Highlights from the 2013-2014 academic year
Manufacturing Engineering students win challenge
A team Manufacturing Engineering students from the College of Technology and Innovation, the sixth school of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, won first place in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Student Manufacturing Challenge in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2014. The students partnered with the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team at the Polytechnic campus and Sun Devil Racing Development to analyze and design a gearbox for SAE Baja racing. The team also conducted benchmarking against other models and developed a manufacturing plan for their product.
Electrical engineering undergrad wins NIST fellowship
R. Scott Mongrain was one of 11 students nationwide selected for the Boulder, Colo., Laboratories’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
ASU design and construction students ready to compete in Solar Decathlon
A collaborative team of students in design, architecture, construction and engineering at ASU and the University of New Mexico is one of 20 teams from around the world chosen to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy 2013 Solar Decathlon competition.
Graduate student wins ABOR doctoral research grant
Helen Schwerdt will further research supported by a grant from the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). Her project, “Fully Passive Wireless Microsystem for Recording of Neuropotentials using Backscattering Effects,” received funding of $5,000. ABOR provided one-time funds to support approximately 18 competitive doctoral dissertation research improvement grants through the Technology Research Initiative Fund.
Engineering major combines brains, beauty on path to success
Brenda Soto is studying civil engineering at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She plans to become a structural engineer and work on bridges and building infrastructure. In 2013 she was crowned Miss Arizona Latina, a pageant competition that celebrates Latina beauty and culture in both the state and the nation.
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Legacy Scholarship recipients follow in family footsteps to attend ASU
J. Gage Buness, a freshman in biomedical engineering, and Brett Gadberry, a sophomore in chemical engineering are among the 11 Legacy Scholarship awardees for the 2013-2014 school year.
ASU student named a finalist for College Entrepreneur of the Year
ASU chemical engineering graduate student Jared Schoepf, co-founder of SafeSIPP, a student-led startup in ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, has been named a top five finalist in the “College Entrepreneur of the Year” competition run by Entrepreneur Magazine. SafeSIPP got its start in the Engineering Projects in Community Service program.
Graduate student recognized for water research
Central Arizona Project (CAP) awarded Tom Volo first place in its 2013 CAP Award for Water Research for his paper, “Modeling Soil Moisture, Water Partitioning and Plant Stress under Irrigated Conditions in Desert Urban Areas.” The award recognizes excellence in graduate or undergraduate research addressing water issues facing Arizona, California and Nevada. Volo recently completed his master’s in civil and environmental engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Selected as a Dean’s Fellow, Volo will begin doctoral studies at ASU this fall.
Research internship boosts engineering student’s medical career hopes
Juan Laitano, biomedical engineering master's student, become the first recipient of the Flinn Scholar Summer Internship award, which enabled him to spend the summer between graduating with a bachelor's and starting graduate studies collaborating with researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The Flinn Foundation supports the advancement of biosciences in Arizona, in part through the Flinn Scholars Program, to help students prepare for careers in health professions. Laitano wants to specialize in the emerging area of precision medicine.
ASU names 2013 Spirit of Service Scholars
Amy Umaretiya, junior in civil and environmental engineering, is among the 16 students honored for their dedication to public service and for embracing the challenge of creating and preserving public goods.
Team of aspiring engineers shines at robotic vehicle competition
Team 0×27 won a second-place award at the fifth annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition in Boulder, Colo. Eighty teams participated in various categories of the competition.The squad members were: Erica Neuperger, a mechanical engineering major; her brother, Alex Neuperger, an incoming ASU freshman engineering major; Marcus Schaller, a junior at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz.; and Ronald Chao, a senior at the same school.
Robotic toy car drives engineering students' education business venture
A robotic toy car first developed as a class project is now the basis of a business startup by a group of engineering students. They’re designing Cosmo – the car’s name – as a tool for teaching pre-school-age children basic math and spelling through games programmed into the robot’s software. The venture, called Infinibotics, recently got a boost by winning support through the ASU Venture Catalyst program’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative.
ASU startup Viomics wins funding from Arizona Commerce Authority
Arizona State University startup company Viomics has received $250,000 from the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) to continue developing innovative cancer detection technologies that save lives by enabling the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Viomics was founded by David Mallery and Scott Morris, who is finishing his Ph.D. in industrial engineering at ASU.