Congratulations to two Fulton Schools alumni out of The Polytechnic School — Jake Slatnick, technological entrepreneurship and management, and Eric Goodchild, electrical and embedded software engineering — who negotiated a $500,000, three-Shark deal on the October 14, 2019, episode of Shark Tank.
All Fulton Schools students and alumni are invited to the Job and Internship Seekers’ Career Conference on Monday, May 13, 2019. Come and learn how to prepare for fall recruiting seasons and how to be ready for summer offers. Check out the flyer for more details about the event.
The ASU Hispanic Convocation was not just a proud moment for students and families, but also for Raúl A. Monreal III.
On December 13, 2017, Monreal was presented the 2017 Horquilla Award during the Hispanic Convocation. The award is named after the the Spanish translation representing the Sun Devil “fork.”
The ASU Los Diablos Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors recognized him for contributing to the association’s mission of enabling students to achieve their degree at ASU through fundraising and scholarships. In 1998, he was also the recipient of the ASU Founders’ Day Young Alumni Achievement Award.
“I’m honored to receive this award as a proud ASU alumnus,” said Monreal. “This plaque will be displayed prominently next to my ASU engineering diploma.”
It’s not difficult for Yuliana Armenta and Rene Bermudez to pinpoint their most pivotal experience during the time they spent earning degrees in civil engineering at Arizona State University.
They say much of the best of what they got out of their undergraduate years — and what helped put them on course to start careers in engineering — sprung from their work to design and build a canoe.
In this case, a watercraft made of concrete.
Bermudez was captain and project manager, and Armenta was a co-captain, on the team that entered the American Society of Civil Engineers annual student Concrete Canoe Competition in 2008.
Making a canoe out of concrete and putting it through competitive performance tests (a race, a presentation, a technical report and a display) challenges students to demonstrate their mastery of basic engineering skills.
Armenta recalls that in the weeks leading up to the competition, “We fell in love with the project and ended up spending more time working on the canoe than on class work.”
It was her first year on the team. Bermudez had been on the teams in the previous three years. Each time, the ASU squad’s canoe broke in half during the competition.
He took on the leadership role on the 2008 team because he was on a mission.
“I had learned a lot in those three years and I knew I could help build a canoe that was not going to crack,” he says.
At the competition that spring hosted by California State University, Northridge, the canoe did not crack. Going up against teams from the 18 other universities in the ASCE’s Pacific Southwest Conference, ASU’s team finished fourth overall. It was at the time the best performance ever by an ASU team.
The 2008 canoe is special for other reasons.
As the team was working on it, Bermudez found out his mother had breast cancer.
The team — for which Armenta had been deemed the “aesthetics engineer” — then decided to name the canoe “Breastroke,” and put on it the pink ribbon logo associated with breast cancer awareness efforts.
The slogan for the canoe project became “Fighting Cancer with the Strength of Concrete.” The team even displayed the boat as part of a local fundraising event put on by a national breast cancer organization.
Other good things came out of the experience.
“We had great teammates. They are still some of our best friends,” says Bermudez.
He and Armenta also say their various duties on the project — finding industry sponsors, raising funds, leadership and management roles — gave them the contacts, connections and skills that helped them get engineering jobs.
Bermudez says that the Concrete Canoe project and the year he served as president of ASU’s ASCE chapter provided him “the perfect transition from the world of academia into the world of industry.”
Armenta, likewise, says the teamwork helped to give her confidence in what she could achieve.
She now works for HDR, a large architecture and engineering consulting company, where she does site design and related work that’s necessary “to get building projects off the ground.”
She worked on the demolition plan for the company’s project to take down the old Palo Verde Main student residence complex on ASU’s Tempe campus. She had lived for a year at the original complex when she was studying at the university.
Bermudez works as a cost estimator for Haydon Building Corp., a civil engineering and construction contracting company that builds infrastructure such as highways and bridges, as well as buildings and facilities for hospitals and schools.
The Concrete Canoe team’s year-long collaboration also led to them spending a lot of time together.
They married in 2014, and moved into a house in Phoenix where they’ve since put the “Breastroke” canoe on display in the front yard.
“That canoe brought a lot of things into our life,” Bermudez says.
One of the things in their lives now is a growing family. They have a young son, soon to be four years old, plus another boy due in the fall.
Armenta and Bermudez say they would be more than pleased if one or both of the boys someday decided to become engineers.
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Current ASU students and graduates can take advantage of an online training program from technology solutions and staffing company Revature to learn enterprise-level programming skills and support from industry mentors. Recent graduates can sign up during September for a 12-week immersive boot camp with Revature this fall at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.
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Revature partners with ASU to offer first-of-its-kind, tuition-free coding bootcamp: Language training for the internet age
Reston, VA – Revature, a leading technology solutions and staffing company today announced a strategic partnership with Arizona State University (ASU), to provide free, industry-aligned coding bootcamps for ASU graduates. The 12-week programs, exclusive to the university’s graduates, effectively provide digital language training, an added tool or dimension for the broadly educated ASU grads.
ASU educates and graduates “master learners,” critical thinkers who have developed the capacity to learn anything, making them adaptive in a constantly changing workforce and economy. The Revature program offers them, at no cost, a complementary skill in the internet age.
The program also provides Revature with access to graduates who have received a high-quality education at ASU. Revature recognizes the value of ASU’s emphasis on individual paths to education that help students develop into problem solvers. The company’s talent development program will provide pathways to careers in software development for ASU students from an array of undergraduate majors – arts, humanities, social sciences, computer science or engineering.
“ASU is a perfect partner for us,” said Srikanth Ramachandran, Revature’s CEO. “Combining ASU’s academic excellence with Revature’s accessible approach to IT training and placement will create a rich and diverse talent pool of highly desirable technology professionals to support workforce needs in Phoenix and the region.”
Revature@ASU is expected to hire 1,000 ASU graduates over the next five years.
“ASU encourages students to explore and make discoveries outside the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines,” said Mark Searle, Executive Vice President & University Provost at ASU. “These master learners graduate with the ability to quickly acquire new skills and absorb new subjects throughout their lives, and this program provides a useful tool that can help them in a digital era.”
For current ASU students as well as graduates, Revature will also provide its custom online learning platform, RevaturePro, where students will learn enterprise level programing skills at their own pace and receive dedicated support from Revature’s industry mentors. RevaturePro features 18 free online training programs supporting all levels from beginner to advanced where students can learn Java, Microsoft .NET and other front-end development languages.
“We are delighted to provide online and in-person training pathways for all ASU students and graduates who may be interested in a career in software development,” Joe Mitchell, Revature’s Senior Vice President for University Partnership.
Revature at ASU will begin accepting applications in September for the fall bootcamp, to be held at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.
At Revature we recruit, develop and deploy the next generation of technology talent, enabling our corporate partners to succeed and grow. Our mission is to create a pathway where university graduates with diverse backgrounds can build the knowledge, skills and abilities to reach their potential as technology professionals and leverage those talents to contribute to the growth and success of our customers. Revature provides students with state-of-the-art “last-mile” training at no cost and then a well-paid first job in coding and software development, setting them up for a range of exciting career options. With its unique talent development strategy, Revature successfully serves a wide range of Fortune 500 enterprises, government organizations and top systems integrators. Learn more at www.revature.com
As a graduating senior, Dallas Sigrist’s journey in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program began when he received an invitation to apply for the program as an incoming freshman. Wanting to start off his college career by getting involved with a rewarding program, he applied and was accepted to be a part of GCSP.
While enrolled in the program, Sigrist also involved himself the Engineering Projects in Community Service program, completing three semesters of the program and earning his service learning component for GCSP. Aside from improving on his teamwork, leadership, and practical skills, Sigrist enjoyed EPICS because it “was a very fun and fulfilling experience and I felt like the projects actually made a difference in the community.” He is certain that the skills he developed from EPICS will prove beneficial no matter where life takes him.
He reflects that one of the most interesting courses he took was Bioethics. This course opened his eyes to various controversial technologies and other medical applications, while also counting for his interdisciplinary component. Sigrist also acknowledges the value of his entrepreneurship courses, Intro to Entrepreneurship and Business/Industrial Engineering; both courses exposed him to the inner-workings of business and how to market and sell products.
Sigrist is enrolled in the Accelerated 4+1 program and is planning to complete a bachelor’s and his master’s degree in chemical engineering—after graduation, you will be able to find him either working at Intel or working in the Biotechnology industry.
Out of all the classes, research and internships, Sigrist’s biggest takeaway from GCSP—“there is more to engineering than just equations and technical skills.”
According to Kevin Tyler, there are three types of people that choose a career in engineering: those who want a high-paying job, those who are good at math and science, and those who genuinely want to change the world. Tyler associates himself as the latter.
Tyler joined the Grand Challenge Scholars Program because “the idea of focusing on real, important and global issues during [his] undergraduate career was a huge draw for [him].” He was a perfect fit for the program, as his goals aligned with those of GCSP.
After four years as a Grand Challenge Scholar, Tyler looks back and recalls that he enjoyed being a leader to the younger members; when he joined, GCSP was still fairly new, so there were few older members for him to look up to. Though he admits that it is difficult to struggle with your own program requirements while simultaneously leading younger students and encouraging them to keep going, he’s glad that he made it through to the end. At the end of the day, not only did he complete his undergraduate engineering education, but he also gained extensive leadership experience; such as serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant for FSE 150, a summer institute camp counselor, and the vice president of the Grand Challenge Scholars Alliance.
As he ventures into the real world, Tyler recalls that the interdisciplinary approach of the program developed him into a well-rounded individual, prepared for life after college. He has multiple plans for the future; though he will be attending graduate school in the Fall 2016 semester, he is also considering working on the materials of multi-junction solar cells under Professor Richard King, and plans on pursuing a career in renewable energy after graduate school.
Tyler encourages Grand Challenge Scholars, current or future, not to hesitate or fear about the program. “Small achievements over time will eventually create an avalanche of success…with careful planning and diligence in completing one component each semester, graduating as a Grand Challenge Scholar is very manageable.”
As her final days at ASU approach, Heather Martin will be graduating this semester not only having completed all her requirements as a Fulton Engineering student, but also as a Grand Challenge Scholar.
Martin overhead a group of her male friends talking one day in her high school Chemistry lab about applying to the Grand Challenge Scholars Program and was instantly intrigued. Identifying as a feminist and supportive of the Women in STEM movement, she “found the program online and applied without ever actually being invited.” Though engineering has been known to be male-dominated, the industry is constantly changing and more women than ever are becoming engineers. As Martin puts it, “I figured anything they could do, I could do better.”
Throughout her time in the program, Martin recalls that the toughest part was staying on top of all her tasks and classes. However, she appreciates the way she was pushed to branch out of her comfort zone by her involvement in GCSP. “I like how it gave me a focus and allowed me to explore something deeper outside of my core classwork,” she shares.
Now, after completing all her requirements, Heather Martin is graduating early and plans to attend Georgetown Law in the Fall 2016 semester. In regards to her time in GCSP, Martin shares that her biggest takeaway is learning how essential it is to approach engineering-related problems with an interdisciplinary perspective. She plans on taking this broader perspective to her future schooling and career.
For current or future Grand Challenge Scholars, Martin encourages students to remain determined and stick with it. “It’s such a rewarding program…and will really make you attractive to companies when you start looking for jobs and internships.”