Learn about the Disability Resource Center, July 21

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Disability impacts all people regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religion or gender. Join us for a lunchtime presentation about ASU’s Disability Resource Center, the number of students in the Fulton Schools of Engineering that identify on the autism spectrum, and how faculty,  staff and students can create a more accessible environment for students with disabilities.

Engage in Cultural Competency Learning!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Engineering Center F-wing (ECF) 130, Tempe campus [map]
Lunch will be provided.
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Questions?  Contact Jade Silva, undergraduate student engagement coordinator senior, at jade.silva@asu.edu.

Hosted by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering as part of the Diversity & Inclusion Lunch Series to inform, celebrate and understanding the diverse population that is at ASU.  This session will feature the Disability Resource Center: Accessibility & Thriving on a College Campus.

About ASU’s Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center provides services to qualified students with disabilities on all ASU campuses. For convenience, students will find offices located at the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses. The DRC staff support an environment in which the diversity and variety of human experiences are respected and appreciated. They recognize and value the unique history of each student and are committed to meeting the needs and providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere sensitive to the needs of all students.

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Mays honored for career accomplishments in water resources research and scholarship

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Faculty | 0 comments

Professor Larry Mays

Larry Mays’ work in water resources engineering has had an international impact.

Arizona State University civil and environmental engineering professor Larry W. Mays has been recognized for his career achievements by one of the leading professional organizations in his field.

Mays recently received the Warren A. Hall Medal from the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) for his accomplishments in water resources research and scholarship.

The council is a coalition of leaders in water resources education, research and public service from universities, non-academic institutions and international affiliates.

The Warren A. Hall Medal, named in honor of one of the council’s founders and a well-known leader in water resources research and education, honors those with distinctive records of advancing knowledge in the area – particularly teachers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the education of students.

Mays is on the faculty of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He has been at ASU for 26 years after beginning his academic career 13 years earlier at the University of Texas at Austin.

His awards include the Engineer of the Year in Education Award from the Arizona Society of Professional Engineers and the Quentin Mees Research Award from the Arizona Water and Pollution Control Association.

Among his national and international honors are the American Society of Civil Engineers Julian Hinds Award and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water – Surface Water Prize presented to him in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

He also has a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the 1990s Mays served for four years on the board of directors of the Universities Council on Water Resources, and one year as president.

He received the Hall Medal during ceremonies at the annual conference sponsored by the council, along with the National Institute for Water Resources and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Science.

During the conference banquet, Mays delivered the address “Realities of Water Resources Sustainability, Traditional Knowledge and the Future.”

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Fulton Schools news roundup

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Announcements, Faculty Awards, Research | 0 comments

New on Full Circle

Kyle Squires

Kyle Squires

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.

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Jobs and Internships – weeks of June 29, July 6

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 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 328 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.

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The top three things employers seek – Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Career | 0 comments

The job-seeking students I meet often place the most emphasis on their academic achievements and technical expertise. Both of those are certainly important. An article published and posted on several career and job search sites states that the top three things employers seek are commitment to the company’s work, grit, intelligence and common sense.

As you craft your customized résumé for each position and tell your STAR stories in interviews, are you able to show that your courses, extracurricular activities and skills gained from jobs and internships are a fit with the mission and culture of the organization? Reverse engineering the job description and studying the company’s webpage will guide you in determining what to include and how to describe yourself for each position.

Many students  say that they are “hardworking”. However, it is imperative that you are able to provide the proof. Grit is defined as mental toughness and courage. Do you have examples of instances when you went the extra mile to get things done? Can you describe the times when you did not give up until you found a solution?

Finally, how do you convince the interviewer that you have intelligence and common sense? What the employer wants to find is more than a stellar GPA and strong technical knowledge. You need to demonstrate (through STAR stories based on your experiences) that you have the ability to think and behave in reasonable ways and make good decisions. You want to show that you have situational awareness and take the appropriate actions, which result in positive outcomes. This can include doing things in new ways, considering numerous short and long range consequences of a decision, and breaking a complex situation into several simple steps.

Psychologists have produced volumes of literature showing that past behavior is the best predictor of future performance. This is why behavioral interviewing is so popular. The goal of the résumé is to get an interview; and the goal of the interview is to get to know a candidate. Be prepared to show recruiters and hiring managers that you have the qualities they are seeking.

Learn more about what employers are seeking.

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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NASA Fellowship boosts engineering graduate student’s research project

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Students | 0 comments

Tiantian Xiang's research focuses on learning more about land and atmosphere interactions . The knowledge can be used to improve water resources management.

Tiantian Xiang’s research focuses on learning more about land and atmosphere interactions. The knowledge can be used to improve water resources management.

Support from the Earth and Space Fellowship program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will enable Arizona State University engineering doctoral student Tiantian Xiang to expand her examinations of hydrological processes in North America’s monsoon region.

Xiang’s studies in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment focus on hydrosystems engineering. Her research goal is to provide insights on how to improve water resources management in semi-arid regions such as the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico.

She is among graduate students in earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, engineering and planetary science from throughout the United States to be selected to receive fellowship grants from the NASA program.

Almost 400 students applied for the 2015 Earth Science Research fellowship awards. Fewer than 70 have been chosen to receive them.

The program aims to help students attain the expertise necessary to join the next-generation workforce in fields NASA relies on to achieve its scientific goals.

Xiang’s winning proposal involves a project using numerical modeling and spatial analysis of remote sensing images to assess the impact of natural hydrological processes on interactions between land and the atmosphere.

Her objective is to produce findings that can be applied to developing advances in land-atmosphere modeling systems. “These modeling system can be used to predict monsoon rainfall and stream flow, which are essential information needed for water resources management,” Xiang says.

She will have a collaborator on her project from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

She will work under the supervision of her graduate research advisor, Enrique Vivoni, an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Vivoni is also on the faculty of the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, and a senior scientist with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

The NASA award provides $30,000 per year, plus $6,000 to be split for student and university expenses.

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Insight Data Engineering and Data Science Fellows Programs

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Opportunities | 0 comments

Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program is an intensive, seven week professional training fellowship geared towards graduate students. Based in Silicon Valley and New York City, the program enables Fellows to learn the industry specific skills needed to work in the growing field of data engineering at leading technology companies.  The program is free and need-based scholarships may be awarded for living expenses.  Deadline to apply is Monday, June 29.

A second program, Insight Data Science Program is an intensive, seven week postdoctoral training fellowship that bridges the gap between academia and a career in data science. Based in Silicon Valley and New York City, the program enables scientists to learn the industry specific skills needed to work in the growing field of big data at leading companies.  Deadline to apply is Monday, June 29.


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Share your diversity experience for a chance to win, deadline July 1

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Competitions | 0 comments

Upcoming deadline! Share your story or perspective on diversity in a short essay or video by July 1 for a chance to win prizes in the ASEE’s Student Essay and Video Contest. Learn more

Current engineering and engineering technology students are invited to share a story in essay or video formats in the American Society of Engineering Education’s Year of Action on Diversity Student Essay and Video Contest. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

The essay or video can be related to any type of diversity (e.g., age, belief system, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and any other visible or non-visible differences).

Essay: 300 to 500 words
By submitting a written essay, contestants are agreeing for it to be reviewed by editors and to slight editorial changes, mainly for clarity, made by the ASEE Prism staff. These edits will be provided to the submitter prior to publication. Publication can be anonymous, but contact information is required for authentication and approval of edits.

Video: 3-5 minutes
By submitting a video, contestants are agreeing for ASEE and its committees to use the video in any means they deem positive.

Winners will be selected by a group of reviewers from the ASEE Diversity Committee. Selections will be made based on a diversity of voices and potential impact on the readers and all decisions will be final. There will be prizes awarded for the top three submissions, either essay or video.

  • 1st Place: $275
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $70

Eligibility Requirements & Contest Rules

  • Competition is open to students enrolled in a college of engineering or engineering technology (or similarly named program) at the undergraduate or graduate levels.
  • All videos and essays must be submitted by the submission deadline
  • All submissions must be original and entries previously published elsewhere are not be submitted
  • By submitting an entry to the contest, each entrant gives ASEE all rights, including copyright, to the entry and express permission to edit and publish the entry in all media without limitation and without any other notice.
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Free summertime yoga at Tempe campus in July and August

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Events, Faculty, Staff, Students |

Need to release some tension? All students, faculty and staff are invited to come to ECF 130 on the Tempe campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays to release tension and put some pep into your step. Yoga will be offered at the following times and days:

  • Tuesdays, 11 – 11:45 a.m., dates offered include July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11
  • Thursdays, 11 – 11:45 a.m., dates offered include July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6

Attendees are encouraged to 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. This class tends to focus on relieving tension, strengthening muscles and learning to be kind to ourselves.

If the weather is far, the group may go outside to the space between Old Main and Piper Writer’s House.

Snowcones may be offered after class.

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.

Got questions? Email cortney.loui@asu.edu.

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Apply for startup funding through eSeed Challenge by July 15

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Announcements, Competitions, Customize your experience, Opportunities |


The Fulton Engineering eSeed Challenge is the Fulton Engineering Startup Center’s signature student venture competition. Fulton Engineering students are invited to submit new venture proposals for an opportunity to win seed grant funding and dedicated mentorship and startup support through the Startup Center.

The eSeed Challenge enables students to win up to $6,000 in seed funding and an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley to advance their entrepreneurial ventures.

Applications are due July 15, 2015 at noon.

The eSeed Challenge is open to all ASU students who aim to prove or disprove that there is valid demand for a prototyped solution (product or service) beyond an initial beneficiary or customer.

This annual competition aims to strategically develop early-stage student ventures that may be well suited to compete for and win other ASU, local, national, and global entrepreneurship competitions. The eSeed Challenge also helps all supported ventures to develop repeatable and scalable business models, regardless of follow-on funding or support opportunities.

The Fulton Engineering Startup Center empowers all Fulton Schools undergraduate and graduate students to advance their entrepreneurial ideas for the benefit of our economy and society.

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