Students win first place at Hack to the Future competition

A talented group of hackers thrilled participants of the Hardware Weekend Series hack-a-thon with their modifications to a classic DeLorean DMC-12.

The Smoke and Mirrors team from ASU, including Cody Van Cleve, Frank Ross, Eric Person, Caleb Carlson, Josh Kosar, Deep Patel and Carly Thalman, created a chipKIT-based hack and earned a first place win at the Hardware Weekend, Phoenix Edition held March 28 and 29.

Event sponsor provided a DeLorean DMC-12 in honor of the Hack to the Future themed event, which was hosted by Local Motors in Chandler. A total of 16 teams participated, competing for various prizes.

To give the car a true time-travelling look, the ASU team installed cool blue LED lighting throughout the car and dual alcohol burners with electronic ignition. The complex lighting, fuel pump and ignition systems were controlled by a chipKIT uC32 and Motor Control Shield from Digilent. The team had less than 18 hours to complete their project, which included multiple custom-mounted systems.

“The event was so much fun,” said Van Cleve. “We wired the Delorean with LED lights and used BBQ igniters to ignite Isopropyl alcohol to make the fire. This project was so “Poly.”

HKN Epsilon Beta earns Outstanding Chapter Award

The HKN (Eta Kappa Nu) Epsilon Beta Chapter at ASU was awarded an Outstanding Chapter Award from the IEEE-HKN national organization for the 5th year in a row.

Only around 20 of the 200 chapters receive this annual award. It is presented to the undergraduate chapters that showcase the most impressive records of scholarship and activities.

An example of one such activity was the HKN Career Mixer held during the fall semester, which brought together employers such as Intel, Texas Instruments, APS, Kimley Horne, Electron II International and Chrysler to network with more than 150 ASU students.

“Events like these put students names in front of recruiters and help foster a better relationship between ASU and industry,” said George Chen, president of the HKN Epsilon Beta Chapter.

Stephen Goodick, professor of electrical engineering, received the award on behalf of the ASU chapter at a ceremony in Hilton Head, South Carolina in March 2015.

IEEE-HKN is the International Honor Society of IEEE and is dedicated to recognizing excellence in fields such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer systems engineering and computer science. Outstanding juniors and senior in these areas of study are elected to the HKN Epsilon Beta Chapter at ASU.

Computer science senior wins top award in startup competition

ASU computer science student Taylor Meeks was part of team that won the top award in a recent business startup competition.

Meeks and two others joined software engineer Mark Tucker, one of the successful pitch makers, to work on a venture called FunCast. Its product is a party trivia game called Boast, played with an iPad or other tablet devices, with game information displayed on a TV screen using Chromecast, a digital media player.

Startup Weekend: Phoenix Global Startup Battle, hosted by Seed Spot,  a local nonprofit business incubator that aids social entrepreneurs, attracted more than 50 people looking to learn more about how to develop their ideas for tech-based ventures.

Meeks expects to receive his bachelor’s degree in the spring after completing studies in the computer science program in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.

Read Tech startup competition reinvigorates computer science senior on In the Loop


Freshman receives Governor’s Future Innovator of the Year award

Sarah Galvin, freshman electrical engineering student, was one of four winners of the Future Innovators of the Year award during the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation on November 13, 2014. The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority,  honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state.  Galvin was recognized for a research project she worked on while she was a student at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona. Read more about Sarah Galvin

Materials students finish among leaders in geodesic dome competition

Two teams of ASU material science and engineering majors finished among the leaders in a student competition at the national Materials Science & Technology conference in Pittsburgh.

Twelve student teams from seven universities participated in the
ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition, called the Domesday competition.

Students had to design and construct a geodesic dome no higher or wider than one foot, with a maximum wall thickness of two inches. The dome had to be an open lattice structure and contain at least one hexagon.

The ASU Iron Lotus team – juniors Michael Moorehead and Nathan Rodkey – placed third overall, winning a $500 prize.

The ASU Golden Dome team placed fourth in the maximum load category, based on how much weight dome structures could bear before yielding. The team – the youngest group of Domesday competitors – included freshmen Hassan Al Mousa, Jacob Kintz, Ayan Rafique, Chris Nelson and Alex Crawley.

Read more on Inner Circle

MAES at ASU wins honors at symposium

MAES at ASU received honors at the 40th MAES Symposium in San Diego, October 15-18. Join us in congratulating the following students.

  • Gina Rivera, a sophomore in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, received the Exxon Mobil MAES Strong Scholarship.
  • Jairo Gonzalez, a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, was recognized by the MAES Honors Program for academic excellence. To be recognized, undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Berenice Castro, a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, received the U.S. Marine Corps Registration Grant which covered the full conference registration cost.
  • The MAES at ASU Decathlon Team, led by captain Javier Becerra, took second place. Other team members are Jairo Gonzalez, Eric Vega, Berenice Castro and Juan Bahena. Vega is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering. Decathlon teams compete against other universities in 10 events over three days.

GIT student honored by Education Malaysia

Hayda Abu Hasan recently was given a Perdana Scholar Award by Education Malaysia, which works with the Malaysian Embassy to promote higher education programs.
Hayda Abu Hasan recently was given a Perdana Scholar Award by Education Malaysia, which works with the Malaysian Embassy to promote higher education programs.

Hayda Abu Hasan, a senior majoring in graphic information technology at the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, recently was given a Perdana Scholar Award by Education Malaysia, which works with the Malaysian Embassy to promote higher education programs.

“Hayda is an outstanding student who always goes beyond the requirements of a given assignment,” said Penny Dolin, associate professor of practice and program chair of Graphic Information Technology. “In my photography classes, she consistently does the things outlined to achieve the highest grade, then comes in again to do more work and exploration on her own.”

The award, which is new this year, recognizes Malaysian scholars in the United States who are doing undergraduate and postgraduate work and are excelling in academics, leadership, sports, entrepreneurship, inventions and research.

Abu Hasan was one of 30 students chosen from 300 who applied or were nominated. About 7,000 Malaysians are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in the United States, according to Education Malaysia.

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Environmental research earns scholarship for doctoral student Hottle

Troy Hottle will be aided in earning a doctoral degree in sustainable engineering at ASU by an Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) scholarship he was recently awarded.

Troy Hottle
Troy Hottle

The national foundation supports research and education to promote sustainable waste management practices for the benefit of communities and industry.

Hottle is pursuing his degree through the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. His doctoral studies adviser is associate professor Amy Landis.

The scholarship will support his research on biopolymers in municipal solid waste. He is working on developing methods for accurately assessing the environmental impacts of biopolymers throughout their life cycle from production to waste, and exploring the feasibility of using biopolymer waste in industrial composting systems.

Hottle came to ASU in 2012 after earning an undergraduate degree in Ohio, then working for Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension and in industry in Pennsylvania.

Read more about Hottle and his current research.

The EREF scholarship will provide $12,000 each year for his doctoral studies. He expects to graduate in spring 2016.

Engineering undergrad represents Grand Challenge Scholars at White House conference

ASU student Kaleia Kramer (second from right in picture above) joined engineering Grand Challenge Scholars from other universities at the recent White House BRAIN Conference. Photo by: Randy Atkins/National Academy of Engineering

Arizona State University biomedical engineering and Grand Challenge Scholars Program student Kaleia Krämer recently participated in the White House BRAIN Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The event brought together representatives from research organizations, national laboratories, foundations and companies that have aligned their research goals with those of the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Nanotechnologies) established by President Obama’s Administration.

Krämer was among three college undergraduate students and a graduate student at the conference whose studies and research interests also align with the aims of the initiative.

In addition, she gained more research experience this past summer by winning a Flinn Scholars Internship, enabling her to work at the Arizona Center on Aging and the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, both based at the University of Arizona.

Read more about Krämer’s research and summer internship and her experience at the BRAIN Conference.

SSEBE student David Ramsey wins Best Poster Award at CII annual concerence

Conference Chair Rex Phillips (left) presents the poster award to David Ramsey of Arizona State University.
Conference Chair Rex Phillips (left) presents the poster award to David Ramsey of Arizona State University. (Courtesy of CII)

In 2014, the Construction Industry Institute’s  Academic Committee sponsored its annual conference poster competition at the 2014 CII Annual Conference in Indianapolis. The program gives graduate students, who are not involved in CII research, exposure to the CII research model and allows them to display their work to conference attendees, who thus benefit by seeing potential valuable non-CII sponsored research. The 2014 competition attracted a record number of posters submissions, but only 11 were invited for display at the conference. The winner at the invitation-only poster contest was David Ramsey for his poster “Quantitative Performance Assessment of Single-Step and Two-Step Design-Build Procurement.”