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Impact Award + University Outstanding Graduate, Spring 2024

Hunter Mantle

Hunter Mantle decided to major in electrical engineering due to the ubiquity of electronics in the modern world and the consistency of the field’s career paths. Mantle found the field to intrigue him most after trying a variety of engineering fields in summer camps prior to college.

“Something interesting about my major is how much it branches out,” he says. “As an electrical engineer, I could choose to work with technology in analog circuits, digital circuits, radio frequency, communications and electromagnetics to name a few.”

Outside of the classroom, Mantle served as vice president of Next Level Devils, an Arizona State University student organization dedicated to preparing students for careers in aeronautics and astronautics. He co-founded the club’s NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students, or SUITS, team, which designs technology for a competition to create a user interface, or UI, for astronauts to use on the lunar surface using augmented reality, or AR.

Mantle also took on a leadership role as a camp counselor at E2, the experience for incoming first-year students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU. Under his guidance, attendees received two gold medals and a silver one for outstanding performance in competitive events at E2.

In addition to his student leadership roles, Mantle got involved in microelectronics research. Through the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, or FURI, Mantle and his lab partner Jacob Burrows investigated the use of open-air plasma to deoxidize semiconductor materials for better electrical conductivity.

Mantle also conducted research through his internship at electrical test and measurement equipment company Chroma ATE. He worked on developing a circuit board to calibrate radio frequency electronics for communications that can accommodate a higher range of frequencies than standard calibration boards, reducing the amount of calibration equipment needed.

Outside of his involvement in ASU activities, Mantle serves as a first lieutenant flight commander as well as the combat arms training and maintenance instructor in the U.S. Air Force Explorers. He mentors those ages 14 to 21 to prepare them for service in the U.S. Air Force.

After graduation, Mantle will stay in Arizona to complete his master’s degree in electrical engineering through ASU’s Accelerated Master’s degree program while working at Moog, a worldwide designer of precision control systems used in the aerospace and defense industry. He will be working on spacecraft control systems as he starts his career.

In the long term, Mantle aims to advance and develop medical or defense technology.

“I would like to lead projects and work my way up the management side after being an engineer for a while,” he says. “In the near future, my goal is to contribute toward the NASA Artemis mission at Moog.”

Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ spring 2024 class here.

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