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ASU online engineering graduate programs ranked best for veterans
In rankings released May 20, U.S. News and World Report placed the Fulton Schools of Engineering at No. 1 in offering high-quality online engineering graduate programs that help veterans and active-duty military service members cope with the unique challenges they face in pursuing higher education. In a news release, the magazine noted the leading programs offer students both the educational benefits and the flexibility they need to go to school while transitioning from military duty to civilian life, or handling family and work responsibilities while still active in the armed services.

Vivoni’s work in hydrology earns engineering research prize
Enrique Vivoni has been named a recipient of the 2014 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The honor recognizes notable achievements in research related to civil engineering, and is generally given to ASCE members under age 40. The ASCE cited Vivoni for his “contributions to the understanding of ecohydrologic processes in semi-arid areas, including the moderating role of vegetation and interactions among water, energy and carbon cycling, and to the development of high-resolution hydrologic models, including the use of parallel computing systems.” Vivoni is on the faculty of both the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ASU engineering students shine at construction industry conference
Construction engineering doctoral students Maureen Cassin and Tober Francom earned honors at the 2014 No-Dig Show in Orlando, Fla., presented by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT).

Hu invited to Heidelberg Laureate Forum
Xia “Ben” Hu, a doctoral student in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, is among only 100 young computer science researchers from around the world to be selected to participate in the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany in September. Hu’s research focuses on social media data mining.

In the news

Solutions to stop wrong way drivers (Phoenix KPHO Channel 5 News)
Professor Ram Pendyala commented on air in a report by CBS-affiliate KPHO Channel 5 News in Phoenix about recent automobile crashes caused by drivers going the wrong way on local freeways. He discussed methods of traffic control and roadway design that could help prevent drivers from entering onto freeways in the wrong direction. Pendyala is on the faculty of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. His expertise is in transportation engineering.


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AZ Technology and Innovation: International Science Fair Winner (“Horizon”)
Sarah Galvin and professor Nathan Newman were interviewed on the KAET Channel 8 public affairs program “Horizon.” Galvin, a recent graduate of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, recently won the top award for electrical and mechanical engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Newman, a faculty member in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, mentored Galvin on the research related to her winning project through his work with the Southwest Center for Education and the Natural Environment (SCENE). The program administrated by ASU’s Global Institute for Sustainability provides science and engineering research experiences for high school students. Galvin will begin engineering studies at ASU in the fall. Watch the video


Water purifying device rolled out by ASU students (AZCentral.com)
KPNX Channel 12 News in Phoenix posted a video about the SafeSIPP (Sustainable Innovative Portable Purification) project developed by current and former ASU engineering students. Doctoral student Jared Schoepf is interviewed about the technology created by the SafeSIPP team, which provides people in remote rural communities a simple and practical method of transporting and purifying water. The social entrepreneurship venture grew out of the students’ assignment for a class in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. Watch the video


New Study Strengthens Gut Bacteria-Autism Link (Huffington Post)

Gut Microbiota Chemicals may Affect Children With Autism (Med India)

Research overseen by assistant professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown is more firmly establishing a potential link between bacteria in the human gut and the occurrence of autism. Researchers in her lab at ASU’s Biodesign Institute found evidence that gut bacteria may differ significantly between children with autism and those without autism. Krajmalnik-Brown is a faculty member in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.


Windshield wiper fluid linked to Legionnaires’ disease
Research conducted in professor Morteza Abbaszadegan’s Environmental Microbiology Laboratory has verified bacteria that cause the sometimes fatal form of pneumonia known as Legionnaire’s disease can be harbored in the windshield washer fluid used in automobiles. Abbaszadegan, is a faculty member in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and is director of the National Science Foundation Water & Environmental Technology Center at ASU. The research project led by David Otto Schwake, a doctoral student from the School of Life Sciences who joined Abbaszadegan’s lab three years ago, has been reported on by numerous news media, including:


Students win scholarships to travel abroad for summer studies (ASU News)
Three ASU engineering students are among 15 who have been awarded a Gilman Scholarship for study abroad this summer. Biomedical engineering major Alex Gale will study in China. Aerospace engineering majors Brandon Garrett and Valerie Gramiak will study in the United Kingdom. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Read the article.