ASU undergrads display research work at symposium

November 16, 2009

Arizona State University undergraduate students will again showcase their research in biotechnology, alternative energy sources, robotics, and a wide range of engineering and science fields at the 10th semi-annual Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Symposium from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20.

More than 80 students will exhibit posters detailing their FURI program research projects on the west patio of the Engineering Center, G-Wing, at ASU's Tempe campus. FURI is one of the few university programs in the country that enables undergraduates to get valuable hands-on experience in significant research.

A program of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, FURI has grown since its inception in 2005 to become one of the largest of such programs.  To participate, students must go through an extensive application process during which their qualifications are reviewed by a school-wide committee.

 “Our goal is for each student to walk away from the program having had a great research experience that will help with their transition into graduate school, into the work force, or to any other career path they may choose,” says Christine MacLeod, the program’s director.

FURI Symposiums, presented once each Fall and Spring semester, is open to the public. More than 200 people, including Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean Deirdre Meldrum and other ASU engineering research leaders, are expected to attend.

The Spring semester symposium is scheduled for April 23, 2010.

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ASU becomes key member of Boeing Technology Alliance

November 16, 2009

Arizona State University has been chosen as one of five universities to become a member of the Boeing Technology Alliance (BTA).

In consultation with Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology venturing arm of ASU, Boeing selected the university based on the breadth of its scientific research capabilities and ability to generate market-impacting technologies.   Download Full Image

“As one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities, ASU leads the nation in use-inspired research across disciplines,” says R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr., ASU’s vice president for research and economic affairs. “Our aerospace, computing, human factors, mechanical and electrical engineers and researchers have much to offer as Boeing seeks to find and create innovative solutions and enhance Arizona’s contribution to the global technology market of the future.”  

The BTA is a network established to help Boeing identify and acquire technologies from nontraditional sources. Members of BTA are respected technology leaders from economic trade and development organizations, regional technology alliances, selected major corporations, technology incubators and university technology transfer offices.

The BTA is one of a portfolio of methods for discovering and integrating new technologies to enhance Boeing’s access to nontraditional technology sources, obtain perspectives on technology trends, and have exposure to a wide audience of active industry leaders.  

As a key member of the BTA, ASU will assist Boeing in finding technology solutions and increasing the company’s long-term competitive advantage.  

Through the BTA, ASU’s faculty and researchers will be able to collaborate with a network of influential BTA members on various programs and initiatives of interest.

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles, and advanced information and communication systems. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.

“We have already had several significant collaborations on sensors and composite materials technologies,” says Bill Loux, director of business development at AzTE. “These collaborations facilitate our institutional focus on research areas with significant commercial and public impact potential.”