ASU launches programs for students at ASU California Center

October 22, 2013

New ASU center offers bridge to California communities

Arizona State University graduate students in law and public programs are now pursuing internships and other opportunities in Southern California, operating out of the new ASU California Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Advanced journalism students will soon be at the center, covering Pac-12 sports. Download Full Image

ASU also is reaching out to California high school and community college students to let them know about programs at the university offered at four distinct campuses in the Phoenix area. Two recruiting events at the center in late September drew more than 200 students and parents.

The center, which opened at 725 N. Arizona Ave. in Santa Monica in March, unveiled new event space at a ceremony on Oct. 22. California is home to many ASU alumni and prospective students. Upcoming events for high school students and their parents will be held in October and November. A larger ASU information fair will be held Nov. 24 in Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Among the ASU units which have a presence in the ASU California Center are the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Public Programs, Center of Social Cohesion, W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU Online, Undergraduate Admissions, Arizona Technology Enterprises, ASU Alumni Association and the ASU Foundation for a New American University.

A fruitful partnership

California communities stand to benefit from the presence of ASU in their midst. ASU graduate students in public administration are working with municipalities in southern California to help devise innovative solutions to challenges they share, operating in partnership with the California Civic Innovation Project and the Alliance for Innovation.

Students from ASU’s College of Law are acting as externs in Los Angeles-area nonprofit organizations. An ASU law professor teaches two courses at the center in the evening and the university plans to expand the law externship program to allow students to make connections with possible employers.

The highly-ranked ASU Cronkite School plans to launch a Cronkite Sports Network bureau at the ASU California Center, producing TV and digital stories on sports, focusing heavily on the Pac12. The bureau will have a full-time professor of practice who will work with advanced journalism students, partnering with major TV and digital media outlets to air the stories across California.

"Arizona and California have deep social, economic and educational connections,” says ASU President Michael M. Crow. “It’s important to the future of ASU – and the state of Arizona – that we look to enhance those linkages in ways which provide California students the opportunity to participate in the dynamic education experience provided by ASU. The center also gives our students and the rest of Arizona new pathways for accessing all that California has to offer.”

Other ASU journalism students will focus their research and writing on sustainability issues, working at Zócalo Public Square, which is located in the center. Zócalo is a full-fledged "ideas exchange" and media outlet that blends live events and humanities journalism, and whose mission is to build community around ideas.

Last year, Zócalo hosted 70 events in 11 cities and published over 600 original features. Topics have included the foreclosure crisis, global warming and internet freedom. Zócalo syndicates articles to more than 100 publications, including Time magazine and USA Today.

“The ASU California center is offering our students in the School of Public Affairs an opportunity to engage the complex challenge of managing cities in another vibrant metropolitan area,” says Jonathan Koppell, dean of the ASU College of Public Programs. “It’s a set of opportunities and issues distinct from those encountered in Arizona. This platform will ultimately serve to enrich the educational and research activity across our public service programs.”

Access to ASU

Santa Monica College entered into a guaranteed program for admission to ASU in 2012. Students at Santa Monica College who are interested in continuing their education at the bachelor's degree level can sign up for the guaranteed admission program with ASU, provided they meet GPA requirements and complete general studies requirements.

The Phoenix metro area is just a six-hour drive from the Los Angeles area – close to home, but not too close. And the cost of living is substantially lower, often off-setting non-resident tuition.

“Santa Monica College is working directly with ASU to explore the possibility of expanding transfer degree opportunities in public policy, public affairs and nursing,” says Jeffery Shimizu, Santa Monica College vice president for academic affairs.

Another unit at the center is Arizona Technology Enterprises, ASU’s exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization. The plan is to build relationships with entrepreneurs, investors, companies and southern California research universities.

Other organizations co-located at the ASU California Center are the Arizona Commerce Authority and California Chicano News Media Association.

For more information on upcoming events for students at the ASU California Center or to RSVP, visit

To register for the “Dream it-Do it” expo and information fair Nov. 24, visit

Registration for a Nov. 10 event for transfer students is here.

Destination England: Aerospace engineering study-abroad opportunity

October 22, 2013

Arizona State University engineering students will have an opportunity in summer 2014 to pursue aerospace studies in England through a new faculty-directed study-abroad program. Aero-Mechanics Summer in England, developed by faculty member Timothy Takahashi, will take students to London and Southampton for five weeks.

“The strong cooperative ties and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom in the defense technology field will be particularly highlighted,” Takahashi says. “The ideal student for this program is someone who is open minded, travel savvy, wants to experience a new culture and has a desire to learn more about aviation and defense,” he says. Tim Takahashi study abroad Download Full Image

Takahashi is a professor of practice in aerospace engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, which is sponsoring the program. The school is one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. 

The program is coordinated with the University of Southampton, which will provide classroom space, housing for students and guest lecturers. Geared for junior and senior mechanical and aerospace engineering majors, it will enable students to earn academic credits while getting a cultural immersion in the United Kingdom.
Classes will end at noontime on Fridays and reconvene on Monday mornings, giving students the weekend to explore sites in Southampton and in nearby London. Trips may include course-related visits to the Royal Air Force Museum, the Imperial War Museum and Solent Sky Museum. Students may also choose to visit the dockyards where the Titanic was built in Southampton or see historic attractions such as Stonehenge.

Students may even have an opportunity to make their way to Paris via the “chunnel” across the English Channel. They will see aircraft engineered and built in the United Kingdom that are “rarely, if ever, seen in the United States,” Takahashi says.

Students will earn six credit hours by completing work during the program in MAE 400, an Engineering Profession course, and MAE 394, a course titled “Special Topics: Aeronautics in the U.K.” The special topics course will explore technology transfer between the United Kingdom and the United States, focusing on the collaboration and competition between the two countries in areas of national defense.

“It’s great to see firsthand the historical manifestation of this unique partnership,” Takahashi says. Students will also learn about the modern “rules of the sky” and “rules for design” as devised by the two countries through their government agencies, he adds.

In the Engineering Profession course, students will benefit from Takahashi’s varied educational and professional experience. Takahashi earned a doctoral degree in engineering and a law degree with a concentration in high-technology law. He also has 16 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry.

In addition to offering students a “practitioner’s viewpoint” based on his industry experience, Takahashi will address “engineering issues related to both trademark, copyright and patent law, while addressing the sort of legal issues that an engineering professional might face.”

A faculty-directed study-broad opportunity differs from standard study-abroad programs because a faculty member designs and coordinates the program, while also instructing students throughout their travels. Programs such as this one “enable students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members in their field that will be of benefit as they pursue their careers,” says Kyle Squires, director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

“Engineering in general and aerospace engineering in particular are global professions, and the exposure students gain through these programs provides unique perspectives that will give them an advantage in their studies at ASU and throughout their careers,” Squires says.

Takashi says his own experience with faculty-directed study-abroad programs motivated him to develop a similar experience for ASU engineering students. While pursuing his law degree at the Santa Clara University School of Law, he had the opportunity to travel to Germany with an instructor and classmates. “I loved it,” he says. “Rarely do you get the opportunity to spend five weeks in another country.” He wanted to provide such a “once-in- a-lifetime” experience for ASU students.

Takahashi is not new to getting students involved in learning experiences outside the classroom. He has been advisor to ASU’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Air Devils student team, as well as the student Society of Automotive Engineers Heavy Lift team. He also serves as the faculty advisor to aerospace engineering students admitted into the Grand Challenge Scholar’s Program.

“The classroom is only one way to teach,” Takahashi says. He is hoping the Aero-Mechanics Summer in England program helps students realize that engineering is not solely “as solitary and mathematical” as it can feel in a classroom setting. “Engineering is truly a deeply social and participatory profession,” he says.

Learn more about the program.

Written by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering