New on Full Circle
Summer camps offer young students engineering and technology experiences
Students in grades 6-12 can learn to build robots, make iPhone apps and design thermally efficient houses through more than a dozen summer camps offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Information on the camps, costs and applications is available outreach.engineering.asu.edu/all-programs. Registration is now open. Read on Full Circle
Innovative Solar Decathlon house now on public exhibit in Phoenix
Arizona State University and University of New Mexico students joined forces to form one of 19 teams of college students from throughout the world selected to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy challenged teams to design and build innovative, affordable, sturdily crafted and comfortable solar-powered houses that produce as much energy as they consume and incorporate other sustainable-living features. Read on Full Circle
ASU students shine in construction management competition
Three teams from the Del E. Webb School of Construction placed third in their respective categories at the 28th Annual Associated Schools of Construction’s Student Competition held in Nevada. They competed against teams from Stanford, Purdue and dozens of other top-ranked construction schools. Read on Full Circle
In the news
Research shows need to regulate antimicrobial products (World News)
Evidence compiled in a new feature article by Arizona State University professor Rolf Halden shows that decades of widespread use of antimicrobials has left consumers with no measurable benefits. Worse yet, lax regulation has caused widespread contamination of the environment, wildlife and human populations with compounds that appear more toxic than safe, according to recent scientific research.
ASU leads new national research network to study impacts of nanomaterials (The A to Z of Nanotechnology, Nanowerk and Technology.org)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a grant of $5 million over the next four years to support the LCnano Network as part of the Life Cycle of Nanomaterials project, which will focus on helping to ensure the safety of nanomaterials throughout their life cycles — from the manufacture to the use and disposal of the products that contain these engineered materials. Paul Westerhoff, associate dean of research for Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, is the LCnano Network director.
Engineering students challenged with building concrete canoe (ASU News)
Building a concrete canoe might seem counterintuitive. But the Concrete Canoe Competition between college engineering teams is a time-honored test of design, technique and creativity, using construction’s most ubiquitous material. ASU’s team from the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is in the midst of building this year’s canoe for the April 3-5 competition in San Diego.
3-D printer helping save lives at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (ABC News Channel 15)
One of the printers being used at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is not your typical machine. It’s changing lives, and saving them. (David Frakes, assistant professor, and Justin Ryan, doctoral student, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering)
ASU program combines engineering, community service (Mesa Legend)
For many who seek to affect change in the world, the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program at ASU offers opportunities to do so. (Scott Shrake, director of Engineering Projects in Community Service)