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U.S. Marine Corps prepared R. J. Mitchell well for being an engineer
Growing up in a family of military men, ASU engineering student R. J. Mitchell had one goal in mind: to be a warrior in service to his country. Read the article.
Mapping flow of bio-electrical current to reveal brain’s inner workings
Combining expertise in neural engineering and bio-electricity, ASU engineer Rosalind Sadleir is trying to peer deeper into the fundamental processes of the brain. Read the article.
ASU among 12 institutions teaming up to promote reflection in learning
A new Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education will develop and promote teaching practices that help undergraduate engineering students reflect on their experiences. Read the article.
ASU engineers have role in national effort to better protect water quality
A new research center will focus on developing advanced methods for dealing with contaminants in water systems. Read the article.
In the news
An entire platoon wearing wearable robots (CBS This Morning)
Thomas Sugar and Jason Kerestes have developed wearable robotic technology called “Airlegs.” The device is designed to enhance physical capabilities, particularly for soldiers in the field. The project is funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The technology also promises to provide greater mobility for people living with physical disabilities. Sugar is a professor in the engineering program at the Polytechnic School. Kerestes is a graduate student in the program. Watch video of the broadcast report.
Making chemistry green (The New York Times)
Researchers Rolf Halden and Robert Lawrence write about “chemicals of emerging concern” in a commentary on the difficulty of spurring timely action on the regulation of chemicals and chemical compounds that are being shown to pose threats to human and environmental health. It has taken decades to initiate efforts to curb the use of some of the manufactured chemical compounds that are potentially the most dangerous. The authors make a case for promoting the use of “green” chemicals. Halden is a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and director of the Center for Environmental Security at ASU. Lawrence is director of the Center for a Livable Future at John Hopkins University. Read the article.
Making and innovation find a new home in the Valley (KJZZ/NPR)
Micah Lande says invention and innovation are becoming more of a communal endeavor with the emergence of what’s called the Maker Movement. He was interviewed about his perspective on the maker trend on the Arizona affiliate station of National Public Radio. Lande is an assistant professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School. Read a transcript of the broadcast.
ASU professor improves imaging technology, improves cancer treatment (The State Press)
Vikram Kodibagkar is leading research to make advances in medical imaging – specifically magnetic resonance imaging techniques – that promise to aid the battle against cancer. Kodibagkar is an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health System Engineering. Read the article.
Phoenix adding low-skill jobs at risk of automation (The Arizona Republic)
G. Edward Gibson Jr. is quoted throughout a news article on the potential impact of advances in automation technology on the job market, particularly in the construction industry. Gibson is a professor and director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Read the article.