Young engineering faculty rapidly building a track record of innovation and high performance

New awards this year bring two-year total to more than $11.5 million

High-performing innovation teams require the perfect combination of bright new talent and more experienced players.

It’s a strategy that is paying off for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which is building a track record of high performance by its young faculty members. A total of 20 prestigious awards have been netted over the past two years, bringing more than $11.5 million to support both research and education in the Fulton Schools.

These early career honors include the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Faculty Development (CAREER) Program Awards, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program (AFOSR YIP) Awards, National Institute of Health (NIH) Director’s and Career Development Awards, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Awards.

This year already eight members of the faculty have been awarded CAREER and AFOSR YIP Awards. One researcher has doubled-down, receiving both a CAREER and YIP Award.

“These highly-competitive and prestigious grants are awarded to young faculty with the best ideas in the U.S. Our young faculty are amazingly innovative and are already pushing the boundaries of their fields,” said Paul Johnson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “In addition to being outstanding researchers, they are exceptional teachers, and their grant activities involve outreach to inspire the next generation of engineers.”

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Get to know The Office of Health and Safety

As a recognized leader in engineering research and education, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering deserves a safety team to ensure that world-class research and safety go hand in hand.

As a division of the Engineering Dean’s Office, the Office of Health and Safety for the Fulton Schools of Engineering works with ASU’s Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) to provide safety support for Fulton Engineering’s labs, shops, offices, classrooms and special events. 

Led by Jonathan Klane, Assistant Director of Safety, and Fredi Doerstling, Chemical Safety Specialist, the Office of Health and Safety aims to foster a positive and integrated safety culture that embraces everyone’s health and safety as a collective priority.

From cleaning-up chemical spills to completing risk assessments, the Office of Health and Safety for the Fulton Schools of Engineering provides a variety of safety services and can coordinate with external resources to get the job done quickly and safely.

The Office of Health and Safety for the Fulton Schools plans to take on some new initiatives including:

  • Creating feature stories on labs that have a new or creative safety effort.
  • Updating with added safety resources for labs needing information on hazards and ASU requirements.
  • Compiling success stories from researchers who have reached out for safety-related requests.

Learn more about the numerous services offered by The Office of Health and Safety for the Fulton Schools of Engineering

The Office of Health and Safety for the Fulton Schools is located in the Goldwater Center on the Tempe campus [map].

For additional information visit or follow the Office of Health and Safety on Twitter (@ASUFultonSafety) and Facebook.

Take advantage of proposal support services

Make sure your proposal is set to succeed with the help of the Engineering Research Office’s editing and graphic support services.

Editing Services

Our editing services include:

  • Editing for style and language on the technical narrative, support letters, facilities descriptions, CVs, etc.
  • Formatting per proposal guidelines
  • Reviewing against solicitation guidelines
  • Editing to create a proposal-specific writing style
  • Synthesizing multiple author content to ensure a single voice

You may qualify for free editing services if you meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Proposal is for $500K or more
  • Proposals is for $250K or more (for assistant professors)
  • Applying for an Early/Young Investigator grant (for assistant professors)

In addition we offer editing services on one journal publication per year for assistant professors.

Graphic Support Services

Graphics support involves working with a graphic designer to create quality art and images that represent your ideas and concepts for inclusion in the proposal.

The following proposals qualify for graphics support services:

  • All Early/Young Investigator proposals
  • Proposals for $1 million or more (for all faculty)

Check with a Research Advancement staff member to find out what levels of costs for graphics support services are covered.

Customized Support

The Engineering Research Office also provides custom support to large proposal and program management. This service has helped secure several successful multimillion dollar proposals and follow-up program

Please contact Stacy Esposito or your Research Administrator (RA) to see if the grant you are applying for qualifies for these or other services. 

2014 Research Highlights

In highlighting the accomplishments of researchers in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, the numbers say a lot:

Research Expenditures (FY2014 estimated)
$85.33 million

Research Awards (FY2014 estimated)
$95.92 million (top award sponsors are the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and National Institutes of Health)

Enrollment (fall 2014)
16,799 students

Proposals submitted (FY2014 estimated)
$600,666,419 submitted
1,215 total proposals submitted

But so do the achievements of the Fulton Schools of Engineering’s collaborative partnerships and high-achieving research centers.

Currently the Fulton Schools has an NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center called the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) and 5 NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs) including Connection One, the Center for Embedded Systems, SenSIP, Water and Environmental Technology (WET) and Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC).

In partnership with the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and other ASU schools, the Fulton Schools of Engineering are launching new initiatives in the areas of robotics, instrumentation and procedures for biomedical applications. The school is also organizing several teams to pursue institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program.

Already a member of Power America, the NNMI Institute for power electronics, the Fulton Schools of Engineering recently joined the Digital Manufacturing And Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, and is actively pursuing several other NNMI institutes for integrated photonics, flexible hybrid electronics and clean energy manufacturing. Follow closely for future announcements and funding opportunities related to these institutes.

In other news, Ed Hall was appointed interim director of the CSSER/Nanofab facility. Under his leadership the center has undergone many positive changes and invested substantially in new capital equipment to provide better service to the entire university. Learn more