Essential reading: Books that entertain, enlighten and inspire

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Faculty, Spirit and Traditions |

Dominick Saccente, a mechanical engineering student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars program, reads science fiction and fantasy novels for fun. But the books have had a serious influence on his decision to become an engineer. “Those genres of fiction create societies with amazing technology that could one day become reality,” he says. “It inspires me to want to design and build toward a brighter future for all.” Photographer: Hayden Taylor/ASU

Dominick Saccente, a mechanical engineering student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars program, reads science fiction and fantasy novels for fun. But the books have had a serious influence on his decision to become an engineer. “Those genres of fiction create societies with amazing technology that could one day become reality,” he says. “It inspires me to want to design and build toward a brighter future for all.” Photographer: Hayden Taylor/ASU

Need inspiration? Encouragement? Guidance on navigating life’s challenges?

Just looking for something fun and escapist to provide a respite from the daily grind?

Or a compelling story to engage your heart and mind?

Check out our fifth annual “Essential reading” feature in which members of the faculty and staff of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering recommend books to students to fulfill any of those needs.

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Jobs and Internships- Week of May 31

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Career, Internships, Opportunities, Students, Uncategorized | 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 325 postings related to Fulton Schools degree programs in SDCL.

Follow the “Read more” link for just a few examples of what you can find in Sun Devil CareerLink this week.


Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Organization HealthTell, Inc.
Position Title Pilot Operations Specialist
Position Type Full-Time
City, State Chandler, AZ
Application Details Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #832414

The Polytechnic School

Organization Xeridiem
Position Title Manufacturing Process Engineer
Position Type Full-Time
City, State Tuscon, AZ
Application Details Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #8832049

Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Organization Federal Bureau of Investigation
Position Title FBI Collegiate Recruitment Program
Position Type Full-Time
City, State Multiple Locations
Application Details Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #802155

Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Organization Hill AFB-SMXG
Position Title Computer Scientist
Position Type Full-Time
City, State Ogden, UT
Application Details Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #831107

Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Organization Answer Engineering
Position Title Aerospace Engineer
Position Type Full-Time
City, State Parker, CO
Application Details Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #832425

Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Organization City of Orange
Position Title OC Parks Planning & Design Intern – Landscape Architecture/design & Horticulture, Civil Engineering Focus
Position Type Internship
City, State Irvine, CA
Application Details Job details listed on Sun Devil CareerLink, ID #797635

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


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Get fit with free yoga this summer

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Announcements, Events, Faculty, Staff, Students | 0 comments

Maximize the slower summertime pace by coming to Fulton’s free yoga class!

Yoga will be offered from 11–11:45 a.m. in the Engineering Center F-wing (ECF) 130 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When the weather is pleasant, the class may go outside.

Tuesdays May 24-June 21
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Location for May 24 and May 30: classes will be held in the grassy knoll by Piper Writer’s House

Location for June 7-21: Engineering Center F-wing (ECF) 130, Tempe campus [map]

Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing and be ready to have fun. A handful of yoga mats are available to use. Being able to put your foot behind your head is not a prerequisite, however remembering to breathe and to have fun are a must!

The instructor, Cortney Loui, taught yoga and Pilates full-time for a few years before coming to ASU as a coordinator of undergraduate student engagement in the Fulton Schools.

During mid-June, the class schedule will be reassessed for optimum scheduling.

For faculty and staff: The Free Fulton Yoga classes can now earn you points for the HIP program! Basically, benefits-eligible ASU employees can earn points and cash by participating in the Health Impact Program. Certain classes/programs are eligible for HIP points. If you’re interested in earning HIP points from my class, you’d need to attend 4/8 classes.

Currently, the Fulton Yoga class would be under the category activity/exercise on-site activity class series= enrollment = 25 points and completion= 50 points.  The current HIP cycle ends September 30 and will begin again in January. When you come to class, be sure to know/have your 99# employee ID number on hand. Learn more about HIP.

Questions? Contact

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Apply to be a Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Engineering Officer

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Career, Opportunities | 0 comments

The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders.

Each day their employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career.

Their talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. They offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.

Foreign Service Security Engineering Officers (SEO) are responsible for the protection of Department of State personnel, facilities, and sensitive information from acts of crime, terrorism, and technical espionage. The Department carries out this mission at over 275 embassies and consulates around the world, offices in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The beginning salary for a SEO is FP-6, step 14. (The maximum starting salary is limited to the FP-6, step 14. Salary is non-negotiable.)

The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.

To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at

Key Requirements

Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.

Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.

Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.*

Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.

Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans excepted).**

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ASU Research Computing wants YOUR research visuals

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Karmella Haynes with a student in her lab.

Karmella Haynes with a student in her lab. Photographer: Nick Narducci/ASU

Fulton Schools faculty do some amazing research, get yours featured on ASU promotional materials.

ASU Research Computing is seeking research images and visualizations to use in marketing materials and digital signage.

Additionally the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) is soliciting research images from member institutions. These images will potentially be featured on the CASC website and brochure — both of which are highly visible at the federal level.

If you’d to send research visuals, please contact Marisa Brazil as soon as possible. CASC photos are due at 2 p.m. on May 31, 2016.

CASC photo guidelines:

  • 3K x 3K pixels or better for the cover 
  • 300 dpi
  • Include contact’s email and telephone information
  • What are we looking at? Paragraph explaining science, people or building
  • Researcher’s full contact information

Criteria the judges will use:

  • Illustrative of research underway at the center submitting the proposed images
  • Focus on research that offers a broad representation of what CASC members have undertaken
  • Timeliness of visualization (e.g. the Gulf Oil Spill in last year’s brochure)
  • Exhibits Intellectual merit
  • Provides scientific, cultural, economic impact
  • Compelling, visually interesting, lively, colorful images in a high-resolution format
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Exciting entrepreneurial opportunity arises from ASU-Draper University partnership

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fulton Schools students will have the opportunity this fall to take part in what is aimed to be the No. 1 entrepreneurial program in the country.

Draper University, innovator in education for entrepreneurs, is partnering with the ASU Entrepreneurial Program to give ASU’s large group of talented students an exciting academic experience in entrepreneurship and the chance to participate in a business plan competition. This nine-month residential program will be held at Draper University in San Mateo, California.

Read the full story at ASU Now.

Learn more about the ASU-Draper University Entrepreneurship Incubator Program.

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Summer Film Series: The History of the Future

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

summerfilmseries-futureEnjoy delightfully schlocky, thought-provoking films paired with smart conversation from big thinkers and experts the last Thursday of every month from May to August.

Summer Film Series: The History of the Future
May 26, June 30, July 28, and August 25, 2016
6:30 p.m.
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ
Tickets are $6 apiece, and include your first drink free

May 26, 6:30 p.m. — Westworld (1973)
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic amusement park. Written and directed, oddly enough, by Michael Crichton.
Learn more and buy tickets

June 30, 6:30 p.m. — Outland (1981)
A police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on Jupiter’s moon Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
Learn more and buy tickets

July 28, 6:30 p.m. — The Lawnmower Man (1992)
A scientist turns a simple gardener into a genius through experiments with intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality.
Learn more and buy tickets

August 25, 6:30 p.m. — Equilibrium (2002)
In a fascist future where all forms of emotion are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Learn more and buy tickets

Science fiction films are artifacts of their times and places: they often tell us more about the hopes, values, anxieties, and prejudices of their creators than they do about how the future will actually turn out.

Join FilmBar, ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and a panel of scholars, technologists, and big thinkers as we examine the future through classic sci-fi films from the past 40 years.

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Experiencing Solar Impulse in person and in virtual reality

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Fulton Schools, Students | 0 comments

When the Solar Impulse landed in Phoenix in 2013, Peter Lafford took an immediate interest in the impressive engineering feat of a fully solar-powered aircraft. It was no accident that the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Phoenix on its second journey, as Lafford, a self-described “one-man Solar Impulse cheerleading section,” spent the last two years promoting ASU to them as a leader in solar energy.

Prior to the May 2 landing of the Solar Impulse 2, Lafford found a way to get ASU involved in the exciting sustainable engineering project — which came in the unusual form of virtual reality.

Creating a Solar Impulse experience with the Fulton Schools

Lafford, an ASU academic computing professional with the University Technology Office, brought the idea of a Google Cardboard app to Sandeep Gupta, advisor of the iMPACT lab, Computer Engineering Graduate Program Chair and computer science professor. Lafford asked if anyone at the lab was working on Google Cardboard, and Gupta connected him with computer engineering doctorate students Junghyo Lee and Koosha Sadeghi, and Assistant Research Professor Ayan Banerjee, who would work on it as a side project. He then was able to get 360-degree photosphere images — like those used for Google Maps’ Street View —  for the iMPACT lab team to use for the app.

Solar Impulse Cockpit VR allows users to look around the cockpit while an audio track recorded by Lafford explains the instruments and cockpit layout.

Lee thought it was an excellent opportunity to work on virtual reality. He researches virtual reality for educational purposes, such as for training pilots, doctors and nurses.

Banerjee uses virtual reality extensively in his research to provide positive feedback for mobile app users and to foster healthy behavior.

He enjoyed the opportunity to work more closely with the Solar Impulse project.

“It was a lot of fun because we got to see the inside of the plane,” Banerjee says. “It was initially difficult to understand at what angle the user was looking because the gyroscope sensors of the smartphone weren’t accurate, so it was difficult to play the appropriate audio for the given scene.”

The app was published this past weekend on the Google Play store and is starting to take off.

“I hope it spreads the word about the Solar Impulse and interest in the iMPACT lab and its other projects,” Lafford says. “I’d like to see it spawn some training tools for the Fulton Schools of Engineering aviation programs at the Polytechnic School.”

Meeting the Solar Impulse team

When the Solar Impulse 2 landed in late in the evening on May 2, Lafford was there to see the spectacle.

Solar Impulse 2 on the tarmac at Phoenix Goodyear Airport

The completely solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft at Phoenix Goodyear Airport. Photo courtesy of Peter Lafford

Junghyo Lee and Peter Lafford meet the Solar Impulse team on May 6, 2016.

Peter Lafford Junghyo Lee met the pilots and Solar Impulse team the week they landed in Phoenix. They were able to show them an early preview of the Google Cardboard app. Photo courtesy of Bruno Boehm, Solar Impulse

While the plane was grounded and waiting on ideal weather to take off again, Lafford and Lee held a quick meeting with the pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg on May 6 and showed them the Google Cardboard cockpit app.

It was exciting for Banerjee and Lee to have the pilots evaluate the app and he was happy the pilots were interested in it.

“It gave us a lot of encouragement when they liked it,” Banerjee says.

Lee has been following the Solar Impulse flight and development for nearly a year, and he’s most interested in how they control energy consumption effectively and efficiently to run the aircraft.

Banerjee has been interested in Solar Impulse for more than a year, and he’s excited about what it means for the future of flight.

“This flight, if successful, can revolutionize air travel, but there are many hurdles to make it a viable option,” Banerjee says.

Solar Impulse speaks at convocation

At this year’s Maroon Convocation Ceremony on May 11, the pilots spoke to students about not giving in to those who say something is impossible, as they have done. The pilots gave a similar message in 2013, when Lafford serendipitously was able to get the pilots to speak at that year’s spring convocation.

Before the 2016 convocation ceremonies, Lee, Banerjee, Gupta and Lafford met with the Solar Impulse team again to show them the app.


Bertrand Piccard tries out the Solar Impulse Cockpit VR Google Cardboard app prior to the spring 2016 Maroon Convocation Ceremony on May 11, 2016.

Bertrand Piccard tries out the Solar Impulse Cockpit VR Google Cardboard app prior to the spring 2016 Maroon Convocation Ceremony. Photographer: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU

Junghyo Lee, Bertrand Piccard, Sandeep Gupta, André Borschberg and Ayan Banerjee.

Junghyo Lee, Bertrand Piccard, Sandeep Gupta, André Borschberg and Ayan Banerjee. Photographer: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU

Piccard encouraged graduates to choose the life of an explorer and pioneer, to embrace the unknown and use the doubts and questions of the world. This, he says, will stimulate creativity and innovation to solve the challenges of sustainable development, clean technology, renewable energy and protection of the environment.

André Borschberg at the Maroon Convocation Ceremony on May 11, 2016

André Borschberg speaks at convocation. Photographer: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU

Borschberg said students are graduating at a fabulous moment, where they have a world of opportunities, possibilities and choices ahead of them. He told the graduates that people might say their projects and dreams are impossible, but to not believe them, as that’s what they heard when they started 13 years ago.

“We are the ones who define the boundaries that we think we cannot overcome,” Borschberg said. “So I would like to propose one thing: Next time you hear ‘it’s impossible,’ be aware of this moment, and I’m sure this will push away the limits.”

Future plans for the app

Though they’ve released the first version of the app and the Solar Impulse 2 took off later that night after convocation, the iMPACT lab team’s work isn’t done.

Lee hopes to expand the app’s functionality from a still image to a 360-degree video.

“Our current version is the initial version of the app, so there are many remaining functions to include to improve the cockpit view,” Lee says. “The next steps would be to change the still image background to video.”

Banerjee is looking to find ways to expand the app’s usefulness beyond showing the world what the Solar Impulse cockpit looks like.
“We were excited to build this app and we’re thinking of more ways to take this project forward and make it more helpful for other applications,” Banerjee says. “The next step is to collaborate with Peter and maybe other aircraft industry players to investigate more involved usage of the app.”

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Apply to be a Global Ambassador

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Global Ambassador position is a new addition to the Fulton Schools Residential Community for the 2016-2017 academic year. Global Ambassadors are sophomore, junior, or senior level students who are currently enrolled in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and want to create a “global village” environment that embraces geographical, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Similar to Residential Peer Mentors, Global Ambassadors live within the Fulton Schools Residential Community and are compensated with a single room free of charge. Global Ambassadors create and host programs that expose residents to other cultures; develop an environment that fosters global awareness and acceptance; and engages international and American students with each other.

Complete the application by 11:59PM on Sunday, May 22 to be considered for the position.

Questions? Contact

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Update your professional portrait during May open studio hours

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Events | 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 hours to update your professional portraits — no appointment necessary. Wear business attire; neutral colors are best — avoid stripes or patterns. Black and other dark colors are fine.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss open studio!

Please bring your Sun Card or have your ASU ID number ready.

Friday, May 20, 2016
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Engineering Center F-wing (ECF) 103B, Tempe campus

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Brickyard Engineering (BYENG) 670, Tempe campus


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