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President Obama appoints ASU’s Panchanathan to National Science Board
Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan will serve on the U.S National Science Board, which advises national leaders on science and technology policy. Panchanathan is ASU’s senior vice president of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and the leader of ASU’s research, entrepreneurship and economic development efforts. He is also a professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC). He is the first person from the state of Arizona to be appointed to the preeminent board. The news has also been reported by news media in India, Panchanathan’s home country, in The Economic Times and He is an alumnus of the India Institute of Technology. Read more

Essential reading
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty members select books that they encourage engineering students to read during their college years – recommending works that provide valuable insights for aspiring engineers. Read more

Telemedicine device developed to help treat communication disorders
An ASU electrical engineering student and an electrical engineering faculty member are helping to improve therapy for people living with communication disorders. Read more

TNO, ASU awarded training contract in the Caribbean
ASU’s Advanced Technology Innovation Center will train a renewable-energy workforce for Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica. Read more

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Starbucks, ASU team up for employee education program (ASU News)
Starbucks and Arizona State University have announced the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a national first-of-its-kind program designed to enable thousands of eligible part-time and full-time Starbuck employees to earn a college degree. The investment will create an opportunity employees to complete studies for a bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement for juniors and seniors through a unique collaboration with ASU’s research-driven, top-ranked degree program, delivered online. Read more.

Bacteria capable of producing fuel and building blocks for many industrial processes (The Science Show)
Bruce Rittmann, a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, was interviewed by well-known science journalist Robyn Williams on the “The Science Show” on the Australian Broadcast Corporation radio network. Rittmann discussed his work using bacteria to produce fuel and other substances used in industrial processes. Rittmann is director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. Read more

Mapping strategy for sustainable roadways solutions
The evolution of the roadway network of one of the country’s largest metropolises is viewed through the lenses of environmental impact analyses and sustainability assessment in work by Andrew Fraser and Mikhail Chester. Fraser is a graduate student in the civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program. Chester is an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Fraser and Chester produced a video showing the growth of L.A.’s roadways from 1888 to 2010, revealing information that could help lead to solutions to the city’s transportation challenges. The video is posted on three websites that report on urban growth and development issues in the greater L.A. Area:

Computer Science and Information Technology students tackle real-world challenges head on (Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology)
ASU computer science doctoral student Yafeng Lu is one of several graduate students from throughout the United States featured in an article in the current issue of Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology. The students talk about the programs in which they are pursuing their degrees, the focus of their studies and research, and their career aspirations in the computer science and information technology fields.  The article also quotes professor Stephen Yau, computer science graduate program chair in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Read more