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2019 in photos: Charlie Leight

ASU Now senior photographer Charlie Leight shares his favorite images from another year of innovation at ASU

Robotic Arm
December 27, 2019

"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

Casey Kasem's traditional closing line sums up the year in pictures at the nation's top university for innovation.

Walk around any of ASU's four campuses, and you'll come across new buildings and the rehabilitation of older ones. They point the way to the future. What discoveries and solutions will be uncovered in them? Who will make them? The enthusiastic students, motivated researchers and interested faculty.

Venture a little further and find visitors sharing their visions and students pushing others to excel. Others are pushing through Earth's gravitational pull.

What about the Earth-bound inquisitors? Some think about the habits of those below ground, underwater and even into the minds of our children.

There are times at ASU where innovation spurs unbridled excitement — the joy of overcoming enormous challenges, trying something new, sharing spontaneous jokes and hitting the target smack in the center to win the prize.

In 2019, we accomplished our goals; we learned, we laughed, we loved. But that was then. What stars will we reach in 2020?

In the gallery below, Ed Garnero is a professor who applies his seismology profession to his bass guitar-building avocation. He creates musical instruments with repurposed wood. He experiments with creating channels that run nearly their entire length. He asks, "How far can I take the traditional electric bass design ... to make it come alive?" Here is his story.

Top photo: This is a mockup of a cubesat robotic arm developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for reaching for previously launched components in space. The arm's controlling "brains" are being developed at ASU's School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, led by Assistant Professor Heni Ben Amor. The arm will be attached to cubesats and will locate and assemble components in space. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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