Fulton Schools in the news – 2017
Hackers bring ATM ‘jackpotting’ to the U.S., CNN, January 29
A recent outbreak of cyberattacks targeting ATM machines has led to the theft of more than $1 million from banks in the United States. Fulton Schools Entrepreneurial Professor Paulo Shakarian, the CEO of a cybersecurity intelligence startup, said the company was able to track an uptick of communications on the dark web about new hacking hardware that’s been used in the ATM thefts, as well as the sale of a guidebook on such “jackpotting” schemes.
Robots taking over the world? It’s a good thing, researcher say, ASU NOW, January 26
The Southwest Robotics Symposium hosted by Arizona State University looked at how Artificial Intelligence technology applied to robotics systems can make the world a better place. Fulton Schools faculty members Panagiotis Artemiades, Thomas Sugar, Hamid Marvi and Heni Ben Amor describe AI as the mechanism that will enable robots to help humans in homes, work places, hospitals and almost everywhere else.
New solar tariffs create uncertainty for Arizona renewables industry, Phoenix Business Journal, January 26
Photovoltaic solar energy panels are among imports on which the United States recently placed significantly high trade tariffs. The action could have negative impacts on U.S. solar energy system installers, says Ron Roedel, a Fulton Schools professor emeritus who directs the Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization graduate program.
Q&A: How can research support the new DOD National Defense Strategy? ASU NOW, January 26
The U.S. Department of Defense has developed a comprehensive new National Defense Strategy in response to the varied and complex technological challenges to ensuring the country’s security. Fulton Schools Professor of Practice Nadya Bliss, director of Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, talks about what university researchers are capable of doing to support the defense department’s goals.
Trashing the old way of doing things, ASU Now, January 25
Fulton Schools student Surya Iyer’s idea to boost the efficiency of waste management won a spot in the finals of the ASU Innovation Open competition for a $100,000 grand prize. His prototype for a “smart” garbage container uses a sensor to detect how much trash is in a trash can and makes the information accessible remotely through internet-connected devices.
ASU student payloads selected to fly on Blue Origin space vehicle, ASU NOW, January 25
Ten Fulton Schools students make up two of the teams that earned a place in a technology competition involving the New Shepherd spacecraft and the rocket company Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One team’s project will focus on measuring and collecting data on how space affects human sight, smell, taste tough and hearing. The other project will study how pollinating bees might react in space and what that would mean for efforts to establish agriculture away from Earth. See also: Parabolic Arc
New Global Futures Initiative asks how humankind can extend Earth’s habitability, ASU NOW, January 23
Arizona State University is expanding its role in sustainability education and research with establishment of the New Global Futures Initiative. Its directive is to “take a broad look at the trajectory of our planet” and to help figure out ways that we can manage the world “in ways that achieve sustainable habitability.” At the helm of the new initiative is Peter Schlosser, who now has a joint appointment in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.
ASU Sustainability scientist addresses Silicon Valley’s ‘raw water’ craze, ASU Now, January 22
Fulton Schools Professor Morteza Abbaszedegan, director of the National Science Foundation Water and Environmental Technology Foundation, points out the health risks that the “raw water” movement would pose for its adherents.
Young people urged to find their cause at MLK celebration, ASU Now, January 18
Fulton Schools sustainable engineering doctoral student Evvan Morton was presented the ASU Student Servant-Leadership Award as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Day celebration. Morton is president of the Black Students Graduate Association and is also pursuing a certificate in Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society.
Arizona State University Partners With Dash to Fund Research, Scholarships, Cointelegraph, January 18
Work led by Fulton Schools Research Professor Dragan Boscovic, director of ASU’s Blockchain Research Lab, has spurred formation of a partnership between the university and Dash, a leading blockchain-powered digital currency. In addition to research funding, the partnership will enable development of an online graduate Blockchain technology and application course and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate student research fellowships.
Engineering student finds multiple ways to enjoy German, ASU Now, January 18
Mohamad Alkahlout, a Fulton Schools civil engineering student with an interest in urban planning and public transportation, is also studying German — both for fun and to further his professional ambitions.
Bashas’ installs revolutionary sub-zero industrial freezer, 3TV/CBS 5 News, Phoenix, January 17
Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Kristen Parrish and sustainable engineering doctoral student Neda Askari are helping the Basha’s grocery chain improve the energy efficiency and cost savings of its industrial-scale food freezer storage. Working with the Salt River Project power utility and the Viking Cold Solutions company, they will be assessing whether the thermal energy storage system model they’ve developed can be adapted for other industrial facilities.
Aerospace should be less alienating, The State Press, January 16
Aerospace engineers have had roles in major advances in the development of more resilient materials, space travel technology, commercial air transportation systems, military defense, telecommunications and even cell phones. Fulton Schools Associate Professor Valana Wells, undergraduate program chair of the aerospace and mechanical engineering program in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, says the field is poised to contribute even more to technological progress in coming years.
Valle Luna “Making a Difference”- ASU’s Kyle Williams, SPORTS 360 AZ, January 15
Kyle Williams, wide receiver for the Arizona State University Sun Devils football team and Fulton Schools biomedical engineering student, has his sights sets on becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Professor Marco Santello, director of the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, explains how Williams and other students in the same degree program are preparing for medical school by learning about the latest in neuroscience, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, neurorehabilitation and related biomedical areas.
ASU developing biodegradable plastics made from bacteria, ASU Now, January 9
Billions of metric tons of discarded plastics are posing an environmental hazard around the world. Research by Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Taylor Weiss could help to diminish that threat. He’s designing a “symbiotic partnership” between two forms of bacteria to make bioplastics that would harmlessly biodegrade at a relatively rapid pace.
Questioning AI: What are the key research challenges? The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast, January 4
Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati is featured in the debut episode of the science and technology podcast miniseries “Questioning Artificial Intelligence.” He joins another leading AI research in exploring issues arising from the proliferation of AI technologies and their widely varying applications. Kambhampati is the president of the international Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid, The New York Times, December 29
Zero Mass Water, a startup company that grew out of research led by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science, is among purveyors of what is being called “live water,” “raw water” or “real water.” They’re part of the “water consciousness movement” that is sparking debates about the pros and cons of water treatment infrastructure and water purification processes, and the resulting health benefits or drawbacks of both treated and untreated water.
Gallium nitride processor: Next-generation technology for space exploration, SpaceFlight Insider, December 28
Gallium nitride is a promising new semiconductor material with properties that enable it to operate at higher voltages, frequencies and temperatures at higher efficiencies than silicon. With support from NASA, Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Yuji Zhao and his research team are working on ways to use the material to develop a high-temperature microprocessor for space mission applications. The article was also published by Tech News n’ Gadgets, Phys.org, and ECN (Electronics Component News) magazine. Read more about Zhao’s gallium nitride research.
Can We Suck Enough CO2 From The Air to Save The Climate? Fast Company, December 22
As much as alternative energy sources such and solar and wind power might help reduce the detrimental impacts of climate change, what would really help is technology that removes greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Fulton Schools professor Klaus Lackner, a pioneer of carbon-capture technology, thinks that cost-efficient systems to remove carbon dioxide are a surmountable challenge.
ASU Explores Groundbreaking Collaboration With Vietnam, KJZZ (National Public Radio), December 18
Ongoing global outreach efforts led by the Fulton Schools to help modernize higher education in Vietnam are bringing benefits to both research and education at Arizona State University. The signing of a new collaboration agreement between ASU and one of Vietnam’s leading universities will enable more long-term joint ventures, including student and faculty exchange programs and new research projects, as well as economic development and entrepreneurship opportunities. Read more.
AI in 2017 can’t nearly match the smarts of ‘Star Wars’ Droids, Mashable, December 15
Artificial intelligence technology that thinks, understands humans and acts accordingly? For now, you will see it only in fiction like the “Star Wars” movies, says computer scientist, robotics and AI expert Subbarao Kambhampati. Progress is being made in developing AI that can assist people, says the Fulton Schools professor, but we are still far, far away from seeing something with the intellectual capabilities and emotional intuition of the “Star Wars” droids R2-D2 and BB-8.
One Step At A Time, ABC 15 News, Phoenix, December 5
A soft robotic exosuit developed in a project led by Fulton Schools Assistant Professors Panagiotis Polygerinos and Wenlong Zhang is being tested by the Barrow Neurological Institute therapists for use in helping stroke victims regain mobility. Systems engineering doctoral students Saivimal Sridar and Zhi (George) Qiao are also involved in the research on the exosuit being conducted in Zhang’s Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab and the Bio-inspired Mechatronics Lab directed by Polygerinos.
Sandstone and metal louvres wrap massive student housing complex in Arizona, Dezeen, November 29
The popular international architecture and design website gave a big photo spread to the Fulton Schools’ new student residence complex, the Tooker House. The architects are lauded for a design theme that mimics the colors and textures of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert environment.
Robotic fish could help solve problem in Arizona canals, ABC 15 News, Phoenix, November 21
A team of engineering doctoral students led by Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Daniel Aukes is developing robotic fish as a potential tool for the Salt River Project power and water utility. The robo-fish could help reduce the overgrowth of pondweed and other underwater vegetation that is hindering water flow in SRP’s canal system in the Phoenix metro area.
Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World? The New Yorker, November 20 issue
We should look at carbon dioxide in our atmosphere like we look at garbage and sewage: as a waste product to be disposed of to protect our human and environmental health, says Fulton Schools professor Klaus Lackner. Research directed by Lackner at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions focuses on developing carbon-capture technology to help reduce the potentially dangerous buildup of carbon dioxide around the world.
Real ‘Mission Impossible’: Thwarting hackers with individuals’ biosignals, ASU Now, November 20
The next big thing in technology designed to defend against hackers could come from Jae-sun Seo, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical engineering, and his research collaborators. They are developing security authentication based on the electrical activity of an individuals’ heartbeats. It may offer advantages over even the fingerprint, retinal-scan and facial-recognition technologies being used to protect systems and devices from getting hacked.
Which Bugs Will Hackers Exploit First? Machine Learning Promises a Better Guess, Defense One, November 16
Fulton Schools computer science doctoral student Mohammed Almukaynizi is one of the ASU researchers who have developed a machine-learning model to predict what software vulnerabilities are the most likely to lead to the next big headline news about a computer system hacking attack.
Climate change needs a solution, not a debate, The State Press, November 16
Research by Fulton Schools faculty could help efforts to battle climate change. Professor Peter Fox and Associate Professor Treavor Boyer talk about development of renewable energy sources playing a part in reducing the threat posed by the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is having global climate-altering impacts.
I’m a pacifist, so why don’t I support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots? The Guardian, November 15
Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati responds to a call for a ban on autonomous robotic weapons with a warning about what negative unintended consequences might arise from such a drastic restriction. Kambhampati is president of the international Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Meet Zero Mass Water, Whose Solar Panels Pull Drinking Water From The Air, Forbes, November 15
Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering Cody Freisen used nanomaterials, physics and solar energy to create his startup venture, Zero Mass Water. The technology, which produces drinkable water by capturing moisture from the air, could help water-deprived regions throughout the world.
New Wireless infrastructure needed for Puerto Rico, other disaster-struck areas, ASU Now, November 14
We could more quickly and effectively come to the rescue of the victims of natural disasters if some fundamental technological changes are made to way we build our wireless communications infrastructure, says Fulton Schools Associate Professor Daniel Bliss.
Endovantage gains US FDA 510(k) clearance for Surgicalpreview, Neuro News, November 14
David Frakes, a Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical engineering, is one of the founders of the Endovantage venture. The company has gotten approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new tool for preoperative planning. Called Surgical Preview, it is designed to enable physicians to use 3D modeling and visualization of surgical placement of endovascular devices in patients. The goal is to reduce the risks to patients and improve outcomes.
As society grapples with how to treat vets, challenges continue to shift, Cronkite News, November 13
Fulton Schools Professor Brad Allenby is bringing his background in law, ethics studies and military issues to the Moral Injury Initiative project being undertaken by Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War.
Polytechnic students try robots on real-world problems, East Valley Tribune, November 12
In the IDEAlab and the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory on ASU Polytechnic campus, students work under the guidance of Fulton Schools assistant professors Daniel Aukes and Wenlong Zhang on applying robotics engineering to solve real challenges. Like using autonomous robotic fish to help a utility company control growth of vegetation in canals so that it doesn’t hinder water transport.
Q&A: Can biology show us how to stop hackers? ASU Now, November 7
What scientists have learned about biological evolution and the human immune system can help guide efforts to strengthen cybersecurity. “Biology is the true science of security,” says Stephanie Forrest, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and director of the Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society at the ASU Biodesign Institute.
Operation Enduring Gratitude: Special Project for Arizona Veterans, Fox 10 News, Phoenix, November 5
In the spirit of the upcoming Veterans Day, four U.S. military veterans with physical challenges had concrete mobility ramps built at their homes by volunteers organized by the Fulton Schools’ Del E. Webb School of Construction. Sixteen students from among members of the ASU chapter of the American Concrete Institute, the Fulton Student Veteran Organization and Advancing Women in Construction joined 10 craftsmen from three local concrete construction companies in using concrete from two ready-mix producers to construct ramps enabling the veterans to easily enter and exit their residences. The work was done in support of Operation Enduring Gratitude, an organization that aids veterans in acknowledgement of their sacrifices in defense of the nation.
ASU students are using robots to solve problems from health to public safety, NBC Channel 12 News, Phoenix, October 24
Fulton Schools assistant professors Dan Aukes, Wenlong Zhang and Panagiotis Polygerinos talk about how their students are helping to overcome technological challenges “one robot at a time.” Working in the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory and the IDEAlab, students are using robotics to pursue solutions in a wide range of fields, including transportation, national defense, energy systems, environmental health, communications and earth and space exploration.
Voicing a Tech Revolution at Arizona State, AMSE.org (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), October 20
Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo Dot voice technology available to Arizona State University engineering students living in the spacious new Tooker House campus residential complex reflects the Fulton Schools mission to “merge the living environment with the learning environment,” says Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools. The idea is to help students to experience the emerging revolution in information technology science and engineering.
Mind-Controlled Drone Swarms Could Soon Put More Eyes in the Sky, Seeker, October 20
The collective behavior of birds and fish are among things that have guided Fulton Schools Associate Professor Panagiotis Artemiadis in developing “swarm paradigms” for drones that can be directed through brain-technology interface systems. He sees these systems being used to aid search-and-rescue missions, exploration, security, fighting of wildfires and even farming.
Mind-Controlled Drone Fleets Are Coming, Researcher Says, The Drive, October 20
Autism is not my identity: How a Cave Creek teen lost his diagnosis, The Arizona Republic, October 17
Fulton Schools mechanical engineering student Mark Macluskie’s path to college was opened at an early age when home-schooling and behavioral therapies implemented by his mother helped him overcome the challenges of a diagnosis of autism as an infant. Years later his academic performance has helped him win a coveted Flinn Scholarship to support his undergraduate studies in engineering and mathematics at Arizona State University.
ASU engineers developing edible medical devices, ABC 15 News Arizona, October 17
Research into the use of food as an electrical component is bringing Professor Hanqing Jiang and his lab team closer to developing food-based electronic materials as ingestible biomedical devices. For now, the work is focusing on their use as a non-invasive diagnostic and treatment tool for gastro-intestinal disorders.
Rubberized highways, roofing cool urban heat islands in Arizona, Cronkite News, Oct 9
Fulton Schools Professor Kamil Kaloush’s work on “smart” materials helped lead to development of the rubberized pavements and coatings that continue to be among the most effective materials for lessening the unwanted impacts of our expanding urban heat islands.
Using outer space to help cool buildings on Earth, The Christian Science Monitor, October 2
Researchers are using a natural phenomenon called radiative sky cooling to develop roof panels that could reduce the energy needed to cool homes and other buildings. The technique might influence how buildings are constructed or retrofitted to be more energy efficient. It may also significantly help to advance a growing “zero-energy design” movement, says Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Nathan Johnson, who directs the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions.
Brain controlled drones within the next five years, Digital Journal, October 1
ASU Working on “Smart Ankle”: Helping Amputees Walk on All Surfaces, The CW6, Channel 6 TV, Phoenix, October 6
The Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab led by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Panagiotis Artemiadis continues to make progress in multiple areas of research and technology development. Work in brain-machine interfaces is boosting the potential for significant advances in the use and control of unmanned aerial vehicles. A collaboration with a fellow roboticist, Fulton Schools Professor Thom Sugar, is leading to improved mechanical design for lower-limb prosthetics.
Sleek, New and Just for Engineering Students, Inside Higher Education, September 27
The Tooker House, the Fulton Schools’ new student residential complex, made especially for engineering students, continues to draw interest from those who follow trends and innovations in campus living. Equipped with features such as Bluetooth-enabled laundry rooms, work spaces with 3D printers, laser cutters and other tools, and Amazon’s Echo Dot voice-recognition technology, the project is seen as a leading example of how to design buildings to function as “learning communities.”
Phoenix is transforming from a call center hub to a tech hotbed, Venture Beat, September 27
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is cited as one of the main sources of a “deep pool” of talent that is moving the Phoenix area toward becoming one of the next big growth centers for technology industries. Tech startups, small businesses and corporations are finding prospective employees and partners among graduates of the Fulton Schools and other schools in the region.
Evaporating lakes could help power the country, Popular Science, September 26
Artificial trees developed by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner can capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air, in part by harnessing the power of evaporation. That same principle is the basis for a method being proposed by other engineers and scientists for generating a renewable source of energy from the natural evaporation from lakes and reservoirs.
Energy Harvested from Evaporation Could Power Much of U.S., Laboratory Equipment
Circling back to improved safety with roundabouts in Scottsdale, AZ Big Media, September 22
Recent research by Fulton Schools Professor Michael Mamlouk is cited in an article looking at the evidence on the impact of roadway roundabouts (also called traffic circles) on traffic flow and safety. The report — like Mamlouk’s research results — points out that despite some resistance to roundabouts, in most cases they have a positive effect not only on safety but on traffic efficiency, the environment and wear and tear on vehicles.
ASU project puts educational learning libraries in countries where internet is scarce, Phoenix Business Journal, September 17
A solar-powered digital device developed by Assistant Professor Laura Hosman is the core technology driving a project that has won support through an international education innovation award. Hosman’s team is partnering with the U.S. Peace Corps to bring access to a digital library through the device called SolarSPELL to remote communities where educational resources are scarce. Hosman has a joint appointment in the Fulton Schools of Engineering and ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
Rebuilding after disasters: 5 essential reads, The Conversation, September 15
The technologies and climate conditions of the 20th century aren’t reliable guides on which to base designs for new infrastructure, which will need to be more resilient to handle the impacts of climate change we’ll see in coming decades, say Fulton Schools Associate Professor Mikhail Chester and School for the Future of Innovation in Society Assistant Professor Thaddeus Miller.
Job fair program helps provide resources, tips for individuals with autism, ABC15 News, Phoenix, September 14
Fulton Schools Professor James Adams, director of Arizona State University’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program, was interviewed at an Autism Job Fair he organized, where he reported on progress in research to reveal the major barriers that adults with autism have in finding and keeping jobs, and how to best overcome those barriers.
Decoding the Brain to Control a Swarm of Drones, UAV News, September 13
One of major sources of news in the unmanned aerial vehicle field talked to Fulton Schools Associate Professor Panagiotis Artemiadis about the potential for advances in UAV technology to transform entire industries. Brain-machine interface and human systems integration are two of the areas that will be big game changers.
FDA Antimicrobial Ban Leaves Many Products Unchanged, KJZZ News (NPR radio), September 4
Recent restrictions imposed on the use of two chemicals that have been used for decades in antibacterial soaps and cosmetics still fail to stop their use in other products. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, who led research that led to the restrictions, reveals where consumers will still face exposure to the troublesome chemicals.
How artificial intelligence, robotics could transform jobs in 10 years, Arizona Republic, September 4
Fulton Schools Assistant Professor talks about how developing robots and articifial intelligence systems that can collaborate with humans on a variety of tasks may eliminate some jobs but also create new ones. Jobs involving application of knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math should be among those that will benefit from the human-technology interaction trend.
Arizona becomes major developer of technology jobs, AZ Big Media. August 31
Technology-related ventures are at the core of Arizona’s robust economic development and job-growth trends. Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools, tells the regional business news source that the engineering schools are serving as a major source of the new talent needed to fill the jobs in the state’s tech industries.
Engineering Students Test Free Amazon Echos, The CW 6 TV news, Phoenix, August 29
The latest in voice-interface technology is the norm for Fulton Schools of Engineering students living in the new Tooker House residence complex. Free Amazon Echo Dots are programmed specifically for students.
ASU engineering students compete in Space-X Hyperloop competition, 3TV/CBS 5 News, Phoenix, August 29
The AZLoop team — led by Fulton Schools students — finished among the top eight teams at the international SpaceX Hyperloop competition, which challenged students to prototype technology for a futuristic high-speed terrestrial transportation system.
Junk call nightmare flooded woman with hundreds of bizarre phone calls a day, Ars Technica, August 28
Assistant professor of computer science and engineering Adam Doupé is working to find ways to protect people from so-called “phone call invasions,” phone scams and “robocalls.” He’s exploring potential solutions such as spoof-proof caller ID verification systems, among other ideas.
New Study Shows Boxing’s Early Toll on Muhammad Ali, The Wall Street Journal, August 23
Visar Berisha, Fulton Schools assistant professor of electrical engineering, and speech and hearing scientist, helped to lead research that revealed a direct connection between boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s fights and the deterioration of his speaking ability at the end of his boxing career. The study found strong correlation between head trauma and impaired speaking, and will help in early detection of the condition.
Amazon donated 1,600 Echo Dot smart speakers to ASU’s new high-tech dorm for engineers, Business Insider/Tech Insider, August 17
As an added attraction for Fulton Schools students living in the new Tooker House — the high-tech living and learning space designed for engineering students — the amenities now include the bonus of an Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker for each student. The voice-based computing device offers students a convenient way to keep up with important dates on their academic calendars and with events on campus, as well as basic information on a wide range of subjects.
Blockchain U: Arizona State and Digital Currency Dash Launch Research Lab, Fortune magazine, August 17
The Fulton Schools’ Center for Assured and Scalable Data Engineering (CASCADE) will be working with one of the world’s most intriguing technologies used for creating digital currencies. Through a partnership with the Dash enterprise, CASCADE researchers will establish a “Block Chain Research Lab” to explore expanded applications for Dash technology in other industries beyond powering digital currency.
Hyperloop: AZLoop team prepares for SpaceX competition, ABC-Channel 15 News, Phoenix, August 16
The team being led by Fulton Schools students that has been designing and building a transport pod to take to the international SpaceX Hyperloop competition August 25-27 is in the final stages of testing the vehicle team members hope will someday be part of a system that will revolutionize transportation.
How you can stop those annoying robocalls, CBS News, August 15
An app that Assistant Professor Adam Doupé and other computer science and engineering researchers in the Fulton Schools are working on could help us avoid bothersome telemarketing robocalls and block scam calls.
ASU unveils high-tech dorms for engineering students: Tooker House, Arizona Republic, August 10
The latest in high-tech campus dormitories for engineering students —the Fulton Schools’ Tooker House — opens its doors. With capacity for 1,600 students, it’s designed and equipped to function as a learning space that “reflects the depth and breadth of the student experience at the largest engineering school in the nation,” says Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools.
ASU unveils $120M dorm built for engineers — complete with 3D printers, laser cutters and design tools, Phoenix Business Journal
A look inside ASU’s new innovative dorm house, Fox 10 News, Phoenix
ASU’s Largest Residence Hall Opens, Good Morning Arizona, Channel 3, Phoenix
Check out this new high-tech dorm at ASU, Channel 12 News, Phoenix
Trompke takes over Sanitary District, Fountain Hills Times, August 9
Dana Trompke, who earned her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at the Fulton Schools of Engineering in 2006, is the new manager of wastewater treatment operations for the growing town of Fountain Hills east of Phoenix. She will be in charge of a system that, on average, treats about two million gallons of water each day.
Solar-powered digital libraries developed at ASU being used worldwide, ABC15 News, Phoenix, August 7
Schools and medical facilities in some of the world’s more remote places are getting access to valuable information, thanks to a simple but ingenious 10-watt solar power system developed by Assistant Professor Laura Hosman and some of her engineering students. Hosman has a joint appointment in the Fulton Schools of Engineering and ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
U.S. Streams Like Santa Cruz River See High Endocrine Pollutant Concentrations During Low-Flow, KJZZ (NPR), August 7
Our wastewater plants don’t filter out chemical compounds in many of the drugs and personal care products we use. Discoveries about the effects of these chemicals on aquatic wildlife raises concerns about other potentially harmful impacts. A study by Fulton Schools Professor Paul Westerhoff and Duke University Research Associate Jacelyn Rice calls attention to the troubling deficiencies of the country’s water treatment infrastructure.
What Do Abandoned Mines Mean For Our Health, Environment? KJZZ (NPR), August 3
There are hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines across the country, and many of them could pose risks to people, wildlife and water resources. Bruce Rittmann, Fulton Schools professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, and director of ASU’s Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, explains how toxic materials can be leached from rocks in the mines by groundwater or rainfall and end up in nearby waterways. Click on the audio track posted with the report to hear Rittmann’s comments.
Gilbert says contaminant in water exceeds EPA limit but is still safe, Arizona Republic, August 2
Traces of a contaminant high enough to violate federal drinking-water standards were found in a local municipal water system. But Paul Westerhoff, a Fulton Schools professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, helped to allay concerns about the chemical posing a health risk.