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December

2019
  • No. 1: ASU receives recognition for innovation

    No. 1: ASU receives recognition for innovation

     “We are trying to blur the line between society, the marketplace and the classroom every day,” says Brent Sebold (pictured in photo), director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation in the Fulton Schools of Engineering. The statement encapsulates a guiding mission of ASU that has led to the university being named No. 1 in innovation among the country’s institutions of higher education for five straight years by the U.S. News and World Report. Sebold is among faculty who focus on teaching the importance of entrepreneurship and value creation to ASU students to shape them into innovators. Student endeavors such as the all-female Desert WAVE robotics team — composed of Fulton Schools students —is one of the endeavors that have brought ASU wide recognition for its innovative ways.

  • USPCAS-E: The power of collaboration realized

    USPCAS-E: The power of collaboration realized

    Energy engineering pursuits by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Zachary Holman (at right in photo) are being enhanced by research and education collaborations developed through the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy. Fulton Schools Professor Sayfe Kiaei is the USPCAS-E project director at ASU. The organization is fostering projects aimed at modernizing energy infrastructure, improving energy engineering education, providing academic exchange programs, establishing effective public policy on energy matters, and promoting entrepreneurship in the field — among many other related endeavors. Holman has traveled to Pakistan to lead technical training for faculty and students, and hosted exchange scholars in his ASU laboratory.

  • The most important engineering innovations of 2019

    The most important engineering innovations of 2019

    Mechanical “trees” offer an effective way to counteract the dangerous buildup of greenhouse gases — specifically carbon dioxide — in the atmosphere, which is exacerbating the detrimental impacts of climate change. A “forest” of these trees designed by a tech investment startup company and ASU researchers led by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, director of  the university’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, promises to remove more carbon dioxide from the air than any other similar endeavor to date. The pilot project the company is planning to install in California could capture emissions each day equivalent to those produced by more than 1,800 households. Read more.

  • ASU students’ research could help uncover why wrong-way driving is big in AZ

    ASU students’ research could help uncover why wrong-way driving is big in AZ

    Using a simulator to test reactions of drivers, students in the Fulton Schools human systems engineering program are exploring ways to prevent people from ignoring the “wrong way” signs and driving their vehicles down ramps and onto freeways — and heading into oncoming traffic. Officials in Arizona have reported almost 3,500 instances of such wrong-way driving in the state during a recent two-and-half-year period. Fulton Schools graduate students Mathew Dusharm and John Falluca hope to provide answers for why there is so much wrong-way driving and how to stop motorists from making those errors.

     

  • Obsessed With Efficiency: The 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 In Energy

    Obsessed With Efficiency: The 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 In Energy

    Recent doctoral graduates from the Fulton Schools civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program Aashay Arora and Matthew Aguayo are among innovators “figuring out how to make new materials do amazing things.” They’ve developed coatings embedded with phase-change materials that insulate buildings — reducing energy use while keeping building interiors cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. Arora and Aguayo’s startup, EnKoat, uses special paints, plaster and stucco that release heat at specific temperatures to achieve the insulating effect. Their company’s products are getting their first large-scale testing on a building on ASU’s Polytechnic campus. Read more.

November

2019
  • ASU academics recognized as world’s most influential researchers over the past decade

    ASU academics recognized as world’s most influential researchers over the past decade

    A good indicator of researchers’ impact is the number of times their work is cited by peers as useful in enabling further research advances. ASU recently had 10 of its faculty members ranked among the most frequently cited researchers in the world. The list includes Paul Westerhoff, an ASU Regents’ Professor in the Fulton Schools and Sefaattin Tongay, an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools. Westerhoff has become a leading exert in water treatment, contaminants in lakes, river and streams and the application of artificial intelligence in solving global water challenges. Tongay focuses on understanding the optical, electrical, mechanical and magnetic properties of nanomaterials and developing ways to use the abilities of nanomaterials in applications of quantum materials.

  • Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the ‘Deepfake’ Future

    Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the ‘Deepfake’ Future

    Technologies that can create fake videos are getting more sophisticated. Some even use cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Such tools — which reduce the time, expense and skill needed to doctor digital images — are making it easier to spread disinformation through what are called “deepfakes.” Though internet companies are trying to mount defenses against the the image manipulations, Fulton Schools professor and AI expert Subbarao Kambhampati says the new technology makes it difficult even for trained viewers to tell real from fake images and may eventually make it all but impossible.

  • ASU is 7th in national research rankings

    ASU is 7th in national research rankings

    Arizona State University had more than $617 million in research expenditures in the most recent fiscal year, raising it to No. 7 on the National Science Foundation rankings. That success is due to researchers such as Fulton Schools assistant professor Zachary Holman (pictured in photo), whose team set a world record for the efficiency of particular kinds of solar cells in generating energy. In the rankings, ASU moved up to No. 8 in electrical, electronic and communications engineering, ahead of MIT and Stanford.

  • Arizona State University students design satellite to research Urban Heat Island

    Arizona State University students design satellite to research Urban Heat Island

    A cube-shaped satellite named Phoenix now in orbit on the International Space Station is only the size of a loaf of bread. But the ASU students who built it — including Fulton Schools students — hope to see the so-called CubeSat have a big impact on deepening knowledge about the urban heat Island effect that poses challenges to the livability of growing cities such as Phoenix. If the thermal images the satellite produces achieve that goal, says aerospace engineering senior Jaime Sanchez De La Vega, the project’s chief engineer, “that would be amazing.” Read more on the Phoenix CubeSat website.

     

  • Big issues loom with driverless cars, experts say

    Big issues loom with driverless cars, experts say

    A recent symposium to discuss how Arizona can best adapt to the use of autonomous vehicles on its roadways explored potential issues that could arise from a proliferation of self-driving automobiles. One concern is about computer systems in such cars being hacked. Professor Ram Pendyala, a transportation engineer (and director of School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of the six Fulton Schools) thinks such hacking could present an ethical dilemma for the autonomous car industry. It’s unclear who would bear responsibility if the data the vehicles’ computer systems are constantly gathering is accessed and used in detrimental ways, Pendyala says.

  • Speech provides a window to brain health

    Speech provides a window to brain health

    Researchers have found that human speech abilities — or the lack of them — can be an accurate early indicator of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and similar health problems. Fulton Schools Associate Professor Visar Berisha (at right in photo) has teamed with Julie Liss, a professor in ASU’s College of Health Solutions (where Berisha has a joint appointment) to start Aural Analytics, a company that uses new technology developed at ASU to detect changes in speech patterns that appear at the earliest stages of such disease and disorders. A recently awarded National Science Foundation research grant is helping the venture make progress. Aural Analytics’ technology is now being used in clinical trials at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

  • ASU, Banner Team Creates Gel To Measure Radiation Exposure During Treatment

    ASU, Banner Team Creates Gel To Measure Radiation Exposure During Treatment

    Relief from cancer and other serious diseases can be provided by radiation treatments. But those treatments pose risks because too much exposure to radiation can trigger other medical problems. Kaushal Rege, a Fulton Schools professor of chemical engineering (second from left in photo) is part of a research team testing a new device that could prevent such complications by providing more exact measurements of radiation dosages. Rege is partnering with the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Arizona, to develop a device that uses a gold nanogel to reveal dosage amounts to enable medical practitioners to keep radiation exposure at healthy and effective levels.

     

  • ASU team takes first place in the state’s first Robo Hackathon

    ASU team takes first place in the state’s first Robo Hackathon

    A team of Fulton Schools students won the $5,000 first prize in the first-ever ASU Robo Hackathon involving competitors from universities and colleges throughout Arizona. Using artificial intelligence robot kits, teams had to assemble and program their AI machines to perform five challenging tasks. Yinong Chen, a Fultons Schools computer science and engineering principle lecturer, helped to design the competition tasks. The event was organized by ASU’s University Technology Office to provide an opportunity for students to test their skills with new technologies, to connect with potential employers and learn about challenges they will face in the workplace or as tech entrepreneurs. Read more.

  • Real Life Telepathy is Closer than You Think

    Real Life Telepathy is Closer than You Think

    Computer-aided telepathy is beginning to become a real thing, potentially enabling communication between people by transmitting their thoughts through devices connected to their brains. Bioengineer and neuroscientist Bradley Greger, a Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical and health systems engineering, says questions still need to be answered about how much information can actually be gathered from the brain using such devices. But some experts are already speculating that the new telepathic technologies might someday give rise to brain-to-brain communication services.

  • ASU’s Acoustic Ecology Lab brings sound to the center of climate, health and more

    ASU’s Acoustic Ecology Lab brings sound to the center of climate, health and more

    Fulton Schools computer science and engineering student Valarie Adams and mechanical engineering student Cameron Carver are among ASU students being trained in the science of sound so they can explore acoustic ecologies to help find solutions to environmental challenges — in both natural and built environments. ASU students are being introduced to the field through the Acoustic Ecology Lab in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a collaborative of the Fulton Schools and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Much of the lab’s work involves applying virtual reality technologies to research in various science and engineering fields.

  • What self-driving cars can’t recognize may be a matter of life and death

    What self-driving cars can’t recognize may be a matter of life and death

    Some of the most obvious problems with self-driving cars when it comes to road safety are not being sufficiently addressed by the industry, says Katina Michaels, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and engineering. She and other experts say more rigorous engineering is needed in designing autonomous vehicles, including better programming of artificial intelligence systems that are more capable of recognizing scenarios that present potentially dangerous driving hazards.

  • New ‘Artificial Leaf’ Uses Sunlight to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

    New ‘Artificial Leaf’ Uses Sunlight to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

    The detrimental effects of climate change brought on by heavy accumulations of greenhouse gasses might be alleviated to a significant degree with new technology that could turn atmospheric carbon dioxide into a source of alternative fuel. The system uses an “artificial leaf” is similar in nature to the “artificial tree” technology developed by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions. His “trees” have resin-coated plastic leaves could possibly remove 100 times more carbon dioxide from the air as nature trees — and use the gas to create biofuels.

  • In the Impending Cyberwar, Engineers Must Be on the Front Lines

    In the Impending Cyberwar, Engineers Must Be on the Front Lines

    Technology that once existed only in science fiction is today rapidly evolving and broadening its reach and its power throughout the real world. The trend is evident in increasingly sophisticated uses of cyberwarfare techniques, say Fulton Schools Professor Brad Allenby and Associate Professor Mikhail Chester, writing in the American Society of Civil Engineers News. They contend the capabilities of cyber tech make it perhaps a more effective weapon in geopolitical conflict than conventional weapons of war. Allenby and Chester say it raises a critical challenge to ensure our country’s engineers gain sufficient expertise in cybersecurity to know how to protect the infrastructure and technologies engineers design, build and use from cyber threats. (Illustration at right courtesy of Pixabay)

  • Water from air: ASU professor’s technology produces clean drinking water around the globe

    Water from air: ASU professor’s technology produces clean drinking water around the globe

    As Zero Mass Water’s technology is being used in more places around the work to help communities prevent water scarcity, the company is also involved in education outreach to teach younger generations about society’s water challenges. The company emerged from research led by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Cody Friesen, who developed a system to produce water by capturing moisture from atmosphere. Students at a Phoenix elementary school recently got an introduction to the science and engineering involved in Zero Mass Water’s system, along with a lesson about the importance of developing renewable water resources for the future.

    See also: Engineer discovers how to extract water from air and sunlight, The Hill/Changing America, November 8

    From thin air: Partnership brings clean water-bottling technology to Flint, Crain’s Detroit Business, November 10

  • Engineers Create Tiny ‘Artificial Sunflowers’ That Bend Towards The Light

    Engineers Create Tiny ‘Artificial Sunflowers’ That Bend Towards The Light

    A team of scientists and engineers have designed solar panels that can increase the amounts of energy they can produce by mimicking the ability of sunflowers to take advantage of daylight hours to absorb more energy. Their system — called SunBot, for sunflower-like biomimetic omnidirectional tracker — uses temperature-sensitive materials to make tiny ‘stems’ that bend toward a bright light source. The system could be used to improve a variety of solar technologies. Fulton Schools Professor Hanqing Jiang, Associate Professor Xu Wang and doctoral student Hamsini Gopalakrishna are members of the research team.

    See Also: Sunflowers inspire light-tracking solar material (video), Chemical & Engineering News, November 13

    Fake Sunflowers that Easily Bend Towards the Sun Could Generate Efficient Solar Energy, News18 (India) November 13

  • ASU team accepts the NSF Quantum Leap challenge

    ASU team accepts the NSF Quantum Leap challenge

    A group of ASU engineers and scientists is among the research teams the National Science Foundation has assembled for its Quantum Leap Challenge Institute to develop new technologies using the latest knowledge about quantum mechanics. The ASU team includes Fulton Schools faculty members Nongjian Tao, Sefaattin Tongay, Qing Hua Wang and Stephen Goodnick. Their work will contribute to the increasing sophistication and miniaturization of electronics through the expanding ability to manipulate and control matter at the level of individual atoms and molecules. The endeavor has the potential to revolutionize computing and sensing technologies.

  • Arizona the “wild west” of stem cell therapy; experts say promising therapy ripe for exploitation

    Arizona the “wild west” of stem cell therapy; experts say promising therapy ripe for exploitation

    The lure of new cures promised by marketers of stem cell-based medical therapies should be approached with a buyer-beware attitude, say physicians and researchers, including David Brafman and Emma Frow, assistant professors in the Fulton Schools biomedical engineering program. The stem cell therapy industry is still largely unregulated and its claims mostly unproven, the experts warn. Brafman and Frow recently completed studies of services offered by stem cell clinics in the Southwest and found reasons to question the effectiveness of many of the treatments the clinics provide.

  • Engineering perceived deficits to assets

    Engineering perceived deficits to assets

    Fulton Schools engineering education and systems design doctoral student Michael Sheppard is a former Navy combat medic with a military service-connected disability. Sheppard is doing research on the psychological and emotional disabilities that often affect armed forces veterans. Now he is beginning work to help develop resources for veterans to transition into their postmilitary lives and turn their disabilities into productive assets.

     

  • Star students: ASU team watches as its project is launched into orbit

    Star students: ASU team watches as its project is launched into orbit

    ASU students worked for four years to complete a small cube-shaped satellite equipped with technology for studying the urban heat island effect in seven U.S. cities. A small group from among members of the project team — many of them Fulton Schools engineering students — recently watched the satellite blast off into space from a NASA launch site. Project manager Sarah Rogers, an aerospace engineering graduate student, said the spacecraft has provided an “incredible experience” for the 100 or so students who learned valuable lessons from the endeavor.

    See Also: Satellite built by students soars to space on mission to map heat in Phoenix, other cities, Arizona Republic, November 8

    ASU Students Launch NASA-Funded CubeSat To Study Urban Heat Island, KJZZ News, November 11

    ASU student-led team sends “Phoenix” satellite to space, The State Press, Nov 11

  • Two ASU engineering alumni won big on the latest season of Shark Tank

    Two ASU engineering alumni won big on the latest season of Shark Tank

    Fulton Schools alumni Eric Goodchild and Jake Slatnick earned a deal for a big investment in their startup company, Aira, on the popular television program “Shark Tank.” The company’s founders have developed a wireless charger that uses technology — called “Qi” —that is capable of charging several electronic devices simultaneously and is compatible with a large variety of devices. Goodchild and Slatnick, both of whom graduated from ASU in 2015, plan to bring their new technology to the market with Nomad, the major tech accessory company. They attribute some of their success to the entrepreneurial mindset fostered by many ASU programs and initiatives.

  • Made In Arizona: Scottsdale-based company selling technologies to make water from sunlight and air

    Made In Arizona: Scottsdale-based company selling technologies to make water from sunlight and air

    More than a decade ago, Cody Friesen developed technology that used the power of sunlight and moisture in the atmosphere to produce pure drinking water. Today, Zero Mass Water, the company founded by Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering, is seeing its system being employed in 30 countries. The venture is promising to have a significant impact on preventing water scarcity in an increasing number of communities around the world.

October

2019
  • ASU spinout provides recon for the cybersecurity battlefield

    ASU spinout provides recon for the cybersecurity battlefield

    One of the biggest cybersecurity challenges is blocking the efforts of potential hackers before they can trigger their malicious malware programs. CYR3CON, a venture that emerged from research led by Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Paulo Shakarian, recently filed its first patent for software designed to predict where hackers are likely to strike. Shakarian, CYR3CON’s CEO and co-founder, developed the framework of his new cybersecurity system as an analyst in the Army focusing on predicting the actions of terrorists and insurgents on the battlefield. The system is still being refined in Shakarian’s Cyber-Socio Intelligent Systems Laboratory at ASU. The goal is to make the system the standard of quality in predictive cybersecurity.

     

  • Stem cells pose risk, offer promise for ED, other diseases

    Stem cells pose risk, offer promise for ED, other diseases

    While there is some indication that cell-based therapies might help treat symptoms and control some urological conditions, researchers says there is a lack of scientific evidence to verify that stem cells are truly effective in these areas and do not cause any unintended harm. In a recent broad study of services offered by stem cell clinics, researchers including Emma Frow, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering, point out that few of the clinics are using cell treatments for urological problems and that there are no Federal Drug Administration-approved stem cell products for use in urology.

  • Stress and corrosion can accelerate alloy cracks

    Stress and corrosion can accelerate alloy cracks

    ASU researchers are among those who have been discovering that certain environmental conditions can accelerate the corrosion of metallic materials, which poses a threat to materials used in the construction of airplanes, bridges and power plants. The new insight into parallel actions of materials stress and corrosion can help in designing new alloys the deter stress corrosion-induced materials failures, as well as point to better ways to assess the stability of metal alloys that are part of existing structures and technologies. Among leaders in this research is Karl Sieradzki, a Fulton Schools professor of materials science and engineering. Read more.

  • A student project measures fruit ripeness by measuring Ethylene Gas production

    A student project measures fruit ripeness by measuring Ethylene Gas production

    A biosensing system that reveals the ripeness of fruit earned a research group a $100,000 prize at the third annual ASU Innovation Open presented by the Fulton Schools of Engineering and Avnet, one of the world’s largest electronics components companies. The funds will enable Strella Biotechnology, led by a University of Pennsylvania researcher, to advance its work. The group’s system will help fruit growers to reduce the amount of waste created by its production processes and improve the quality of its products.

  • ASU-led project looks for new uses for solar power

    ASU-led project looks for new uses for solar power

    Fulton Schools Associate Professor Zachary Holman joined KJZZ’s The Show to talk about a new project to increase the use, and kinds of uses, of solar power. Holman and the ASU research team lead the project. They are working with MIT and schools in Ireland in this multi-year project, which focuses on manufacturing, materials and other aspects of photovoltaic devices. 

  • Department of Defense awards FIU biomedical engineering team $6 million to expand testing of pioneering prosthetic hand system

    Department of Defense awards FIU biomedical engineering team $6 million to expand testing of pioneering prosthetic hand system

    James Abbas, a Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical engineering, is on the team of researchers that has developed a pioneering prosthetic hand system that enables amputees to regain a sense of feeling objects. Now the researchers are moving into a new stage of testing the technology, using military veterans who are amputees and others who have had hand amputations. Abbas, who has been a key partner in evaluating the “neural-enabled” prosthetic hand system, says its sensory feedback capability promises to have dramatic impacts on the lives of its users.

  • Data shows higher CO2 emissions in the Valley

    Data shows higher CO2 emissions in the Valley

    Carbon dioxide emissions are up by almost 300 percent in the Phoenix metro area over the past three decades. It’s the result of population growth, says Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools associate professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering. In addition to the air pollution concerns raised by those increasing emissions, the city will be further challenged by the impacts of climate change, Chester says. The combination of smoggy brown haze over the city and the expected rise in heat in urban environments is certain to raise more public health issues for the Phoenix area.

     

  • Street Art Meets Climate Science in the Big, Blue Face of Zeus

    Street Art Meets Climate Science in the Big, Blue Face of Zeus

    A large recently completed mural painted with a surface-cooling coating on a building in Los Angeles may be a sign of things to come as cities face the challenges of a warming climate. Artists, community activists, urban planners and climate experts collaborated on the project. One of them was Ariane Middel, an assistant professor and urban climatologist in the Fulton Schools and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. Using a thermal camera and a temperature-sensing robot, Middel measured the heat signature of the mural to demonstrate the cooling effects of the coating on the surrounding environment.

  • California earthquake: MICROBES could save buildings from Big One – ‘Time is running out’

    California earthquake: MICROBES could save buildings from Big One – ‘Time is running out’

    ASU’s Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Edward Kavaznajian, is at the forefront of developing solutions to protect natural and built environments from the potentially devastating impacts of earthquakes — including the powerful tsunamis they’ve triggered. One of the center’s researchers, Associate Professor Leon van Paassen, explains the techniques being developed to sufficiently stabilize soils to enable them to withstand shocks from earthquakes. One method involves injecting nutrients into the ground to be consumed by microbes. That causes the microbes to generate nitrogen gas bubbles that could significantly dampen ground vibrations during earthquakes, and thus prevent damage to structures standing on those soils — especially cities built on loosely compacted soils that can liquefy during a strong quakes.

  • Speeding up Construction

    Speeding up Construction

    Work led by Fulton Schools Professor Barzin Mobasher is showing how using fiber-reinforced concrete can save time, effort and costs in construction projects. His research team has come up with a series of equations, calculations and procedures for using just the right amount of fiber in concrete mixes to build structures that are more crack-resistant and durable over time and easier and less expensive to repair. The fiber and concrete formula could also provide environmental benefits by producing less of a carbon footprint than conventional concrete materials. Mobasher’s methodology also includes various sets of calculations for concrete mixes using different types of high-performance fibers, including synthetic, glass, polymeric and nylon fibers.

  • Navrotsky comes full circle with opening of new ASU center

    Navrotsky comes full circle with opening of new ASU center

    National Academy of Sciences member Alexandra Navrotsky (holding sign in photo) has returned to ASU to the lead the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe. Her job is to oversee interdisciplinary explorations of newly discovered materials, including those found elsewhere in our solar system. That research thrust will enhance materials science and engineering pursuits aimed at developing new detectors and spacecraft materials needed to enable discoveries beyond our planet. Navrotsky rejoins ASU as a professor in the Fulton Schools, as well as the School of Molecular Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

     

  • ASU graduate creates tool to help with physical therapy

    ASU graduate creates tool to help with physical therapy

    A serious spinal cord injury Daniel Campbell sustained in 2012 led him to design a devise to aid his own physical rehabilitation therapy. He called it “The Spartan” and found that therapists and patients wanted to use it. A few years later, as a Fulton Schools undergraduate studying engineering with a focus on robotics, Campbell was refining the rehabilitative tool and entering competitions to raise funding to provide the device to others with similar injuries. Today he has a degree and is seeing The Spartan being used in rehab facilities in Arizona and California.

  • Riding the brain wave: ASU scientists research human electrical activity

    Riding the brain wave: ASU scientists research human electrical activity

    Rosalind Sadleir and her research team are work on more accurate and less invasive ways to measure electrical activities in the human brain and body. The Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical engineering is hoping that deeper knowledge of these electrical activities will reveal ways to more quickly diagnose neurological problems like Parkinson’s Disease and related health disorders. The team is developing a new imaging technique that more closely pinpoints where the electrical activity is occurring in the brain. The project involves a collaboration between ASU and experts at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

     

  • What we can’t see can hurt us: Connecting the dots between breast cancer and food

    What we can’t see can hurt us: Connecting the dots between breast cancer and food

    Research is showing possible links between certain chemicals called endocrine disruptors and the onset of breast cancer — and that research points to our modern diet being largely responsible for the slow accumulation of these disruptors in our bodies. The researchers, Fulton Schools professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, and Devin Bowes, a graduate student in the Fulton Schools biological design program, also say there are measures we can take to reduce ingesting endocrine disruptors and other chemicals we are exposed to through some processed foods and some of the materials in which they are packaged.

    See Also: National Geographic, October 10

    Fast food increases exposure to a ‘forever chemical’ called PFAS

    Long-lasting chemicals used in food packaging can seep into the food and then build up within our bodies, according to data from a new study. It looks at packaging containing a toxic chemical known as PFAS, which has been linked to cancer, thyroid disorders, weight gain and hormonal changes. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden says PFAS is among the chemicals to which people are often exposed that do not degrade, and thus pose risks to the health of both humans and the natural environment.

  • Prepping for the Big One

    Prepping for the Big One

    It’s called liquefaction, the intense soil-displacing shaking brought on by earthquakes that turn solid ground mushy and dangerous. ASU’s Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Edward Kavazanjian, has developed technology to prevent of liquefaction by injecting nutrients deep into soil. Micro-organisms ingest the nutrients, producing gas that in turn prevents the pressure that leads to liquefaction. ASU engineers are teaming with colleagues at other universities to test the method in parts or Portland, Oregon that could be prone to liquefaction. They’re using tools such as the truck called T-Rex (see picture), which can simulate earthquake action by shaking small areas of the ground.

    See Also: Where solid ground could turn into ‘soup’ KGW8 News, Portland, October 11

  • Before the flood: System to predict rising water is tested in Phoenix and Flagstaff

    Before the flood: System to predict rising water is tested in Phoenix and Flagstaff

    Even with one of the driest monsoon seasons on record this year, Arizona still saw rains that led to flash flooding and emergency rescues of people swept away in swift waters running through desert washes. Such persistent threats to public safety could be reduced by FloodAware, a warning system being developed by engineers and scientists at ASU, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Margaret Garcia, a leader of the FloodAware research, explains how a mobile hydrology app, image-processing technology and water resource engineering can help provide real-time flood monitoring to give public safety officials timely alerts about potentially dangerous flooding at specific locations.

  • California’s massive power outage is a wake-up call for the whole country

    California’s massive power outage is a wake-up call for the whole country

    The world’s infrastructure systems can’t be adapted fast enough to handle growing challenges being brought on by climate change, says Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools associate professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering. The threatening climatic conditions and extreme weather events that are interrupting power grid operations in California are an example of what is beginning to happen across the country. Chester and other experts warn that infrastructure designed and built for the more stable and predictable climate of the past will become more prone to instability that poses risks to public safety. (Image by H. Hach from Pixabay )

    See Also: You can expect more blackouts as the country heats up, Popular Science, October 11

  • New photovoltaic research partnership spans countries, disciplines

    New photovoltaic research partnership spans countries, disciplines

    ASU’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Engineering Research Center, known as QESST, will lead a collaboration involving five universities in three countries to make advances in solar cell technology and explore new applications for photovoltaic devices. QESST is directed by Christiana Honsberg, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering. Among results the research project is expected to produce are technologies that are more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, integration of solar cells into indoor “internet of things” sensors and wearable technology and low-cost solar cell manufacturing. News of the project is also posted on the Solar Novus Today, Solar Builder magazine and Phys.org websites.

  • Stunning Photos Show What It’s Really Like To Work Deep Underground In An American Coal Mine

    Stunning Photos Show What It’s Really Like To Work Deep Underground In An American Coal Mine

    Coal miners typically descend thousands of feet into the earth to their work sites. Risks they face in underground environments can be dangerous if safety measures are not followed diligently. Miners can be exposed to extremely heavy air pressure and to dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and methane. Proper ventilation will prevent harmful conditions, says Fulton Schools Professor Edward Kavazanjian, a geotechnical engineer, but mine operators must resist cutting corners to avoid losing labor time and money, and instead make practices to protect workers’ health a priority. Kavazanjian also commented about the issue in a 2010 article in The New York Times.

     

  • Laser Activated Gold Nanorods Create Silk Seal for Incisions and Wounds

    Laser Activated Gold Nanorods Create Silk Seal for Incisions and Wounds

    A new body tissue sealing technique being developed by Fulton Schools Professor Kaushal Rege’s research team uses a laser to heat up gold nanorods to gently melt silk fibers. Those fibers then fuse with collagen — a protein within the body’s various connective tissues — to bond tissues and aid in healing of wounds and incisions, while also possibly preventing infections. The method can be applied to reinforcing the use of stitches to seal tissues or to potentially provide a resilient alternative to conventional stitching. Read more.

     

  • The Problem With ‘Cool Pavements’: They Make People Hot

    The Problem With ‘Cool Pavements’: They Make People Hot

    Many cities trying to cool down ambient outdoor temperatures for the public’s comfort have been using so-called “cool pavements,” especially on their streets. But researcher Ariane Middel is finding these typically white pavement materials that are supposed to lower temperatures, by reflecting energy from sunlight, are actually causing a rise in heat. Middel is an urban climatologist and an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools and the School of Arts, Media. She and fellow researchers have recently been studying the impact of measures to keep urban heat down in Los Angeles. But she has discovered temperatures are being boosted by the solar radiation that is reflecting off of the white paving materials.

    See Also: ASU researcher finds white ‘cool pavements’ actually make you hotter, 3TV/CBS 5 News – Phoenix, October 11

  • From pipelines to fibre optics: How drilling technology is reshaping the urban landscape

    From pipelines to fibre optics: How drilling technology is reshaping the urban landscape

    Horizontal direction drilling, or HDD, has been transforming the way power lines, gas lines and fiber optic cables are installed underground. Fulton Schools Professor Sam Ariaratnam, chair of the construction engineering program, has been at the forefront of research leading to HDD advances that have and made the technique standard practice in the underground construction industry over the past two decades. In an article reporting on how HDD is reshaping modern urban landscapes in Canada, Ariaratnam talks about the technical and environmental benefits being demonstrated by this minimally invasive drilling method.

     

  • ASU professor’s company Zero Mass Water awarded prestigious MIT prize

    ASU professor’s company Zero Mass Water awarded prestigious MIT prize

    It’s not just Zero Mass Water’s technological achievement in developing fully solar-powered hydropanels that can produce water by absorbing water vapor from the air. It’s how the company has made it a priority to bring its system to underserved communities around the world. “As inventors, we have a responsibility to ensure our technology serves all of humanity, not simply the elite” says the company’s founder, Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering. That guiding principle recently helped Friesen and Zero Mass Water win the Lemelson-MIT Prize given annually to “honor outstanding mid-career inventors dedicated to improving our world through technological invention.” (Read more in a September 19 post on this page.)

  • First-ever clinical trial begins studying fecal microbiota transplant with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome

    First-ever clinical trial begins studying fecal microbiota transplant with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome

    ASU’s Autism/Aspergers Research Program, directed by Fulton Schools Professor James Adams, is partnering with a research foundation to do the first clinical trial of a new therapy developed by Adams and his research team to treat some of the ailments associated with autism. The trial will focus on the potential for the Microbiota Transfer Therapy to combat the effects of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder often classified on the autism spectrum. The hope is for the treatment to alleviate or reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal and gut problems that often plague children with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome.

  • New wearable tech center in midtown Phoenix to foster research and development

    New wearable tech center in midtown Phoenix to foster research and development

    Fulton Schools faculty members have key roles in a new wearable technology center in Phoenix. The WearTech Center is a public-private partnership between the Partnership for Economic Innovation, ASU and the state government. Gregory Raupp, professor of chemical engineering and the Fulton Schools’ director of Partnerships and Innovation, is the center’s research director. Thomas Sugar (pictured at right), graduate program chair and professor in the Fulton School’s engineering and manufacturing engineering program, is part of GoX Labs, a tenant at the WearTech center. The venture’s mission is to partner with industry to develop wearable technology solutions. Current devices include smartwatches, fitness trackers, augmented and virtual reality headsets and wearable cameras, and health- assessment devices. (Subscriber access only)

    See Also: WearTech Center — focused on R&D — opens at Park Central, AZ Big Media, October 1

September

2019
  • Free (Robot) Hugs! An Embracing Multimodal Dataset

    Free (Robot) Hugs! An Embracing Multimodal Dataset

    With the proliferation of artificial intelligence technology, human interactions with AI-equipped robots are expected to become an increasing part of daily life. So, scientists and engineers are exploring paths to better human-robot relationships. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Heni Ben Amor has led research using a humanoid remote-controlled robot to give hundreds of hugs to humans wearing sensors to collect data on their hugging experiences. The result is a human-robot hugging interaction data set that could aid efforts to train companion robots and have applications in robots used for assembly tasks, therapy and even entertainment. Details are reported in a recent research paper authored by Ben Amor and Fulton Schools doctoral students Kunal Bagewadi and Joseph Campbell, who work in Ben Amor’s Interactive Robotics Lab.

  • ASU engineers want to use traffic cameras to warn about urban flooding

    ASU engineers want to use traffic cameras to warn about urban flooding

    Using infrared technology to take photographic images with traffic cameras, and then using algorithms to process those images, a group of Fulton Schools engineers says they will be able to help urban motorists avoid streets that are flooded or likely to soon be underwater. Margaret Garcia, an assistant professor in ASU’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, says the system could even help to determine if there’s flooding in areas without the infrared cameras.

     

     

  • ASU and MCC team up with USDA research service to expand agriculture education

    ASU and MCC team up with USDA research service to expand agriculture education

    Fulton Schools and Mesa Community College students are teaming with a U.S. Department of Agriculture research center to promote education in sustainable agriculture. They’re aiding in development of agricultural research techniques that can be applied in the lab and in hands-on field work. An undergraduate course to be offered as part of the project is expected to begin in the 2020 spring semester. The venture may provide impetus for developing more concentrated studies of food systems and related agricultural subjects at ASU, says Rebecca Muenich, an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

  • The Man Who Makes Water From Thin Air Wins Half-A-Million Dollar Prize

    The Man Who Makes Water From Thin Air Wins Half-A-Million Dollar Prize

    The Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded Cody Friesen its annual $500,000 prize for inventions that can improve the quality of life for people around the world. Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering, founded Fluidic Energy and Zero Mass Water, companies that provide rechargeable batteries to power electric grids in emergency situations and solar energy panels that can produce drinkable water by absorbing water molecules from the air. So far, the technology has helped to deliver water to communities in more than 30 countries.

    See Also: MIT honors alumnus for innovations in drinking water, battery technologies, Boston Globe, September 18

    Arizona engineer, inventor wins $500,000 prize for water-air tech, KTAR News, September 19

    Cody Friesen PhD ’04 awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, MIT News, September 18

    ASU professor, startup founder wins $500,000 for panels that create water from air, sunlight, Phoenix Business Journal, September 18 (Subscriber access only)

  • Reasons to be optimistic about Arizona’s water future

    Reasons to be optimistic about Arizona’s water future

    Ensuring Arizona can avoid water scarcity in a future that’s predicted to be drier throughout the Southwest will take foresight and concerted endeavors by public officials, scientists, industry, community leaders and the public to find solutions to water supply challenges. Fulton Schools Professor Paul Westerhoff was one of the water experts who spoke at a recent conference sponsored by ASU’s offices of Knowledge Enterprise Development and Government and Community Engagement. Westerhoff, the Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering, stressed the need for industries and businesses to engage in efforts to develop best practices in their management and use of water resources.

  • Phoenix Residents Will Need To Adapt To An Even Hotter Climate

    Phoenix Residents Will Need To Adapt To An Even Hotter Climate

    Continuing urbanization is resulting in cities with more heat-absorbent surfaces — concrete sidewalks, parking lots and roads paved with asphalt, for instance — that are intensifying the urban heat island effect. With her robot that measures how heat impacts the human body, Ariane Middel is studying ways for cities that face hotter futures to help keep people cool and shielded from the sources of higher temperatures. Middel. an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, is working with Phoenix and Tempe to create more shade in urban environs.

     

  • HEARTBREAKING IMAGES THAT SHOW THE IMPACT OF PLASTIC ON ANIMALS IN THE OCEANS

    HEARTBREAKING IMAGES THAT SHOW THE IMPACT OF PLASTIC ON ANIMALS IN THE OCEANS

    There is little about large accumulations of plastics in the world’s oceans that isn’t problematic, scientists and engineers report. The pollution is posing a growing risk to sea life, with animals up and down the food chain being threatened by the effects of plastics in their environments, says Charles Rolsky, an ASU doctoral student who conducts research with Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden in the Center for Environmental Health Engineering. Halden says early research indicates microplastics that are also finding their way into human’s bodies could pose serious health threats to people. The growing plastics waste situation even has serious economic implications for many large industries.

  • Starry-eyed ASU students create satellite to better understand climate change

    Starry-eyed ASU students create satellite to better understand climate change

    The large swaths of concrete and asphalt that cover much the urban environment’s surfaces are a major factor in the ongoing rise in temperatures that are making life more uncomfortable — and even unhealthy — in big cities. A team of ASU students, many of them Fulton Schools students, hope to gather valuable new information to help address the problem. They’re building and preparing a small satellite designed to help study the impacts of the urban heat island effect as it flies over several major cities, including Phoenix. A grant from NASA is supporting the CubeSat venture. Aerospace engineering student Sarah Rogers is the project manager.

     

  • New surveillance tech means you’ll never be anonymous again

    New surveillance tech means you’ll never be anonymous again

    It’s getting way beyond facial recognition. New ways researchers are developing technologies to find, detect and monitor people are expanding rapidly and becoming more effective. Tracking people by their heartbeat, microbial cells and scent are just some of the expanded capabilities. Such advances make it urgent to restrict use of such surveillance tools when it could violate democratic principles, says Katina Michael, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and engineering, who is also on the faculty of the ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. The impacts of these technologies need to be revealed and controlled to maintain public trust in the governments and other institutions that might use them.

  • These Scientists Are Changing Soil at a Molecular Level to Withstand Earthquakes

    These Scientists Are Changing Soil at a Molecular Level to Withstand Earthquakes

    Engineers and scientists are experimenting with using microbes to re-engineer soils underground in a way that prevents soil from liquefying. In collaboration with two other universities, ASU’s Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Edward Kavazanjian, is developing a technique researchers hope can eventually be applied to liquefaction-prone locales around the world. That would fortify soil and help to keep liquids from saturating the ground during earthquakes and preventing damage to buildings, roadways and other vital structures. Trillions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure is at risk until solutions are found that will stop liquefaction on a large scale, Kavazanjian says.

  • Fires in the Amazon: Arizona researchers determine what’s true, what’s not

    Fires in the Amazon: Arizona researchers determine what’s true, what’s not

    As social media in particular rapidly spreads information and misinformation about the more than 100,000 separate fires that have erupted in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, ASU researchers are helping separate fact from fiction about the blazes and their potential environmental impacts. Among them is Kai Shu, a Fulton Schools computer science and engineering doctoral student who authored the book “Detecting Fake News on Social Media” with his academic adviser, Fulton Schools Professor Huan Liu. The flurry of photos, reporting and misreporting spreading about the Amazon fires demonstrate the challenge of getting the straight story on such dramatic events.

  • ASU professor studies how different types of shade can help keep us cool in the heat

    ASU professor studies how different types of shade can help keep us cool in the heat

    Trees, awnings, shade sails, umbrellas, landscaping and urban environmental design — all of those and more are becoming vital to coping with a growing need to cool things down in locales where temperatures continue to climb. Ariane Middel is using technology she designed — a mobile biometeorological instrument platform named “MaRTy” —   in her work with colleagues to find the most effective methods of protecting the populace from the rising heat. Middel is an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

    See Also: Keeping Pedestrians Cool Focus of First-Ever U of G Research, University of Guelph, September 3

    Arizona researchers say shade is not all created equal, KTAR News, September 1

  • Operation Safe Roads: Do stiffer traffic citation fines lead to safer streets?

    Operation Safe Roads: Do stiffer traffic citation fines lead to safer streets?

    In some countries, fines for traffic violations that are many times higher than fines in Arizona and throughout the United States seem to have a deterrent effect on inattentive driving that leads to serious vehicle crashes. But transportation engineer and Fulton Schools Professor Ram Pendyala says raising fines probably would not by itself result in making driving safer on Phoenix streets and highways. Pendyala recommends that better roadway design and public awareness and education efforts need to be part of a solution to the rising numbers of auto collisions.

  • All-female robotics team wins major awards while slashing stereotypes of women, Latinos in STEM

    All-female robotics team wins major awards while slashing stereotypes of women, Latinos in STEM

    A rookie team of ASU engineering students — most of them Fulton Schools students — put in the surprise performance of a recent international underwater robotics competition. The team named Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) took third place over all at the RoboSub international event. The team was formed in collaboration with an Arizona-based organization that provides opportunities to youngsters in underserved communities. Another version of the story was posted on the website of the national morning news show Good Morning America.

    See Also: ASU’s all female robotics team is #1 in the country, 3TV/CBS 5 News – Phoenix, September 6

     

  • Contact Lenses Another Source Of Plastic Pollution

    Contact Lenses Another Source Of Plastic Pollution

    The billions of contact lenses being disposed of by flushing them down drains and toilets is exacerbating the plastics pollution problem that is threatening the health of the environment as well as the human food chain. Contact lenses can survive the filtering processes of water treatment systems, says Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of the ASU Center for Environmental Health Engineering. That means old contact lenses end up adding to the increasing accumulations of toxic pollutants on land and in the ocean, where they are ingested by land animals and sea creatures — including those that are sources of food for people.

     

  • Troops of the future may ditch night-vision goggles in favor of eye injections to see in the dark

    Troops of the future may ditch night-vision goggles in favor of eye injections to see in the dark

    A vision physiologist and a nanoparticle expert have injected nanoparticles that convert infrared light into visible light into the eyes of mice. The injections gave the mice the ability to see in the dark for as long as 10 weeks. The researchers say the technique could work safely in humans, and be especially useful for troops in nighttime military operations. Brad Allenby, a Fulton Schools professor of engineering and ethics, and founding chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security, says more studies would be needed to ensure such injections have no negative effects in humans, but that enhanced visual capability would give troops and security personnel a significant advantage.

  • Hackers use old scam with a twist to target Facebook users

    Hackers use old scam with a twist to target Facebook users

    Fake Facebook pages are being used to trick users of the social media network to click on a video embedded in a message that appears to be from a Facebook friend. Clicking on the video can give hackers access to much of your personal information, warns cybersecurity expert Partha Dasgupta, a Fulton Schools associate professor of computer science and engineering. Dasgupta says such so-called phishing scams have lured social media users into becoming victims of identity theft.

August

2019
  • 50 grades of shade: Researchers find that it’s not all created equal

    50 grades of shade: Researchers find that it’s not all created equal

    With a long-range forecast for higher summer temperatures in the Phoenix metro area, communities are taking steps to provide more shade in the urban environment. Ariane Middel (at left in photo) is among ASU researchers leading biometeorological studies to determine more effective ways to use landscaping, buildings, canopies and other structures to offer people some respite from the heat by shielding them from sunlight. Middel is an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools, as well as the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

     

  • Can We Survive Extreme Heat?

    Can We Survive Extreme Heat?

    The damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina slamming New Orleans in 2005 could be a picture of what’s to come from extreme climate events driven by warming temperatures throughout the world, says Fulton Schools Associate Professor Mikhail Chester, who directs the Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering at ASU. Chester’s fellow engineers and their climate science colleagues point to more than heat affecting the severity of weather events, but also how constant high temperatures can trigger social and psychological stresses. They say re-engineering cities like Phoenix to mitigate and withstand the heat is becoming imperative to quality of life.

     

  • Mini-spacecraft built by ASU students will study urban heat island effect

    Mini-spacecraft built by ASU students will study urban heat island effect

    Fulton Schools students are among more than 100 ASU students, faculty members and researchers who teamed up to design and build the Phoenix spacecraft. The small “cubesat” is set to be launched in October to the international Space Station for a two-year mission. The spacecraft will to take thermal images of several American cities (including Phoenix) to help determine the effects of their urban heat islands. The goal is to give local governments and communities data to help them confront their heat-related environmental challenges.

    See Also: Starry-eyed ASU students create satellite to better understand climate change, The State Press, September 16

  • Hitting the Books: We can engineer the Earth to fight climate change

    Hitting the Books: We can engineer the Earth to fight climate change

    The longer it takes to launch efforts to reduce the levels of carbon emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere, the bigger and more expensive a feat of geoengineering it will require to evade the dangers of a rapidly warming planet. The carbon-capture technology capable of helping to fine-tune the climate is being developed in research led by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner in ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions. But the solution is going to also require resolving some political and social conflicts.

     

  • Will CRISPR succeed in curing disease?

    Will CRISPR succeed in curing disease?

    Promising indications that the gene-editing tool called CRISPR can be used to effectively fight cancer and other serious health disorders and diseases is about to put to the test in clinical trials. Samira Kiana, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering and an expert in gene therapy, describes the complex obstacles and challenges involved in verifying CRISPR’s curative powers.

  • ‘Shadow hunter’: ASU climatologist helps others find shade from Arizona sun

    ‘Shadow hunter’: ASU climatologist helps others find shade from Arizona sun

    With a robot she calls “a mean radiant temperature cart,” ASU urban climatologist Ariane Middel is gathering data that can be used to develop “thermal comfort maps.” The robot and the maps can help calculate routes that provide the most shade for those seeking refuge from Arizona’s searing summer sun. The system could also be adapted to aid architects and planners in designing structures and spaces to provide more shade. Middel is an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, and an affiliate faculty member with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Read more.

     

  • How do I love ants? Let me count the ways

    How do I love ants? Let me count the ways

    Doctoral student Andrew Burchill has one of the most painstaking jobs in science. His work with ASU’s Social Insect Research Group includes “mass animal christening,” that so far has been requiring him to identify and keep track of vast multitudes of ants by painting tags on them with a human eyelash taped to a toothpick. But Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Ted Pavlic has come to Burchill’s rescue. Pavlic combined his skills in electrical and computer engineering, computer science and life sciences — and expertise in telecommunications and the behavior of complex systems — to solve a problem Burchill says has long been frustrating biologists.

  • Study reveals how phone phishing catches its prey

    Study reveals how phone phishing catches its prey

    Perpetrators of phone scams are using social engineering to exploit their victims’ vulnerabilities. Scammers employ sophisticated methods such as visual cues, altered caller IDs and alarming voice content to fraudulently obtain people’s sensitive personal information. Adam Dumpé, a Fulton Schools assistant professor computer engineering, is working with a research team to explore development of effective countermeasures to safeguard against the scams.

  • As Phoenix Heats Up, the Night Comes Alive

    As Phoenix Heats Up, the Night Comes Alive

    Phoenix is already one of the hottest cities in the United States, with well over 100 days a year seeing temperatures at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And it’s getting hotter — along with some other large urban areas around the country — due to global climate change and the urban heat island effect. Ariane Middel, an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is among urban climate researchers using the city as a living laboratory to explore strategies for warming cities to adapt to the meteorological changes and reduce the impacts of the rising heat.

  • Toxic groundwater lies beneath Phoenix, and a cleanup has been delayed for years

    Toxic groundwater lies beneath Phoenix, and a cleanup has been delayed for years

    For many years, harmful chemicals were dumped on the ground around industrial plants in Phoenix. The groundwater polluted by those health-threatening solvents remains at the center of governmental, financial and legal disputes that have been delaying cleanup of the contaminated water that stretches for 15 miles. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, says the risk of public exposure to the chemicals can be alleviated only by an aggressive cleanup effort.

     

  • What just happened? The rise of interest in Artificial Intelligence

    What just happened? The rise of interest in Artificial Intelligence

    Misconceptions and misperceptions about artificial intelligence technology cloud some of the public’s understanding of AI technology and its potential societal impacts. It’s instructive to look at the evolution of AI’s capabilities to get a more revealing grasp of how it might change the world, says Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and chief AI officer for the AI Foundation. In the first of a series of columns on the subject, Kambhampati examines how AI has progressed in gaining abilities in particular kinds of intelligence in ways comparable to — and different than — human intellectual development.

     

  • Team of all-female ASU students took 3rd in a world robotics competition

    Team of all-female ASU students took 3rd in a world robotics competition

    Among more than 50 teams from 12 countries, the all-female Desert Wave team of Fulton Schools students finished third in the recent 2019 International RoboSub competition. That made Desert Wave the highest-placing team from the United States. Robots entered in the competition were designed to help gather knowledge in underwater environments that could pose dangers for people. The team composed largely of freshman students plans to return to the RoboSub event next year. Read more.

     

     

  • Artificial Intelligence brings Wimbledon highlights to TV Viewers

    Artificial Intelligence brings Wimbledon highlights to TV Viewers

    A recent edition of the science and technology program “Details” reports on how artificial intelligence technology was used to enhance TV viewers’ experience of this summer’s Wimbledon tennis championships. Journalist Andrey Derkach turned to Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kamphampati for AI expertise. Kamphampati explained how an AI-powered system implemented by IBM analyzed video footage to produce a highlights report for various media platforms. He says the way the system selected what to feature exhibited a bias due to the quirks of crowd reactions influenced by the popularity of certain players. The report begins several seconds past the 12:30 mark in the video. The program was first aired on July 1 and then archived on its website.

  • Joint ASU-Army project helps bridge the gap between civilians, soldiers

    Joint ASU-Army project helps bridge the gap between civilians, soldiers

    A joint ASU-U.S. Army project is providing valuable information to aid the country’s military in its missions around the world. Each semester, ASU students are assigned to research densely populated urban regions in other countries. The goal is to help U.S. military forces better understand the cultural, demographic, social and economic environments of those regions before U.S. troops deploy to those areas. Fulton Schools biomedical engineering student Nathan Hui is among those who have participated. Hui says his extensive information-gathering for the Army on Algiers, Algeria, provided excellent training in conducting research.

  • Arizona Corporation Commission member questions risks of APS lithium battery sites

    Arizona Corporation Commission member questions risks of APS lithium battery sites

    Firefighters were injured in an explosion earlier this year resulting from a fire at an Arizona Public Service utility company storage facility west of Phoenix. The incident has prompted a member of the state commission that regulates public utilities to recommend APS consider using sources of power other than the lithium ion batteries used at the facility. Fulton Schools Professor Hanqing Jiang, whose research involves developing advances in lithium ion batteries, says they are the best kind of batteries for power storage applications and can be prevented from catching on fire with proper safety precautions.

    See Also: 4 months later, investigators still looking for cause in APS battery facility explosion, Fox 10 News-Phoenix, August 8

  • Phoenix area freeway system not to blame for wrong-way drivers, says expert

    Phoenix area freeway system not to blame for wrong-way drivers, says expert

    Five incidences within five days involving people driving automobiles in the wrong direction on freeways in the Phoenix area raised questions about the cause of such mishaps. Some voiced concerns that local freeway designs could be contributing to the problem. But Fulton Schools Associate Professor Yingyan Lou, an expert in intelligent transportation systems and the modeling and optimization of those systems, says Arizona’s freeways — particularly busy Interstate 10 — adhere to the some of the best design codes. Better visibility of road signage might help reduce wrong-way driving, Lou says, but studies show driver impairment remains the biggest cause of such incidents.

     

  • Survey of Stem Cell Clinics Reveals Cause for Concern

    Survey of Stem Cell Clinics Reveals Cause for Concern

    Clinics offering direct-to-consumer stem cell treatments can vary significantly in their practices and the expertise of clinicians. That is among key findings of a study published in the journal Stem Cell Reports of almost 170 stem cell businesses in six states in the U.S. Southwest. David Brafman and Emma Frow, Fulton Schools assistant professors of biomedical engineering, led the survey work. Brafman, Frow and their colleagues hope to bring more transparency to the stem cell marketplace, raise consumer awareness and provide insights to guide federal and state agencies in properly regulating the marketplace.

    See Also: Google bans ads for unproven stem cell therapies, Breitbart News, September 6

    More ‘Buyer Beware’ Warnings for Unregulated Stem Cell Clinics, HealthDay News report in U.S. News & World Report, DoctorsLounge and United Press International (Unregulated stem cell clinics can be dangerous, study finds), August 1

    Assessing direct-to-consumer stem cell clinics, Science Daily, August 1

    ASU research reviews unregulated stem cell clinics in six southwestern states, ASU NOW, August 1

    Study examines direct-to-consumer stem cell clinics in 6 Southwestern states, August 1, Science Codex (Cell Press) and Global Health News Wire

    Investigation Into 170 U.S. Stem Cell Clinics Finds Some Scary Trends, Gizmodo, August 2

    ASU Study Describes Fragmented, Unregulated Stem Cell Businesses In Arizona, Southwest, KJZZ (NPR), August 6

    Deep dive into US stem cell clinics gives reason to worry about ‘unsafe or useless treatments, Genetic Literacy Project, August 7

July

2019
  • Predicting the flood before the waters rise

    Predicting the flood before the waters rise

    When summer monsoon rains and big storms cross each other’s paths, the result can wreak a lot of damage, especially in busy Southwestern urban areas such as Phoenix. Early warning systems are one way to reduce the chance of such occurrences putting people— particularly those driving in heavy traffic — in danger. Fulton Schools faculty members Margaret Garcia, Mikhail Chester and Giuseppe Mascaro are at work on Flood Aware, a system employing traffic cameras, image processing algorithms and hydraulic models of storm water systems to provide timely warnings about impending urban flooding.

    See Also: Researchers turn to technology to help detect when storms will flood Valley streets, ABC15 News-Phoenix, August 22

    ASU engineers working on warning system for urban flooding, Fox 10 News-Phoenix, August 1

    Engineers Working to Predict Flooding, 3TV/CBS News 5 – Phoenix, July 31

  • Data biases can skew outcomes of AI-based systems

    Data biases can skew outcomes of AI-based systems

    Artificial intelligence systems can be as beneficial or as detrimental as the data fed into them, according Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati, a recent former president of the international Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In a talk presented by the Manthan Forum for Public Discourse in India, Kambhampati said the challenges posed by increasing reliance on AI technology stem from biased data being put into AI systems that skews the outcomes those systems produce.  

  • Perovskite oxide shows potential for cleaner green energy

    Perovskite oxide shows potential for cleaner green energy

    The mineral perovskite oxide is being used to develop a new chemical-materials compound to produce a form of semiconductor that promises to enable more efficient application of solar energy cells. Researchers involved are from Washington University, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ASU, where Shalinee Kavadiya, a Fulton Schools postdoctoral research scholar, perfected the compound. It could also possibly be used for semiconductor applications in liquid crystal displays.

  • Here’s What We Know About How Plastic Is Impacting Our Health

    Here’s What We Know About How Plastic Is Impacting Our Health

    Scientists and engineers, along with health and environmental organizations, are become increasingly concerned about the amount of plastics around the world. That’s not only because plastics waste is adding significantly to the growing amount of refuse in landfills and is polluting oceans. It’s also because of the growing potential for negative impacts on the health of humans and wildlife. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Center for Environmental Health Engineering, say it’s now almost impossible to find humans and animals who haven’t been exposed to plastics and possibly also to toxic additives used in manufacturing them.

     

  • Scientists engage public on human augmentation

    Scientists engage public on human augmentation

    Samira Kiani, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is among 10 scientists and engineers selected for the 2019–2020 Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement project in conjunction with the Science magazine fellows program at the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. The Fellows are undertaking public outreach projects to explore issues involving emerging human augmentation capabilities. Kiani (second from left in photo) is co-producing a documentary film about the potential benefits of genetic engineering and societal concerns about altering human DNA through “gene editing.”

  • ASU professor’s solar-powered library is transforming global education

    ASU professor’s solar-powered library is transforming global education

    Five years ago, Laura Hosman challenged her engineering students to develop a solar-powered library that would fit in a backpack. That was the beginning of SolarSPELL, which has evolved into a tool for a global humanitarian mission that is bringing education and health care information to people in remote communities. Hosman (second from left in photo), an associate professor in the Fulton Schools and ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, is continuing to get more ASU students involved in the endeavor through internships and engineering capstone design projects.

  • Biodesign receives $1.5 million to develop early warning system for flu outbreaks

    Biodesign receives $1.5 million to develop early warning system for flu outbreaks

    Researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute hope to produce better ways to predict viral outbreaks — starting with flu outbreaks. The National Library of Medicine is funding the project involving several ASU research labs and centers. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of Biodesign’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, says the capabilities of new advanced technologies promise to provide information revealing how to detect earlier warnings of such outbreaks. Halden and his team will use their expertise in wastewater analysis to improve methods for identifying biohazards in communities.

  • New curriculum will focus on philosophy of artificial intelligence

    New curriculum will focus on philosophy of artificial intelligence

    A new ASU academic program is combining studies of technology creation — primarily artificial technology — with sociology and literature. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will fund development of a new curriculum for a concentration within an undergraduate digital culture degree program in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a collaborative of the Fulton Schools and the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. Suren Jayasuriya, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the new program’s project director.

  • Sun Devils honor professors who go the extra mile for students

    Sun Devils honor professors who go the extra mile for students

    Leaders of both ASU’s Graduate and Undergraduate Student Government bestow the Centennial Professorship Award on faculty members to recognize their leadership in classroom learning and innovative practices in their fields. Among recent recipients of the award is Javier Gonzalez-Sanchez, a Fulton Schools lecturer with expertise in software engineering and human-computer interaction. He plans to use the monetary prize that comes with the Centennial Professorship Award to bring more smart objects — such as sensors and embedded and autonomous devices — into classroom projects.

  • DARPA grants ASU up to $38.8 million to create epigenetic tool for fight against weapons of mass destruction

    DARPA grants ASU up to $38.8 million to create epigenetic tool for fight against weapons of mass destruction

    ASU researchers will develop new technology to meet demands of modern warfare and national security in a project funded by a major grant from a U.S. Department of Defense research agency. The goal is to build a device capable of detecting if people have been exposed to substances associated with weapons of mass destruction. The device will be a point-of-care device to aid in the treatment of individuals exposed to biological agents, radiation, chemicals and explosives. Jennifer Blain Christen, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve on an advisory group for the research team.

    See Also: ASU lands $39M grant to detect soldiers’ exposure to weapons of mass destruction, ABC15 News-Phoenix, July 23

    ASU lands $39M grant to detect soldiers’ exposure to weapons of mass destruction, Phoenix Business Journal, July 23

  • Exposed to extreme heat, plastic bottles may ultimately become unsafe

    Exposed to extreme heat, plastic bottles may ultimately become unsafe

    Most plastic containers release only tiny, harmless amounts of chemicals into the food or liquids they hold. But those amounts increase when the plastic containers are exposed to hot temperatures, and that raises concerns about possible negative health impacts that could result over time, warns Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering. All the more reason to be aware of — and take steps to prevent — the potential problems of living in a world where we are surrounded by plastics, Halden says.

     

  • ASU researcher studying how to prevent pedestrian deaths around Phoenix

    ASU researcher studying how to prevent pedestrian deaths around Phoenix

    What are the causes of a rise in fatal roadway accidents involving pedestrians — particularly in cities such as Phoenix? Fulton Schools Professor Ram Pendyala, a transportation engineering expert, says multiple factors are involved. Urban growth, driving speeds, multilane streets, larger automobiles and road designs all appear to be contributing factors. Pendyala gives more details about what research is revealing in a radio interview with KTAR News in Phoenix. Studies are indicating that better street illumination at nighttime and more signs cautioning drivers to watch for pedestrians might be among effective remedies to the problem.

     

  • Your state probably isn’t prepared for droughts or floods

    Your state probably isn’t prepared for droughts or floods

    A new review in Science of The Total Environment shows just unprepared we are for such floods and droughts—especially as the climate warms. We’re bad at monitoring water resources, we use outdated flood maps and our responses tend to be reactive rather than proactive. To protect ourselves from the water shortages and excesses of the future, we need to rethink how we prepare, the study illustrates.

     

    In the new review, lead author Olga Hart, a doctoral candidate in the lab of Professor Rolf Halden at Arizona State University, looked at drought, water supply and demand, climate change and flooding guidances used by every state. She mapped preparedness for each of those factors and how severe climate change risks are anticipated to be for each state.

  • Elk Grove stay-at-home dad leads fellow online students to create innovative hospital bed

    Elk Grove stay-at-home dad leads fellow online students to create innovative hospital bed

    A team of online students in the Fulton Schools electrical engineering program — including a father of three children — worked remotely to design and build a hospital bed to prevent people with limited mobility from developing pressure ulcers often caused by long periods of being bed-ridden. The team’s Personal Care E-Assistant bed helps stimulate blood flow and includes a passive motion system to reposition patients. The bed also has remote control, monitoring and communication capabilities. The invention won the Fulton Schools Palais Senior Design Prize for its potential to have a widespread positive impact on society.

  • What makes a piece of news fake?

    What makes a piece of news fake?

    Social media has the ability expose users to a myriad of misinformation, including fake news — news stories with intentionally false information. Numerous deep learning methods currently exist to detect fake news, but these methods are unable to explain why it is recognized as such. Now, a team of researchers from Penn State University and Arizona State University, including Fulton Schools computer science doctoral student Kai Shu and Professor Huan Liu, is working to help explain why any piece of fake news is detected as being false.

  • Phoenix’s deadly streets became even deadlier in 2018. What’s the city going to do about it?

    Phoenix’s deadly streets became even deadlier in 2018. What’s the city going to do about it?

    Pedestrian fatalities have been increasing on roadways in busy urban areas — including in Phoenix. Substance abuse, distracted or speeding drivers and bigger, heavier vehicles are seen as sources of the rising roadway dangers. But transportation engineering experts such as Fulton Schools Professor Ram Pendyala say the problem can be remedied to a significant degree by better road design that prioritizes pedestrian safety. An investigation has revealed that many of the most dangerous streets for pedestrians have not been redesigned in decades.

    See Also: Why are the streets of Phoenix so deadly for pedestrians?, KTAR News (Phoenix), July 17

  • ADOT wins ASU sustainability award for Navajo Nation bridge

    ADOT wins ASU sustainability award for Navajo Nation bridge

    The Arizona Department of Transportation and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Arizona Water Science group made the Laguna Creek Bridge on the Navajo Nation a pilot site to test next-generation monitoring technologies. The bridge is equipped with sensors and gauges to provide surface flow data during and after storms. Drones, video cameras, laser-aided surveying and 3D surface modeling are also among the innovative features. The bridge won one of the first Sustainable Infrastructure Awards recently given by ASU’s Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, directed by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Mikhail Chester.

    See Also: ADOT Bridge Project Near Kayenta Wins Prestigious Award, KNAU News (Flagstaff), July 9

    Arizona bridge project wins infrastructure award, Transportation Today, July 10

    ADOT Bridge Project on US 160 Receives ASU Sustainable Infrastructure Award, SignalsAZ.com, July 14

    ADOT Project Receives Sustainable Infrastructure Award, Construction Equipment Guide, July 16

  • Understanding underground vaults

    Understanding underground vaults

    A power outrage in the downtown Phoenix business district caused by an explosion in underground electrical power facilities resulted in the death of an Arizona Public Service utility company employee. Barzin Mobasher, a Fulton Schools Professor of civil engineering and a structural engineering expert, explains the necessity for underground water, sewer, electrical and cable systems in busy urban areas, but points to the potential dangers that come with working in subterranean structures.

June

2019
  • Parking lot sprawl

    Parking lot sprawl

    Urban planners have seemed to often operate under the impression that you can never have enough parking for automobiles. Researchers, however, are discovering that there is such a thing as too much space allotted for parking — and it’s costing cities a considerable amount of money. Not to mention that all of those heavily paved surfaces that come with such parking lot sprawl intensify the urban heat island effect. Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools associate professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, is among researchers making important findings about the impact of parking infrastructure. Read more about it in ScienceDirect and on Full Circle.

     

  • Could Antibacterial Triclosan Weaken Women’s Bones?

    Could Antibacterial Triclosan Weaken Women’s Bones?

    Overuse of the chemical triclosan in consumer products — particularly antimicrobial soap and the like — may be increasing the risk of bone density loss, especially in women. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering at ASU, comments on a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism that offers more findings pointing to the potential for triclosan to present a health threat. Halden recommends people limit their exposure to the risk by not using products containing the chemical.

  • Why Do Tools Rust In Dry Arizona?

    Why Do Tools Rust In Dry Arizona?

    Despite Arizona’s mostly dry desert climate, materials still rust like they do in the wetter and more humid regions elsewhere. Karl Sieradzki, a Fulton Schools professor of materials science and engineering, explains that iron and its alloys, like steel, still oxidize in desert climates. The difference is they do so considerably more slowly in places with low moisture — such as the desert Southwest. But a stainless-steel tool coated in a thin layer of chromium can remain rust-free.

  • ASU professor engineers climate clothing of the future

    ASU professor engineers climate clothing of the future

    Re-engineering clothing is one way people might be able to live more comfortably in hotter climates. Konrad Rykaczewski, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of mechanical engineering, develops microelectronics for cooling systems. He is applying approaches he uses in that work to developing clothing designed to keep wearers cool in high temperatures. Rykaczewski is also experimenting with materials and simple tech devices embedded in clothing that will also minimize the heat-producing energy people generate by moving — another way for clothing to keep the wearer cool.

     

  • Service-learning trip has ASU and Vietnamese students co-develop smart farm technology

    Service-learning trip has ASU and Vietnamese students co-develop smart farm technology

    Eleven ASU engineering students recently joined in the launch of Global EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) by collaborating with Vietnamese engineering students and a sustainable farming organization to develop smart technology to boost agricultural efficiency. Working remotely at first and then at the ASU-supported Maker Innovation Space in Da Nang, ASU students helped to produce a soil humidity sensor to provide farmers data they can use to make decisions about raising their crops. Fulton Schools aerospace engineering students Karryn Baca and Tommy Montero and computer science student Merin Jacob were among members of the project team.

     

  • ASU female engineers to debut biomed project on international stage

    ASU female engineers to debut biomed project on international stage

    Fulton Schools biomedical engineering students Mariam El Sheikha and Kelsey Boos will debut their device to aid upper limb function recovery for stroke patients at an international showcase in London as part of the PLuS Engineering Summer School. El Sheika and Boos — members of one of three ASU engineering teams bringing projects to the summer school in England — were on an interdisciplinary bioengineering product development team for a class on the fundamentals of developing and bringing a biomedical device to the market. Both students are planning to enter medical school.

     

  • How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism

    How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism

    Fulton Schools researchers are at the forefront of research to reveal the secrets surrounding the nature of autism and hot to treat the condition. Professors James Adams and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown have teamed up on investigations that have led to increasing evidence showing bacteria in the human gut may have a strong connection to behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Their continuing collaborative studies are bearing out initial suppositions that treatments to correct dysfunction in the collection of bacteria, fungi, viruses and the like in the gut (called the microbiome) could alleviate some debilitating effects of autism.

  • Putting Universities in Charge Yields Early Success

    Putting Universities in Charge Yields Early Success

    NASA’s University Leadership Initiative (ULI) is breaking the mold in the way academic and industry partners shape their collaborative research projects. The program lets students propose the focus of research they want to conduct for the national space agency. Yongming Liu, a Fulton Schools professor who has students involved in ULI research, says the new approach gives students valuable experience in how research to solve real-world technological problems is formulated, solved and implemented. The photograph shows students in an aviation program at The Polytechnic School, one of the Fulton Schools, working with a flight simulator used in research related to an ASU/NASA ULI project.

  • Innovation zone for borderlands

    Innovation zone for borderlands

    A consortium of engineers has proposed an extensive array of ventures along the United State-Mexico border that would focus on innovative development of energy and water resources and include industrial parks, research and education centers and agriculture enterprises. ASU Regents’ Professor Ron Adrian, a Fulton Schools professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is among co-authors of the proposal. In an interview, Adrian talks about the consortium members’ hope that these various facilities and businesses  would bring economic prosperity to the border region that would help to ease border security problems. Read more about the vision for the border innovation zone.

  • We have the tech to suck CO2 from the air — but can it suck enough to make a difference?

    We have the tech to suck CO2 from the air — but can it suck enough to make a difference?

    Klaus Lackner began thinking about technology to make air safer to breathe almost three decades ago. Now startup businesses and other commercial enterprises are pursuing ventures based on carbon-capture systems similar to those Lackner has been developing in the ASU Center for Negative Carbon Emissions. The Fulton Schools professor’s atmosphere-cleansing techniques are about to be deployed through a new partnership between ASU and an Ireland-based company. Using a passive energy- and cost-saving approach, the technology relies on wind to pull air into a carbon-storage system. Lackner’s systems and others have been shown to work, but the challenge now is scaling up operations enough to make a significant difference on a global scale.

    See Also: University researchers behind new push for “mechanical trees” to help capture CO2, ABC Channel 7 News (Denver), July 11

    Direct action: Carbon capture gears up for climate battle, The Engineer, June 12

  • Energy Infrastructure Project Could Improve Border Security

    Energy Infrastructure Project Could Improve Border Security

    A consortium of engineers has proposed an extensive array of water and renewable energy infrastructure developments along the United States-Mexico border to put the region on a path to prosperity. They see the plan helping to improve border security by bringing economic stability to depressed areas. Ron Adrian, an ASU Regents’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Fulton Schools, is among the engineers who authored the proposal. Read more about the proposal in an earlier post on this page dated March 6.

  • ASU alumnus and ASU Gammage take on the 2019 Tony Awards

    ASU alumnus and ASU Gammage take on the 2019 Tony Awards

    The executive director of ASU Gammage, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, will walk down the red carpet at the annual Tony Awards on June 9 attired in a custom-made gown created by Loren Aragon, a 2004 Fulton Schools mechanical engineering graduate. The gown is an example of the “culturally fueled” aesthetic Aragon brings to his job as a designer and artist for a Native American owned and operated couture fashion brand based in Phoenix. Aragon, whose previous designs have been featured at Disney World, is helping Native American fashion and culture make its mark in the larger fashion industry.

    See Also: Native American designer dresses head of Gammage for Tony Awards, KTAR News (Phoenix), June 10

  • Reprogram How You Think About Infrastructure

    Reprogram How You Think About Infrastructure

    Climate change, autonomous technologies and major shifts in economic and societal landscapes are among factors accelerating a fundamental reshaping of the world — a world in which the rigid blueprint for civil infrastructure design that has been in place for many decades won’t serve us well in the future, says Fulton Schools Associate Profess Mikhail Chester. With his team at ASU’s Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, Chester is working on approaches to infrastructure development that have the agility and flexibility to respond to the changing needs of society into the next century. 

May

2019
  • More evidence that autism is linked to gut bacteria

    More evidence that autism is linked to gut bacteria

    Medical researchers believe they are making valuable discoveries toward a deeper understanding of autism and how to treat it — particularly through recent studies of how microbes in the human gut play a significant role in development of the condition. The Economist article begins with a report on recent research by Fulton Schools Professors Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown James Adams and their collaborators showing that a process called microbiota transfer therapy helped to reduce the symptoms of autism in children. Their findings are detailed in a report on the website of the research journal Scientific Reports-Nature.

    The Economist article also cites work by researchers at Caltech in collaboration with Krajmalnik-Brown to further explore the gut-brain connection as it relates to autism. The team’s findings are published online in the journal Cell: “Human Gut Microbiota from Autism Spectrum Disorder Promote Behavioral Symptoms in Mice.” More on the latest research is also reported in The Guardian article “Autism symptoms replicated in mice after faecal transplants” and inGut Bacteria Influence Autism-like Behaviors in Mice” (ASU Biodesign Institute)

  • Waymo to resume self-driving truck testing in Arizona

    Waymo to resume self-driving truck testing in Arizona

    The self-driving vehicle venture Waymo is set to test its trucks in Arizona, starting with trips on freeways in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Fulton Schools Professor Lina Karam, who has participated on a public outreach panel on automated mobility with Waymo’s chief external officer and helped to establish the Institute for Automated Mobility, says Arizona offers a good testing ground for self-driving vehicles. Those vehicles can potentially be driven much more safely by automated systems than those driven by humans, Karam says, but it will require Waymo and other companies to set high quality standards for their industry and share knowledge on how to improve self-driving technology. (Phoenix Business Journal subscriber access required.)

  • ASU internet of things entrepreneurs create a wealth of smart stuff

    ASU internet of things entrepreneurs create a wealth of smart stuff

    New internet of things technologies being invented and developed by ASU researchers are providing new devices to improve human health, increase our safety and security, and generally enhance our quality of life. Fulton Schools Professor Hanqing Jiang, Professor N.J. Tao, Associate Professor Erica Forzani and Professor Junshan Zhang are among the innovators in these smart technologies — from edible electronics that monitor gastric acid levels and a mobile diagnostic device to measure metabolic data to a computing startup offering better network connectivity and artificial intelligence for internet of things devices.

     

  • ASU engineering boot camp prepares students to make societal impact

    ASU engineering boot camp prepares students to make societal impact

    Engineering is about much more than mastering the skills necessary to do successful research and technology development. It’s also about learning the customer-centric design process, effective communication and translating tech talk into the language of business. Fulton Schools sophomores are getting immersed in lessons on these additional skills through experiences in the Engineering Futures Technology and Entrepreneurial Mindset Skills Boot Camp. Presented with the help of corporate partners, the boot camp is geared toward getting students prepared to succeed in student internships during their undergraduate years.

  • Students mobilize their research on water solutions in the Sonora-Arizona desert

    Students mobilize their research on water solutions in the Sonora-Arizona desert

    Fulton Schools students participated in a collaboration of researchers from ASU and Tecnológico de Monterrey university in Mexico in a water solutions workshop focused on ideas for improving the management of natural resources in the neighboring deserts regions of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Enrique Vivoni (at left in photo), a professor in the Fulton Schools and ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, said the meeting could result in future joint research, education and public engagement efforts involving the two universities.

     

  • ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate for impact

    ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate for impact

    Four of the six ASU faculty members spending the summer working with Mayo Clinic researchers through the ASU Alliance for Health Care are on the Fulton Schools faculty. They will help take on some of the biggest medical and health challenges. Assistant Research Professor Ayan Banerjee will focus on diabetes research. Associate Professor Erica Forzani will help to explore ways to prevent brain damage in people with urea cycle and liver disorder. Assistant Professor Julianne Holloway will aid work to regenerate the tendon-to-bone interface on the rotator cuff. Assistant Professor Feng Ju will pursue innovations in MRI technology.

  • Building the Ultimate Carbon Capture Tree

    Building the Ultimate Carbon Capture Tree

    Forests of carbon-capturing mechanical trees could play a big role in helping reverse much of the unhealthy impacts of the massive amounts of carbon dioxide that power plants, industrial processes and automobiles have emitted into the atmosphere since the first industrial age. The tree technology being developed by ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, led by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, faces challenges to successful deployment. But progress is being made toward optimizing the carbon capturing effectiveness of the system and building prototypes to do advanced testing.

    See Also: Changing the atmosphere, The Business Post (Ireland) May 26

  • ASU director’s paper garners award for positive impact on the field

    ASU director’s paper garners award for positive impact on the field

    A research paper co-authored by Fulton Schools Professor Stephanie Forrest will be recognized with an award for the Ten-Year Most Influential Paper at the upcoming International Conference on Software Engineering. Forrest, who teaches in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decisions Systems Engineering in the Fulton Schools, directs ASU’s Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society. With her co-authors, she explored biological processes like evolution to generate ideas for how to automate locating and fixing computer software bugs.

  • Peptides show promise for early detection of pancreatic cancer

    Peptides show promise for early detection of pancreatic cancer

    Pancreatic cancer is one of the cancers that remain the most lethal. But new research is producing an innovative technique for early detection of the first signs of pancreatic cancer. With an early diagnosis, medical interventions could be made to arrest the disease. The research is described in the Nano Research journal by Tony Hu, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Fulton Schools and his collaborators in a new field of research called peptidomics that is revealing important clues about effective cancer prognosis. The article was also posted on AZ BIO, the Arizona Bio Industry Association news site.

  • We’re On Our Way To Planting Synthetic Trees

    We’re On Our Way To Planting Synthetic Trees

    The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere by industry, automobiles and other technologies and human activities is a major culprit in climate change that is warming the planet, acidifying the oceans and intensifying dangerous weather events. Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner has been involved over the past 25 years in seeking ways to remove much of that threatening buildup of CO2. In an interview, he talks about the synthetic mechanical “trees” that have been developed in his lab — and are being moved toward commercialization — and what they could do to help clear the air of CO2 and impede the acceleration of climate change.  

  • ASU awarded NASA grant for study on Colorado River water management

    ASU awarded NASA grant for study on Colorado River water management

    A research team for a project to devise long-range strategies for management of the water in Colorado River Basin will be led by Enrique Vivoni, an associate professor in the Fulton Schools and ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. The team has received a grant of $1 million from NASA’s Earth Science Division for the project, which will include helping government officials developing a drought contingency plan. The Colorado River Basin holds most the Arizona’s current renewable water supply. Vivoni and his team will obtain data for their research from Earth-observing satellites and data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Study expands understanding of bacterial communities for global next-generation wastewater treatment and reuse systems

    Study expands understanding of bacterial communities for global next-generation wastewater treatment and reuse systems

    Activated sludge microbiomes are likely to aid the world’s growing population in efforts to keep up with the demand for clean water. The Global Water Microbiome Consortium has released results of a study that yields new insights into how microbiome engineering can be applied to development of next-generation wastewater treatment and water reuse systems. ASU’s Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Bruce Rittmann, participated in the project. Researchers completed an “unprecedented global sampling” that provides significant new knowledge about the microbiology of activated sludge, Rittmann says.

    See Also: Bacterial communities for wastewater treatment system, Science Daily, May 13, and a report on ASU NOW

  • ASU to develop payloads for Blue Origin lunar transportation

    ASU to develop payloads for Blue Origin lunar transportation

    Fulton Schools students were members of ASU teams that recently launched small space vehicles carrying payloads with equipment for conducting research beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The teams’ successes in that Blue Origin New Shepard project sponsored by Amazon has helped to open the door for ASU students and faculty researchers to put payloads on Amazon’s Blue Moon space craft for a future trip to do research on the Moon.

    See Also: ASU And Blue Origin Team Up To Conquer The Moon, Patch, May 10

    Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Plans To Carry ASU Payloads To The Moon, KJZZ (NPR), May 10

    Jeff Bezos has unveiled Blue Origin’s lunar lander, MIT Technology Review, May 9

  • 3 students named Goldwater Scholars for excelling at undergraduate research

    3 students named Goldwater Scholars for excelling at undergraduate research

    Winners of the Goldwater Scholarships are selected from among the highest-achieving undergraduates in the nation who are making notable contributions to research in science and engineering. Two of the three new Goldwater Scholars at ASU are Fulton Schools students Madeleine Howell and Maeve Kennedy. Both began their research endeavors in the labs of Fulton Schools faculty members in the School of Biomedical and Health Systems Engineering. Howell, a chemistry major who is minoring in materials science and engineering and mathematics, worked in the lab of Assistant Professor Barbara Smith. Kennedy, a chemical engineering major and Fulton Schools Grand Challenge Scholar got her introduction to research in the Bioinspired Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory directed by Associate Professor Vincent Pizziconi.

  • Self-powered clinic to bring expanded medical care to Uganda

    Self-powered clinic to bring expanded medical care to Uganda

    ASU researchers have turned a 40-foot-long shipping container into a rapidly deployable mobile medical clinic equipped with solar power and water treatment systems. The clinic will be taken later this summer to Uganda to aid communities in need of additional health and medical care. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Nathan Johnson led the project team. Engineering doctoral student Cody Van Cleve coordinated work to equip the clinic with a 10-kilowatt power systems and technology capable of cleaning more than 1,000 galleon of water per hour. Reports about the project have been broadcast on almost 100 network-affiliated local TV news programs throughout the United States. See an April 6 post below on this page for previous news media coverage of the project.

  • Start-Ups Hoping to Fight Climate Change Struggle as Other Tech Firms Cash In

    Start-Ups Hoping to Fight Climate Change Struggle as Other Tech Firms Cash In

    A number of commercial tech enterprises are emerging to help meet challenges posed by climate change. Fulton School Professor Klaus Lackner says it will probably be necessary for governments to help support these ventures at first. But he foresees “a brand-new industry at a huge scale” eventually taking shape because of the increasingly critical need to deal with the environmental impacts of a changing climate. As director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Lackner has been leading work to develop carbon-capture technology to help halt the progression of global warming. Read more about Lackner’s project in the April 29 post below: “Lackner’s carbon-capture technology moves to commercialization”

  • Tiny bee brains could reveal solutions for miniaturizing artificial intelligence

    Tiny bee brains could reveal solutions for miniaturizing artificial intelligence

    One of the next big challenges in artificial intelligence technology is finding ways to miniaturize it. Such an advance would enable AI systems to become significantly more energy efficient. Fulton Schools professor Yu Cao and assistant professor Ted Pavlic are teaming with professors in ASU’s School of Life Sciences and at the University of California San Diego to look at the brain powers of some of the smallest species of bees. They hope to gain insights that might provide ideas for effective methods of scaling down AI devices. Part of the research will involve Cao and Pavlic working on engineering a robotic bee brain.

     

  • All-female Mesa robotics team pumped for contest

    All-female Mesa robotics team pumped for contest

    The 15 Fulton Schools students one the Desert Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering team — aka Desert WAVE — are gearing up for this summer’s Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International RoboSub competition in San Diego. They’re at work on the electrical engineering, computer programming and 3D printing tasks involved in preparing their robot, named Phoenix, to maneuver through an obstacle course. Equipped with two cameras and using passive and active acoustics to ping its location off of its surroundings,  the robot can “see, hear and think on its own” as it navigates the course, said team member and software engineering major Andrea Schoonover, a junior majoring in software engineering.

  • ASU students attend world-renowned cybersecurity conference

    ASU students attend world-renowned cybersecurity conference

    Fulton Schools computer science students Muhammed Kilig and Raida Khan were among undergraduates selected to attend one of the most prominent gatherings of cybersecurity experts. Kilig and Khan were eligible for invitations to the RSA Conference because they had also won spots in the RSAC Scholars program.  because they were also selected to join the RSA Scholars Program, which is administered through ASU’s Cybersecurity Education Consortium. The conference gave Kiling and Khan opportunities to network with representatives of more than 600 companies.

  • ASU student-led payloads launched on Blue Origin space vehicle

    ASU student-led payloads launched on Blue Origin space vehicle

    Three astronautical rocketry teams — composed of students in the Fulton Schools and ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration — recently launched their payloads into space as part of the Blue Origin space exploration program. The payloads are the first designed and built by ASU students to be launched into outer space. Teams were challenged to develop payloads that would provide an answer to a science question (such as how planets form), test technologies under development (such as remote acoustic sensors) or collect data on the how the five human senses — smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch — work in space.

    See Also: Blue Origin reaches space again on latest New Shepard test flight, Space News, May 2

April

2019

March

2019
  • ASU, Barrow Neurological Institute partner to advance neuroengineering

    ASU, Barrow Neurological Institute partner to advance neuroengineering

    The internationally prominent Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix is joining ASU to pursue innovations in technology and therapies to improve brain and spinal cord function for people with neurological disorders. The Fulton Schools will be a key participant in the endeavor. Professor Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools, says the partnership offers an opportunity to achieve a unique convergence of engineering and neuroscience that could have dramatic impacts on medical advances. Squires says the goals include “reverse-engineering” of the brain, which could reveal information to guide development of improved rehabilitation strategies.

     

  • Arizona cattle rancher uses engineering background to breed better beef

    Arizona cattle rancher uses engineering background to breed better beef

    During more than three decades at ASU, Charles Backus taught electrical engineering, helped boost the university’s stature as a research institution and shaped the foundations of ASU’s Polytechnic campus. At the same time, he was building and running a cattle ranch on the rough terrain of the high desert on the far outskirts of the Phoenix metro area. Today, Backus’ success as a rancher is drawing attention for his application of science and engineering to the care and management of his growing cattle herd. Using genetic selection, artificial insemination, non-hormone, non-antibiotic feeding programs and humane treatment of his animals, the ranch is producing beef of exceptional quality. Backus is paving the way for an advanced approach to ranching that is especially suited to the Southwest’s desert environment.

    See Also: Arizona rancher uses science to raise healthy beef, Tucson.com, March 24

  • Facts vs. Hype: A Debate on the Future of Photocatalytic Water Treatment

    Facts vs. Hype: A Debate on the Future of Photocatalytic Water Treatment

    For decades researchers have looked at photocatalysis as a promising method for purifying water, though the excitement it once sparked has waned over the years. But a recent workshop to reassess potential real-world applications of the process was organized by the National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment. ASU is member of the center and Fulton Schools Professor Paul Westerhoff is its deputy director. Researchers focused on areas in which photocatalytic technology might still be valuable, such as in remote communities with small populations that lack energy infrastructures. The article about the workshop was also published on the technology news website Nanowerk.

    See Also: The Technology Horizon for Photocatalytic Water Treatment: Sunrise or Sunset? Environmental Science & Technology

  • Silicone Wrinkles Can Be Beautiful

    Silicone Wrinkles Can Be Beautiful

    Lithium batteries show big promise as a versatile, dependable and resilient source of power. But one impediment to their performance are dendrites, spiky crystalline formations that can set batteries on fire. Fulton Schools Professor Hanqing Jiang is leading research on the use of silicone to prevent those dendrite formations. Jiang is finding that a process that causes the silicone to take on a pattern of wrinkles — giving it a three-dimensional, sponge-like form — is inhibiting dendrite growth. His lab team’s findings have been published in a recent issue of research journal Nature Energy.

     

  • Retiree’s Love of Engineering Prepares Students for Their Careers

    Retiree’s Love of Engineering Prepares Students for Their Careers

    Upon retirement from General Motors’ after 35 years with the major automaker, Jim Contes was asked in 2008 to teach automotive engineering classes part-time at The Polytechnic School, one of the Fulton Schools. Soon he was offered a full-time job. Now, more than a decade later, he is a senior lecturer who has seen at least 150 of his students go on to jobs in the auto industry. Today he says his focus as a teacher is preparing students for an automotive world that has changed dramatically from the past and will continue to change from the present.

     

  • Automated control system caused Ethiopia crash, flight data suggests

    Automated control system caused Ethiopia crash, flight data suggests

    With modeling tools developed by his research team, Timothy Takahashi makes a case against pilot error being the cause of the recent deadly crash of a Boeing 737 passenger jet in Ethiopia. The Fulton Schools professor of practice in aerospace engineering created a hypothetical flight profile of the aircraft’s actions to determine that its autopilot system had put functions of most key components of the of plane under computer control. From that point on, the plane began to lose altitude and gain speed — while also preventing pilots from taking control. Figuring out how to prevent reoccurrence of such situations presents a big challenge for airlines. The article has also been published in MarketWatch, the San Francisco Chronicle, AlterNet and Citizen Truth.

  • STEMCON Vietnam to raise Vietnam’s competence in STEM

    STEMCON Vietnam to raise Vietnam’s competence in STEM

    ASU and the Fulton Schools helped to organize the recent international Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference in Vietnam. The event focused on strategies to boost STEM education in Vietnam as part of efforts to develop a future contingent of skilled workers for the growing digital economy in the Southeast Asian country. Through the work of the Fulton Schools’ Global Outreach and Extended Education program — known as GOEE — ASU became one of the founding members of the High Engineering Education Alliance Program, which seeks to boost the quality of education in engineering and other STEM subjects in Vietnam and, more broadly, to aid the U.S. Agency for International Development in fostering productive relationships between industries and educational institutions in Vietnam and the United States.

     

  • What is human trafficking, and how can technology combat it?

    What is human trafficking, and how can technology combat it?

    Computational science and artificial intelligence experts are being recruited to help stop the global spread of human trafficking. ASU’s Global Security Initiative recently organized a conference at the United Nations on how to use those technological resources in this effort. Nadya Bliss, the initiative’s director and a professor of practice in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, one of the Fulton Schools, identified the challenges facing this endeavor and described how computer science, advanced security systems and AI-based recognition and detection technology can best be aligned against the forces involved in human trafficking.

  • Building an energy corridor along the border instead of just a wall

    Building an energy corridor along the border instead of just a wall

    An “energy park” that spans over almost 2,000 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, with big installations of solar and wind power technologies, natural gas pipelines and desalination plants. Is the idea just too big and bold to take seriously? Not at all, says Fulton Schools Professor Ronald Adrian. He is part of a national consortium of 28 prominent engineers and scientists proposing such a vast industrial region on the border. Adrian says it could put large tracts of unused land to valuable use as sites for new energy and water facilities along with agriculture and industrial centers — a much more productive enterprise than building a big wall separating the two countries. Read more.

    See Also: Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor, Scientific American, February 14

    Scientists Propose Energy Park Instead of Border Wall, Civil & Structural Engineer, March 6

    Green wall! Plan calls for chain of alternative energy zones along border, World Tribune, March 10

    Instead of a wall, what if we built an energy corridor? Enjoy Travelling and BIC Magazine, March 15

    Scientists suggest it’s time to build a US-Mexico border wall, Smart Energy International, March 18

    Could an Energy Park Secure the U.S. Mexico Border? Government Technology, March 22

    U.S.-Mexico Energy Park Would Offer a Different Kind of Security, Inside Sources, April 15

    The Engineers’ Plan for Creating Border Security With Clean Energy, The Atlantic, May 7

February

2019
  • Big Ideas: “A carbon dioxide removal marketplace” with Paul Gambill, CEO of Nori

    Big Ideas: “A carbon dioxide removal marketplace” with Paul Gambill, CEO of Nori

    Paul Gambill, who graduated from ASU  in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree earned in the Fulton Schools computer systems engineering program, is the co-founder and CEO of what is described as “the world’s only carbon dioxide removal marketplace.” In a wide-ranging interview, Gambill talks about other entrepreneurial, environmental and community endeavors he has founded, co-founded or supported, his business philosophy, the motivations guiding his career path, and his “Big Idea That Might Change The World.”

  • New chemistry-based data storage would blow Moore’s Law out of the water

    New chemistry-based data storage would blow Moore’s Law out of the water

    A new computing technique could lead to transistors that fit on single molecules — an advance that might open up new possibilities in data storage. Research in ASU’s Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors directed by Fulton Schools Professor Nongjian “NJ” Tao is focusing on the combination of physical and chemical properties at the molecular scale. The work shows promise as a platform for progress in ultra-miniaturization of electronic devices. That could mean storage equipment and the general processing of information operating through tiny high-speed, high-power molecular switches.

  • Arizona State University radiant with solar cell research awards

    Arizona State University radiant with solar cell research awards

    For a third year in a row, ASU faculty members have won more awards that any other academic institution from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. Four of the six recent awards to fund solar energy research went to Fulton Schools faculty members, including Assistant Professors Mariana Bertoni and Zachary Holman, and Associate Research Professors Andre Augusto and Govindasamy Tamizhmani. Their research includes work to advance solar photovoltaics, solar-thermal power technologies and preparing the solar energy workforce for the future of the industry.

  • The water in this hospital is all pulled out of thin air

    The water in this hospital is all pulled out of thin air

    Zero Mass Water, a venture founded by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Cody Friesen, continues to bring a new source of clean water to more places. The company’s tech system — called Source — can produce water from moisture it draws from the atmosphere. Recently, a hospital in Jamaica installed an array of Zero Mass Water’s solar-powered hydro panels on its roof to power a system capable of providing almost 800 gallons of water a month. The company’s next major objective is to make its system as affordable as any source of potable water in the world.

     

  • What to Expect in an Online Engineering Degree Program

    What to Expect in an Online Engineering Degree Program

    ASU’s online Master of Science engineering degree programs in the Fulton Schools are highlighted in an overview of universities offering a range of online education options. The programs are especially attractive to students who want concentrate their studies on specific areas such a software engineering, and want the same quality of learning online as students who get the on-campus experience.

  • ASU SciHub workshop brings science, engineering and art experts together to change how we see the world

    ASU SciHub workshop brings science, engineering and art experts together to change how we see the world

    Engineers, scientists and artists are joining forces through ASU’s new Science Hub collaborative to find ways to expand human perceptual capacities. Co-directed by Fulton Schools Professor Nathan Newman, SciHub is examining how the brain and the human eye shape our understanding of physical reality and how we could learn to overcome some of the limits on how we see and hear the world around us. That idea will be explored in an upcoming workshop titled Science, the Arts and Possibilities in Perception that will include an art exhibit and music performances.

  • Parking? Lots! Car Spaces Would Comprise 10% of Phoenix

    Parking? Lots! Car Spaces Would Comprise 10% of Phoenix

    Is there such a thing as too much parking for automobiles? Yes, say the ASU authors of a study of the parking infrastructure in the Phoenix metropolitan area. When putting the amount of land used for parking into the mix of calculating an urban region’s livability, parking infrastructure has a significant impact or an area’s walkability, air pollution, the urban heat island effect and transport equity among the population. For details, see the research paper “Valley of the Sun-Drenched Parking Space,” by Fulton Schools doctoral student Christopher Hoehne, Associate Professor Mikhail Chester and Assistant Research Professor Andrew Fraser, along with Assistant Professor David King in the School of Geological Sciences and Urban Planning.

     

  • Five Carbon Capture Techniques That Could Help Mitigate Global Warming

    Five Carbon Capture Techniques That Could Help Mitigate Global Warming

    A system that envisions artificial “trees” designed to remove as much as a ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a day is seen as one of the most innovative engineering endeavors to help combat the threatening impacts of the global warming resulting from climate change. The system is being developed in ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions directed by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner.

    See Also: One man’s two-decade quest to suck greenhouse gas out of the sky, MIT Technology Review, February 27

  • NSF grant aims to expand diversity, inclusion for ASU STEM faculty

    NSF grant aims to expand diversity, inclusion for ASU STEM faculty

    A team of ASU leaders has been assembled to drive a project supported by the National Science Foundation to boost diversity among university faculty in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Professor Lenore Dai (second from right in photo), director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of the six Fulton Schools, will lead administrative accountability operations for the project. In that role she will help to change faculty promotion and recruitment policies to align with the aims of the diversity project.

     

  • Desert WAVE robotics team makes a splash for women in STEM

    Desert WAVE robotics team makes a splash for women in STEM

    A team of Fulton Schools students preparing to compete in a major collegiate underwater robotics competition are hoping their efforts also contribute to breaking down stereotypes of women in engineering, science and technology. At ASU’s Polytechnic campus, the team named Desert WAVE — for Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering — is designing and building a “robosub” to bring to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International competition this summer.

    See Also: All-girls robotics team from ASU readies for competition, Chamber Business News (Arizona), February 15

  • ASU tackles range of issues at world’s largest annual science meeting

    ASU tackles range of issues at world’s largest annual science meeting

    The 2019 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science brought together educators, policymakers, engineers, scientists and journalists from around the world to explore new ideas and potential solutions to the society’s challenges. Fulton Schools faculty members and students helped to energize the event. Sustainable engineering doctoral student Evvan Morton (pictured) talked about shifting the focus of policy making on environment issues. Professor Subbarao Kambhampati gave an overview of the rise of artificial intelligence and its impact. Assistant Professor Samira Kiani discussed gene-editing technology and how it could shape the future of human health, food, climate and more.

  • Are the cities prepared for Climate Change?

    Are the cities prepared for Climate Change?

    Chile has been experiencing extreme flooding, causing at least one declared catastrophe. The impacts of climate change are considered a key factor ramping up the force of the floods. Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, talks about the challenges of planning and designing infrastructure to prepare for such potentially calamitous events. Chester says there is growing concern that current infrastructure such as roads, bridges and dams — designed and built for the environmental conditions of the past — won’t stand up to today’s exceedingly extreme weather events driven by changes in the climate. See a video related to the story:  Chile: Rainfall causes deadly flooding in north, catastrophe declared.

  • Lane change: Old road recycled to build a new stretch of I-10

    Lane change: Old road recycled to build a new stretch of I-10

    Saving time, money and the environment, the Arizona Department of Transportation is recycling asphalt from an old road to pave a new section of the Interstate-10 highway between Tucson and Phoenix. Kamil Kaloush, a Fulton Schools professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, says such recycling — if performed correctly — can also help save energy and limit carbon dioxide emissions that add to the troublesome greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere. The article was also published in the Tucson Sentinel.

  • A CO₂ sponge: Arizona scientist working to combat rising carbon dioxide levels

    A CO₂ sponge: Arizona scientist working to combat rising carbon dioxide levels

    Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is looking like a critical necessity for reducing the amount a greenhouse gasses that are a cause of Earth’s growing climate problems. One of the technologies designed to help clean carbon dioxide out of the air is being developed at ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, directed by scientist Allen Wright and Klaus Lackner, a Fulton Schools professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering. With carbon dioxide levels continuing to climb, Wright says it’s important to get carbon-capture technology ready for large-scale use. The article was also published in The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Daily Sun, The Daily Miner and Casa Grande Dispatch.

  • ASU team helps Marine base prepare to stay strong in the face of disaster

    ASU team helps Marine base prepare to stay strong in the face of disaster

    A team of seven experts in resilient and sustainable systems were recruited to help U.S. Marines at a base in Hawaii come up with plans for how to maintain water, communications and energy services — along with mobility capability — during major natural disasters and other emergency situations. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Nathan Johnson lent his expertise on how to innovate energy systems — including smart networks and off-grid solutions. Expertise in infrastructure sustainability, including maintaining critical operations under dangerous situations such as physical attacks by hostile forces or cyberattacks, was provided by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Mikhail Chester.

  • Do consumers need to jump on 5G? Not so fast

    Do consumers need to jump on 5G? Not so fast

    The new highly hyped tech advance known as 5G will boost the capabilities of computer-to-computer communications. Which for consumers means . . . not that much, actually. Martin Reisslein, Fulton Schools professor of electrical engineering and an expert in communications networks, says 5G is an enhancement for machines that interact with machines and with humans using machines. The 5G improvement involves reducing “latencies” — the time it takes between communication initiation and response. It will make a difference only to those for whom “milliseconds matter,” Reisslein says. So that may be an advantage for players of fast-paced computer games, but not for most other users.

  • Robots on cutting edge of patient rehab

    Robots on cutting edge of patient rehab

    Robotics engineering is playing a major role in driving advances in physical rehabilitation systems. In the laboratory of Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Wenlong Zhang — whose work focuses on the design, modeling and control of cyber-physical systems — students are assisting in the development of robotic devices capable of comprehending human movement patterns. The robotic devices with soft and flexible components can improve the rehab process for people who need to regain movement after serious injuries or strokes, or who have conditions that limit their movement.

  • Four ASU faculty names Senior Members of National Academy of Inventors

    Four ASU faculty names Senior Members of National Academy of Inventors

    David Allee and Nongjian “NJ” Tao, Fulton Schools professors of electrical engineering. are among four ASU faculty members who have been elected by peers to the prestigious National Academy of Inventors. Allee was recognized for his work on advances in flexible technologies, particularly sensing systems for radiation detection and electric and magnetic field imaging. Tao, director of ASU’s Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, was cited for work on molecular electronics, nano electronics, and chemical and biological sensors and wireless devices for human and environmental health.

     

  • Incoming AAAS Leshner Fellows Focus on Human Augmentation

    Incoming AAAS Leshner Fellows Focus on Human Augmentation

    The 10 recently named American Association for the Advancement of Science 2019-2020 Leshner Public Engagement Fellows will strive to reach diverse audience to explore societal issues related to science and engineering advances in human augmentation. Samira Kiani (bottom row, second from left in photo), a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biological and health systems engineering, is among the new Fellows. Her efforts will focus on public engagement on genetic engineering and the genomic revolution in biomedical engineering.

  • Quantuum strangeness gives rise to new electronics

    Quantuum strangeness gives rise to new electronics

    The ultra-miniaturization of in semiconductor technology is opening doors to what can be achieved in the realm of molecular electronics. Working at an infinitesimal scale, Fulton Schools Professor Nongjian “NJ” Tao (at far left in photo) and his research colleagues are manipulating quantum phenomena to enable development of new kinds of nanoelectronic devices with unusual properties and expanded capabilities. Such advances have the potential to make possible a broad range of technological innovations. The article is also posted on the research news website Science Daily

  • Engineers develop inflatable ‘smart pill’ inspired by pufferfish

    Engineers develop inflatable ‘smart pill’ inspired by pufferfish

    In yet another case of biomimicry providing a platform for engineering innovation, researchers are testing a “smart pill” the could inflate inside the stomach — similar to the way a puffer fish puffs up. The pill might one day be used to transport tiny sensors in the body to areas where they could help detect ulcers, cancers and other signs of disease. Fulton Schools Professor Hanqing Jiang, whose research includes ingestible electronics (but who is not involved in the smart pill puffer fish-mimicry project) says the work may produce an important advance in the development of biomarkers to monitor human health.

  • ASU researchers selected to develop energy technologies

    ASU researchers selected to develop energy technologies

    Research into cutting-edge, high-impact energy technologies aimed at helping the Arizona Public Service power utility company upgrade the electrical power it delivers to its many customers will be led by Anamitra Pal and Mojdeh Hedman, assistant professors in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, of the six Fulton Schools. The project is being made possible by support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Fulton Schools students will participate in the work focusing on advancing technologies for providing energy from clean and renewable sources.

  • ASU researcher touts carbon capture device to fight climate change

    ASU researcher touts carbon capture device to fight climate change

    Creation of a new kind of sanitation industry could be a big part of the solution to at least one of world’s climate change challenges. Researchers at ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, are refining technology that can remove carbon dioxide from of the air. The buildup of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is a major cause of global warming. Lackner views the system as a garbage removal tool to clean the air. He says the captured carbon dioxide could be stored and sold for productive uses — giving rise to profitable business ventures.

  • Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

    Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

    Nondegradable chemical compounds used in foam materials, clothes and food wraps are among the most valuable products of polyfluorinated chemistry. But now scientists and engineers see cause for concern that the compounds are having damaging effects on the environment — especially on water quality —and on humans. Environmental engineer and Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden is among those lending his expertise on the subjects of assessing the levels of risk posed by the chemicals and how to better remove the compounds if more evidence is discovered of threats arising from their use.  

  • Our plastics, our selves

    Our plastics, our selves

    Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, explains the ways research is revealing how plastics pollution can have toxic effects and other negative impacts on the environment, and on humans and other creatures. That’s the reason for the importance of what an all-female expedition team is doing while traversing a part of the Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They’re collecting sand, water and air samples for studies to help gauge the magnitude and dangers of plastics waste in the planet’s oceans.

  • Digital license plates that cost whopping $499 now an option for Arizona drivers

    Digital license plates that cost whopping $499 now an option for Arizona drivers

    Arizona has authorized the use of digital license plates for motor vehicles. Proponents say plates could revolutionize the driving experience and makes things like vehicle registration renewal more convenient. But others, including Aviral Shrivastava, a Fulton Schools associate professor of computer science, say such plates, which work off of cell phone networks, pose potential problems with data security and privacy for drivers. Hacking of the embedded systems technology used by the plates could lead to theft of information about automobiles and drivers, Shrivastava says.

  • New generation of robots use machine learning to complete tasks

    New generation of robots use machine learning to complete tasks

    Advances in machine learning methodology are broadening the potential for making technologies that are more teachable — especially robotics technology. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Heni Ben Amor leads a research team working on developing robots that can learn on their own. The team is giving robots various goals to achieve, but leaves it to the robots to figure out how to meet those goals. These smarter, self-teaching robots expand the possibilities for how they could aid human endeavors. (This report has aired on news programs of almost 200 CBS News broadcast media affiliates.)

    See Also: Arizona researchers developing robots that can learn, KPAX TV-Montana, February 5

  • One step at a time: ASU professor looks to make prosthetics more adaptable

    One step at a time: ASU professor looks to make prosthetics more adaptable

    Despite advances in prosthetics, most still lack a high degree of flexibility, says Jennie Si, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering. Si and Helen Huang, who earned a doctoral degree at ASU, are collaborating on development of lower-limb “active” prosthetics that adapt to individual users to provide a full range of motion. Si and Huang hope to improve on prototypes until users can feel as if they have natural limbs and fully functional knees.

  • ASU Innovation Open awards ingenuity

    ASU Innovation Open awards ingenuity

    A business venture based on a device to save apples from spoilage was awarded the top prize of $100,000 at the ASU Innovation Open. Ideas for a new kind of multidirectional microphone, a water-capture technology that could boost water conservation and a shoe insole to help people rehabilitate after orthopedic surgery, were among winners at the event sponsored in part by the Fulton Schools. Kyles Squires, the Fulton Schools dean, welcomed attendees and participants to the Innovation Open Final Demo Day, to celebrate what he called a growing “wave of innovation and creativity.”

    See Also: Strella Biotechnology is $100,000 winner of ASU Innovation Open, AZ Big Media, February 5

    Food spoilage idea takes $100k prize at ASU Innovation Open, Arizona Chamber Business News, February 6

  • ASU student weaves the art of computer science with dance

    ASU student weaves the art of computer science with dance

    Courtney Ngai is bridging the worlds of computing, engineering and artistic expression in her pursuits at ASU. She finds endeavors in those fields share elements of discipline, improvisation and creativity, and she sees connections between the objectives of science and art. A solo dance project she is working on draws its theme from similarities she finds between the use of improvisational dance and the structures used in writing code. She has plans to employ talents in both areas after graduation by working as a software engineer and continuing to study and perform dance.

  • Tempe and ASU use sewage to pinpoint the opioid problem. Here’s what they found.

    Tempe and ASU use sewage to pinpoint the opioid problem. Here’s what they found.

    A study led by Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden is providing Tempe data on the extent of opioid use in the city. Samples taken from local sewage and wastewater treatment systems can in many cases reveal both the level of opioid use and pinpoint the levels of use in various locations in the area. The results of the study will be used to help city officials develop approaches to developing programs to educate the public about opioids and prevent medically unauthorized use of the addictive drug.

    See Also: Groundbreaking study finds opioid drugs in Tempe wastewater system, 3TV/CBS 5 News – Phoenix, February 1

    Tempe, Ariz., Wastewater Testing Yields Opioid Crisis Data, Government Technology, February 22

January

2019
  • Is the extra cost of organic worth it?

    Is the extra cost of organic worth it?

    A number of factors come into play when deciding whether to adopt a strict diet of organic foods. Research is confirming some significant benefits to eating organics. That can be especially true for pregnant women, young children, the elderly and allergy sufferers, says Rolf Halden, a Fulton Schools professor and director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering. But others point to claims that favor nonorganic foods over organics or contend that nonorganics pose no more risk overall than organics.

  • Drinkable water is scarce. These companies are pulling it out of the air

    Drinkable water is scarce. These companies are pulling it out of the air

    New technologies that can capture moisture from the air and turn it into water are being viewed as one potential solution for a growing scarcity of drinkable water around the world. Zero Mass Water, a startup company founded by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools professor of materials science and engineering, has developed one of the more promising air-to-water systems. Using solar-powered rooftops panels, it can produce clean water even in desert climates. The system is currently being sold in more than 18 countries.

    See Also: Zero Mass Water’s Hydropanels Pull Water From Thin Air At #CES2019, Clean Technica, January 11

    This Machine Turns Sunshine and Air Into Clean Water, Sun-Connect, November 30, 2016

  • When is it OK for AI to lie?

    When is it OK for AI to lie?

    As artificial intelligence advances in more sophisticated ways, the technology will gain new capabilities — including the ability to evade telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in certain situations. At the Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Society conference, Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science, and his former graduate student Tathagata Chakraborti (second from right in photo) explored scenarios in which it might be permissible for AI to be a bit deceptive in its interactions with humans.

  • NASA’s Psyche Mission inspires science and engineering students nationwide

    NASA’s Psyche Mission inspires science and engineering students nationwide

    Fulton Schools electrical, mechanical and computer engineering students are on ASU teams involved in the U.S. space program’s mission to explore an intriguing asteroid called Psyche located between Jupiter and Mars. Through capstone projects, the teams are working on technologies for systems and devices that will be used in studies of the asteroid that has experienced the same kinds of violent collisions that formed Earth and other planets.  

  • bioSyntagma Awarded “Best Oncology-Focused Precision Medicine Company 2018″

    bioSyntagma Awarded “Best Oncology-Focused Precision Medicine Company 2018″

    A business co-founded by Fulton Schools alumnus David Richardson has won one of the Global Health and Pharma Technology Awards for its achievements over the past year. Richardson, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering, is also the CEO of the company, bioSyntagma, which was honored as the “Best Oncology-Focused Precision Medicine Company 2018” by the publication that recognizes global companies for improving public health, enhancing patient care and lowering healthcare costs. bioSyntagma, whose devices help in the discovery of biomarkers, got its start through ASU’s Venture Devils enterprise.

     

     

  • Building softer, friendlier robots

    Building softer, friendlier robots

    The Southwest Robotics Symposium gave several Fulton Schools students an opportunity to showcase their work to develop the next generations of technologies to advance human-robot interaction. It was the fifth year for the annual exhibition. The general chair for the event, Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Wenlong Zhang, says the symposium is leading to collaborations between researchers that promise to foster new innovations in robotics and autonomous systems. The gathering featured presentations of research projects by students and faculty from 20 universities in six countries, as well as industry research.

    See Also: ASU’s Southwest Robotics Symposium previews the new technology guiding the next wave of human-robot interaction, Robotics Tomorrow, January 28

     

  • ASU startup wins Arizona Innovation Challenge

    ASU startup wins Arizona Innovation Challenge

    A startup called Breezing is among the winners of the Arizona Innovation Challenge. The company’s product is a wearable device — also called Breezing —that provides precise assessments of a person’s resting metabolic rates. The winning companies in the Innovation Challenge will receive grant funding from the Arizona Commerce Authority to invest in their businesses. The Breezing device provides metabolic data to help users develop nutrition, lifestyle and exercise plans to benefit their health. Toa says the next generations of Breezing products are in development.

  • Women’s underwater robotics team makes waves in the desert

    Women’s underwater robotics team makes waves in the desert

    A team of Fulton Schools students are building an autonomous robotic submarine to compete in the National Underwater Robotics Challenge in June at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. The team, named Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering), is believed to be only the second all-female underwater robotics team in the world. Next, Desert WAVE will head to San Diego to participate in the international RoboSub competition.

    See Also: Dorks Estate: Desert WAVE, ASU’s first all-female underwater robotics team, The State Press (Podcast)

  • ASU engineering students working to build a better basketball practice

    ASU engineering students working to build a better basketball practice

    With a sensor that attaches to the rim of basketball basket and an app that keeps track of how many shots at the basket are made or missed, two Fulton Schools students are hoping to give players a system to improve their performance on the basketball court. Computer science student Connor Harris and electrical engineering student Benjamin Willis are planning to explore product development for their system.

  • Capturing Carbon

    Capturing Carbon

    Scientists say some of the environmental impacts of climate change threaten to be catastrophic. That’s why it’s critical to begin reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is triggering manifestations of a fast-changing climate, such as extreme heat waves, rising sea levels and the loss of the oceans’ coral reefs. The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, is developing carbon capture technology designed to remove carbon from the air and dispose of it or store it for productive uses.

  • BREAKING SOLAR RECORDS & SETTING NUCLEAR STANDARDS

    BREAKING SOLAR RECORDS & SETTING NUCLEAR STANDARDS

    Meeting the challenge of supplying the world more energy from clean and renewable sources will require significant advances in solar power technology. Research led by Zachary Holman, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of electrical engineering, is resulting in progress toward increasing the amount of sunlight that can be converted into electrical energy. The key is integrating other materials with conventional silicon-based solar cells used in photovoltaic systems.

     

  • Powered prosthetic knee users able to walk in minutes

    Powered prosthetic knee users able to walk in minutes

    A new intelligent system for “tuning” powered prosthetics promises to enable people using a robotic prosthetic knee to walk comfortably within minutes of using the technology — rather than taking several hours. Jennie Si, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, developed the system with colleagues at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina. The prosthetic device was devised for scenarios in which a patient is walking on a level surface, but it could be developed further to enable users to go up and down stairs, Si says.

    See Also: AI Helps Amputee Walk With a Robotic Knee, IEEE Spectrum, January 25

    Machine Learning Customizes Powered Knee Prosthetics for New Users in Minutes, R&D Magazine, January 23

    Reinforcement Learning Expedites ‘Tuning’ of Robotic Prosthetics,  I-Connect007, January 18

  • New Record for Solar Efficiency

    New Record for Solar Efficiency

    Fulton Schools researchers are helping to advance technologies that are making solar energy systems more effective and at the same time less expensive. A research team led by Zachary Holman (pictured), an assistant professor of electrical and energy engineering, and Jason Yu, an assistant research professor, have mixed an additional material with the silicon in current solar cells that boosts the percentage of sunlight those cells can convert into electrical power. They foresee the new cells making their way onto commercial solar panels in the coming years.  

  • Risk of infection from water in the air at home

    Risk of infection from water in the air at home

    A more detailed framework for assessing and managing the risks of bacterial disease transmission through water spray from sinks, showers and toilets has been developed by researchers, including Kerry Hamilton, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering. Hamilton and a colleague at Drexel University show reasons for communities to maintain thorough monitoring and testing operations to reveal signs of water-quality degradation and prevent the spread of serious infections and diseases.

  • Training Engineers To Spot Opportunity And Impact

    Training Engineers To Spot Opportunity And Impact

    The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, known as KEEN, is working with colleges and universities to embed the entrepreneurial mindset into their undergraduate engineering programs. ASU starts by integrating entrepreneurship-minded education into freshmen learning experiences. Professor Ann McKenna (pictured), director of the Polytechnic School, one of the six Fulton Schools, says many teachers and higher education institutions need to take similar paths to have a significant impact on the engineers of the future.  

  • New full-color night vision could revolutionize troops’ ability to operate in dark

    New full-color night vision could revolutionize troops’ ability to operate in dark

    An advance in night-vision systems could aid military operations in a variety of areas — including battlefield encounters, medical treatment in the field and identification of potential threats. The technology is part of the trend toward the use of “techno-human” systems to provide an advantage in modern military conflicts, says Brad Allenby, a Fulton Schools professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, and a professor of ethics and engineering.

  • Unveiling Earth’s floodplains

    Unveiling Earth’s floodplains

    Identifying floodplain boundaries is critical to the success of many environmental protection and urban development endeavors.  Now there’s a new tool to provide high-resolution datasets of Earth’s surface properties to ensure the accuracy of floodplain mapping. It’s the work of a team of scientists that includes Enrique Vivoni, a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment — one of the Fulton Schools — and ASU’ School of Earth and Space Exploration. The datasets could help in development of sustainable water management plans and enable better assessment of the environmental strain on regions seeing growing human populations.

  • She drove the numbers, now she’s ‘The Auto Professor’

    She drove the numbers, now she’s ‘The Auto Professor’

    Norma Hubele’s mission is nothing less than to “change the way people choose their cars.” The Full Schools professor emeritus of industrial engineering is trying to do that with a mathematical and statistics-based system she developed to determine the safety ratings for different models of automobiles. That system, she says, improves vastly on the safety rating tests conducted by the federal government. Hubele hopes to educate the public about the flaws in those government ratings tests so that consumers will pressure the auto industry to adopt her ratings methodology. The article was also published in the East Valley Tribune.

     

  • ASU researchers address a primary cause of treatment failure for pancreatic cancer

    ASU researchers address a primary cause of treatment failure for pancreatic cancer

    A big roadblock to successful cancer treatment is the resistance of some tumor cells to therapeutic drugs — especially in the case of pancreatic cancer. Jia Fan and Bo Ning, assistant professors at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, have revealed the cause of this resistance to chemotherapy drugs. They have been mentored in their research by Tony Hu, a Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical engineering. He has also helped Fan and Ning in their collaborations with the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Hu says the discovery of a biomarker to predict the body’s responses to chemotherapy is a big step for clinical prognosis of pancreatic cancer.

  • ASU 3D print lab finds sustainable solutions to plastic waste, opens doors for STEM students

    ASU 3D print lab finds sustainable solutions to plastic waste, opens doors for STEM students

    Through recycling and repurposing of its plastic waste materials, the Fulton Schools 3DPrint and Laser Cutter Lab is advancing ASU’s educational and sustainability missions. Almost 100 percent of the waste material is being put to cost-effective use — in new 3D printing projects, as donations to K-12 programs for hands-on lessons that teach science, technology and engineering fundamentals to young students, and for providing ASU students opportunities to gain skills in prototyping processes that are critical to multiple engineering and manufacturing fields.

  • 12 Millennials to watch in 2019

    12 Millennials to watch in 2019

    David Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in the Fulton Schools in 2012 before getting a master’s degree in nanoscience. His expertise in those fields helped him co-found the precision medicine company bioSyntagma. Today, as the company’s CEO, he is leading work that promises to make personalized medicine a reality and help medical science get closer to potential cures for cancer.

    See also: Fred Bueler III, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Fulton Schools, is featured in 22 Millennials to watch in CRE. Bueler has had a leading role in many major construction projects during his 13 years in the building industry. AZ Big Media, January 9.

  • Thinking about installing solar panels? Experts answer 6 common questions

    Thinking about installing solar panels? Experts answer 6 common questions

    As development of solar power systems for residential use ramps up, consumers need facts about both the benefits and challenges of these renewable clean-energy installations. Fulton Schools Emeritus Professor Ronald Roedel says a basic understanding of how the new energy technologies work under various weather, climate and environmental conditions can help homeowners make informed decisions about investing in these photovoltaic systems. Roedel, a longtime solar energy researcher, is the director of the Professional Science Master’s program in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.

December

2018
  • Experts wrestle with today’s tough biotechnology questions at third Arizona Biosecurity Workshop

    Experts wrestle with today’s tough biotechnology questions at third Arizona Biosecurity Workshop

    The recent Arizona Biosecurity Workshop at ASU explored timely questions about potential impacts of the rapidly expanding capabilities of biotechnologies — particularly advances in genetic engineering. Concerns have been heightened about the capacity of these technologies to alter both humans and their environments. One way to foster productive dialog on the issue is a multimedia program led by Samira Kiani, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering. Kiani’s project aims to bring scientists and the public together to examine the social, ethical and medical risks and benefits of new biotechnologies.

  • Five student ventures progress to compete for $100,000 prize in 2019 ASU Innovation Open

    Five student ventures progress to compete for $100,000 prize in 2019 ASU Innovation Open

    The Fulton Schools co-hosted the third annual ASU Innovation Open pitch competition at which 15 teams of students from leading universities involved in early-stage entrepreneurial ventures presented their business concepts to judges. Five teams were chosen to move on to the Innovation Open finals in February to vie for funding. Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools, gave the welcome address at the event. Each of the five top teams received a cash prize from Zero Mass Water, an ASU spinoff company led by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering.

  • GPEC earns grant to promote MedTech entrepreneurship

    GPEC earns grant to promote MedTech entrepreneurship

    Dozens of entrepreneurial ventures and hundreds of jobs are expected to result from a U.S. Department of Commerce grant awarded to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. The goal is to accelerate the transition of new medical and wearable technologies from the research lab to commercial applications and startup businesses. Arizona State University, Maricopa County Community College District’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, the Partnership for Economic Innovation and the StartupAZ Foundation are partners in the project anchored at the 30-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus (pictured). The endeavor will help to boost the scope and impact of ASU’s MedTech Ventures Program, says its director, Fulton Schools Professor Gregory Raupp.

  • ASU engineering students win big at MS&T Conference competition

    ASU engineering students win big at MS&T Conference competition

    Competing against upperclassmen from eight other universities, five Fulton Schools first-year engineering students became the first team from ASU to win the first-place prize at the ASM Geodesic Dome student competition. The event at the Materials Science and Technology Conference tests skills in applying fundamentals of materials science and engineering. The winning Dome of the Devils geodesic structure withstood 1,000 pounds of pressure, earning the team a $1,000 award.

  • NBC organizes social entrepreneurship workshop

    NBC organizes social entrepreneurship workshop

    Richard Filley was a featured presenter at a recent major entrepreneurship workshop in Oman. Filley is the lead entrepreneurship faculty member in the Fulton Schools Technology Entrepreneurship and Management program. His talk at the event focused on launching social entrepreneurship ventures —businesses with the goal of improving the quality of life. He also addressed ways to foster innovation and creativity, and to develop entrepreneurship mentoring and education. Over his career, Filley has shared his expertise in these areas in more than 20 countries.

  • Building prosthetics that can feel

    Building prosthetics that can feel

    Biomedical engineers at ASU and Florida International University have developed a hand prosthesis that can connect with users’ nervous systems and enable them to experience the sensation of touch. Fulton Schools Associate Professor James Abbas (pictured), director of the ASU Center for Adaptive Neural Systems, helped to lead the 12-year-long project to design and build the Neural-Enabled Prosthetic Hand System. Abbas explains that the first-of-its-kind hand prosthesis uses components similar to those in electrode ear implants to give people “feeling” in their thumbs and forefingers.

     

  • Student gains research and publishing experience through Center on the Future of War

    Student gains research and publishing experience through Center on the Future of War

    Hannah Hallikainen, a Fulton Schools chemical engineering major, aspires to a career that combines her interests in technology and public policy. She has delved into the latter area recently through the Student Research Fellows program in ASU’s Center for the Future of War. Hallikainen has been a test reader for the recently published book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” conducted historical research on the Boxer Rebellion and U.S. immigration policy, and contributed to an article published in Politico about a historic Supreme Court immigration case.

  • Three ASU faculty elected AAAS fellows

    Three ASU faculty elected AAAS fellows

    Huan Liu (at left in photo), a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and engineering, is one of three ASU faculty members recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science . The special status in the organization recognizes the value of their career contributions. Liu’s research focuses on advanced data mining, machine learning, cybersecurity and designing algorithms for effective problem-solving and real-world applications involving intelligent systems.

     

  • Fellowship allows Arizona professors to learn from Israeli peers

    Fellowship allows Arizona professors to learn from Israeli peers

    For a second straight year a contingent of ASU professors will travel to Israel as part of the Jewish National Fund’s Faculty Fellowship Program. The excursion gives the faculty members opportunities to meet and share information with peers and colleagues in similar academic disciplines and research pursuits in Israel. This year’s group includes Bradley Greger, a Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical engineering and Thomas Dempster, an associated research professor or engineering in the Center for Algae Technology and Innovation. Adam Carberry, a Fulton Schools associate professor, talks about the valuable experience he had in Israel as part of last year’s Faculty Fellowship group.

    Previous articles:  Educational excursion: Faculty members seeking insights in Israel

    Fulton Schools faculty members took educational sojourn to Israel

  • How smart is the latest artificial intelligence?

    How smart is the latest artificial intelligence?

    How far have artificial intelligence technologies actually advanced? Where will they go from here? And what rewards, challenges and issues will arise as AI becomes more ingrained in society? Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati, Associate Professor Spring Berman and Assistant Professor Heni Ben Amor say the key is to understand the different ways humans and AI technology experience and learn about the world— and to figure out how people and machines with their disparate perspectives can exist compatibly and productively.

     

     

  • Personal journeys lead ASU entrepreneurs to success at Demo Day

    Personal journeys lead ASU entrepreneurs to success at Demo Day

    Fulton Schools students are among the ASU students who have earned support for their business start-up ideas, social program and tech-based ventures in the university’s Demo Day entrepreneurship competition. Recent mechanical engineering graduate Luis Castillo is part of team that is refining an invention called the Murphy Mobility Device to enable people to do physical therapy exercises to recover from injuries. Biomedical engineering graduate student Nicholas Hool is advancing Hoolest Performance Technologies with an earbud device that helps alleviate emotional anxiety.

  • Citizen-Centered: Educating future smart city experts

    Citizen-Centered: Educating future smart city experts

    “Smart cities” are the future. New and powerful smart technologies are being incorporated into the core infrastructure of many urban regions. And the change is going to reshape life within many metropolitan environments. How to ensure these smart tech systems best serve the public? One way is to train the future engineers, technologists, urban planners and policy makers who will be designing those systems. That’s the aim of a project that will involve Fulton Schools Professors Ann McKenna, Gail-Joon Ahn and Ram Pendyala, along with Assistant Research Professor Troy McDaniel. They’ll team with others to help ensure smart cities are human-centric places. (The story is on page 17 of the recent Smart Cities issue of the online TechConnect magazine.)

November

2018
  • Studying Ways to Reduce Arizona’s Searing ‘Heat Island’

    Studying Ways to Reduce Arizona’s Searing ‘Heat Island’

    The Phoenix area is one of the hottest urban environments and getting hotter. Maricopa County officials are teaming with Fulton Schools engineers to devise strategies for slowing the trend toward higher temperatures. Matthew Fraser, a professor of environmental and sustainable engineering, says one focus of the effort will be on using building and pavement materials that would lessen the impacts of heat. Extreme heat also causes unhealthy air quality. Fraser and his colleagues will also work on developing new technologies to address that problem.

    See Also: Funding the future: Maricopa County, ASU combat urban heat

  • 5 ways to help robots work together with people

    5 ways to help robots work together with people

    If we want robots to perform at their best for us, then engineers who are designing, building and programming them need to also better understand the people who will be using robotic technologies. Nancy Cooke, Fulton Schools professor of human systems engineering, writes that a deep understanding of the essential ingredients of good communication, interaction, collaboration and teamwork is critical to making a world where robots and humans can rely on, trust and support each other. Read more about Cooke’s research.

    See Also: Your next colleague could be a robot. Here’s how to get along, Fast Company, November 29

  • Big power from a small container

    Big power from a small container

    With his solar-powered electrical grid-in-a-box, engineer Nathan Johnson and his research team are aiming to provide more energy security for communities and other users around the world. The project led by the Fulton Schools assistant professor will include developing training for technicians to provide engineering and design services to help people and organizations operate and maintain these microgrids for a variety of uses — including national defense, humanitarian aid, health care and disaster response.

  • ASU researchers awarded $5.8M NIH grant to develop antimicrobial susceptibility test

    ASU researchers awarded $5.8M NIH grant to develop antimicrobial susceptibility test

    Health-threatening bacteria are developing resistance to the antibiotics we use to treat the diseases the bacteria cause. Nongjian Tao, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical engineering, is part of team that will develop new and more effective antibiotics or other drugs, along with diagnostics technologies to better identify resistant microbes. Tao, director of ASU’s Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, will focus on designing and building the new technology.

     

  • Google Tweaks Email Program That Assumed An Investor Was Male

    Google Tweaks Email Program That Assumed An Investor Was Male

    Objections have been raised over some potentially offensive preconceptions being blamed on predictive algorithms built into artificial intelligence systems intended to aid users of services such as Google Gmail. Specifically, an algorithm that showed a bit of gender bias. The problem prompted Google to disable an AI tool from using any gendered pronouns. Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, explained how these algorithms can get into such trouble. Kambhampati has been involved in other efforts to help AI steer clear of inappropriate tendencies. Read more.

  • Butter

    Butter

    ASU’s Team BUTTER (Ballistic Universal Times Trajectory Egg Recovery) placed fifth among more than 30 teams from around the world that participated in the most recent American Astronautical Society CanSat competition. The group of Fulton Schools students had to build, launch and land a can satellite carrying a variety of technological components — plus an egg that had to remain unbroken throughout the flight. Read more about Team BUTTER’s exploits

     

  • What smart hazmat suits and Sonora cactus skins have in common

    What smart hazmat suits and Sonora cactus skins have in common

    Konrad Rykaczewski has been closely examining the characteristics of various flora and fauna for ideas on how to translate their natural capabilities into models and designs for useful technologies. Most recently the Fulton Schools assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering — working with a team of students and support from an ASU Biomimicry Center grant — discovered how the waxy, water-repellent surfaces of Sonoran cactus skins might be imitated to develop smart material for the protective suits worn by hazardous materials handlers.

    See Also: Prickly pear cactus “smart” skin can improve hazmat suits, Earth.com News, November 19

    Future hazmat suits could be inspired by cactus skin, Engineering.com/Designer Edge, November 19

  • Neural-enabled prosthetic hand helps amputees feel again

    Neural-enabled prosthetic hand helps amputees feel again

    Among the latest advances in prosthetics is a system that uses a neural implant to enable the brain and an advanced prosthetic hand to provide users with sensations of touch. The achievement is the result of a multi-institutional research project that included contributions from a team at ASU led by James Abbas, a Fulton Schools associate professor of biomedical engineering and the director of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems. Abbas hopes the technology will eventually be adapted for people with lower limb amputations and double amputations. 

    See Also: New prosthetic hand provides the actual sensation of touch, Machine Design, November 27

  • ASU students come for the education and stay for the support

    ASU students come for the education and stay for the support

    To the varied selection of services designed to keep students on paths to graduation, ASU has begun new efforts collectively called the Student Success Suite Initiative. It includes a set of tools that help students explore careers that align with their skills and aspirations, says Tami Coronella, associate director of student academic services for the Fulton Schools. She points, for instance, to Me3, a visual image-oriented website providing online interactive quizzes to guide students in more clearly defining academic and career goals.

  • What is the future or Arizona’s energy landscape?

    What is the future or Arizona’s energy landscape?

    An Arizona ballot proposition that would have mandated a significant jump in the use of renewable energy sources in the state by 2030 was rejected by voters by more than a 2-to-1 margin. While it’s a setback for clean energy efforts, Fulton Schools Professor Emeritus Ronald Roedel and other ASU faculty members doing energy-related work see the tide eventually turning. The growing need for renewable energy sources will inevitably become more apparent to state leaders, while and the solar energy industry or other clean energy industries will continue to make progress, says Roedel, who is director of the Fulton Schools Professional Science Master’s program in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.

     

     

  • Bausch & Lomb cites ASU research in contact lens recycling collaboration

    Bausch & Lomb cites ASU research in contact lens recycling collaboration

    Manufacturers of contact lenses and researchers are joining forces to spread the word about the need to reduce the plastics pollution caused by the many millions of contact lenses being flushed down drains and toilets. Bausch & Lomb, one of the largest makers of contact lenses, cites research findings at the ASU Center for Environmental Health Engineering, directed by Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, for evidence of the negative environmental impact of the problem and of positive results that contacts-recycling efforts could produce.

  • Teaching for Tomorrow: Penny Ann Dolin Creates Learning Opportunities for the Real World

    Teaching for Tomorrow: Penny Ann Dolin Creates Learning Opportunities for the Real World

    Artistic talents are only part the mix in what constitutes marketable creative skills. So, aspiring professional photographers, designers and others in Penny Dolin’s classes in the Fulton Schools graphic information technology program, get lessons in writing, communication, critical inquiry, technology, problem-solving methods and more. The professor of practice is at the forefront of her field in development of immersive and contextual learning environments in higher education.

     

  • Frozen: A research project goes for the cold

    Frozen: A research project goes for the cold

    ASU engineers are teaming up with the Bashas’ grocery store chain, the Salt River Project utility and the thermal energy systems company Viking Cold Solutions to develop a more energy-efficient and cost-saving way to store and protect the quality of large quantities of frozen food. Fulton Schools Associate Professors Kristen Parrish and Robert Wang are overseeing testing of a new low-tech chemical and mechanical refrigeration technique at the project test site — a 10,0000-square-foot industrial freezer filled with tons of ice cream. See the Cronkite News report ASU, Bashas’ and SRP work to lower the peak. Read more: Sub-Zero Sustainability.

     

  • Five Faculty named President’s Professors

    Five Faculty named President’s Professors

    Keith Hjelmstad, a professor in the Fulton Schools civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program, has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education with the title of ASU President’s Professor. Those who nominated Hjelmstad for the honor emphasized the impacts his development of innovative curricula and courses are having not only at ASU but on a national level. His approach creates “a social environment for learners” in which students learn how to interact and teach each other while at the same time learning course materials.

  • New prosthetic hand system allows user to ‘feel’ again

    New prosthetic hand system allows user to ‘feel’ again

    A new prosthetic hand system with a fully implanted, wirelessly controlled neurostimulator has restored “feeling” to a person with a hand amputation. The news announced at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience involves a multi-institutional research team that includes James Abbas, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The team’s achievement has led to the first time a person has been fitted with a neural-enabled prosthetic hand system that can be used outside the laboratory in an everyday environment.

  • ASU researchers use citizen science and social media to build flood information network

    ASU researchers use citizen science and social media to build flood information network

    ASU researchers are exploring the use of the latest information technologies to develop a widespread real-time warning system to alert communities to the potential dangers of oncoming floods. Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools associate professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, is leading a multi-university team for the project. Arizona will be used a test bed to determine if the warning system can be adapted for other states and regions — and if it can also be effective for hurricane and drought warning networks.

  • Negative emissions technology needed to remove CO2 and head off climate change

    Negative emissions technology needed to remove CO2 and head off climate change

    New and more effective technologies that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are needed to curb the detrimental impacts of climate change. That’s a conclusion from a panel that produced a report for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. One of the experts commenting on the report is Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions. Lackner says there are ways to make CO2 capture and removal technology economically feasible.

  • Could silk and gold replace stitches and staples?

    Could silk and gold replace stitches and staples?

    Liquid silk and gold nanoparticles are looking like the best combination of materials to produce a more effective way of closing up an injury or an incision to human body tissue. They could reduce the risk of damage or infection to tissues sometimes caused by use of conventional staples and stitches. Kaushal Rege, a Fulton Schools professor of chemical engineering, is leading research to fully develop two types of the laser-activated silk and gold nanosealants.

    See Also, Doctors could soon ditch stitches and seal skin wounds with lasers, Digital Trends, November 19

     

     

  • Sethuraman Panchanathan Named Science and Technology Adviser to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

    Sethuraman Panchanathan Named Science and Technology Adviser to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

    The Institute of Automated Mobility was recently launched with the promise of making Arizona a leader in innovation of autonomous vehicle technologies and systems. Fulton Schools Professor Sethuraman Panchanathan has been chosen as one the top advisers to the institute.  Panchanathan, who is also ASU’s chief research and innovations officer and the executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development for the university, is the founder of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing. The center focuses on research that could be useful to the new automated mobility endeavor.

  • This is what’s cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    This is what’s cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    It’s estimated there are more than 140,000 tons of plastics spread out over an area that covers a million square miles of the Pacific Ocean that’s now being called the Great Pacific Garbage patch. Scientists and engineers working with various organizations are involved in cleanup projects that are making a dent in the problem. But more needs to done to stop more plastic from being dumped in the ocean in the first place, says Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering.

October

2018
  • What’s next for AI in sports?

    What’s next for AI in sports?

    Artificial intelligence and athletic performance are becoming inextricably intertwined in the world of sports. Researchers such as Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Yezhou Yang are adapting emerging AI technologies to provide data analysis, computer vision and robotic visual learning that shows athletes how to enhance their abilities while reducing the risk of physical injuries. Yang, an affiliate faculty member in ASU’s Global Sport Institute, is also exploring how to make some AI athletics analytics tools accessible through a cell phone app.

  • Between Classes: Season 2 Episode 3, Kyle D. Squires

    Between Classes: Season 2 Episode 3, Kyle D. Squires

    There’s an abundance of territory to explore at the intersection of engineering and the arts. So say Professor Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools, and Professor Steven Tepper, dean of ASU’s Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. “Collisions” between engineers and artists often produce a fertile breeding ground for creativity and innovation, Squires and Tepper agree. They suggest that might be demonstrated in an entertaining fashion if engineering, arts and design students competed in a zombie costume contest. But, seriously, they conclude, the mixing of the artistic spirit and the drive to engineer solutions to big challenges is a recipe for making a better world.

  • Plastic Pollution Is Showing Up in Our Poop

    Plastic Pollution Is Showing Up in Our Poop

    More than nine billion tons of plastics have been produced since the mid-20th century and plastic waste has found its way not only into our much of natural environment but also into humans. Researchers say many tiny bits of the waste — called microplastics — are being ingested by a large percentage of the human population. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, says there seems to be no immediate cause for alarm, but the news should cause close examination of the potential for negative health impacts from the microplastics we are ingesting and even inhaling.

  • ASU, ARL researches tout superhero-like strength with new alloys

    ASU, ARL researches tout superhero-like strength with new alloys

    New super-strong copper-tantalum alloys have been developed by Army researchers in collaboration with a mechanical engineering and materials science research team led by Fulton Schools Professor Pedro Peralta and Associate Professor Kiran Solanki. With the alloy’s ability to withstand extreme temperatures and powerful impacts, it’s being compared to vibranium, a fictional material used in Captain America’s shield and the Black Panther’s super-hero outfit.  

  • Cities looking at how self-driving cars can change their communities

    Cities looking at how self-driving cars can change their communities

    Despite a slow start in the use of self-driving cars, experts say it is all but inevitable that autonomous vehicles will become a larger part of our transportation environment — especially in busy cities. Lina Karam, a Fulton Schools Professor of electrical and computer engineering who studies autonomous vehicles, says local governments and city planners need to start preparing for the ways a proliferation of self-driving vehicles will impact urban infrastructure needs.

  • ASU, UNSW students innovate to create zero waste

    ASU, UNSW students innovate to create zero waste

    Fulton Schools mechanical engineering graduate student Sudhanshu Biyani was part of the ASU student team that won the top prize at the recent PLuS Alliance Circular Economy ResourCE Hack. The competition was designed to inspire ideas for zero-waste alternatives to waste management challenges. Biyani and his teammates developed Farmer’s Friend, an app to connect farmers and end users of food waste.

  • Blockchain ready: how Master’s students at ASU are preparing for the blockchain-powered future

    Blockchain ready: how Master’s students at ASU are preparing for the blockchain-powered future

    ASU students are getting more opportunities to learn about one of the fastest-emerging and highest-paying software fields: blockchain engineering. Blockchain technology is a key driver of cryptocurrencies and the digital economy. ASU is becoming a leader in the field as home to the Blockchain Research Laboratory, directed by Fulton Schools Research Professor Dragan Boscovic, and the Blockchain Innovation Society, an international student-led group. Now the Fulton Schools Master of Computer Science degree program offers six courses focusing on various aspects of blockchain engineering and development.  

  • ASU researchers develop tool to help determine a neighborhoods walkability

    ASU researchers develop tool to help determine a neighborhoods walkability

    Researchers in ASU’s College of Health Solutions are analyzing the “walkability” of neighborhoods as part of a study to assess the effect of specific neighborhoods’ characteristics in helping people stick to physical activity regimens — or discouraging them from continuing their aerobic exercise routines. To get accurate data for the study, the researchers turned to three Fulton Schools computer scientists, Associate Professor Ross Maciejewski, Assistant Professor Ariane Middel and graduate student Akshar Patel. They are developing a unique tool to reveal the correlation between certain neighborhood features and residents’ level of physical activity.

     

  • What is climate-ready infrastructure? Some cities are starting to adapt

    What is climate-ready infrastructure? Some cities are starting to adapt

    Floods, heat waves, storms, hurricanes, wildfires and other damaging natural events are becoming more intense with the growing effects of climate change. Associate Professor Mikhail Chester and Professor Brad Allenby, faculty members in the Fulton Schools’ civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program, warn that current infrastructure doesn’t have the resilience to withstand the onslaught of the extreme weather events likely to occur more frequently. They look at ways our infrastructure systems can be adapted to hold up against burgeoning climatic threats.

  • ASU granted $3M to build smart cities education program

    ASU granted $3M to build smart cities education program

    Fulton Schools faculty members will have leading roles in a new interdisciplinary graduate-level program for those aspiring to be future leaders of endeavors to design and develop “smart cities.” The Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living program will train students to become the engineers, scientist, entrepreneurs and policymakers capable of shaping cities in human-center ways. Troy McDaniel, Fulton Schools assistant research professor and associate director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing, says industry partners, nonprofits and community groups will be involved in the training program and smart cities research projects.

    See Also: $3M grant supports education and training on smart cities, ASU NOW, September 21

  • ASU Professors tackle large-scale public health challenges in partnership with Dignity Health

    ASU Professors tackle large-scale public health challenges in partnership with Dignity Health

    ASU and Dignity Health, one of the largest health care facility corporations, are collaborating on an initiative to seek solutions for major medical challenges. A series of initial grants are funding research intended to achieve the goal. The funded projects include two that will be led by Vikram Kodibagkar and Brent Vernon, Fulton Schools associate professors of biomedical engineering. Kodibagkar will work on developing advances in magnetic resonance imaging of brain tumors. Vernon will lead a multi-institutional program to translate liquid embolics  to clinics.

     

  • ASU researchers are grasping onto the future of soft robotics

    ASU researchers are grasping onto the future of soft robotics

    Combining expertise in robotics, haptic technologies, biomedical engineering, 3D printing and polymer molding, Fulton Schools researchers are developing devices and techniques to improve neuromuscular rehabilitation. Assistant Professor Panagiotis Polygerinos and Assistant Research Professor Qiushi Fu are leading work that promises to provide customized therapies to help people to regain lost motor skills in their hands and legs caused by injuries or strokes.

     

  • Fighting fake photos, one social media stream at a time

    Fighting fake photos, one social media stream at a time

    Today’s imaging and voice technologies make it increasingly possible to manipulate photos and videos to give viewers false impressions of what they’re seeing and hearing. But there are experts who can use other technologies to verify the veracity of the content of pictures and video productions. Some of those experts work for Truepic, a tech company focused on image authenticity, which is teaming with ASU’s Weaponized Narrative Initiative to combat the purveyors of misleading manufactured news reports and images. Fulton Schools Professor Brad Allenby, the initiative’s co-founding director, hopes to see the effort counter some of the disinformation schemes attempting to influence the national midterm elections.

  • Staying ahead of cyberattacks

    Staying ahead of cyberattacks

    Despite regular news about malicious hackers successfully breaching the defenses meant to protect websites and other electronic repositories of personal or confidential data and other information, researchers are making strides in thwarting cybercriminals. In an ASU KEDtalk, Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Paulo Shakarian explained what he and others are doing to fend off impending cyberattacks. Shakarian is director of the Cyber-Socio Intelligent Systems Laboratory at ASU.

  • Arizona to create self-driving car research institute with Intel

    Arizona to create self-driving car research institute with Intel

    A venture to put Arizona at the forefront of research and development of self-driving automobiles was announced by the state’s governor, Doug Ducey. Much of the research for new Institute for Automated Mobility, formed in partnership with Intel Corp., will be conducted at Arizona’s state universities. Fulton Schools Professor Sethuraman Panchanathan was named the institute’s senior science adviser. Panchanathan, ASU’s executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer, said the institute will become the central repository of knowledge to help industry provide reliable autonomous vehicles.

    Read more news coverage:  East Valley Tribune, KTAR News, ABC15Venture BeatCNETArizona Daily StarAutomotive NewsArizona Capitol TimesAz Big MediaHavasu NewsYuma SunPinal CentralRose Law Group Reporter

     

  • Going to waste: Virologists say sewage systems are flush with opportunity

    Going to waste: Virologists say sewage systems are flush with opportunity

    Climate change and globalization are two factors leading to disease-carrying viruses finding their way to more places around the world. Scientists say more intensive environmental surveillance could help halt the spread of viruses. One way Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden wants to do that is through a global wastewater-monitoring initiative he has launched. He hopes to see more work related to the research he is leading in ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering. Halden and his team are developing new and improved methods of monitoring and analyzing wastewater to reveal information about public health conditions. Such efforts could help pinpoint where viruses are moving.

  • Arizona university researchers collaborate to forecast, track flooded infrastructure

    Arizona university researchers collaborate to forecast, track flooded infrastructure

    The National Science Foundation is funding a project to develop a forecast, risk assessment and communications network to help Arizona communities protect themselves from the dangers of extreme flooding. The project involving infrastructure and sustainability researchers at each of Arizona’s three public universities will be led by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Mikhail Chester. The network he envisions will employ smart phones, webcams, data streams, crowdsourcing and social media to track the buildup of floods in real time.

    See Also: What data teaches about flood forecasting: NAU researcher co-leading crowdsourced app to gauge flood water, NAU News, October 3

    Crowdsourced app gauges flood waters, Michigan Tech News, October 3

    Scientists aim to use crowdsourced data to improve flood predictions, University at Buffalo News Center, October 8

  • Aging infrastructure/Building with better concrete/ Wearable Monitor

    Aging infrastructure/Building with better concrete/ Wearable Monitor

    Mikhail Chester, Fulton Schools assistant professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, wants to help the Phoenix metro area avoid some of the infrastructure problems being faced by major urban regions such as the Los Angeles area. Narayanan Neithalath, also an assistant professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, is trying to find cost-effective ways of providing new materials to enable reduced use of conventional cement and its problematic environmental consequences. Jeffrey La Belle, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is leading research to produce wearable monitors that provide people vital — and possibly life-saving — real-time information about their physical conditions.

  • ASU brings home 2 Emmys

    ASU brings home 2 Emmys

    A commercial entitled “Ocean” featuring ASU graduate student Charles Rolsky and Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden has won a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award. The awards are bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in television. The commercial focuses on Rolsky’s efforts to help find ways to protect oceans from environmental degradation. He conducts research in ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, which Halden directs. Rolsky likes that the commercial makes science “look really cool.”

  • The inconvenient consequences of a culture of convenience

    The inconvenient consequences of a culture of convenience

    The “afterlife” of plastics is much longer than this ubiquitous material’s useful lifespan, says Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden. And the longevity of plastics that don’t degrade poses growing problems for the health of the planet’s environment, wildlife and humans. Those problems can potentially have negative consequences for decades, centuries and millennia, says Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering. He and other researchers — along with some businesses, citizens’ groups and recycling programs — are searching for solutions.

  • Arizona State University’s New Engineering School Is a Case Study For Sustainable Desert Architecture

    Arizona State University’s New Engineering School Is a Case Study For Sustainable Desert Architecture

    The Fulton Schools’ new student residential complex on ASU’s Tempe campus is described as a shining example of eco-friendly architecture. Its features include a wind-capture system for natural ventilation and permeable surfaces the allow storm water filtration, along with perforated aluminum louvers that are part of a larger shading systems — all of which helps to reduce heat gain the desert environment. And then there are the exposed “guts” of the building that give the resident engineering students a close look at the complex’s interior infrastructure and operating systems.

  • ASU researchers develop blood test that can help predict cancer prognosis

    ASU researchers develop blood test that can help predict cancer prognosis

    Working with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, ASU researchers are trying to improve the survival rates of people with pancreatic cancer. A team led by Tony Wu, a Fulton Schools professor of biomedical engineering, is contributing to those efforts by developing new methods of detecting hypoxia in pancreatic cancer patients. Hypoxia is a condition that deprives tumor tissue of adequate oxygen. The higher the level of hypoxia, the more difficult it is to treat cancerous tumors.

September

2018
  • Connecting the Dots at ASU

    Connecting the Dots at ASU

    A bit over a year ago, 1,500 ASU engineering students living in the Fulton Schools’ new Tooker House campus residential complex got Amazon Echo Dots, making them members of one of the first voice-technology-enabled learning-enhanced communities. Now the University Technology Office is helping other members of the ASU community learn about the benefits of the voice-controlled computing and information device. Engineering student Carter Kwon recently joined UTO leaders to provide some Echo Dot education and training to students, faculty and staff at ASU at Lake Havasu.

  • Fuel Efficiency And Smog In Arizona

    Fuel Efficiency And Smog In Arizona

    There is strong debate swirling around proposals to ease federal air-quality standards and other environmental regulations — including fuel efficiency requirements for automobiles. Arizona is among places where officials are raising concerns about the potential impacts of such changes. Fulton Schools Professor Ram Pendyala says such regulations have actually sparked innovation by encouraging manufacturers to develop more fuel-efficient cars and less polluting technologies.

    See also, Proposed Trump Administration fuel efficiency standards causing concerns for public health, KJZZ news, September 26

  • Research Looks at Stress Corrosion Cracking

    Research Looks at Stress Corrosion Cracking

    A big step toward solutions to metals corrosion has been made by a research team led by Karl Sieradzki, a Fulton Schools professor of materials and science engineering. Catastrophic failures of metal structures such as large bridges have resulted from a phenomenon called stress corrosion cracking. It happens when corrosive environmental factors and tensile stress combine to damage metals. The work of Sieradzki’s team has pointed the way to formulating new designs for metal alloys that could help prevent stress corrosion-induced structural failures.

     

  • Left-over landfill: Peoria to remove 4,000 cubic yards of debris at $250,000 for road project

    Left-over landfill: Peoria to remove 4,000 cubic yards of debris at $250,000 for road project

    One of growing municipalities bordering Phoenix is embarking on a substantial environmental restoration project — removing a large amount of old landfill debris buried beneath ground surface running along and under a roadway. The cleanup effort is part of a larger street improvement project along a stretch of one of the city’s major thoroughfares. Fulton Schools Professor Edward Kavazanjian, director of a National Science Foundation geotechnical engineering research center at ASU, explains how the debris problem likely developed and persisted, and how such land can be restored and made viable for urban redevelopment.  

  • What will humans look like in 100 years?

    What will humans look like in 100 years?

    Six scientists and engineers envision what coming waves of technological advancement might mean for the future of the human body. Among the speculations are bodies enhanced by mechanical exoskeletons, body shops that provide people regular physical and physiological upgrades and the possibility of transforming into cyborgs. Fulton Schools Professor Brad Allenby, co-author of the book The Techno-Human Condition, sees an evolving fusion of humans and technology on the horizon that could alter basic human cognition and meld the natural world and the engineered world.

     

  • ASU partnership develops new method for diagnosing tuberculosis

    ASU partnership develops new method for diagnosing tuberculosis

    Researchers at ASU and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine are joining forces to ramp up the battle against tuberculosis. They’ll focus on development of new and more accurate and effective methods to diagnose the disease, which is a bacterial infection. It’s a challenging task, explains Jeffrey La Belle, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The problem is that tuberculosis patients can often contract co-infections that results in some symptoms of a disease masking the symptoms of other infectious diseases, making it difficult to correctly diagnose patients’ conditions and prescribe the best treatment, La Belle says.

  • New ocean conservation club makes a big splash at ASU

    New ocean conservation club makes a big splash at ASU

    Fulton Schools chemical engineering students Roberta Candela and Amanda Smith are among the leaders of the new ASU Ocean Conservation Club. The group is raising awareness about the importance of protecting fragile marine life ecosystems. The club’s work will include trips to participate in beach cleanup projects to reduce the amount of trash that could harm fish and other sea creatures. They’ll undertake other efforts to advocate for related environmental conservation education and practices.

  • ASU’s Tooker House Is Engineered for Its Students and Climate

    ASU’s Tooker House Is Engineered for Its Students and Climate

    An onsite classroom and a large maker space for studying and working on class projects and research experiments. Architectural, design, construction and infrastructure features that can serve as a teaching tool for engineering students. Amazon Echo voice-controlled smart speakers for residents. Gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council. Pedestrian-friendly surrounding environment. All these factors led the national MultiFamily Executive group to make the new Fulton Schools campus residential complex the winner of its 2018 MFE Award for student housing.

     

  • Third ASU Innovation Open offers student ventures chance to win $100k

    Third ASU Innovation Open offers student ventures chance to win $100k

    A business pitch competition for aspiring student entrepreneurs is among the ways ASU and the Fulton Schools supports the aspirations of students to put their education to use by developing market solutions for society’s technological challenges. ASU partners with the global electronics company Avnet to organize the Innovation Open. Fulton Schools Dean Kyle Squires is looking forward to seeing the event attract more student startup teams each year.

  • Arizona: Billion Dollar Boom

    Arizona: Billion Dollar Boom

    Business forecasters are saying tech industries — including aviation companies like Boeing — are poised to continue expanding throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and other locales in central and southern Arizona. One reason: the region’s supply chain of well-educated prospective employees — particularly the 21,000 thousand students enrolled in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

  • SPARK App League gives young students chance to code, learn about college

    SPARK App League gives young students chance to code, learn about college

    The Smithsonian, Waymo self-driving cars, the town of Gilbert and the Fulton Schools teamed up to bring middle school and high school students to ASU’s Polytechnic campus for a two-day competition called the SPARK App League. The event was designed not only to teach young students some coding but to give them a taste of what high education can offer through science, technology and engineering studies.

  • The end of stitches?

    The end of stitches?

    Using tiny pieces of gold intertwined with silk and activating a bonding process by heat from a laser, Kaushal Rege and his research team have developed a way to heal wounds with a new kind of bandage, thus eliminating the need for stitches to repair body tissue. Rege, a Fulton Schools professor of chemical engineering, says such laser-activated nanosealants are more effective in healing wounds and minimizing infection.

    See also: Bandages laser-bonded to your skin may fix wounds better than stitches, New Scientist, September 13 (subscription required)

  • Gila River Indian Community members see traditional house designs come to life

    Gila River Indian Community members see traditional house designs come to life

    What transforms houses into family homes, and homes into communities? Key factors are domiciles and residential developments designed with climate and cultural traditions in mind. The ideas of “culturally relevant” housing and “design sovereignty” are guiding efforts by Wanda Dalla Costa and her students to help members of Arizona’s Native American Indian communities ensure their new housing projects will reflect those concepts and the traditional values of indigenous people. Dalla Costa is an Institute Professor of architecture in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in the Fulton Schools and ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

  • Catalyst: Plastics and fertilizer in our oceans

    Catalyst: Plastics and fertilizer in our oceans

    It took Charlie Rolsky a while to get his academic pursuits on track toward a career, but the ASU doctoral student found motivation through his work in the university’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering directed by Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden. Halden says he foresees Rolsky making significant contributions to society through his studies — both in the research lab and in the field — of the growing threat of environmental contamination from the tons of plastic waste accumulating in the world’s oceans.

  • All bark, no byte: ASU students create robotic dog

    All bark, no byte: ASU students create robotic dog

    Designed to aid visually impaired humans, a dog-mimicking robot constructed by several Fulton Schools students for their capstone engineering design project uses artificial intelligence and a Go Pro camera to understand verbal commands, communicate directions and evaluate potential hazards for their users. The team’s mechanized canine earned a top prize at the Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest in Shanghai.

    See also: Robot dog leads the pack, Science Node, September 12

    Dorks Estate: ASU engineering team wins first place with robotic guide dog (podcast), The State Press, September 16

    Robotic guide dog leads Arizona State University team to 1st prize at Intel Cup, Association for Computing Machinery Tech News, August 21 

     

  • ASU research finds better predictors of metal structure failures

    ASU research finds better predictors of metal structure failures

    Research led by Karl Sieradzki, Fulton Schools professor of materials science and engineering, has shown how new metal alloys can be designed to avoid stress corrosion-induced failure that leads to damage to bridges, power plants, aircraft and other engineered structures. Fellow researchers from ASU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory participated in the project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    See also: Decoupling stress and corrosion to predict metal failure, Science Daily, September 10

  • ASU’s Global Launch hosts international students for science and tech training

    ASU’s Global Launch hosts international students for science and tech training

    Students coming to ASU from around the world to earn degrees in science, engineering and technology are also getting opportunities to learn business and entrepreneurship skills. ASU’s Global Launch program hosts educational sessions led by experts such Steve Cho, a lecturer in the Fulton Schools technological and entrepreneurship management program. Cho brings almost three decades of experience in industry to his efforts to prepare students for the technology-related business world.

  • Pulling water from air using technology and traditional methods

    Pulling water from air using technology and traditional methods

    Zero Mass Water, a startup company founded by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science, has developed a system that use solar energy technology to produce drinking water from sunlight and air. It’s one of several similar systems being refined and applied to ventures to provide more water to the world’s growing population, as well as for agriculture and industrial operations.

    See also: How to drink from enormous lakes in the air, BBC, September 7

  • Where did the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch come from? How do we stop it?

    Where did the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch come from? How do we stop it?

    Every year, an estimated 8 million to 12 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons already in our marine environments, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Incredibly, trash has reached the stomachs of some of the deepest fish in the ocean, with researchers estimating 73 percent of deepwater fish in the North Atlantic Ocean had eaten particles of plastic, known as microplastics. And it’s not just fish or marine life that’s affected says Rolf Halden, a professor of environmental health engineering at Arizona State University. Every human being in the developed world has traces of plastic constituents in his or her blood.

    See also: Ocean Cleanup steams out to sea in test run to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch, WHAS ABC News – San Francisco, September 7

  • NeoLight Wins AZBio Fast Lane Award

    NeoLight Wins AZBio Fast Lane Award

    The Arizona Bioindustry Association announced that NeoLight has won a 2018 AZBio Fast Lane Award in recognition of its success in moving from its initial development stage into commercialization. NeoLight is an Arizona-based medical device company that develops empathy-driven, best-in-class technologies for the newborn care market. The company began as an ASU spin-out with $7,000 in funding from the university after winning the Edson student entrepreneurship competition in 2014. The NeoLight team will be honored by Arizona’s bioscience and business communities at the 2018 AZBio Awards on October 3 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

August

2018

July

2018
  • Is this the end of household chores?

    Is this the end of household chores?

    Artificial intelligence technology has advanced to the point that smart robotic technologies able to perform conventional household tasks are conceivable — but still far from actually achievable. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Siddharth Srivastava explains the many challenging computational, robotics and AI advances that would be necessary to develop an efficient, fully functional and reliably capable home assistant.

  • ASU research demonstrates silicon-based tandem photovoltaic modules can compete in solar market

    ASU research demonstrates silicon-based tandem photovoltaic modules can compete in solar market

    The goal of making renewable solar energy economically competitive with conventional electric power sources is looking closer on the horizon with results being achieved by Fulton Schools researchers. Work by Assistant Research Professor Zengshan Yu, Assistant Professor Zachary Holman and Joe V. Carpenter, a graduate student research assistant, has led to technology combining silicon with another photovoltaic material — perovskite. That kind of tandem solar cell promises to exceed the efficiency of current cells in converting sunlight into energy while still being cost-competitive in the energy marketplace.

  • Arizona State University And Dash Publish New Research On Blockchain Scalability

    Arizona State University And Dash Publish New Research On Blockchain Scalability

    Fulton Schools researchers continue to explore the potential of emerging digital currency and e-commerce networks. Using the resources of the Blockchain Research Lab directed by Research Professor Dragan Boscovic and the Center for Assured and Scalable Data Engineering (CASCADE), researchers are mapping out the feasibility of operating those networks at larger scales. The work has produced a new research paper reporting on what simulations of various scaling scenarios are revealing about the outlook for significant expansion of the digital economy. Dash, a digital currency and e-commerce enterprise, is supporting the research. Dash Core will soon have “a credible path to scaling further in the future,” says CEO Ryan Taylor.

    See also: Arizona State University Blockchain Research Lab and DASH partner for scalability analysis effort, Bitcoin Exchange Guide, August 1

    Dash & ASU Blockchain Research Lab discuss new research on scaling solutions, Crowd Insider, July 31

    Arizona State University, Dash explore blockchain scalability issues in new research, EconoTimes, July 31

    ASU’s Blockchain Research Lab explains Dash to general public, Dash Force News. July 27

  • Amazing genes: Gene editing technology that could cure disease and turn the medical world on its ear

    Amazing genes: Gene editing technology that could cure disease and turn the medical world on its ear

    Samira Kiani, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of biomedical engineering, leads an eye-opening discussion on the groundbreaking medical advances that could be on the horizon with gene editing. Kiani has extensive experience working with CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology and in employing it to develop synthetic gene circuits used to reprogram the behavior and functions of mammalian cells. The technology could allow researchers to repair or disable genes and more closely approximate nature, making it possible to potentially provide the correct template to a cell to repair mutations that are causing a particular genetic disease.

     

  • Arizona’s construction industry aims to train more women

    Arizona’s construction industry aims to train more women

    The Arizona Department of Transportation and ASU are among those leading efforts to bring more women into the construction industry. Forty percent of the participants in the ADOT-sponsored Construction Academy classes are women. At ASU, about 40 construction management and construction engineering students are active in the Advancing Women in Construction organization, which offers a mentorship program aimed at helping women pursue careers in construction professions.

  • Beyond silicon: $1.5 billion U.S. program aims to spur new types of computer chips

    Beyond silicon: $1.5 billion U.S. program aims to spur new types of computer chips

    Fulton Schools Associate Professor Daniel Bliss has a leading role in one of numerous new projects supported by the U.S. Department of Defense’s research agency to ignite progress toward the next generation of computer chips. The aim is to make computing more powerful and more energy efficient. New chips to speed up computer processing could spark a big wave of innovation in a wide range of technologies. Bliss will focus on advancing computer chip architecture, with an eye on improving the performance of communications technologies. Read more about his new research project, Designing the computational architecture of the future.

    See also:  DARPA chooses teams for $1.5 billion electronics initiative, National Defense magazine, July 24

    DARPA picks its first set of winners in Electronics Resurgence Initiative, IEEE Spectrum, July 24

    DARPA selects teams for $1.5 billion eletronics effort, Signal magazine, July 25

    DARPA selects teams to unleash power of specialized, reconfigurable computing hardware, Electronic Component News, July 25

    ASU, UA awarded grants to expand computing technology, KJZZ (NPR), July 25

    Chipmakers look past Moore’s law, and silicon, Science, July 27

  • Don’t Drink the Mummy Juice

    Don’t Drink the Mummy Juice

    News of the opening of a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus in Egypt sparked quick reactions on the internet, particularly a suggestion of a reason to imbibe the reddish liquid inside the container along with the human skeletal remains. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, had his own strong recommendation in response: Don’t do it. But he did offer to have his lab analyze a sample to help clear up any mystery about the nature of the liquid.   

  • Phoenix tipping, pay app to offer cryptocurrency options; aims for global growth

    Phoenix tipping, pay app to offer cryptocurrency options; aims for global growth

    Fulton Schools Research Professor Dragan Boscovic, director of the ASU Blockchain Research Lab, offers some clarity about the legal and financial implications for a new business venture based on a pay-or-tip app that is launching its own cryptocurrency as part of a global expansion effort.

     

  • Catalyst: smart, efficient trash cans

    Catalyst: smart, efficient trash cans

    A group of Arizona State University students have come up with an innovative way to make trash collection and disposal more efficient and economical. With their Hygiea sensing system, the amount of waste materials in a trash receptacle can be intensively monitored, providing information that enables users to practice effective small-scale waste management — saving time, money and resources. Surya Iyer, a graduate student in the Fulton Schools management of technology program, and Saiman Shetty, who earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering in the Fulton Schools, are involved in the Hygiea venture.

  • Local company, ASU students create cool solution for lake lovers

    Local company, ASU students create cool solution for lake lovers

    Through the Fulton Schools eProjects program that partners students with industry to work on real-world technology solutions, students at the Polytechnic School and a misting systems company found a way to keep boating enthusiasts comfortable during hot summers days. They developed a a solar energy-powered mechanism that draws water from lakes or other waterways, then purifies the water before spraying it in tiny droplets into the boat, keeping the occupants cool.

  • ASU, Embry-Riddle students build pod for Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition

    ASU, Embry-Riddle students build pod for Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition

    The hopes of more than 60 ASU and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students are riding on a 10-foot-long, self-propelled, high-speed transport pod they have designed and built for an international competition sponsored by tech guru Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. Graduate and undergraduate students majoring in engineering, business, graphic design and other disciplines combined their skills for the AZLoop project.

    See also: ASU to showcase Hyperloop pod at international SpaceX competition, 3TV/CBS 5 News, July 13

    Composites One helps Arizona State Hyperloop team prepare for SpaceX competition, Composites Manufacturing, July 9

  • Make the robot dance and the chips fly

    Make the robot dance and the chips fly

    Four recent Fulton Schools graduates impressed engineers at Raytheon, the major defense industry company, with their solution for repairing a massive robotic arm used in the company’s manufacturing operations. Recent graduates Rebecca Bell (robotics), Jesse Wittkowski (robotics and manufacturing), Aaron Dolgin (electrical engineering) and Riley Chicci (robotics) teamed up to fix the 13,000-pound robotic arm at the Innovation Hub on ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

  • Company making smart pool gate locks

    Company making smart pool gate locks

    The many children who are victims of drowning or near-drowning in home swimming pools each year motivated Fulton Schools software engineering student Kevin Hale and a business partner to develop the Halen Smart Lock. Their device designed to be placed on a pool gate contains a sensor that will send an alert to a phone when the gate has been opened or closed. The device enables users to deadbolt the gate so it cannot be opened. The venture has been supported by the Ashton Family Venture Challenge, which is part of ASU’s Startup Funding Network.

  • The right mix of gut microbes relieves autism symptoms in the long run

    The right mix of gut microbes relieves autism symptoms in the long run

    One way to improve the health of children with autism might be to alter the makeup of the mix of bacteria and other microbes that live in human intestines. Research by Fulton Schools Associate Professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and colleagues at the ASU Biodesign Institute’s Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology indicates that introducing a more diverse mix into what’s called the gut microbiome helps alleviate digestive issues and behavioral symptoms associated with autism. Krajmalnik-Brown reported on a two-year study on the treatment at a recent Beneficial Microbes Conference.

  • How has hacking evolved, and how much is consumer data worth?

    How has hacking evolved, and how much is consumer data worth?

    Computer system hacking has grown increasingly complex, making cybersecurity an ever-evolving challenge, says Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Adam Doupé, who is associate director of ASU’s Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. With more and more valuable information online, Doupé warns that the financial incentives for cyber attacks are getting bigger and massive hacking can do more damage than ever.

    See also: Arizona professor explains how hacking evolved to data theft, Claims Journal, July 13

  • Solar technology seeking a balance

    Solar technology seeking a balance

    Work that is contributing to the evolutionary advance toward reliable and affordable solar energy systems and technologies is being led at ASU by Fulton Schools Professor Christiana Honsberg in the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies research center and by Fulton Schools Professor Vijay Vittal at the Power Systems Engineering Research Center and Assistant Professor Nathan Johnson at the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions.  

  • AZLoop a high-speed gateway to space for ASU mechanical engineer

    AZLoop a high-speed gateway to space for ASU mechanical engineer

    Fulton Schools mechanical and electrical engineering students are among leaders of the AZLoop team competing in the international Hyperloop challenge to design and build a prototype high-speed transportation system. Started by prominent SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the competition is bringing 18 teams of college students to California this month to vie for a place in the Hyperloop’s final round.

    See also: Students from ASU, Embry-Riddle enter SpaceX competition, AZCentral.com, July 10

    ASU students unveil pod in second try at SpaceX Hyperloop challenge, Phoenix Business Journal, July 10

     

  • Here’s an Idea: Engineering Real-Life ‘Superpowers’

    Here’s an Idea: Engineering Real-Life ‘Superpowers’

    Technologies that enhance human physical capabilities are the focus of many new endeavors by engineers. Among the more notable of these ventures are the exoskeleton devices being designed, built and tested by Fulton Schools Professor Tom Sugar and some of his students. A podcast that explores several examples of technologies that can bestow “superpowers” on their users featured a wearable jetpack produced by Sugar and Jason Kerestes, who earned a master’s degree from the Fulton Schools, that enables users to easily and significantly increase their running speed.

  • Scottsdale tech firm pledges $1M to help 100 women pursue STEM careers

    Scottsdale tech firm pledges $1M to help 100 women pursue STEM careers

    Ashley Bruner, a recent graduate of Xavier College Preparatory high school in Phoenix, is the first recipient of vCore Technology Partners’ “Women in Technology” scholarship. She will use the scholarship to support studies in the Fulton Schools’ computer systems engineering program in the fall. Within that field, Bruner plans to focus on information assurance. See related information at vCORE Women in Technology Scholarship.

    See also: Ashley Bruner wins inaugural vCore scholarship for women in technology, Scottsdale Independent, July 11

  • Mesa teacher gets national award for STEM teaching

    Mesa teacher gets national award for STEM teaching

    Erik Von Burg, a teacher who for a decade has worked with the Arizona FIRST LEGO League — a robotics and STEM education program for young students managed by the Fulton Schools — was recently awarded the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is bestowed by the White House Office of Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation. Von Burg is a specialist for the Mesa Public Schools’ program for gifted students.

June

2018
  • Academia and Industry Partnerships Go Far Beyond Internships

    Academia and Industry Partnerships Go Far Beyond Internships

    The Fulton Schools are being recognized as an innovator in developing productive partnerships between industry and academia to more comprehensively educate the next generation of engineers. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers reports on the efforts being led by Fulton Schools Dean Kyle Squires to give students opportunities to engage with real-world engineering pursuits early in their college years. Career Center Director Robin Hammond says industry is in turn engaging with students in educational and research endeavors. Some of the most prominent high-tech companies now have collaborative arrangements with the Fulton Schools.

  • How do Arizonans’ online protections compare in wake of California privacy law?

    How do Arizonans’ online protections compare in wake of California privacy law?

    A new California law enables people to see how companies are using individuals’ personal data online. In addition, people can ask for such information to be deleted from online content. The regulatory action could start a trend that brings such privacy protection to Arizona, says Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Adam Doupé, who directs ASU’s Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Still, he thinks it will be difficult to completely deter the misuse of personal information that has been online at any time in the past.

  • Students learning about engineering, transportation through ASU

    Students learning about engineering, transportation through ASU

    About 100 Arizona high school students are getting a first-hand look at how engineering impacts everyday life through ASU’s Transportation Engineering Experience summer sessions. There are important lessons to be learned simply by examining all the transportation planning, technology and traffic management it takes to move people from one place to another in a busy urban area, says Professor Tirupalavanam Ganesh, the assistant dean of engineering education for the Fulton Schools, who helps to lead the program. More information at TEE@ASU.

     

  • Extreme heat could mean danger when flying

    Extreme heat could mean danger when flying

    Heat can lead to air travel hazards, says Fulton Schools faculty associate Michael Hampshire. The aviation instructor explains what pilots can do to reduce the risks of problems that extreme temperatures can create for aircraft. Using a flight simulator, he demonstrates some of the measures that can be taken to avoid emergency situations.

  • Tempe company explores 3D printing for NASA spacecraft

    Tempe company explores 3D printing for NASA spacecraft

    Engineers have been looking at structures created by nature for ideas to improve the design and manufacture of new products and technologies. Fulton Schools Associate Professor Dhruv Bhate explores potential nature-inspired technical solutions at ASU’s Biomimicry Center. Now he is using his skills to help a local tech company see if 3D printing can mimic natural structures. If it works, the process could help improve NASA’s fleet by enabling the manufacture of devices and components for spacecraft that are stronger and lighter.

     

  • Lessons learned from U.S. Navy microgrids in Hawaii

    Lessons learned from U.S. Navy microgrids in Hawaii

    Energy industry representatives and military and government leaders who gathered at conference on the Hawaiian island of Oahu got sobering news about continuing challenges hindering efforts to establish more resilient sources of energy on the island. Better news came from Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Nathan Johnson, director of ASU’s Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions. Johnson described the Microgrid Boot Camp he helps to lead. The program is educating engineers, entrepreneurs and students — many of them military veterans — about working with new microgrid technologies and systems to provide communities with more reliable power.

     

  • A Conversation with Rao Kambhampati

    A Conversation with Rao Kambhampati

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if one day a computer writes a symphony that we enjoy,” says Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati in an extensive discussion about artificial intelligence and how it could shape the future. Kambhampati, whose expertise includes machine learning, says AI will definitely have bigger roles in more aspects of society, and human-machine interaction will become a more common part of our lives with advances in AI technology.

  • If you want to make more money in Arizona, major in engineering or computer science

    If you want to make more money in Arizona, major in engineering or computer science

    A report revealing the earning power of graduates from Arizona’s public universities, ranked by students’ major fields of study, finds that those in engineering and computer science are at the top. The study also found that all college graduates, regardless of their majors, are earning more money than people without college degrees, even when deducting payments for student loans. On average, engineering and computer science graduates are making almost twice as much as graduates in several nontechnical fields.

    See also: Which degrees will get you the most money in Arizona? Arizona Daily Star, June 19

  • How India is carving out a niche for itself in the field of Artificial Intelligence

    How India is carving out a niche for itself in the field of Artificial Intelligence

    High-tech experts, business analysts and government leaders see the potential for India to become a major force in expanding the use of artificial intelligence. Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati, computer scientist and president of the international Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, says that although other countries are leading in AI advances and applications, India has all the pieces in place to make significant progress in big data, machine learning, automation and other AI-related technologies.

    See also:

    Infra to collect data is the tough part (Professor Kambhampati talks about India’s AI infrastructure challenges), The Economic Times, June 16

     

  • The Alluring Dream of Carbon Capture

    The Alluring Dream of Carbon Capture

    Imagine a massive network of machines scrubbing the Earth’s atmosphere to remove carbon dioxide from the sky. Such a scenario is seen as a possible solution for taking the environmentally threatening greenhouse gas out of the air we breathe. But the idea has been dismissed by some because of the enormous cost of the technique. But Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, a leader in the new carbon-capture technologies, says the costs are coming down to a point where large-scale carbon dioxide removal can become a viable option.

  • Summer is no vacation for these faculty

    Summer is no vacation for these faculty

    Seven of 11 ASU researchers spending the summer in a Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care residency program are Fulton Schools faculty members. Through their expertise in computer science, electronics, artificial intelligence, medical diagnostic devices, bioengineering and biomarker technology, they’ll work to make progress on solving some of the biggest medical and health care challenges.

  • ASU team uses artificial intelligence to detect wildfires before they become catastrophic

    ASU team uses artificial intelligence to detect wildfires before they become catastrophic

    Fulbright Fellow David Azcona spent the past year working with Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Sharon Hsiao on research focused on educational data mining — delving into multimodal learning analytics in computer science education and the use of artificial intelligence in education. He also used his skills on a project with two ASU master’s degree students to develop computer software that analyzes data from a surveillance drone to detect wildfires. The project took fourth place at the recent U.S. Microsoft Imagine Cup, one of the leading student technology competitions, and will vie for an international grand prize in July.

     

     

  • Bitcoin goes to Wall Street: Cryptocurrency’s newest phase

    Bitcoin goes to Wall Street: Cryptocurrency’s newest phase

    A new online stock trading platform is under development that allows investors to buy and hold bitcoin. Along with the commodity exchanges that now offer investment in bitcoin futures, this signals that once highly mistrusted cryptocurrencies are edging closer to the mainstream in the financial industry. Dragan Boscovic, Fulton Schools research professor and Blockchain Research Lab director, talks about what this means for consumers, for Wall Street and for the economy’s evolution.

    See also:

    Cryptocurrencies to trade alongside precious metals in future, says director or Arizona’s blockchain lab, BTC Manager, June 16

    Bitcoin is a valued investment opportunity according to an Arizona State University professor, Crypto Coin News Journal, June 15

    ASU Blockchain Research Lab professor talks DLT & crypto to Wall Street, Bitcoin Exchange Guide, June 15

    Bitcoin a ‘valued investment opportunity’ says Arizona State University professor, Inside Bitcoins, June 14

  • You think it’s your friend calling, but it’s actually this growing phone scam

    You think it’s your friend calling, but it’s actually this growing phone scam

    A tactic called digital spoofing is making people more vulnerable to devious phone scams. It’s estimated that the overall costs of losses to victims of such scams is in the billions of dollars. Flaws in current telephone systems are enabling digital spoofing to proliferate, says Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Adam Doupe, the associate director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, whose expertise includes telephony security.

     

  • Should you use city water or bottled water?

    Should you use city water or bottled water?

    There are sound reasons to use tap water over bottled water, explains Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Water and Health. The reasons include not only economics but also sustainability, resource conservation and ecosystem protection.

     

  • The price of panic: ASU experts ground us in what AI really is and can be

    The price of panic: ASU experts ground us in what AI really is and can be

    In a commentary exploring directions in which artificial intelligence technology might be taken in the future, Subbarao Kambhampati contends speculation that AI presents a threat to human society is overinflated. The Fulton Schools professor of computer science and engineering, and president of the international Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, points out that it is humans who will control the behavioral responses AI will exhibit. So, the real issue is what decisions people will make in shaping AI.

     

  • At Arizona State University, pixelated aluminum louvers shade residence hall

    At Arizona State University, pixelated aluminum louvers shade residence hall

    The perforated aluminum louvered façade of the Fulton Schools’ new Tooker House student residential complex is lauded equally for its design, aesthetics and functionality. Combined with a sandstone panel façade, insulated metal panels and perforated aluminum screens, the structure achieves a significant reduction in solar heat gain while still providing residents natural daylighting indoors and expansive views of the outdoors. Plus, the design emulates the natural patterns and textures of the Southwest’s desert environment.

  • Computer Science Research Is Lacking In These Key Areas

    Computer Science Research Is Lacking In These Key Areas

    Even with the many tech innovations achieved in computer science in the past few decades, the field still needs to make some significant progress to fulfill growing needs. Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Mohamed Sarwat points to the necessity for advances in computer hardware, new applications and the computing systems to handle them, personal data protection systems and data system support for the internet of things as big challenges computer scientists need to overcome.

  • This Gasoline Is Made of Carbon Sucked From the Air

    This Gasoline Is Made of Carbon Sucked From the Air

    The Canadian company Carbon Engineering is developing a liquid fuel that would be carbon-free — providing gasoline that could help reduce the detrimental impacts of climate change by not adding additional carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner has pioneered the concept of capturing carbon dioxide from the air, a process that would be employed by the company to make the new kind of fuel. Lackner says Carbon Engineering is proving the process can work and could also become cost-effective.

    See also:

    Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought, Nature, June 7

    Carbon dioxide extraction moves toward commercialisation, Greener Ideal, June 10

    The potential pitfalls of sucking carbon from the atmosphere, Wired, June 13

  • ASU’s Tillman Scholars poised to tackle society’s toughest problems

    ASU’s Tillman Scholars poised to tackle society’s toughest problems

    Fulton Schools computer science doctoral student Vivin Paliath, an Arizona Army National Guard veteran, is one of two ASU graduate students to be named Tillman Scholars for the Class of 2018. He joins U.S. Air Force veteran Lindsay Lorson, a master’s student in ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, among only 60 recipients across the nation of this year’s Tillman scholarship awards. Pat Tillman was an ASU football star who later left the Arizona Cardinals NFL team to join the U.S. Army. He was killed while on duty in Afghanistan in 2004.

  • ASU to Study Water Savings at City of Phoenix Parks Thanks to Innovative Conservation Program Award

    ASU to Study Water Savings at City of Phoenix Parks Thanks to Innovative Conservation Program Award

    ASU Researchers will be looking at using composted “green waste” materials to replace traditional fertilizer for maintaining grass in public parks in Phoenix. An initial study indicates the compost could boost the water-retaining capacity of soils. If it works, the change could help conserve water, reduce parks maintenance costs and become an operational model program for other cities. Enrique Vivoni, a professor in the Fulton Schools and the School of Earth and Space Exploration, is leading the research team. Vivoni is a hydrologist whose work focuses on interactions between climate, ecosystems and landscapes.

  • 40 Under 40

    40 Under 40

    From more than 300 nominations, Phoenix Magazine selected 40 greater Phoenix area residents 40 years old or younger for demonstrating “brilliant or precocious accomplishment in their field.” Among them is Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Erin Walker. She is developing educational technology to customize instruction for students with different needs. Walker is also using robots to improve teaching of middle school math and boost students’ confidence in their math skills and she has helped to create an app to enhance students’ reading comprehension.

May

2018
  • Tempe uses wastewater to help fight drug abuse

    Tempe uses wastewater to help fight drug abuse

    Tempe is one of the first cities to employ advanced wastewater analysis to help combat drug abuse — particularly opioid abuse. The project uses resources in the Environmental Health Engineering Lab directed by Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden. The lab can test wastewater samples to estimate the number people using drugs in a specific area, the quantities of drugs consumed and the potential number of overdose incidents. Halden’s lab team includes Postdoctoral Research Associate Adam Gushgari, a recent graduate of the Fulton Schools Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering doctoral program, and two current doctoral students in the program, Ana Barrios and Erin Driver. Gushgari explained the research to Channel 12 News. Barrios, Driver and Halden did the same for the other news reports listed below.

    See also:

    Buscan en drenajes solución al problema de opioides (They are looking in drains for a solution to the problem of opioids), TeleMundo Arizona, May 30

    ASU scientists turn to wastewater to determine drug presence in the city, The State Press, May 31

    Can sewage provide clues on how to combat opioid crisis? The Fix, June 5

    ASU, Tempe study wastewater for opioid content, Easy Valley Tribune, June 7

  • Triclosan, A Chemical Found In Hand Sanitizers And Cookware, Linked To Gut Problems In New Mouse Study

    Triclosan, A Chemical Found In Hand Sanitizers And Cookware, Linked To Gut Problems In New Mouse Study

    Because it kills bacteria, the chemical compound triclosan has been a popular additive for use in a large number of consumer products, including hand sanitizers, toothpastes, cookware, clothes and furniture. But studies found it can have adverse impacts on human health, particularly causing gut problems. Fulton Schools Professor and director of the Center for Environmental Health Engineering Rolf Halden, whose research helped to raise awareness of the risks related to triclosan, says further studies are strengthening the case for caution in the use of the potentially harmful antimicrobial.

  • Words on water: Dr. Bruce Rittmann on Microbial Communities

    Words on water: Dr. Bruce Rittmann on Microbial Communities

    In a podcast produced by the international Water Environment Federation, Fulton Schools Professor Bruce Rittmann talks about how he and his team at the Swette Center Environmental Biotechnology are using communities of microbes in processes that can convert water pollutants into valuable resources. Rittmann also describes work that is advancing an array of water treatment technologies and improving the engineering and management of water systems.

  • Tempe, ASU to work together in wastewater monitoring to improve public health

    Tempe, ASU to work together in wastewater monitoring to improve public health

    The Center for Environmental Health Engineering directed by Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden will work the city of Tempe to monitor the local wastewater system for the presence of health-threatening substances. Halden’s lab will analyze sewage samples to provide real-time data on the presence of opioids and other addictive substances. The partnership is aimed at providing the city information that can guide its efforts to mount resources to stem the tide of addictions. Tempe is now one of hundreds of cities using Halden’s wastewater monitoring system.

    See also: Sewage is helping cities flush out the opioid crisis, Scientific American, May 25

    Tempe partners with ASU to study city wastewater to monitor public health, ABC 15 News – Phoenix, May 25

    Tempe. ASU to study wastewater for clues about opiod abuse, Cronkite News, May 24, and the Arizona Republic, May 31

    Tempe partners with ASU to detect drugs in wastewater, KJZZ (NPR), May 23

    ASU, Tempe testing for opioids in city’s sewage system, KTAR News, May 29

  • Preliminary Report: Self-Driving Uber Car Didn’t Alert Driver Of Collision Possibility

    Preliminary Report: Self-Driving Uber Car Didn’t Alert Driver Of Collision Possibility

    The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the self-driving Uber vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe. Lina Karam, a Fulton Schools professor of computer engineering, commented on what measures could be taken to help prevent such tragic mishaps. She recommended requiring stringent qualifications for operators to ensure their ability to safely control self-driving vehicles and incorporating into the vehicles a process that quickly alerts drivers to problems with autonomous systems.

     

  • Trashed cellphones sparking fires; ASU team working to make lithium batteries safer

    Trashed cellphones sparking fires; ASU team working to make lithium batteries safer

    Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in cell phones, laptop computers, cameras, power tools and electric cars are being linked to numerous fires breaking out in landfills where these electronic tools and devices are being dumped, as well as fires in garbage trucks. In a news report on the dangers of disposing of these electronics, Hanqing Jiang, a Fulton Schools professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, describes his research on using a layer of silicone inside lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries to reduce the threat of such fires.

  • Determining the Optimal Biomarker Frequency for Biosensors

    Determining the Optimal Biomarker Frequency for Biosensors

    Chi-En Lin’s research and development of multi-biomarker technology to diagnose diseases earned him the highly sought-after Metrohm USA’s Young Chemist Award earlier this year. In an interview with a major international health and medical news outlet, the Fulton Schools biomedical engineering doctoral student talks in detail about advances in biosensors and biomarkers and their growing role in detecting and managing complex diseases and in the development of personalized medicine. Lin is conducting his research under the guidance of Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Jeffrey La Belle.

  • Fear and hope in the age of AI

    Fear and hope in the age of AI

    A far-ranging exploration of the challenges posed by a world that artificial intelligence technology is increasingly reshaping taps into the perspective of Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and engineering, and president of the international Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. AI will definitely lead to “a reformulation of societies,” Kambhampati says, but much of what AI alters in our lives will amount to positive changes.

  • ASU students compete in urban search and rescue drone competition

    ASU students compete in urban search and rescue drone competition

    Six teams of Arizona State University students brought drones they had equipped with cameras and sensors to a campus gymnasium recently, where officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Administration watched as teams launched their aerial vehicles into a simulated disaster response scenario. Plans are to make the competition an annual event to showcase aerial vehicle innovation at ASU and to motivate students to help develop the next generation of life-saving search and rescue technology.

     

  • Smart dressers: Technology flourishes in wearable fashion designs

    Smart dressers: Technology flourishes in wearable fashion designs

    Arizona State University’s newly established fashion program is already breaking into the innovation mode through creative partnerships pairing students in various disciplines. One in particular involves a collaborative fashion technology class project that tapped the talents of Fulton Schools students. Class member Jenna Forrey, a human systems engineering student, and computer science student Abhik Chowdhury are among those who joined fashion program students in delving into designs for clothing featuring wearable technology inspired by science and engineering. Forrey’s and Chowdhury’s contributions are noted in an earlier article, Moving the needle on fashion education, ASU NOW, March 28.

  • ASU’s Greenes receives 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    ASU’s Greenes receives 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Authorship of numerous books on mathematics. Decades of research and teaching in the field. Directing Arizona State University’s PRIME Center to increase interest in STEM subjects among students from preschool to college. Editing the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics semiannual journal OnCore and the monthly “MATHgazine Senior” and “MATHgazine Junior” online publications. Those are among accomplishments that have earned the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award for Carole Greenes, a Fulton Schools professor of math education.

  • Hybridized Camaro speeds off to EcoCAR3 competition

    Hybridized Camaro speeds off to EcoCAR3 competition

    Arizona State University’s EcoCar3 team is one of the groups of students from 16 universities embarking on the first leg the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology competition. Their challenge: Develop a car into an electric-gas fuel hybrid and put it to demanding road tests and a series of technical demonstrations and design reviews. Fulton Schools students make up most of ASU’s team. Abdel Ra’ouf Mayyas, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of automotive engineering is the team’s faculty adviser.

  • ASU’s Swimming Olympian to graduate

    ASU’s Swimming Olympian to graduate

    Ivana Ninkovic followed the achievement of becoming an Olympic athlete for her native Bosnia and Herzegovina by becoming the Fulton Schools Spring 2018 Outstanding Engineering Management Program Graduate. Ninkovic competed on the Arizona State University swim team throughout her undergraduate years. She says ASU and the Fulton Schools turned out to be the perfect choice to pursue both her academic and athletic goals.

  • Arizona is poised to capitalize on growing microelectronic industry

    Arizona is poised to capitalize on growing microelectronic industry

    Arizona — especially the Phoenix metro area — is expected to benefit significantly from a global upswing in the microelectronics industry. Companies already in the state are expanding operations while others are relocating to the region. Local business leaders say that is certain to send companies to Arizona State University and other Arizona colleges and universities looking for new engineering talent. Details are in a report by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

  • Textbooks reveal lack in science education

    Textbooks reveal lack in science education

    Teaming with former ASU graduate student Rachel Yoho, Fulton Schools Professor Bruce Rittmann discovered that many introductory science textbooks give scant attention to some of today’s major environmental topics, particularly climate change and renewable energy technologies. Their findings are detailed in a paper recently published in the research journal Environmental Communication.

    See also: Very few pages devoted to climate change in introductory science textbooks, Science Daily, April 30

  • Nanotechnology Fuels Safe Lithium Ion Batteries

    Nanotechnology Fuels Safe Lithium Ion Batteries

    What Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering Candace Chan describes as a “very beautiful” metal oxide nanowire material may help produce the next generation of advanced battery technologies. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers reports that Chan’s research group has developed a new technique for making the material that improves the safety of lithium-ion batteries. A paper published in the research journal Applied Energy Materials reveals the science and engineering involved in the novel process.

  • ASU researchers create hexacopter to help keep Arizona canals clean

    ASU researchers create hexacopter to help keep Arizona canals clean

    The Salt River Project utility will be monitoring the environmental health of its 180 miles of canals in the Phoenix metro area with special drones developed by Fulton Schools faculty members and students, including Assistant Professors Wenlong Zhang and Panagiotis Polygerinos and graduate student Shatadal Mishra. Hexacopter drones will collect water samples from the canals that will be examined for contaminants.

    See also: SRP teams with ASU to develop high-tech drones Fox 10 News Phoenix, May 1

  • Engineering graduate student powers through illness

    Engineering graduate student powers through illness

    A tumor seriously impaired Fulton School student Stefano Chang’s vision and threatened to end his quest for a master’s degree in software engineering. He found a way to keep from getting too far behind in his schoolwork while enduring long hours of medical treatment. During the same time, he did the groundwork for his own software consulting business. Chang will receive his degree at the end of the spring semester.

     

April

2018
  • Finding passion in research that makes an impact

    Finding passion in research that makes an impact

    Motivated by a desire to find solutions to the drug-abuse crises afflicting countries throughout the world, Fulton Schools civil environmental and sustainable engineering doctoral student Adam Gushgari plans to work on establishing an environmental monitoring startup company soon after receiving his degree this semester. The idea for the venture is rooted in the research he conducted under Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden in the area of wastewater epidemiology.

  • To monitor the health of cities’ residents, look no further than their sewers

    To monitor the health of cities’ residents, look no further than their sewers

    Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden is among researchers expanding knowledge about human health through the emerging field of wastewater-based epidemiology. With their Human Health Observatory, a repository of samples from more than 300 water treatment plants around the world, Halden and his team at the Center for Environmental Health Engineering are compiling a large volume of valuable data that sheds light on the “metabolism” of large urban populations.

  • ASU entrepreneurs win more than $300,000 to nurture ventures

    ASU entrepreneurs win more than $300,000 to nurture ventures

    Several Fulton Schools students were among those to emerge from the ASU Venture Devils program’s competitive Demo Day event with funding for entrepreneurial efforts. Biomedical engineering doctoral student Nicholas Hool got support for earbud devices that help alleviate stress. Ann Grimes and Christian Coleman, who are receiving mechanical engineering degrees this spring, earned support for their flood irrigation control device. Chemical engineering student Alyssa Carlson and her Engineering Projects in Community Service team mates received funds to develop recreational and business opportunities in the small Shonto community in Navajo County, Arizona

  • Exploring — and learning — as an adventure

    Exploring — and learning — as an adventure

    With his degree from the Fulton Schools in information management technology — with a focus on entrepreneurship, Jay Patel plans to return to India and apply what he has learned in college to improving the quality of life in his homeland. Ventures to provide communities quality food at lower prices and a smart shopping app are on his agenda.

  • Students test their wits, showcase intelligence at the ASU Academic Bowl

    Students test their wits, showcase intelligence at the ASU Academic Bowl

    The winning team in the recent 2018 ASU Academic Bowl was captained by Fulton Schools aerospace engineering student Allan Garry. He helped lead his team to victory over another team of Fulton Schools students in the academic trivia competition’s championship round. Team members split more than $20,000 in scholarship money.

  • Could hydropanels creating water out of air be a solution to shortages?

    Could hydropanels creating water out of air be a solution to shortages?

    Zero Mass Water, an energy tech startup founded by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering, has developed technology that produces water by capturing moisture out of the air. Using a special system of hydropanels similar to panels used in solar energy systems, the technology can produce about 20 16-ounce bottled of water per day. The systems have already been used to help provide water in some of the places around the world suffering the most severe shortages.

  • Catalyst: The swarm intelligence behind self-driving cars

    Catalyst: The swarm intelligence behind self-driving cars

    Under the direction of Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Spring Berman, engineering students in ASU’s Autonomous Collective Systems Laboratory are looking at how “swarm intelligence” found in nature (think of how individual ants coordinate their labors within their colonies) can be mimicked to design and program robots in ways that could be applied to making advances in self-driving vehicle technologies.

     

  • US Pakistan Centers For Advanced Studies In Energy Organizes Research Expo

    US Pakistan Centers For Advanced Studies In Energy Organizes Research Expo

    Efforts by ASU and the Fulton Schools to support endeavors to bring clean, renewable and sustainable sources of energy to countries around the world is exemplified by USPCAS-E, the U.S-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy.  A recent exhibition at ASU showcased more than 40 research projects by USPCAS-E partners focusing on renewable energy, thermal energy, electrical energy, and energy policy. Fulton Schools Professor Sayfe Kiaei is the director of the USPCAS-E project.

  • Here’s why Phoenix is a great place to build a tech company

    Here’s why Phoenix is a great place to build a tech company

    With the deep pool of talent offered by its 20,000 students, ASU’s Fulton Schools are a major factor that is making the Phoenix metro area a more attractive environment for entrepreneurs, investors and existing businesses that want to establish new tech companies. Since 2010, more than 68 percent of ASU graduates have been staying in the area to find employment.

  • Will a robot take your job? At least one-third of Phoenix-area positions are vulnerable, study says

    Will a robot take your job? At least one-third of Phoenix-area positions are vulnerable, study says

    Robots are certain to have a growing impact on employment in the U.S. in the near future. Robotics technologies still have a long way to go to effectively perform many human skills, but more and more robots have the ability to work compatibly with humans in a variety of work environments, says Heni Ben Amor, a Fulton Schools assistant professor of computer science and robotics.

  • EPICS High School gives AZ students tools to change the world

    EPICS High School gives AZ students tools to change the world

    ASU’s service learning program Engineering Projects in Community Service, for middle schools and high schools — supported by the Fulton Schools — is giving young students experience in technical problem-solving, research, design and community involvement. Recent award-winning EPICS projects include a system that helps teachers locate students in an emergency, a redesign of an Audubon Society gift shop, a portable workplace that attaches to a wheelchair, and a monument and sign for a facility serving families in transition.

     

  • ASU engineering the future in wearable robotics

    ASU engineering the future in wearable robotics

    Fulton Schools faculty members Thomas Sugar, Panagiotis Polygerinos and Panagiotis Artemiadis are among researchers contributing to technological advances in wearable robotic devices. Among their projects are robotic exoskeletons designed to aid military and industrial operations, robotic systems to help stroke victims regain mobility, a “jetpack” to help people run faster and a robotic prosthetic ankle for amputees.

     

  • Student pilots prepare for emergencies at ASU in Mesa

    Student pilots prepare for emergencies at ASU in Mesa

    Ryan Nolan and Mitch McCoy, seniors in the Fulton Schools Aeronautical Management Technology program, were featured in a simulation of how pilots are trained to respond to emergencies during flight. The report also features Fulton Schools flight instructor and airline pilot Mike Edmonds, a graduate of the program. The simulation was based on a recent incident in which a major airline’s passenger jet had to make a dramatic emergency landing.

  • Sanitary District tapped for ASU wastewater project

    Sanitary District tapped for ASU wastewater project

    A team of Fulton Schools civil and environmental engineering students took on a challenge to purify wastewater to make it safe for human consumption. The project — conducted at a water treatment plant in the town of Fountain Hills, near Scottsdale — was part of the American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Southwest Conference annual student competitions, which were held this year at Arizona State University. The water treatment competition required students to sufficiently remove contaminants so that the water met drinking standards.

     

  • ASU Students Propose Plans To Help Tempe Renewable Energy Initiative

    ASU Students Propose Plans To Help Tempe Renewable Energy Initiative

    The city of Tempe is being aided in its quest to convert to renewable energy sources by students in the Fulton Schools Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization master’s degree program directed by Professor Ron Roedel. Those students worked with others from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business to develop strategies for transitioning to renewables that Roedel presented to city leaders.

  • Pakistan-US Center For Advanced Studies’ First Graduation Ceremony Held At University Of Sciences And Technology

    Pakistan-US Center For Advanced Studies’ First Graduation Ceremony Held At University Of Sciences And Technology

    Close to 100 students are the first to receive Master of Science degrees in energy engineering through U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy, known as USPCAS-E. The USPCAS-E program is a partnership between Arizona State University, Oregon State University, the National University of Science and Technology in Pakistan and the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar. Fulton Schools Professor Sayfe Kiaei is the director of the USPCAS-E project. Each semester a cohort of students and faculty from the two universities in Pakistan come to ASU to work with several Fulton Schools faculty in their labs.

    Read also: Energy technology grads national asset, says minister, The Express Tribune (Pakistan), April 19

  • Float or sink? Students test concrete canoes at Tempe Town Lake

    Float or sink? Students test concrete canoes at Tempe Town Lake

    The annual American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Southwest Conference student competitions recently came to Arizona State University for the first time in almost two decades. ASU and Northern Arizona University co-hosted about 1,500 students from 18 universities in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona for the event. Teams of Fulton Schools students and their peers at the other schools squared off in about a dozen different contests, including the popular concrete canoe competition held at Tempe Town Lake.

     

  • EcoCAR 3 development races toward the finish line

    EcoCAR 3 development races toward the finish line

    Fulton Schools students are among members of an Arizona State University team preparing for a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors to convert a standard gasoline-fueled car into a gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The final phases of the competition begin May 10 and involve seeing how the automobile performs on a drive from Yuma, Arizona to Fontana California.

     

  • Lifeblood Of The Desert: Salt River Project Teams Turn To ASU Robots To Maintain Canal System

    Lifeblood Of The Desert: Salt River Project Teams Turn To ASU Robots To Maintain Canal System

    Water quality in the greater Phoenix area depends heavily on the Salt River Project utility’s ability to maintain its 131 miles of canals. SRP is getting help with that chore from Fulton Schools researchers. Assistant Professors Wenlong Zhang, Panagiotis Polygerinos and Dan Aukes, along with doctoral student Mohammad Sharifzedah, are employing various robotic technologies they’ve developed in their labs — including quadcopters and nature-mimicking robotic fish — to aid in keeping water in the canals clean.

  • ASU Air Devils build and pilot their award-winning planes from the ground up

    ASU Air Devils build and pilot their award-winning planes from the ground up

    Fulton Schools students in an aerospace engineering club are taking the reins in preparing an Arizona State University team for a major annual national competition sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. They’ve spent many months designing, building and testing the small remote-control airplanes the team will take to the event.

  • ASU’s Tooker House earns awards at Student Housing Conference

    ASU’s Tooker House earns awards at Student Housing Conference

    The newest Fulton Schools campus student residential complex, the Tooker House, won multiple awards at a recent national student housing industry conference. The awards included Best Architecture and Design, Best Use of Green & Sustainable Construction or Development and Best Public-Private Partnership Development. The Tooker House also features high-tech amenities and work spaces where student can collaborate on projects and use tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters.

  • Should Autonomous Car Makers Slow Down Testing?

    Should Autonomous Car Makers Slow Down Testing?

    Fulton Schools Associate Professor Aviral Shrivastava’s expertise is in embedded computers, one of the technologies that make self-driving cars possible. He agrees that it’s prudent for the autonomous vehicle industry to cut back its testing of the cars on public streets until flaws that are raising concerns are remedied.

  • Tempe hoping tiny homes help solve city’s affordable housing issue

    Tempe hoping tiny homes help solve city’s affordable housing issue

    The Humble Homes project developed by Arizona State University engineering students may help the city of Tempe remedy its shortage of affordable housing. The students have mapped out the landscape for an urban “micro home” community. Some of them may get a chance to be involved in actually building the cluster of 600-square-foot domiciles.

    Read also: Tiny homes aim to help tackle Tempe’s not-so-tiny housing problem, The State Press, April 10

     

  • Making Thunderbirds cooler than ever

    Making Thunderbirds cooler than ever

    Air Force veteran Christopher Ames considers the classic Ford Thunderbird “an icon of American automotive engineering.” But he discovered the one he acquired at an auto auction was plagued by a common problem of old Thunderbirds: rapid engine overheating. He went on a mission to solve the problem that led him to a Fulton Schools thermal and fluids engineering course taught by mechanical engineering instructor Mark Miner. The result: There is now a new redesigned auto part that corrects coolant flow problems in Thunderbirds being reviewed by the U.S. Patent Office.   

  • Is the Military Really Going to Start Drafting 40-Year-Old Hackers?

    Is the Military Really Going to Start Drafting 40-Year-Old Hackers?

    It may be time for an extensive re-engineering of U.S. national defense, writes Brad Allenby, an Arizona State University President’s Professor in the Fulton Schools. He proposes as the cornerstone of the project a universal national service requirement that would involve adults of all ages in protecting the country. Offering his views through the Future Tense partnership, Allenby says this approach could help the military and the country benefit from a broad range of skills — and may even foster a more cohesive American democracy.

  • ASU Professor Receives Stockholm Water Prize

    ASU Professor Receives Stockholm Water Prize

    Fulton Schools Professor Bruce Rittman is interviewed about the advances in environmental biotechnology that recently earned him the Stockholm Water Prize from the Stockholm International Water Institute. His lab uses the natural functions performed by microorganisms to remove pollutants from water. He is also exploring ways to put those contaminants to work for positive purposes.

  • Helping smart cities use big data, connected technology for good

    Helping smart cities use big data, connected technology for good

    Arizona State University’s new Center for Smart Cities and Regions is focusing on helping communities employ the internet of things and other new technologies to enhance their economic, social and cultural health. Among the center’s projects is building a “smart campus” that “makes the ASU community experience better.” That may involve using more of the voice-activated Amazon Echo devices that the Fulton Schools has already supplied to students in the new Tooker House campus residence complex.

     

  • Shaking up proteins with engineering

    Shaking up proteins with engineering

    Combining his expertise in chemical engineering and structural biology, Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Brent Nannenga is expanding what we know about the structures of proteins. With that knowledge he will use proteins to make inorganic nanomaterials that could be used to develop new pharmaceutical drugs to treat a variety of ailments from hypertension and asthma to acid reflux and allergies. The work will involve a novel electron crystallography technique that Nannega developed.

  • Tech behind cryptocurrency craze could disrupt medicine, housing and ID security

    Tech behind cryptocurrency craze could disrupt medicine, housing and ID security

    Virtual money systems known as cryptocurrency function through a vast network of databases called blockchain. As the technology evolves, cryptocurrencies will be used by growing numbers of businesses, industries and governments, say experts such as Fulton Schools Associate Research Professor Dragan Boscovic. He is the technical director for Arizona State University’s Center for Assured and Scalable Data Engineering, known as CASCADE, where researchers are working with the cryptocurrency company Dash to make blockchain more secure and more energy efficient in its use of the computing power it requires. Such progress will help make use of blockchain more mainstream, Boscovic says.

  • Taking the “waste” out of “wastewater”

    Taking the “waste” out of “wastewater”

    Development of advanced microbiology processes that could enable the conversion of pollutants and contaminants in wastewater into valuable resources helped win the prestigious international Stockholm Water Prize for Fulton Schools Professor Bruce Rittmann and Professor Mark van Loosdrecht at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In an interview about their work, they explain how a new generation of water treatments could capture useful chemical and nutrients from wastewater. See page 18 of the digital magazine.

March

2018
  • Flying cars are coming, and they’ll be autonomous

    Flying cars are coming, and they’ll be autonomous

    Advances appear to be on the horizon for what is being called urban aerial mobility technology — what some might also call flying cars and taxis. Fulton Schools Associate Professor Daniel Bliss is working on designs for navigation and positioning systems for these self-driving automobiles/aircraft. Bliss says the success of such vehicles will require a fusion of multiple technologies, including sensors, scanning lasers, and sophisticated ground-positioning systems and antennae systems.

    See also: ASU professor develops technology for self-flying quadcopter, 3TV/CBS 5 News (Phoenix)

  • Mind-Controlled Robotics

    Mind-Controlled Robotics

    Robots that can be controlled by signals from the human brain have the potential to become an effective physical therapy tool, says Panagiotis Artemiadis, a Fulton Schools associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. His research includes using mind-controlled robotic systems to aid people in recovering mobility after suffering a stroke.

  • Full STEAM ahead: ASU faculty work to integrate arts into STEM

    Full STEAM ahead: ASU faculty work to integrate arts into STEM

    Professors are integrating aspects of arts studies into their teaching of science, technology, engineering and math. Associate Research Professor Tirupalavanam Ganesh, the assistant dean of engineering education for Fulton Schools, says engineering is a creative profession. So he focuses on teaching his students habits and methods for unlocking their imaginations and bringing an artful perspective to their engineering endeavors.

  • Some experts doubt new metal tariffs will boost national security

    Some experts doubt new metal tariffs will boost national security

    New tariffs that increase the costs for some countries of importing steel and metals into the United States could have ramifications for the U.S. military and defense industries. Some national leaders say the tariffs will help strengthen national security. Fulton Schools Professor Brad Allenby is among experts who say that is a disputable claim and that the tariffs might have negative impacts on the overall economy.

     

  • The data defenders

    The data defenders

    Many faculty members and their students in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering in the Fulton Schools are involved in research aimed at helping to protect the personal information stored on the electronic technologies we use every day. They’re applying expertise in computer science, cybersecurity, data mining, digital forensics and biosecurity to help prevent our “digital footprints” from making us vulnerable. The article also appears in the spring 2018 issue of ASU Thrive magazine.

  • Autonomous vehicles traveling the wrong road to safety, engineer says

    Autonomous vehicles traveling the wrong road to safety, engineer says

    Self-driving cars are mimicking the unsafe driving habits of humans, says Aviral Shrivastava, a Fulton Schools associate professor of computer science. He teaches embedded computing courses that challenge students to engineer self-navigating toy cars with sensing tools to enable the vehicles to avoid driving into obstacles around them. The priority for autonomous cars should be safety, he says, not designing them to provide a human-like driving experience. His research is looking at how to build a self-driving car that can apply its brakes within a millisecond of detecting obstacles.

    Read also: Should autonomous car makers slow down testing, KJZZ (NPR), April 10

  • 5 GROWTH AREAS FOR PHOENIX AND THE ENGINEERS WHO ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN

    5 GROWTH AREAS FOR PHOENIX AND THE ENGINEERS WHO ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN

    Tech industries in particular benefit from university researchers who have the freedom and the skills to explore big ideas and big questions and experiment with potential applications and solutions. Progress in five major areas of technological innovation contributing to economic growth in Greater Phoenix is a reflection of the wide range of engineering research strengths found among the Fulton Schools faculty.

     

  • Biotech pioneers Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht win 2018 Stockholm Water Prize

    Biotech pioneers Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht win 2018 Stockholm Water Prize

    “Traditionally, we have just thought of pollutants as something to get rid of, but now we’re beginning to see them as potential resources that are just in the wrong place.” That statement by Arizona State University Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann reflects the kinds of creative problem-solving approaches that have earned the Fulton Schools environmental engineer one of the most prestigious international awards in his field. Rittmann and a fellow environmental biotechnology researcher have been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for the global impacts of their innovations in water treatment processes that are energy-efficient, cost-saving and exceedingly effective in removing contaminants and recycling valuable chemicals and nutrients.

  • ASU using sewage to measure opioid use, abuse

    ASU using sewage to measure opioid use, abuse

    Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden and his research team at Arizona State University’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering are at the forefront of advancing techniques for analyzing the contents of wastewater to assess public health risks. A new project focuses on detecting the presence of opioids in sewage. The real-time data such analyses can provide could help communities respond more effectively to rising use of the dangerous drug.

     

  • What Uber’s fatal accident could mean for the autonomous-car industry

    What Uber’s fatal accident could mean for the autonomous-car industry

    The first pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car raises concerns that the industry is deploying the technology too fast, without first building all possible safety features into autonomous vehicles. Artificial intelligence expert Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science, says the accident also raises questions about the capability of safety drivers to effectively monitor self-driving care systems.

    Kambhampati is also quoted in Uber Self-Driving Car Fatality Reveals the Technology’s Blind Spots” Scientific American March 21

  • ASU students help shoe designer step into innovation

    ASU students help shoe designer step into innovation

    Fulton Schools students applied their problem-solving talents in joining a local business owner to meld technological know-how and fashion sense in producing a stylish yet practical and comfortable new shoe. The student team used mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering skills in the project done in a capstone engineering design class taught by Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Micah Lande.

  • Local expert and national reports indicate Arizona bridges are generally safe

    Local expert and national reports indicate Arizona bridges are generally safe

    Fatalities and serious injuries resulting from the recent collapse of a newly constructed pedestrian bridge in Florida has sparked concerns about the safety of bridges in many other states. Pingbo Tang, an assistant professor in the Fulton Schools’ Del E. Web School of Construction, says Arizona’s more than 8,000 bridges are generally safe, but the state’s heavy summer monsoon rains can erode soil around the foundations of bridges. That raises safety concerns, Tang says. He adds that the Arizona Department of Transportation also monitors bridges for potential damage from earthquakes, geological conditions and related factors, and that highway load limits are posted on structurally deficient bridges as a safety warning. See related coverage KTAR News (Phoenix)

  • Bitcoin classes proving popular in Illinois Colleges

    Bitcoin classes proving popular in Illinois Colleges

    Courses on blockchain technology, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are seeing a surge of students eager to learn about the digital currency wave sweeping across the financial landscape. At Arizona State University, the Fulton Schools’ Blockchain Research Lab gives students access to blockchain technology and opportunities to be part of the cryptocurrency design process, says Fulton Schools’ Dean Kyle Squires.

  • Scientists at ASU work with microgrids to power and empower impoverished communities

    Scientists at ASU work with microgrids to power and empower impoverished communities

    Systems engineering doctoral student Samantha Janko and senior electrical systems engineering student Alexander Mobley are helping to develop microgrid technologies as part of a larger endeavor to provide underserved communities access to reliable sources of energy and other vital resources, such as water. They’re part of the research team at the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions directed by Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Nathan Johnson.

  • Arizona becomes additive manufacturing (3-D printing) leader

    Arizona becomes additive manufacturing (3-D printing) leader

    The head of the Arizona Technology Council says it’s looking like the state could become a leader in the emerging high-tech field of additive manufacturing. That optimism is driven in part to advances being achieved by researchers at Arizona’s state universities. Dhruv Bhate, a Fulton Schools associate professor, is doing research to improve 3D metal printing. Some of his work is aimed at making an array of metal components that are lighter but still strong enough to be used in aerospace and defense industry applications.

     

  • Klaus Lackner didn’t set out to save the world, but he thinks his machine could help

    Klaus Lackner didn’t set out to save the world, but he thinks his machine could help

    The carbon-capture technology being built and tested by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner and his team at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions could help reduce the impacts of climate change by pulling threatening concentrations of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. But even if the machinery is capable of making a big impact, there are economic and political hurdles to clear to put to the technology to work on a global scale.

  • CAN HUMANS SURVIVE ON WATER VAPOR ALONE?

    CAN HUMANS SURVIVE ON WATER VAPOR ALONE?

    A desert road trip provides a test site for a hydropanel designed to capture moisture from the atmosphere to produce water. The hydropanel is the technology developed by the Zero Mass Water company founded by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools Associate Professor of materials science and engineering. The nocturnal product testing out in the open Arizona desert was successful.

  • Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life, improve safety

    Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life, improve safety

    Electric-powered vehicles and many digital electronic devices could benefit from development of new mechanical engineering techniques that boost the energy storage capacity, life span and safety of lithium batteries. Fulton Schools Professor Hanqing Jiang and his research team have discovered methods for preventing uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth, which inhibits battery performance. Read more in Electronics 360, DesignNews, Mining.com, ChemEurope.com, V3. OilPrice.com

  • Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

    Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

    Arizona State University has joined four other leading universities in offering courses and degree programs through the online education platform Coursera. Studies in the Fulton Schools’ Master of Computer Science program will soon be available to online students — the first time ASU has hosted a degree program on a fully open scale platform. The online program aligns with ASU’s and Coursera’s efforts to make higher education more globally accessible. Read the Fulton Schools announcement.

  • The pros and cons of AI

    The pros and cons of AI

    Both threatening and hopeful depictions of advances in artificial intelligence technology continue to proliferate. AI is either a potential threat to society or a groundbreaking tool that will significantly improve our lives — depending on who’s making the predictions. Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati joins a fellow Arizona State University AI expert to provide perspectives on the debate.  

  • Groundbreaking indigenous architect signs on to ASU faculty

    Groundbreaking indigenous architect signs on to ASU faculty

    Wanda Dalla Costa will bring her perspectives on the construction of built environments that nurture our cultural connections to Arizona State University students as she teaches indigenous architecture as a newly named ASU Institute Professor. She has a cross-appointment in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School of Sustainable and the Built Environment in the Fulton Schools. Her expertise spans culturally responsive design, sustainable-affordable housing, climatic resiliency in architecture and using built environments as a teaching tool. 

     

February

2018
  • ASU, Maricopa IDA partner to develop MedTech workforce

    ASU, Maricopa IDA partner to develop MedTech workforce

    Will a $2 million grant from the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, the Fulton Schools will lead a new workforce development project designed to boost innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. The effort will focus on preparing people to work in electronic technology in the medical field and in additive

  • Is Bitcoin the Future of State Income Tax Payments?

    Is Bitcoin the Future of State Income Tax Payments?

    Some states are considering allowing use of digital currency for payment of income taxes. Some critics contend it would bring risks and burdens to states’ tax-collection operations. But Fulton Schools Research Professor Dragan Boscovic, director of ASU’s Blockchain Research Lab, which focuses on the digital ledger system behind bitcoin, says the move could put states at the forefront of financial technology.

     

  • Designing a structure for the future, guided by the past

    Designing a structure for the future, guided by the past

    Hanging Jiang drew inspiration from the centuries-old art of paper folding — origami — to design a new mechanical structure that can unfold and lock to support large, heavy loads. The Fulton Schools professor says the new structure could be used to achieve more mechanical versatility in robotics, spacecraft and implantable medical devices, among many other potential applications. Jiang previously used the origami technique to develop stretchable batteries.

  • 5 Terracon women engineers diversifying the industry

    5 Terracon women engineers diversifying the industry

    Three Fulton Schools alumni are among five women with the engineering consulting firm Terracon who are profiled in a feature story published in conjunction with National Engineers Week. Brittany Dalton, Kendra Clouse and Marissa Raleigh play key roles in providing the company’s environmental, geotechnical, facilities and materials services, and also contribute to the workforce diversity that employers say maximizes innovation, creativity and competitiveness.

  • Marines acquire hundreds of quadcopter drones for infantry squads

    Marines acquire hundreds of quadcopter drones for infantry squads

    Remote-controlled drones, robotics and artificial intelligence are some of the advanced technologies being deployed on the battlefield and in other military operations. The trend is creating “techno-human” squads of soldiers working side-by-side with networked machines to carry out their missions, says Fulton School Professor Brad Allenby.

  • Should AI bots lie? Hard truths about artificial intelligence

    Should AI bots lie? Hard truths about artificial intelligence

    Fulton Schools computer scientists Tathagata Chakraborti and Subbarao Kambhampati discuss effective collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence technologies in a recent paper, Algorithms for the Greater Good!. They point out that it’s not enough to make AI smart. AI developers must make sure the AI bot works well with human intelligence, in all its wild variety, including different cultural norms, if we are to avoid serious problems.

  • China’s massive investment in artificial intelligence has an insidious downside

    China’s massive investment in artificial intelligence has an insidious downside

    China is on the cusp of pursuing big advances in artificial intelligence technologies and capabilities. Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati, president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, is among AI experts who say that raises expectations for breakthroughs in the field but also stokes worries about how the country may use AI systems to increase public surveillance and censorship,  and boost its military power.

  • Trump’s solar tariff and proposed energy cut troubles ASU professors

    Trump’s solar tariff and proposed energy cut troubles ASU professors

    Proposed budget cuts to the Department of Energy and a trade tariff on the photovoltaic panels that produce solar energy could burden the solar power industry and reduce energy research funding. A funding rollback could impact graduate students involved in research projects to earn their degrees, says Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Zachary Holman. The tariff may mean some tough times for solar technology installers but the movement toward renewable energy sources will continue growing, says Ron Roedel, director of the Fulton Schools’ Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization master’s degree program.

  • ASU’s new Dash partnership fosters blockchain research and learning

    ASU’s new Dash partnership fosters blockchain research and learning

    A partnership with the cryptocurrency enterprise Dash will enable ASU’s Blockchain Research Lab, directed by Fulton Schools Research Professor Dragan Boscovic, to expand research into digital currency, establish a graduate course on blockchain technology and fund scholarships for students.

     

  • ‘Jackpotting’ reaches US shores, drain millions from ATM

    ‘Jackpotting’ reaches US shores, drain millions from ATM

    It’s a cyberspace form of bank robbery. Called “jackpotting,” it’s perpetrated by computer system hackers who find ways to get bank ATM machines to dispense large sums of money. Paulo Shakarian, a Fulton Schools Entrepreneurial Professor and director of Cyber-Socio Intelligent Systems Laboratory, says combating the crime will require close surveillance of the “dark web” to uncover the schemes of potential jackpotting hackers.

  • We Can Pull CO2 from Air, But It’s No Silver Bullet for Climate Change, Scientists Warn

    We Can Pull CO2 from Air, But It’s No Silver Bullet for Climate Change, Scientists Warn

    Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, says merely reducing emissions of carbon dioxide won’t be nearly enough to reduce the rising environmental threat from the buildup of greenhouses gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s critical to also further develop and employ new carbon-capture technologies to remove significant amounts of the CO2 that’s already there.

     

  • Hoolest wins top prize at ASU Innovation Open

    Hoolest wins top prize at ASU Innovation Open

    Three Fulton Schools students won the grand prize of a $100,000 investment in their business venture idea at the ASU Innovation Open entrepreneurship competition. Nicholas Hool, Sami Mian and John Patterson make up the team behind Hoolest Performance Technologies. Their stress-relief product consists of earbuds that emit an electrical stimulation that activates the body’s relaxation response.

    Read also:

    Phoenix Business Journal: Meet the student startup that won$100,000in ASU/Avnet competition

    AZBIO:  Hoolest wins top prize at ASU Open

    KTAR Radio News: ASU student-led business wins $100K at Innovation Open

  • Freshman team outranks upperclassmen in national ‘Domesday’ competition

    Freshman team outranks upperclassmen in  national ‘Domesday’ competition

    Fulton Schools materials science and engineering students Joshua Burchard, Bryan Ugaz and Sayquon Washington went up against 10 teams of more experienced undergraduate and graduate students in a national geodesic dome design competition. Their medal dome project, featuring an intricate 3-D printed design that incorporated 31 polygons, earned the three freshmen the top prize.

  • ASU international students overcome challenges to succeed as Sun Devils

    ASU international students overcome challenges to succeed as Sun Devils

    Fulton Schools electrical engineering graduate student Anik Jha, a native of India, is among international students at ASU who say that while they face challenges going to school in the United States, but that the university works to help them acclimate to the social environment and to succeed in their academic endeavors.

  • The possibility of AI going rogue is more than just science fiction

    The possibility of AI going rogue is more than just science fiction

    Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Ted Pavlic talks about the need for engineers and scientists developing artificial intelligence technologies to be more aware of the potential for unintended consequences in employing AI systems in ways that might have harmful impacts.  Computer science major Matthew Acosta says students should get more training on the ethical issues revolving around the uses of AI.

January

2018
  • Astronauts Vs. Robots: The Case Against Sending Human Crews Beyond Low-Earth Orbit

    Astronauts Vs. Robots: The Case Against Sending Human Crews Beyond Low-Earth Orbit

    Robots are our best option for less risky and more effective space exploration, says Fulton Schools Associate Professor Panagiotis Artemiades, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab. Making robots our astronauts could free up time and funding for humans to focus on solving other technological challenges, as well as answering some big cosmological and philosophical questions about our world and the universe, says Forbes magazine’s technology, aerospace and astronomy writer.

  • Hackers bring “jackpotting” to the U.S.

    Hackers bring “jackpotting” to the U.S.

    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

  • Q&A: How can research support the new dod national defense strategy?

    Q&A: How can research support the new dod national defense strategy?

    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.

  • New solar tariffs create uncertainty for Arizona renewables industry

    New solar tariffs create uncertainty for Arizona renewables industry

    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.

  • Robots taking over the world? It’s a good thing, researchers say

    Robots taking over the world? It’s a good thing, researchers say

    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.

  • Trashing the old way of doing things

    Trashing the old way of doing things

    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 student payloads selected to fly on blue origin space vehicle

    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

    New global futures initiative asks how humankind can extend earth’s habitability

    Arizona State University is expanding its role in sustainability education and research with the 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.

  • Arizona State University Partners with DASH to fund research, scholarships

    Arizona State University Partners with DASH to fund research, scholarships

    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.

    See more news coverage: CoinJournalASU NowBitcoinistAZ Big MediaBlockTribuneDash Force NewsPhoenix Business Journal

     

  • Bashas’ installs revolutionary sub-zero industrial freezer

    Bashas’ installs revolutionary sub-zero industrial freezer

    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.

  • Valle Luna “Making a Difference”- ASU’s Kyle Williams

    Valle Luna “Making a Difference”- ASU’s Kyle Williams

    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 developing biodegradable plastics made from bacteria

    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?

    Questioning AI: What are the key research challenges?

    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.

December

2017
  • Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid

    Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid

    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

    Gallium nitride processor: Next-generation technology for space exploration

    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’ GadgetsPhys.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?

    Can We Suck Enough CO2 From The Air to Save The Climate?

    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

    ASU Explores Groundbreaking Collaboration With Vietnam

    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

    AI in 2017 can’t nearly match the smarts of ‘Star Wars’ Droids

    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

    One Step At A Time

    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.

November

2017
  • Sandstone and metal louvres wrap massive student housing complex in Arizona

    Sandstone and metal louvres wrap massive student housing complex in Arizona

    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

    Robotic fish could help solve problem in Arizona canals

    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.

  • Real ‘Mission Impossible’: Thwarting hackers with individuals’ biosignals

    Real ‘Mission Impossible’: Thwarting hackers with individuals’ biosignals

    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.

  • Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?

    Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?

    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.

  • I’m a pacifist, so why don’t I support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots?

    I’m a pacifist, so why don’t I support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots?

    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

    Meet Zero Mass Water, Whose Solar Panels Pull Drinking Water From The Air

    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.

  • Endovantage gains US FDA 510(k) clearance for Surgicalpreview

    Endovantage gains US FDA 510(k) clearance for Surgicalpreview

    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.

  • POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS TRY ROBOTS ON REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS

    POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS TRY ROBOTS ON REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS

    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.  

October

2017
  • ASU STUDENTS ARE USING ROBOTS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS FROM HEALTH TO PUBLIC SAFETY

    ASU STUDENTS ARE USING ROBOTS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS FROM HEALTH TO PUBLIC SAFETY

    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

    VOICING A TECH REVOLUTION AT ARIZONA STATE

    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

    MIND-CONTROLLED DRONE SWARMS COULD SOON PUT MORE EYES IN THE SKY

    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.

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  • AUTISM IS NOT MY IDENTITY: HOW A CAVE CREEK TEEN LOST HIS DIAGNOSIS

    AUTISM IS NOT MY IDENTITY: HOW A CAVE CREEK TEEN LOST HIS DIAGNOSIS

    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

    ASU ENGINEERS DEVELOPING EDIBLE MEDICAL DEVICES

    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

    RUBBERIZED HIGHWAYS, ROOFING COOL URBAN HEAT ISLANDS IN ARIZONA

    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.

  • REBUILDING AFTER DISASTERS: 5 ESSENTIAL READS

    REBUILDING AFTER DISASTERS: 5 ESSENTIAL READS

    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.

  • USING OUTER SPACE TO HELP COOL BUILDINGS ON EARTH

    USING OUTER SPACE TO HELP COOL BUILDINGS ON EARTH

    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.

September

2017
  • PHOENIX IS TRANSFORMING FROM A CALL CENTER HUB TO A TECH HOTBED

    PHOENIX IS TRANSFORMING FROM A CALL CENTER HUB TO A TECH HOTBED

    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.

  • SLEEK, NEW AND JUST FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS

    SLEEK, NEW AND JUST FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS

    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.”   

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  • EVAPORATING LAKES COULD HELP POWER THE COUNTRY

    EVAPORATING LAKES COULD HELP POWER THE COUNTRY

    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.

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  • CIRCLING BACK TO IMPROVED SAFETY WITH ROUNDABOUTS IN SCOTTSDALE

    CIRCLING BACK TO IMPROVED SAFETY WITH ROUNDABOUTS IN SCOTTSDALE

    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

    ASU PROJECT PUTS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING LIBRARIES IN COUNTRIES WHERE INTERNET IS SCARCE

    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.

     

  • HOW WORRIED SHOULD WE BE ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

    HOW WORRIED SHOULD WE BE ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

    AI is both terrifying and exciting. There is no doubt that as AI continues to improve it will radically change the way we live. That can provide improvements, like self-driving cars, and doing many jobs that could in principle release humans to pursue more fulfilling activities. Or it could produce massive unemployment, and provide new vulnerabilities to hacking. Sophisticated cyber-hacking could undermine the reliability of information we receive everyday on the internet, and weaken national and international infrastructures.

    Nevertheless, fortune favors the prepared mind, so it is important to explore all the possibilities, both good and bad, now, to help us be better prepared for a future that will arrive whether we like it or not. — Lawrence Krauss, director, Origins Project and Fulton Engineering professor, ASU

  • DECODING THE BRAIN TO CONTROL A SWARM OF DRONES

    DECODING THE BRAIN TO CONTROL A SWARM OF DRONES

    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.

  • HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTICS COULD TRANSFORM JOBS IN 10 YEARS

    HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTICS COULD TRANSFORM JOBS IN 10 YEARS

    Fulton Schools Assistant Professor talks about how developing robots and artificial 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.

  • FDA ANTIMICROBIAL BAN LEAVES MANY PRODUCTS UNCHANGED

    FDA ANTIMICROBIAL BAN LEAVES MANY PRODUCTS UNCHANGED

    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.

August

2017