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Mentor Dida: Giving back to his Kosovo homeland
Mentor Dida’s experiences as a refugee inspire him to use his engineering education to make the world a better place. Read the article.

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Scientists test jetpack to help soldiers run faster on the battlefield (Daily Mail Online – United Kingdom)
The Discovery Channel Canada show “Daily Planet” recently debuted a video and report on a jet pack prototype developed by ASU engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes, who works in the Polytechnic School’s Human Machine Integration Laboratory. It demonstrated how the technology enhances human physical capabilities. The video and additional news reports soon followed on a variety of news websites, including the Daily MailFox NewsGrind TVDaily Urban CultureLocker Dome and the Phoenix New Times.

Building a robotic tomorrow (State Press Magazine)
Human-technology integration is the focus of the work of Thomas Sugar, a professor in the Polytechnic School engineering program. He’s helping integrate robotic systems with the human body to boost the physical abilities of people living with amputations and make it easier for soldiers to carry heavy loads during military operations. Read the article.

Bringing creative engineering to students (Embedded Computing Design)
Shawn Jordan, an assistant professor in the Polytechnic School engineering program, teaches ASU’s STEAM Labs to middle school and high school students. The program integrates the arts with science, technology, engineering and math. Students get an introduction to the engineering design process by creating chain-reaction machines. Read the article.

Making: The gateway to an engineering career (Embedded Computing Design)
The Maker and DIY movements are being brought to ASU through the efforts of Micah Lande and Shawn Jordan, assistant professors in the Polytechnic School engineering program. (Lande founded the first Maker Corps site in Arizona). Through TechShop and other program and facilities, they are using the Maker and DIY methods to give young students hands-on experiences in the everyday practice of engineering. Read the article. Hear the ASU Alumni Association podcast “Hands On-The Maker Movement Comes to ASU,” featuring an interview with Lande and the sounds of students at work in his summer Making+Tinkering Camps.

Conditioned for success (ASU Magazine)
Damien Richardson was a starter for the ASU Sun Devils football team for three seasons while majoring in bioengineering, before going on to play in the National Football League for several years. After his athletic career, he used his ASU engineering degree to make the step into medical school and a second career in the health care field. Read the article.

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