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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Compete in the 2015 Student EMC Hardware Design Competition

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Competitions | 0 comments

The IEEE EMC Society is pleased to announce the 2015 Student EMC Hardware Design Competition, a hands-on opportunity for students to apply their knowledge. This year’s focus is on signal integrity.

Competitors will design a differential-pair circuit producing an optimal signal with minimal distortion. Teams will receive an unpopulated PCB board, board schematic and a few critical components after receipt of the completed entry form.  The competition is open to college-level teams, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

For more information on the competition rules and to request a parts kit, send email to the competition administrator professor Bogdan Adamczyk, Grand Valley State University, at

Deadline for submitting the finished design: January 19, 2015

Learn more at the EMCSI 2015 Website.

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Dean’s Funding upcoming deadlines for student orgs

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Organizations and Teams | 0 comments

If your organization has received Dean’s Funding then you have upcoming deadlines to meet all requirements.

By December 3, you’ll need to spend your Dean’s Funding either via purchase request, P-Card or reimbursement.

By December 15, you’ll need to have 10 Dean’s Funding points and submit your Dean’s Funding Final Report (with instructions).

Questions? Schedule an appointment with Cortney Loui.

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Biomedical engineering advances earn awards for innovation

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Faculty, Faculty Awards, Research | 0 comments

David Frakes has recently won international and statewide awards for engineering research and technology development he has led in recent years.

Frakes is an associate professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

Work he has done in his Image Processing Applications Lab at ASU won one of several Arizona Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards.  He received the Innovator of the Year Award in the Academia category. Read more.

The Arizona Technology Council in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority organizes the Celebration of Innovations Awards program.

His biomedical engineering projects also earned him a World Technology Award in the Health and Medicine category. Read more.

The Arizona award recognizes the achievement of Frakes’ lab team in developing a cloud-based computer simulation platform enabling precise modeling of the conditions of patients with brain aneurysms.

The technology aids physicians in developing patient-specific plans for endovascular treatments. It is expected to have a significant impact on the success of insertions of neurovascular stents to improve patients’ recovery.

The World Technology Award winners are chosen by peers in their fields, who select scientists, engineers and inventors they consider to be making advances that will have “the greatest likely long-term significance.”

Frakes’ selection for one of the awards was also based on the endovascular modeling techniques. A startup company has emerged from the advances in those techniques. Read about the company, Endovantage.

That modeling technology development is related to other biomedical projects that are bringing attention to Frakes’ lab team.

Among them is the 3-D Cardiac Print Lab at Phoenix Children’s Hospital heart., which is being run under Frakes’ guidance by ASU biomedical engineering doctoral student Justin Ryan.

The lab produces 3-D prints of individual patients’ cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal structures. The lab also provides physicians a novel virtual screening of the conditions of pediatric patients, helping surgeons ensure the fit of artificial hearts implanted into the patients.

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Engineering graduate students earn support for water-quality research

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Graduate Students, Research | 0 comments

Heather Stancl and Natalia von Reitzenstein will do research in pursuit of doctoral degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering with support from professional organizations in their fields.

Von Reitzenstein received a National Water Research Institute Fellowship providing $5,000 each year for two years.

Stancl won a $2,500 scholarship from the WateReuse Arizona organization.

Von Reitzenstein is developing a novel electrospun fiber that can be used for water treatment.

Electrospinning is a methods commonly used for in materials science and biomedical engineering to produce conductive textiles and tissue scaffolding.

“Basically I’m making a new kind of fiber that will improve water treatment by increasing efficiency and reducing costs,” she said. “What’s cool about this idea is that electrospun fibers have a much higher surface-area-to-volume ratio that the conventional ion exchange beads now used for water treatment.”

After earning her degree, she hopes to continue the work at a research university as well as develop new methods for learning engineering that will “get students more interested and invested in this field,” Hoogesteijn said.

Her research advisor is Paul Westerhoff, a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Stancl is using novel nanotechnologies to find solutions to contamination of drinking water. Specifically, she’s exploring ways to remove nitrates from water systems.

The decontamination method she is developing also promises to be effective in removing pesticides and other toxic materials, she said.

“Research to find a successful way to remove nitrate from water involves fundamental chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics,” Stancl explained. “The goal is a product that can be implemented at low cost and require a low amount of energy while removing contaminants that pose a risk to human health.”

Her career aspiration is to “provide a means for implementing access to safe water on a global scale.”

Stancl’s research advisors are Westerhoff and Kiril Hristovki, an assistant professor in the engineering programs in the Polytechnic School.

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Fulton Schools news roundup

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Faculty, Graduate Students, News, Research, Students | 0 comments

In the news

Lookout, Road Runner! This ASU scientist built a jetpack for running
(Sports Illustrated)

One of the projects being developed at ASU’s Human Machine Integration Lab is a jetpack that promises to help people to more effortlessly run faster and further. ASU engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes is developing the technology. The jetpack idea sprung from the work of Thomas Sugar, a professor in the engineering programs at the Polytechnic School, who has been developing exoskeletons designed to enhancing soldiers’ physical capabilities in the field. Read the article and watch the video.

DARPA creates the tech you can only dream of (Digital Trends)
A feature highlighting some of the interesting projects supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a part of the U.S. Department of Defense, mentions a “wearable robot” prototype. It’s the jetpack project led by ASU engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes and Thomas Sugar, a professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School. Read the article and watch the video.

ASU professor improves prosthetic hand technology (The State Press)
Marco Santello is working with researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the Italian Institute of Technology to develop and test the next generation of prosthetic hand technology. Their work is based on an innovative design for a robotic hand based on natural finger coordination patterns. Santello, a neurophysiologist, is a professor and director of the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. Read the article.

ASU students use radical solutions to advise local wildlife nonprofit
(ASU News)

A new ASU course called Creating Living Buildings is introducing students to the Living Building Challenge, based on the idea that buildings should be “functionally embedded within their ecosystems.” Fernanda Cruz Rios, a construction engineering doctoral student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, is working with classmates to apply the building philosophy to a local wildlife rehabilitation facility. Oswald Chong, an associate professor in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, is one of the teachers of the course, which he says is teaching students about the next generation of “green” construction. Read the article.

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Apply to Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Career, Internships | 0 comments

The Pharmacology Department at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine offers a research-training program to undergraduates after their sophomore and junior years. This program is specifically for students who are interested in a career in basic research and who are seriously considering Ph.D. training in the basic biomedical sciences. The SURF program is an intensive academy-modeled on graduate school Students will gain research experience in biomedical/pharmacological sciences, attend a GRE preparation course, attend Workshops in Professional Development Skills, present research at the UCSD Undergraduate Research Symposium

For more information on our SURF Program:

Application Deadline: January 31, 2015
Applicants Notified: Early March
Program Dates: June 22 - August 14, 2015
Stipend of $3000, Campus Housing

Contact Information:
UCSD Pharmacology
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0636
La Jolla, CA 92093-0636
PH: 858-822-3936/Fax: 858-534-6833

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Get help with practice interviews

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Career | 0 comments

Did you know Optimal Resume has a special feature, Interviews, which helps you prepare for an interview?  The interview has 3 components:

  • An interviewer on video asks a question
  • You have up to 2 minutes to video record your answer
  • A coach gives you additional information as to what the interviewer is looking for with the question asked and shares a sample response

You can choose from a variety of interview types including:

  • Behavioral Interview
  • Decision Making/Critical Thinking
  • Engineering
  • Final Interview
  • Hiring Manager Interview
  • Inappropriate Questions
  • Initial Face-to-Face Interview
  • Panel Interview
  • Pressure Interview
  • Screening Interview
  • Skills & Abilities
    Accessing Optimal Resume: 

    • Go to MyASU->Campus Services tab->Sun Devil CareerLink
    • On this page, scroll down and you will see Optimal Resume website link.
    • Select “New users:” to register yourself or select “Existing Users” to login


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Jobs and Internships- week of November 24

Posted by on Nov 24, 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 399 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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Be an ASU global guide

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Opportunities | 0 comments

Have you ever thought about becoming an ASU Global Guide? International Student Engagement and New Student and Family Programs are currently recruiting domestic and international student leaders to participate in the ASU Global Guides program

As a global guide, you will help new international students as they transition to life at ASU by answering questions, providing valuable and important “need to know” ASU information, and most importantly, serving as a friendly point of contact for them!

The Global Guides Program is in progress of forming a matching buddy system during the students’ first semester—here, global guides may be paired with new international students who are interested in learning more about living in the U.S. If interested, please ask about this opportunity by indicating your interest in the comments section of the application.

Find out more about the Global Guides Program and its requirements by visiting their website. Apply online through January 5, 2015. If you have additional questions, please email


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Seminar: Nanoscale Science, Z60, Phantaspheraurate

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Seminar: Nanoscale Science, Z60, Phantaspheraurate
Professor Robert Whetten
University of Texas at San Antonio, Physics & Astronomy Department
Host: Jimmy Liu

nanoscience Whetten jpgMonday, November 24, 2014 
4–5 p.m. 
Gold Water Center (GWC) 487, Tempe campus [map]

Abstract: Discovery of new substances and their underlying principles consists not so much of “new materials analyzed by established methods” but rather of ancient ones elucidated by newly developed methods. So we had better focus on the advances — new instruments and procedures — that make discovery possible, prior to any particular application. Year 2014 marks the Centennial of Mass Spectrometry. Mass spectrometers (MS) are best known as ultrahigh precision, ultra-sensitive instruments. Yet they have been remade thanks to the new ion sources based on ElectroSpray (ES), as recognized by the 2002 Nobel Prize (John B. Fenn). Here at UTSA we are blessed with excellent MS instrumentation, which we have adapted to apply the ES-MS to a seemingly intractable metallurgical problem. We were motivated by longstanding questions regarding the geological and microbial origins of noble metals (such as gold and copper) in reduced (metallic) phases. A surprising new principle, denoted Z60, has emerged from this work, to explain the main anomaly. Beyond the elucidation of structure & bonding relations, the Z60 principle reveals certain aspects of hidden symmetry and a special topology. The latter provides a direct mapping to a cultural artefact largely unknown in the West, and thus well suited to broader educational purposes. Many UTSA colleagues & students have been involved already in key aspects of this exciting experimental & theoretical research. Their respective contributions will be briefly described. Also advertised are abundant opportunities for further development of these methods and systems, in order to attain new insights and products. 

Biography: Robert L. Whetten is Professor of Chemical Physics at the University of Texas (San Antonio), and has previously held full-professorships at UCLA (until 1994) and Georgia Tech (until 2012). His research interests lie in the area of Discrete & Molecular Metallurgy, including protected metallic clusters and noble-metal nanoparticles. He is also known for leading research in the field of fullerenes /metal-fullerides, employing primarily optical-spectroscopic and molecular-beam / mass-spectrometric methods. He has co-authored > 220 publications, which combined measure h = 80 (GS) / 77 (WoS). He has served many times as Conference (Co-)Organizer and Guest Editor, and as primary research advisor to 23 PhD students and 11 postdoctoral fellows. Whetten is a native of Mesa, Arizona, and holds degrees from Weber State University and Cornell University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Exxon Corporate Research-Science Laboratory, and has held visiting-professor positions at several overseas universities in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Finland.

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Become a Dreamzone Ally, Dec. 4

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in 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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
8 a.m.–noon
Breakfast provided.
Engineering Center F-Wing (ECF) 130, Tempe campus [map]
Register online

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will be hosting Dreamzone certification for faculty, staff and students! Contact Jade Silva, undergraduate student engagement coordinator, at for questions.

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ANSYS On-the-Go for Students

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Announcements, Resources, Students | 0 comments

As part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s ANSYS teaching and research site license, an Academic Student ANSYS  license is  available for students to purchase for $25.00.  This allows the installation of the following products on their own computers:

  • ANSYS Mechanical
  • Multiphysics
  • Fluent
  • CFX
  • Autodyn
  • Workbench

To purchase the license, students should register on the ANSYS student portal,  by generating a student login with the following information:

Account Number (Customer Name):  203460
Academic Facility Name:  Arizona State University
Professor Name: (any)

ANSYS Student Portal
This is a portal that provides academic students access to a limited version of the ANSYS Customer Portal, boosted with student specific content. More specifically, ANSYS Student Portal users will have access to technotes, FAQs, knowledge resources, documentation, academic/student specific content and (sometimes) technical support. Students will not be able to access the download center, but will be able to access product documentation. The ANSYS Student Portal is intended to evolve and they plan to add more student specific content such as pages dedicated to their academic products, including pass through links to relevant online social media websites.

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Finish your USAID application, attend a work session

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

The deadline for the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship has been extended to Monday, December 8. 

Visit USAID’s webpage for more information and how to apply, or attend a work session with a writing coach/tutor and grant specialist. They can help you with budgeting and/or answer any questions you may have.

USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship Work Session
Monday, December 17, 2014
2 p.m.
Wrigley Hall (WGHL) 401, Tempe campus [map]
Register to if you plan to attend!

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Thanksgiving — Joyce’s career tip of the week

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Career | 0 comments

Many of you will be having Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family later this week. Or, perhaps you will be spending the holiday with a friend’s family and meeting new people. Inevitably, someone, or several people are going to ask what you are studying in college, and what you plan to do after graduation — or some other variation of these inquiries. Believe it or not, these questions can provide valuable opportunities for networking and enhancing your job seeking skills.

Think about David DeLong’s F-I-N-I-S-H (which I have mentioned previously in several columns). The H stand for getting HELP from others. People who know and like you (and especially relatives who love you) would be delighted to be a part of your job seeking team. They want to help; but, you have to tell them what to do. Be prepared to talk about things you’ve learned that are of the greatest interest to you. Let them know the names of companies that are on your short list.

The ability to explain complex technical concepts to people who do not have technical background is a skill that is highly valued by employers. Granted, some of you are following the path of many family members and will be surrounded by those with strong technical knowledge; but, others are the first family members earning a technical degree. Take advantage of the opportunity to translate what you are learning into language that anyone can understand. You might even want to try including younger children in the conversation. In addition to being a role model, you would be creating a good STAR story to use in interviews.

All of us at the Fulton Schools Career Center want to wish our students and colleagues a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to have the opportunity to work with all of 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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