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Civil engineering student Vicente Solis is involved in a project to recycle food waste as part of ASU efforts to be a zero-waste campus. Photo: Andy Carlisle/ASU

Posted May 31, 2013

Two ASU Facilities Management Grounds Services employees have been using hundreds of pounds of coffee grounds as a natural fertilizer and soil conditioner to produce more lush plant life on the Tempe campus.

The “Grounds for Grounds” project was started by Vicente Solis and his fellow Ground Services employee Rigoberto Polanco.

Solis is a civil engineering major with a concentration in sustainability.

The project, which has saved at least $10,000 in fertilizer costs, recently won the ASU President’s Award for Innovation.

Read the full story on the ASU News website.


Kyle Squires is featured in a recent episode of the new educational TV series, The STEM Journals.

Squires is director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, and a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. He appeared in The Stem Journal show titled “The 4 Forces of Flight.”

The program is broadcast in the Phoenix and Tucson areas on Cox Media Channel 1007 (Channel 7 in standard definition). It’s geared to middle-school-age youngsters, with the aim of sparking their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Videos of the shows are also used in classes on STEM-related subjects in many Arizona schools.

Watch a video of the episode.


Cun-Zheng Ning’s research team recently made news with the announcement of its success with a new semiconductor device that improves the efficiency of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The advance also promises to make LED lighting more affordable.

Ning is a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

Read about his team’s research advance on these technology news websites:

Institute of Physics

New Electronics

Novus Light Technologies Today

e! Science News


Michael Sierks is working  to identify early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. His research is reported on in the first part of series about Alzheimer’s-related research at ASU posted on the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development website, “Research Matters.”

Sierks is a professor of chemical engineering in School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

Read the article.


Ryan Stewart

Recent ASU mechanical engineering graduate Ryan Stewart.

Ryan Stewart had formidable obstacles to overcome along his path to graduating from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering this spring with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Diagnosed as with bi-polar disorder, Stewart struggled through a flare-up of the condition during his undergraduate years that endangered his health and made keeping up with his studies a constant challenge.

His story is told in a profile in ASU News.

Read the article.


ASU’s Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) is partnering with the U. S. Army Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on a project to assess the performance of the Army’s communication and data networks, and to design improvements to the systems.

SDSI is directed by Werner Dahm, the ASU Foundation Professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

SDSI will focus on modernizing the Army’s methods for testing and evaluating the networks, with the goal of devising ways to ensure the higher quality of the operations while reducing costs.

Read details on an Army website.


Four ASU engineering students are building a mineral-scouting instrument that will be sent on a NASA mission to a major asteroid.

Senior mechanical and aerospace engineering majors Ian Kubik, Tyler Lemonds and Justin Pourkaveh, along with mechanical engineering graduate student Austin Pezzella, are at work crafting accurate drawings to guide the manufacturing of components for the thermal emission spectrometer.

Read the full story on the ASU News website.


Kaushal Rege

ASU chemical engineer Kaushal Rege.

Kaushal Rege has drawn attention with his research team’s development of a bonding material for laser-welding body tissues together as part of surgical operations.

The sealant promises to help hinder bacterial infections by providing an alternative to suturing and stapling tissue together.

Rege is an associate professor of chemical engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

Read more on The Engineer website.


Post-doctoral research associate Alexander Kirk has won the Bisgrove Scholars Award from Science Foundation Arizona.

The Bisgrove program aims to keep promising young scientists and engineers in Arizona by supporting the work of postdoctoral researchers and faculty members in the early stages of their careers.

Kirk, who earned a doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, works with Yong-Hang Zhang, a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

With funds from the Bisgrove award he will pursue development of more efficient solar photovoltaic cells.

See more details in a Science Foundation Arizona news release.


Brad Allenby writes in Slate Magazine about the controversy surrounding the use of drone aircraft for surveillance and military operations.

Allenby is a professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering in the School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

He is also the founding chair of the national Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security.

Allenby says new technologies are ending the age of privacy, but it’s not drones that are to blame.

Read the article


G3Box, the entrepreneurial venture founded by four ASU engineering students, continues to attract attention from the news media.

The company is converting large steel shipping containers into mobile medical clinics. The idea emerged from projects the students (who have since graduated) got involved in through the Engineering Projects In Community Service Program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Channel 12 News in Phoenix recently reported on progress being made by the G3Box team. Watch a video of the report.

Media Contact:
Joe Kullman, joe.kullman@asu.edu
(480) 965-8122
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


About The Author

Joe Kullman

Joe Kullman is a science writer for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Before joining Arizona State University in 2006, Joe worked as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines dating back to the dawn of the age of the personal computer. He began his career while earning degrees in journalism and philosophy from Kent State University in Ohio. Media Contact: joe.kullman@asu.edu | 480-965-8122 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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