Engineering and music student has designs on building a better oboe

Sept. 13, 2013—Freshman Alexis Mitchell of Chandler is planning to build a better oboe. More specifically, she’s working on ideas for a process to produce a synthetic reed. An oboe player since fifth grade, Mitchell has learned how to make her own reeds, a painstaking process consisting of splitting and gouging cane into tiny rectangles, then shaping and folding these over a metal tube and tying it on the instrument. Then the reed is continuously measured and scraped until it starts vibrating and allows the player to make music. Mitchell is looking forward to declaring dual majors to earn concurrent degrees in music performance and materials science and engineering at the university that will allow her to work on her invention. Read on Full Circle

Students aid efforts to solve water challenges in border region

Sept. 13, 2013—The U.S. Mexico Border Water and Environmental Sustainability Training program established by Enrique Vivoni, associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, includes students from ASU, the Insitituto Tecnológico de Sonora, Universidad de Sonora, and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez to study water challenges in the semi-arid border region between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Read on Full Circle

Summer internships helped engineering students step onto career path

Sept. 18, 2013—Many students in Fulton Engineering are as busy on their summer “breaks” as they are during semesters when they’re taking full loads of courses.That’s true especially for those who land sought-after summer internships with leading high-tech companies, government agencies and research institutions that put their budding engineering skills to the test. Four students share their summer internship experiences. Read on Full Circle

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