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10 things you should know about the Fulton Schools

1. We build engineers. More than a discipline, engineering is a mindset, a way of looking at the world. Students in the Fulton Schools of Engineering are part of a community of problem solvers, people who are passionate about designing and making innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. Our students are distinguished by their transdisciplinary methods, their understanding of the societal implications of their decisions, and their potential for success in traditional and non-traditional engineering careers alike.

Our educational building blocks include a dedicated career center that provides coaching, career fairs, and internships, co-ops and job opportunities — from day one to after graduation.  

We also empower students to build their own experiential learning with more than 60 engineering student organizations engaged in activities from rockets to robots — a great way to get hands-on experience, make connections with industry and have fun. Our student teams enter and win national competitions.

2. We’ve reinvented the first-year experience for students. Our introductory engineering classes engage students in projects like creating solar cars or testing buildings during seismic activity. At E2, our innovative program for incoming freshmen, our new students are engineers from day one — thinkers, makers, builders, inventors — participating in team-building games like toxic transport and boat building that promote team building and problem solving skills. E2 also introduces incoming students to our peer mentors. Peer mentoring is integral to the set of attributes and principles that create the Fulton Difference.

3. We foster entrepreneurship. Aspiring entrepreneurs can find like-minded students in our incredible new space: Generator Labs, which provides Fulton Schools students with the ability to explore and expand their entrepreneurial mindset, to prototype projects anchored in human-centered design and to truly make an impact on the world around them.

Three lab spaces, a café and lounge area, along with access to program faculty and mentors, make this the ideal space for students in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) and Startup Center programs to team up and innovate. In addition, the Startup Center offers signature entrepreneurship and innovation courses, workshops, expert mentoring, new venture competitions and more.

All of these spaces foster interaction with entrepreneurial Fulton Schools faculty. From marketing cloud-based virtual labs to powering remote islands with rechargeable zinc-air batteries, our faculty are earning patents and beginning startups by the dozens — significantly contributing to economic growth in Arizona and the U.S. by transferring innovative and patented technologies to the marketplace.

4. We conduct relevant, use-inspired research in areas that are as varied as they are critical, including robotics, alternative energy and power systems, rehabilitative devices, engineering education, global security and national defense, and next generation adaptive materials.

Taking on the great challenges of our time, we not only tackle short-term and long-term challenges in areas like cybersecurity and solar power generation, but are producing an outstanding future workforce — promoting the economic, social and cultural health of our society.

5. We are leading world-class research centers including two national Engineering Research Centers, QESST and CBBG.

The National Science Foundation/Department of Energy funded Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center brings together partners worldwide to find affordable, accessible energy solutions and further education efforts in photovoltaics.

The Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) works to expand the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering that promises solutions to some of the world’s biggest environmental and infrastructure development challenges.

The Fulton Schools is also a partner on a third Engineering Research Center, Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems center, or NEWT, which develops compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people, while making U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost effective.

6. We attract top faculty dedicated to transforming engineering education and research. Our faculty embrace change, provide inspiration to our students and measure the success of their research and professional activities by the impact they have locally and globally. Our faculty include a Nobel Laureate and members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Inventors and National Academy of Construction.

Our new and young faculty also achieve recognition for their early career contributions, with more than 55 young investigator awards received in the last 10 years.

7. We bridge the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses with state-of-the-art labs, study spaces and residence halls. You’ll find faculty and students — including undergraduate students engaged in research — working on engineering solutions in our 3D Print Lab, Device and Usability Lab, Startup Labs and more. We’re also welcoming a prominent new residence hall on the Tempe campus in fall 2017.

8. We say you’re never too young to be an engineer. At the Fulton Schools we like to share our passion for STEM education with the wider community and help young students see engineering as a path they, too, can pursue. Each year we engage thousands of students from preschool to community college through programs Field Trip Days, Night of the Open Door, FIRST® Robotics,  EPICS High  and Summer Programs. We really do have something for everyone!

9. We engage the community — from stakeholders, corporate partners, alumni, and the governmental and economic development agencies in our region — in advancing ideas for connecting our engineers across a broad spectrum, through career opportunities for our students to industry-driven projects for our faculty. We embrace our obligation to the economic vitality of our region through the workforce that we develop and train and the research advances our faculty achieve.

10. We represent the many faces of engineering, with 20,366 students from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and 83 countries. We have Navajo students aiding reservation construction projects and more than a hundred National Hispanic Scholars. Our female first-time freshmen enrollment has doubled since 2011. Our inclusive approach paired with diversity programming has attracted a record number of incoming freshmen in each of the last five years, making us the largest engineering school in the U.S. in terms of undergraduate enrollment. One out of every five students at ASU is a student in the Fulton Schools.