Vote for the ASU Luminosity Lab’s better face mask in the XPRIZE contest by November 25

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 in Competitions, Organizations and Teams | 2 comments

Luminosity Lab team member models their face mask design.

A student team within ASU’s Luminosity Lab designed a “Floe Mask” as part of a competition to create a mask people actually like to wear. It features an elastic chin cover, customizable colors and fabrics, and a bifurcated chamber — the air exhaled from the nose is kept in a separate chamber from the nose and mouth, reducing eyeglass fogging and temperature of the face. Photo courtesy of ASU Now.

Electrical engineering graduate student John Patterson, mechanical engineering undergraduate student Katie Pascavis, industrial engineering graduate student Tarun Suresh and other ASU students on a multidisciplinary team have a chance to win part of a $1 million prize purse in the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge.

The team is part of the ASU Luminosity Lab and is one of the top 10 teams out of nearly 1,000 entries. Their task was to create a better, more comfortable, functional, affordable and stylish face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Luminosity Lab’s design includes an elastic chin cover, custom colors and fabrics and a feature that prevents glasses from fogging and reduces the temperature on the wearer’s face. Read more about the team and XPRIZE.

Vote for the Luminosity Lab team by Wednesday, November 25, 2020!

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ASU student wins first vCISO Cybersecurity Scholarship — apply for the scholarship’s second round by December 31

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in News, Opportunities, Scholarship, Students |

Fractional CISO logoBrennan Iannone, an ASU senior majoring in cybersecurity, is the first recipient of the $500 vCISO Cybersecurity Scholarship from Fractional CISO.

“I want to help defend organizations and people from cyberattacks by protecting hardware, networks, servers and data from potential breaches,” Iannone says. “I am interested in analyzing structural risks, engaging in ethical hacking to test for weaknesses, and researching cyberattacks on a high level to identify patterns and develop solutions. I want to keep the bad guys from taking information of innocent people and using it to ruin their names, credit, and lives.”

This scholarship will support and encourage the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The success of these students is critical in meeting the rising tide of cybercrime. In 2019, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received over 1,200 incident reports per day, totaling billions of dollars in losses.

Fractional CISO’s vCISO Cybersecurity Scholarship makes $1,000 in annual scholarships available to selected currently enrolled students pursuing cybersecurity degrees full-time in the United States. A $500 scholarship will also be awarded to the winner of the second contest.

To qualify, students must be at least 18 years old and studying cybersecurity as their major or postgraduate area of focus at any accredited undergraduate or graduate institution within the United States.

Learn more about the vCISO Cybersecurity Scholarship and apply with an essay for the second $500 scholarship by Thursday, December 31, 2020.

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Light-activated tissue sealing technology earns industry award

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in Graduate Students, News |

Deepanjan Ghosh, a biological design engineering graduate student, recently earned a 2020 Baxter Young Investigator Award for impactful research on a tissue repair and wound healing technology that prevents post-surgical complications and improves surgical outcomes.

Deepanjan GhoshGhosh is a researcher in the Rege Bioengineering Lab, directed by Professor Kaushal Rege. The lab team works on developing new materials for improving human health, including new methods of tissue repair using nanoscale chemical interactions. Ghosh’s research centers on developing photothermal (light and heat) and immunomodulatory (modulating the immune system) biomaterials for soft tissue healing and repair.

“Although wound closure products like sutures, staples and tissue glues are clinical gold standards, each of them has its own inherent limitations,” Ghosh says. “The need for more efficacious wound closure and repair products is a big research push both in university and industry research labs.”

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