to all current Fulton Schools undergraduates on the Tempe campus. If you are a Barrett Honors student, you are encouraged to apply for a position in PV Main or PV East, but should watch the Honors listserv for information about positions in the Barrett complex. If you are a student at Polytechnic, you should apply for the Community Mentor position available at that campus. The application will be available in the spring semester.***

Read the job description and still have questions? Attend an info session or email Becca Salay.

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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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