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.

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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.

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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.

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.”


NSF fellowship will boost engineering student’s materials research

Doctoral student Tyler Stannard is working on research to better comprehend the dynamics of materials stress, corrosion and fatigue, and to develop new metal alloys.

Now his intense interest in the field, backed by good performances in studies and research after transferring to Arizona State University, has earned him a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

The fellowship award will provide $32,000 per year for up to three years for Stannard to complete the materials science and engineering doctoral program in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

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Renewable energy research project earns graduate fellowship award

No more than five graduate students worldwide are selected each year to receive support for their research through the prestigious Summer Fellowship program of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), an international educational organization.

One of this year’s recipients is Andrey Gunawan, who is pursuing his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at Arizona State University.

The fellowship award is providing $5,000 to aid Gunawan’s work to make advances in renewable and alternative energy technologies.

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Larsen awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Brett Larsen,  a senior in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, recently was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates studying science, math and engineering. The scholarship provides $7,500 a year for up to two years.

A student in ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College, Larsen started researching in ASU’s Flexible Display Center as a freshman, developing ultra low-power circuits and applying advanced signal processing techniques to personnel detection around secure areas. Since that time, his research has also expanded to other areas of applied mathematics, such as identifying proteins passing through silicon nanopores and analyzing measurements taken with an electric field sensor.

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ASU engineering students earn first place finish in Intel Cup competition in China

A team of students from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering took first place in the 2014 Embedded System Design Invitational Contest, a part of the Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest held July 15-20 in Shanghai.

Held every two years, the Intel Cup competition is part of Intel’s commitment to education, and is designed to showcase the use of embedded systems using the latest Intel processors.

This year, two teams are working together. They are creating a robot that students can use to learn programming skills. The software team is creating a user interface and a simulator, which will allow novice students to program a robot without knowing how to write computer code. Members of that team are David Humphries,Garth Bjerk, Ian Plumley, Nathanael Stout and Tracey Heath, all computer science majors in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.

The hardware team is using the Intel processor to build a robot and write embedded code in the robot. Members of that team are Corey Jallen, Matthew Recchia, Randy Queen, Rizwan Ahmad and Stephen Pluta, all computer systems engineering majors in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.

The competition team is coached by Yann-Hang Lee, a professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.

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Work on contaminant removal methods earns research paper awards

Research papers detailing proposed new methods for the removal of environmental pollutants and contaminants earned awards for Arizona State University postdoctoral research associate Aura Ontiveros-Valencia and environmental engineering doctoral student Devyn Fajardo-Williams at a recent international environmental science and engineering conference.

The Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds conference in Monterey, Calif., explored advances in technologies and methods that offer potential solutions for cleaning up areas that have sustained environmental damage due to chemical contamination.

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