As we get ready to welcome the class of 2016 and begin another busy academic year, I want to encourage you to take time to get to know our students, from the day they arrive and throughout their time at ASU.
Particularly for our new faculty, I encourage you to take advantage of informal opportunities to meet with students outside the classroom. Students cite the accessibility of our faculty as one of the things that makes the Fulton Engineering experience unique. I think you’ll also find that it enhances your experience here at ASU. Our students are already accomplished—and the chance to hear about their dreams, foster their growth and watch their progress is truly inspiring.
Some of the ways you can get to know our students—particularly our new freshmen—include:
E2 Camp: We have seven camps this August to welcome our incoming freshmen. Join us for a day, a full camp or on campus to help our new students get off to a great start. engineering.asu.edu/camp
Fall Welcome: Welcome Week has many activities from hall move-in August 18-19 on to school assemblies and Sun Devil Welcome in Wells Fargo Arena on August 21 (where last year our students drowned out W.P. Carey students with chants of Ira! Ira!). engineering.asu.edu/fallwelcome
Freshman Engineering Career Exploration Night: This will be the third year that we host the Engineering Career Exploration Night, an event designed to get first-year students thinking ahead about career planning. Last year, over 1,100 students and 200 professional engineers attended. Join us this year on September 12, 4–8 p.m. engineering.asu.edu/career
FURI Symposiums: The fall 2012 FURI research symposium will be held on Friday, November 16. You’ll learn first-hand about some of the projects that our students are taking on as undergraduates. Or, get involved with the FURI program as a research mentor. Post your project and work directly with one of our very talented students. engineering.asu.edu/furi
EPICS: If you are hanging around campus early evening, head over to eSpace to see EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) teams at work. These students are not waiting to graduate to make a difference, they are tackling challenges, finding solutions and forming companies today. engineering.asu.edu/epics
Feasting with Faculty: Organized by peer mentors, the Feasting with Faculty program is designed to give students and faculty the opportunity to meet outside of a traditional classroom setting. You’ll meet with a smaller group of students over lunch or dinner. If you would like to participate, contact Becca Kleinberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student organizations: We have over 40 student organizations, many of whom hold regular events such as the Society of Women Engineer’s Dinner with the Professors and the Engineering Student Council’s Dinner with the Dean. See engineering.asu.edu/fallwelcome and watch In the Loop for more information as events are scheduled.
Senior capstone projects: This comprehensive design experience for our graduating seniors is an important transition from student to practicing engineer. Presentations are scheduled at the end of each semester.
And, that is just a start for fall! Next spring, get ready for E-Week, Engineering Open House and more.
Thank you for all you do to support our students. Their achievements are the cornerstone of our success.