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The all-women Desert WAVE underwater robotics team poses for a team photo with their robot

Desert WAVE, the all-female underwater robotics team of Fulton Schools students made a splash by winning third place at the 2019 International RoboSub Competition. This was a major feat by the first-time competitors who were up against 55 teams from more than 12 countries tasked with designing and building an autonomous underwater vehicle. Their standing made Desert WAVE the highest-ranked team from the United States.

30 under 30

Three former Fulton Schools alumni made the Forbes magazine’s 2019 30 Under 30 list. Phoebe Henson, who earned an electrical engineering degree in 2015, is helping find effective solutions for astronauts who experience breathing problems during long periods of time inside spacecraft. Recent doctoral graduates Aashay Arora and Matthew Aguayo, founders of the startup EnKoat, are developing coatings embedded with phase-change materials that reduce energy use while regulating temperature in buildings.

Alexis Hocken works in the lab

As a third-year chemical engineering student, Alexis Hocken was the lead author of a paper published in a special issue of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

An ASU team consisting of three mechanical engineering doctoral students, Faizan Ejaz, Munku Kang and Gokul Chandrasekaran placed among the top five finalists out of 21 teams worldwide in a heat sink competition sponsored by General Electric.

An ASU team consisting of three mechanical engineering doctoral students, Faizan Ejaz, Munku Kang and Gokul Chandrasekaran placed among the top five finalists out of 21 teams worldwide in a heat sink competition sponsored by General Electric.

Biomedical engineering major Maya Eleff and computer science students Brightan Hsu and Cyrus Hunter worked on an implantable microelectrode system that stimulates the brain in a grid pattern to assist people with extreme vision loss as part of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

solar panels in the sun

Jayden Booth, an electrical engineering graduate student, and Michael Oberdorf, an electrical engineering major and four-year U.S. Air Force veteran, are among four students from the Fulton Schools who participated in collaborative solar energy research as a part of the NSF’s International Research Experiences for Students program.

solar panels in the sun

Jayden Booth, an electrical engineering graduate student, and Michael Oberdorf, an electrical engineering major and four-year U.S. Air Force veteran, are among four students from the Fulton Schools who participated in collaborative solar energy research as a part of the NSF’s International Research Experiences for Students program.

Sooraj Kumar A.O. Nair

 

Sooraj Kumar A.O. Nair, a civil engineering doctoral student, earned the Student Innovation Fellowship from the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation for innovation in structural engineering and applied mechanics practice. The $5,000 prize will help fund his work on to 3D print cement-based materials and develop a robotic-arm-assisted concrete 3D printing system.

Five undergraduates work together soldering a small robot component at the ASU 2019 Robo Hackathon

Chris Harsh, Riley Tallman, Shabab Siddique, Tyriq Hayes and Xina Tang, all computer science majors, took first place in the inaugural Arizona-wide Robo Hackathon. Team Light Speed, combined knowledge classroom knowledge of robotics, internet of things and machine learning skills with the cutting-edge technologies and platforms provided by AWS, Nvidia and SparkFun. The competition was hosted by the University Technology Office through strategic partnerships with the Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU and the Smart City Cloud Innovation Center, which includes partners such as Amazon Web Services.