New program offers "sustainable" business degree

August 27, 2008

B.A. students can combo with sustainability, communication and more

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More people and businesses want to find ways to conserve energy and help make our natural resources last longer. As the new school year begins, a groundbreaking new degree program at the W. P. Carey School of Business will make it easier for business students to help their future companies utilize sustainability practices.

The brand new undergraduate business degree offers incoming freshmen the chance to combine a traditional, high-caliber degree with specializations in sustainability, tourism management, communication or urban policy. ASU’s popular School of Sustainability – the only school of its kind – will provide many of the classes required for the new sustainability specialization. Other ASU schools, including the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, will offer faculty experts for the other specializations.

“We’ve introduced a unique program that will help future business leaders use some of the best practices in sustainability,” says Tim Desch, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We’ve also created new opportunities for students to learn about how to apply business know-how to other exciting fields such as communication and tourism management. Those students will get great interdisciplinary experience from top experts in other areas of the university, as well as from the business school.”

The program also makes it possible for the W. P. Carey School of Business to offer access to more freshmen than usual by supplementing the school’s own resources with the use of faculty members and classes outside the business school. This is consistent with ASU President Michael Crow’s universitywide message of offering access to even more deserving students.

This week more than 900 incoming freshmen will become the first ever to work toward a B.A. degree in business at the W. P. Carey School. Hundreds more students will start working toward the school’s more traditional B.S. business degree.

The Princeton Review recently named Arizona State University one of the “greenest” universities in the country. The W. P. Carey School of Business is also one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the nation. 

Science and engineering society honors 3 at ASU

August 27, 2008

The leadership of ASM International, the premier materials science and engineering society, has honored three representatives from Arizona State University’s School of Materials.

Nikhilesh Chawla, a professor in the school, has been elected an ASM International Fellow. The award recognizes members for distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering. Urusa Alaan, a senior in materials science and engineering, has been elected to a one-year appointment in a student post on the ASM International Board of Trustees. Subhash Mahajan, director of the School of Materials, already is a member of the board. Download Full Image

Chawla is being recognizing for work in multiphase microstructures and mechanical behavior and modeling of advanced materials. He is the youngest person to be elected an ASM Fellow, since the inception of the award in 1969.

As a Fellow, he becomes part of a forum of technical and professional leaders who serve as advisors to the society.

Alaan is the first student to serve on the board with a faculty member from the same institution.

She is the president of Materials Advantage, a student-run organization that gives undergraduates access to four professional engineering societies in the materials field. She is working to define a clear mission for the ASU chapter of the group.

“One of our main goals is to establish traditions in the School of Materials," she says. "We want to strengthen our student community to encourage retention and to build bonds that last beyond our years at ASU.”

Alaan has worked with Mahajan on research since her freshmen year at ASU.

Mahajan has been appointed Alaan’s ASM International board mentor.

“He has been a mentor on so many levels, and it's an honor to serve on the board with him,” she says.

Chawla says being associated with ASM International throughout his student and professional life “has been very instructive and enjoyable. Election to the status of fellow of ASM is one of the highlights of my career. It is an honor to be included among such a distinguished group of individuals in the field of materials science and engineering.”

Chawla has written or co-written more than 100 materials science and engineering articles and serves on the editorial board of prominent professional publications, including Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, Advanced Engineering Materials, and Materials Characterization.

He won the 2004 Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers presented by ASM International, and the 2006 Young Leaders Tutorial Lecture presented by The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.

ASM International promotes progress in the materials field by organizing conferences around the world, as well as supporting educational, career-guidance and networking services and activities for scientists and engineers.

The School of Materials is jointly administered by ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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