The Fulton Schools of Engineering is all about innovation. So when it comes to being thankful, our minds tend to focus on the breakthroughs, gadgets and inventions that make the world a better place.
Here are 10 game-changing innovations that we are thankful for:
The Internet: We love systems, information and data. The Internet is a win-win on all parts. It helps us share our discoveries and offers a platform in need of significant research. Besides, how else would we share cat videos?
The light bulb: From incandescent to CFL and now to LED lightbulbs that may last nearly 50 years, we’ve got plenty of options on how to shed light on all the amazing discoveries taking place in the Fulton Schools.
White light emitting lasers: This is a new discovery by a team of ASU researchers. They had us at lasers. Now we just need a few sharks.
Automobile/Internal Combustion Engine: Our students are going places. Sometimes they don’t want to ask for a ride.
The Telegraph/Telephone: Alexander Graham Bell came up with a good one. Bet he had no idea it would give way to a platform for Angry Birds.
College Avenue Commons: This amazing building is home of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, which includes the Del E. Webb School of Construction. In the last year it has won every possible construction award. So we think it deserves a place on our list as well.
Airplane de-icing inspired by poison dart frogs: Konrad Rykaczewski and three ASU graduate students devised a method that would add a coating to aircraft surfaces that secretes antifreeze to prevent ice formation. The idea is based on how a tropical frog releases a toxic substance through its skin to protect itself. How cool is that?
Alternative energy sources: Whether it is algae, solar or wind, our engineers are fascinated by the hows, whys and future of delivering these energy sources.
The X-ray machine: We are inherently curious and want to know how things work. That goes for the human body as well. This is just one of many devices to help us better understand medical science.
There are so many things we didn’t include. What are you thankful for?