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Nanoelectronics key to advances in renewable energy
Nanoscale technology looks promising as a major contributor to advancements needed to fulfill the potential of emerging sources of clean, renewable energy. Progress in the comparatively new area of nanoelectronics in particular could be the basis for new manufacturing processes and devices to make renewable energy systems and technologies more efficient and cost-effective. Stephen Goodnick detailed what nanoelectronics advances could do to help push the performance of solar energy systems to the next level at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read online

Hjelmstad, Volo honored at Engineers Week
A professor who has reformed the teaching of mechanics and a graduate student studying urban landscape irrigation recently were honored at the Greater Phoenix Area 2014 Engineers Week awards ceremony. Read online

Sankar receives NSF CAREER award to conduct privacy research
Arizona State University engineering faculty member Lalitha Sankar has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award, or CAREER Award. The award provides $455,000 for Sankar’s research project, Privacy-Guaranteed Distributed Interactions in Critical Infrastructure Networks. The project will develop information-sharing protocols between distributed, and often competitive, entities in critical infrastructure networks such as the electric grid. Read online

‘Big data’ advances could help solve health, energy challenges
Two teams of Arizona State University computer science researchers are working to develop the next generations of data-driven predictive systems to improve our ability to respond to epidemics and more effectively manage buildings and their energy systems. Both teams are led by K. Selçuk Candan, a professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, one of the ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Read online

In the news

Outlook for sustainable energy sunny in Arizona (The Arizona Republic)
In a recent column for The Arizona Republic, ASU’s Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan discusses the importance of developing and advancing sustainable and affordable sources of energy. “Ensuring our future energy supply will require a suite of solutions, not a one-size-fits-all answer,” he said.

Aditi Chattopadhyay Named Arizona State Regents’ Professor (India West)
To add to a long legacy of engineering achievements, Chattopadhyay has been awarded the Regents’ Professor title — the highest honor for faculty at Arizona’s state universities — for her strides in cutting-edge aerospace research and contributions to students. She is the ninth ASU engineering faculty member to be selected as a Regents’ Professor, and the fifth in the past five years. Read on Full Circle
Veronica Santos (SEMTE), Jennifer Blain Christen (ECEE), Aditi Chattopadhyay (SEMTE), and civil engineering students Ashley Welton and MacKenzie Ann Hagan are mentioned in this article about the increasing number of women in STEM disciplines. In a 2009 report by the National Science and Math Initiative, it was revealed that men 25 and older held 87 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering fields, but these women engineers are part of a growing community of women engineers working to change this statistic.