The Gear Box grand opening

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Gear Box Fall 2021

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Are you an engineering student? Do you like making things but you’re not sure where to start?

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will be opening The Gear Box on Monday, September 20, 2021!

Stop by during our grand opening to tour our new space and see how we can help. The Gear Box is located in Engineering Center F (ECF) 103 next to the 3D printing lab and hosts a large variety of materials for you to check out and use for personal or academic projects. 

Those who stop by on Monday, September 20, 2021, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (The Gear Box’s Fall 2021 hours) will get to choose something from our box of tech to take home! We hope to see you there!

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ASU Techiepalooza 2021

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Techiepalooza, powered by Hool Coury Law, is an exciting innovation mixer where venture developers and product builders collide — and techies are the stars of the show. Plus, enjoy complimentary startup-style refreshments (pizza and caffeine).

ASU’s top techies are invited to mix and mingle with ASU’s most dynamic startup founders, along with some of the most influential leaders of our thriving innovation ecosystem, including Michael Hool of Hool Coury Law, and Gregg Scoresby of Campus Logic.

ASU Techiepalooza 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
noon–3 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU) Ventana Ballroom 241, Tempe campus [map]
Register to attend this free event

Need a place to park? Use the Apache Blvd Parking Structure.

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OPF Hardness: Theory and Practice by Steven Low

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OPF Hardness: Theory and Practice by Steven Low, September 17, 2021

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Attend the next IE Decision Systems Engineering Fall ’21 Seminar Series event with Steven Low from the California Institute of Technology, hosted by Geunyeong Byeon in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence.

OPF Hardness: Theory and Practice
Presented by Steven Low, Department of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Friday, September 17,  2021
noon (AZ time)
Attend via Zoom


Optimal power flow, or OPF, problems underly numerous power system applications. It is well known that OPF is nonconvex and NP-hard. It can be solved approximately either via convex relaxations or local algorithms. Even though OPF is hard in theory, it seems “easy” in practice in that, empirically, semidefinite relaxations are often exact and local algorithms often yield global solutions. Steven Low summarizes several sufficient conditions for exact relaxations in both single and three-phase radial networks. He describes sufficient or necessary conditions for nonconvex problems to simultaneously have exact relaxations and no spurious local optima. These conditions help explain widespread empirical experience that local algorithms for OPF problems often work well.

About the speaker

Steven Low is the F. J. Gilloon Professor of the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech, and an Honorary Professor of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Melbourne University. He was a co-recipient of IEEE best paper awards, an awardee of the IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award and the ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award. Low is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM and CSEE. He was well known for his work on internet congestion control and semidefinite relaxation of optimal power flow problems in the smart grid. His research on networks has been accelerating more than 1 terabyte of internet traffic every second since 2014. His research on the smart grid is providing large-scale cost-effective electric vehicle charging to workplaces. He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell and his doctorate from Berkeley, both in electrical engineering.

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Judges needed for EPICS High Olympiad MAKERS of Change Challenge in October

Posted by on Sep 16, 2021 in Customize your experience, Outreach | 0 comments

The Fulton Schools EPICS High program and Southwest Human Development (SWHD) are joining forces to deliver the MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge. The experience engages high school students to advance their STEM knowledge and learn important lessons about the practical application of assistive technology solutions to support young children with disabilities. On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, students were presented with an assistive technology challenge based on the needs of a real SWHD client.

With 99 teams competing, we are in need of 45 judges to help review proposed solutions.

Sign up to be a judge


Time commitment:

  • Attend one of two virtual judging orientation sessions: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 8 a.m. OR 7 p.m.
  • Review and score up to eight 5-minute video project submissions on your own time during the weekend of Saturday, October 23, 2021–Sunday, October 24, 2021.
  • Judges may be asked to attend follow-up meetings during the week of October 25, 2021, to help determine finalists.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Velez at

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Attend the Fall Fulton Diversity Difference SafeZONE event, September 22

Posted by on Sep 13, 2021 in Diversity Difference, Events | 0 comments


We are proud to continue offering workshops as part of Fulton Diversity Difference, funded by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII). This series aims to showcase our diverse community and to support learning through workshops and experiences.

SafeZONE back by popular demand and is an interactive educational experience designed to increase the overall campus community’s understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/allied and other marginalized students. Join the Fulton Schools in partnership with SafeZONE as we explore ways to support our STEM and LGBTQIA+ Sun Devils!

SafeZONE student workshop
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
2–4 p.m.
Register to attend

Please contact Christina Hernandez at or Kae Sawyer at from the Fulton Schools Academic and Student Affairs to learn more about this series or for workshop recommendations.

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