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Students on the FijiLights EPICS team work a prototype during a build session. Photographer: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU

Fulton students are encouraged to develop engineering and technical expertise while giving back to the community and solving problems around the world by joining the Engineering Projects in Community Service program. Past EPICS teams have won awards through Intel and the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, and have participated in the Clinton Global Initiative.

Fulton Schools faculty are needed to mentor teams to meet project milestones. Contact Scott Shrake at or 480-965-0903 if you are interested in this mentoring opportunity. Areas of need include:

  • Engineering design.
  • Manufacturing and tooling.
  • Civil Engineering — structural, building design, site planning.
  • Electronics and Hardware including sensors and photovoltaic.
  • Web development and computer programming.
  • Mechanical engineering.
  • Chemical engineering – batteries.
  • Industrial engineering — project management, warehousing, data management.

Students will enroll in FSE 194 EPICS Gold I, a one-credit hour course that places students in cross-disciplinary teams that work to solve a problem for a nonprofit community agency or municipality. The FSE 194 course offered on the Polytechnic campus will be taught by former EPICS student Jared Schoepf.

Schoepf is one of the founders of SafeSIPP, a water transportation and purification system, which began as an EPICS project. In 2013, Schoepf was named a top-five finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of the Year competition. SafeSIPP has been featured in the Huffington Post, Fast Company and the Phoenix Business Journal as well on NPR, CBS 5, 12 News and ABC15.

For questions about the EPICS program, or to explore becoming a mentor, contact Scott Shrake, EPICS Director, at or 480-965-0903.

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