David Tirrell to deliver distinguished Eyring Lecture Series at ASU

October 24, 2022

Leading American chemist David A. Tirrell will be the featured School of Molecular Sciences’ Eyring Lecture Series speaker Nov. 3–4 at Arizona State University's Tempe campus.

The general lecture on Nov. 3, titled “Genetic Engineering of Macromolecular and Cellular Materials,” will be presented at 6 p.m. in the Marston Theater in ISTB4, and will also be available via Zoom. An outdoor reception on the ISTB4 patio will follow from 5 to 5:40 p.m. Portrait of leading American chemist David A. Tirrell. David A. Tirrell is a leading American chemist and the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Download Full Image

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences with many international awards, Tirrell is the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology.

Tirrell was educated at MIT and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie‐Mellon University in 1978, returned to Amherst in 1984 and served as director of the Materials Research Laboratory at UMass before moving to Pasadena, California, in 1998. At Caltech, he has served as chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (1999–2009), director of the Beckman Institute (2011–2018) and provost (2017–present).

Tirrell’s research interests lie in macromolecular chemistry and in the use of non‐canonical amino acids to engineer and probe protein behavior. His contributions to these fields have been recognized by his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and all three branches (sciences, engineering and medicine) of the U.S. National Academies.

The Eyring Lectures are part of an interdisciplinary distinguished lecture series dedicated to stimulating discussion by renowned scientists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Each series consists of a leadoff presentation to help communicate the excitement and the challenge of science to the university and community. Past lecturers have included Nobel laureates Ahmed Zewail, Jean-Marie Lehn, Harry Gray, Richard Smalley, Yuan T. Lee, Richard Schrock, John Goodenough, Mario Capecchi and, most recently awarded, Carolyn Bertozzi.

The technical lecture “Selective Proteomic Analysis of Cellular Sub-Populations in Complex Biological Systems” will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 in room 166 of the Physical Sciences Center F-Wing. It will also be available via Zoom.

This lecture will describe the use of non‐canonical amino acids (ncAAs) as selective probes of protein synthesis in complex biological systems. Pulse‐labeling with ncAA probes provides time‐resolution, while controlled expression of mutant aminoacyl‐tRNA synthetases allows the investigator to restrict analysis to cell types or cell states of interest. The methods are applicable to studies of microbial systems, mammalian cell culture and a variety of animal models.The scope and limitations of the approach, and some recent results, will be discussed.

The Eyring Lecture Series is named in honor of the late Leroy Eyring, an ASU Regents Professor of chemistry and former department chair, whose instructional and research accomplishments and professional leadership at ASU helped to bring the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry into international prominence. The Eyring Materials Center and the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe at ASU are named in his honor.

Jenny Green

Clinical associate professor, School of Molecular Sciences


Psychology faculty member receives lifetime achievement award

ASU President’s Professor Douglas Kenrick recognized for contributions to evolutionary psychology

October 24, 2022

The Human Behavior and Evolution Society recently announced that ASU President’s Professor Douglas Kenrick is the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

Kenrick was previously the president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in 2018 and is the author of "Solving Modern Problems with a Stone-Age Brain." Portrait of ASU President's Professor Douglas Kenrick. ASU President’s Professor Douglas Kenrick is the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the field of evolutionary psychology. Download Full Image

The Human Behavior and Evolution Society is an interdisciplinary society of those studying human behavior from an evolutionary perspective and includes scientists from the anthropological, psychological and biological sciences. Previous winners of the Lifetime Career Award include Randy Nesse, professor and founder of the ASU Center for Evolutionary Medicine; Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University; Martin Daly, emeritus professor of psychology at McMaster University; Leda Cosmides, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and David Buss, professor at the University of Texas, Austin. The award is considered one of the highest honors an evolutionary psychologist can receive.

“The HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution is awarded to HBES members who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in evolution and human behavior,” Kenrick said. “It is an honor to be considered among the greats in our field. To be given this award is about as good as I could do in my life.”

Kenrick, an evolutionary social psychologist, investigates how human social behavior and thought might reflect biological adaptations that influenced our ancestors’ survival and reproductive success.

He is the co-director of the Evolutionary Social Cognition Lab with Foundation Professor Steven Neuberg and D. Vaughn Becker, associate professor in the ASU Human Systems Engineering Program. Over the course of his research career, Kenrick and his team have mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.

The lab combines theoretical and conceptual frameworks to answer questions about how social goals can influence people’s perceptions, beliefs and decisions. 

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In 2010, Kenrick published a new model of human motivation together with Neuberg and two ASU alums, Vladas Griskevicius and Mark Schaller. This model is an adaptation of Maslow’s hierarchy and places kin care at the top of the pyramid of needs. 

“We focus, in particular, on the ways in which self-protection, mating, status-striving, social affiliation, disease avoidance and kin care goals selectively facilitate who we pay attention to, who we remember and how we choose to behave toward other people,” Kenrick said.

Although evolutionary psychology has often been seen as the study of “selfish genes,” and been misconstrued to imply that selfish genes translate into selfish people, Kenrick suggests that the best evidence from psychology, anthropology and human biology suggests that our ancestors, who needed their group members to survive and reproduce, were selected for cooperation rather than individual selfishness.

“We're designed to live in groups. We're designed for our genes to do better when we are nice, not when we're nasty. Your genes might be selfish, but if you're a selfish person, you're going to be socially isolated,” Kenrick said. “People don't want to deal with you if you're nasty, whether you are a group member or a leader. Some people have presumed that if you're a domineering, pushy, nasty person, you can get somewhere in life; but if you slip up when you use that strategy, the other group members are going to want to remove you.

"If you're a nice leader, on the other hand — somebody who cares about the group and who shares information — people will like you and want to keep you on as a leader. And there’s a side benefit: Research demonstrates not only that other people like you more if you are cooperative and supportive, you are also likely to feel better about yourself. We seem to be naturally inclined to feel good when we make others feel good.

“So the bottom line seems to be: The best thing you can do for yourself is to be unselfish."

Robert Ewing

Marketing and Communications Manager, Department of Psychology


ASU College of Health Solutions to host Translational Science Conference

October 20, 2022

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University continues on its mission to bring people together to improve the health of the community with its second annual Translational Science Conference.

The conference, taking place Oct. 2728, brings people from multiple disciplines to explore innovative approaches in translational research and collaboration. Silhouettes of people standing and sitting in a group overlaid with a digital illustration of lines and dots of various colors. ASU's College of Health Solutions is hosting its second annual Translational Science Conference Oct. 27–28. Download Full Image

This year’s conference, happening virtually on Thursday, Oct. 27, and virtually and in-person on Friday, Oct. 28, examines actionable strategies for enhancing team effectiveness, adaptability and longevity.

Deborah Williams is the director of affinity networks and translational teams in addition to being a clinical assistant professor at the College of Health Solutions. Williams said the conference brings together leading scientists in the field to provide insight into new and enhanced translational research approaches.

“The problems facing our world are so complex and multidimensional that we need to expand our thinking in order to address them,” Williams said. “That means working together in diverse, transdisciplinary teams and using more systems-oriented approaches.

“This conference provides an opportunity to explore new methods, research and perspectives that can promote innovation and hopefully produce results that directly benefit human health.”

Conference to feature leading voices in translational science

“We have a great panel of speakers addressing a range of pertinent issues that impact much of the work we do daily from projects, programs, research and funding,” Williams said.

Key topics include dealing with barriers that prohibit productivity, better ways to lasting, co-created coalitions and future directions.

Featured speakers for this year’s conference are:

  • David Chambers, deputy director for implementation science, National Cancer Institute.
  • Teresa Aseret-Manygoats, bureau chief, chronic disease and health promotion, Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Ann Verhey-Henke, strategic director, Center for Socially Engaged Design, University of Michigan.
  • Michael Welsh, interim executive director, Phoenix VA Health Care System.
  • Cady Berkel and Corrie Whisner, co-directors of the Maternal Child Health Translational Team, ASU College of Health Solutions.

Chambers, Thursday's keynote speaker, will offer a separate session on Friday to allow participants an opportunity to ask questions in an informal session.

Berkel and Whisner will present what should be an impactful session on knowledge sharing among the maternal child care workforce on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the speakers, the conference includes interactive sessions and workshops. The Friday, Oct. 28, workshops and sessions will be both in person and virtual.

2022 Translational Science Conference

Designing Adaptable Teams for Longevity and Success

Virtual session: 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27

Virtual and in-person sessions: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. In-person sessions take place at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the Health North building, 550 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.

For more information and to register, visit https://chs.asu.edu/antt.

Weldon B. Johnson

Communications Specialist, College of Health Solutions

A record 10 ASU students, alumni nominated for Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarships

October 18, 2022

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement has announced that a record 10 Arizona State University students and alumni have been nominated for the Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarships, three of the most prestigious international fellowships in existence.

The Marshall Scholarship provides full support for two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom, while the Rhodes Scholarship provides full funding for two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University. The Mitchell Scholarship provides full funding for a one-year master’s degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Silhouettes of a group of people in front of a sunset holding their hands in the air in the shape of an ASU pitchfork. Download Full Image

Together, these three scholarships are considered among the most prestigious academic awards available for American students. Famous Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch, MacArthur Fellowship-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth and Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. Notable American Rhodes Scholars include President Bill Clinton, MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow, former National Security advisor Susan Rice and current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

The ASU nominees include graduating fourth-year students Fiona Flaherty, John Luce, Katie Sue Pascavis, Anusha Natarajan, Joseph Pitts, Nathaniel Ross, Emma Strouse and Julie Kaplan. Additionally, recent ASU graduates Saiarchana Darira and Tahiry Langrand received nominations.

“While this cohort of applicants is the largest that ASU has ever seen, I daresay that it is also one of the most intellectually diverse,” said Kyle Mox, associate dean of national scholarship advisement. “As a group, they illustrate the wide range of scholarly and experiential opportunities available at ASU.”

As the director of ONSA, Mox serves as the designated ASU liaison for the Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarship programs and oversees the campus nomination process for the awards, which are among the most selective fellowships in the world, with selection rates typically below 5%.

To apply, candidates nationwide must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. The selection of ASU nominees is done by a faculty committee that considers a range of factors, including the applicants’ academic records, leadership and service activities, previous awards and honors, and letters of recommendation.

“All of the students who seek nomination are among the top 5% of ASU students, academically speaking,” Mox said. “But what makes this group of nominees stand apart is their clear sense of purpose. To be successful, a candidate needs to be able to articulate a clear career objective that will provide a benefit to society or attempt to solve a major global issue.”

Given the rigor of the competitions, applicants typically spend weeks or even months preparing their materials, which include several essays and up to eight letters of recommendation.

“It isn’t unusual for a candidate to spend over 100 hours on a Marshall or Rhodes application,” Mox said.

Each of the awards requires a substantial amount of writing, including summaries of proposed graduate study, motivation for studying in the United Kingdom or Ireland, and descriptions of leadership accomplishments. A substantial personal statement summarizing the applicant’s personal background, academic and professional preparation, core values and future goals is the centerpiece.

“Many applicants find this process emotionally taxing,” Mox said. “They’ve never had to do this sort of writing before, and it can be hard to find the right strategy.”

Between April and September, applicants engage in pre-writing and brainstorming activities, craft outlines and compose multiple drafts of the application essays, all under the guidance of ONSA advisors and their own faculty mentors.

Despite the difficulty of the application process, most nominees find the process rewarding, regardless of the final outcome.

“So seldom do we get the opportunity to set down in words our own goals and vision for the future,” Mox said. “It can be a challenging task, but once complete, it makes you a better leader.”             

Once the students are officially nominated, their applications are forwarded to the national selection committees for each fellowship. If selected as finalists, the nominees will be invited to interviews by regional selection panels. The Marshall Scholarship selects approximately 40 scholars per year, while the Rhodes Scholarship selects 32 American recipients per year, two per district. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholarships are awarded per year.

Each program provides similar, significant benefits. In addition to full financial support for travel, tuition and living expenses, the Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarship provide leadership development and cross-cultural engagement opportunities, along with the advantage of a world-class peer network.

The programs differ in terms of mission, however. Named in honor of the Marshall Plan, the Marshall Scholarship seeks to maintain the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K., and therefore closely evaluates the potential of each candidate to be an effective ambassador. The Marshall Scholarship program also encourages its recipients to engage deeply with British culture and society during their history.

Similarly, the Mitchell Scholarship honors U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and is intended to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland.

The Rhodes Scholarship, named for Cecil Rhodes, has a more global focus. In addition to the 32 American students, it also invites 78 other scholars from around the world to the cohort, including students from several African countries, the Caribbean, Germany, China and Australia. The hope is that this international cohort will, over their careers, collaborate to address global issues.

In recent years, ASU has seen significant success in the Rhodes and Marshall scholarship competitions. In the 2021 cycle, Alexander Sojourney was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and is currently studying at Oxford, after having completed a master’s degree in politics, development and the global south at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was preceded by Frank Smith in 2018 and Erin Schulte in 2017. In total, 19 ASU graduates have won Marshall Scholarships since the program’s inception in 1954.

In the past five years, ASU has produced two Rhodes Scholars, Ngoni Mugwisi in 2017 and Shantel Marekera in 2019. Both are from Zimbabwe and were Mastercard Foundation Scholars at ASU. Historically, ASU has produced five American Rhodes Scholars, with the most recent being Phillip Ryan Mann in 2001.

Meet the nominees:

• Senior journalism and mass communications major and Barrett, The Honors College student Fiona Flaherty has been nominated for the Marshall Scholarship. Flaherty is originally from Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Yorktown High School. She has served as a sustainability reporter for Arizona PBS and as a science communications and news intern for NASA. If awarded the Marshall Scholarship, she will attend Oxford University and pursue a master’s degree in environmental change and management.

• A native of Hermosa Beach, California, and graduate of Redondo Union High School, senior Barrett Honors College student John Luce will graduate from ASU in May 2023 with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry, economics and global health. Luce serves in leadership for the Refugee Education and Clinic Team (REACT) and is a mission team leader for the Next Generation Service Corps. If awarded the Marshall Scholarship, he will pursue a master’s degree in health economics at York University.

• Katie Sue Pascavis is originally from Bloomington, Illinois, and graduated from Basha High School. A dual major in mechanical engineering and global health, she will graduate in May 2023 with honors from Barrett. A Goldwater Scholar and a Udall Scholar, she is president of the ASU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, founder of the GlobalResolve Club and the North American representative to the Global 4-H Youth Committee. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, she will attend University of Cambridge and pursue an Master of Philosophy in engineering for sustainable development.

• Saiarchana Darira has been nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. She graduated from ASU with honors from Barrett in August 2022, with degrees in peace studies, psychology and global management. Originally from Prescott, Arizona, Darira graduated from Tri-City College Prep High School. She has served as a research assistant in the Global Mental Health lab at Pitzer College and is an assistant producer for Turn it Around! Flashcards for Education Futures, a learning tool developed by ASU Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and supported by UNESCO. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship or a Rhodes Scholarship, she will attend Oxford and pursue a master’s degree in environmental change and management.

• A May 2022 ASU graduate, Tahiry Langrand has been nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. A Udall Scholar and Fulbright alternate, he completed a bachelor’s degree in sustainability, with a Spanish minor with honors from Barrett. A native of Reston, Virginia, he attended South Lakes High School. During his time at ASU, he co-founded Constellation, which coordinates sustainability student projects between the three Arizona universities. He was also president of the ASU chapter of the National Audubon Society and served as a student ambassador for the ASU School of Sustainability. If awarded either fellowship, he will attend the University of Oxford and pursue a master’s degree in biodiversity, conservation and management.

• Nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships, Barrett senior Anusha Natarajan will graduate in May 2023 with bachelor’s degrees in sociology, history, political science and applied quantitative science with honors from Barrett. A native of Gilbert, Arizona, she graduated from Hamilton High School. At ASU, she founded the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Digital Humanities Journal and works as a reporter and is the chief diversity officer for the State Press. Among her many civic activities, she is a fellow for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Presently, Natarajan is studying at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, as a Killam Fellow. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, she will attend the London School of Economics and Political Science and pursue a master’s degree in applied social data science. If awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she will pursue a master’s degree in social science of the internet at Oxford.

• Barrett senior Joseph “Joe” Pitts has been nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships. Hailing from Anthem, Arizona, he graduated from Boulder Creek High School and will receive bachelor’s degrees in management and civic and economic thought and leadership in May 2023. Pitts, who was a Truman Scholarship finalist in 2022, has served as a program director for the Arizona Chamber Foundation, developing opportunities for students to be civically engaged. He has volunteered for numerous political campaigns, including for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the late Sen. John McCain. He is active in campus politics as well, serving in leadership for the Arizona Federation of College Republicans. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, he will attend King’s College London and pursue a master’s degree in politics and contemporary history. If selected for the Rhodes Scholarship, he will study political theory at Oxford.

• Nathaniel Ross, from Mesa, Arizona, has been nominated for the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. He will graduate ASU with honors from Barrett in May 2023, with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences, political science, applied quantitative science and history. A Udall Scholar and a Truman Scholarship finalist, Ross is a committed disability rights activist, having founded EosFighter Connection, a nationwide support network for youth with eosinophilic and other disorders. He is also politically active and interned with progressive lobbying firm Creosote Partners. Recently, he launched a bid for a seat on the Mesa City Council and became the youngest candidate to ever make the ballot. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, he will study technology policy at Cambridge University, and if awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, he will study comparative social policy at Oxford.

• Barrett senior Emma Strouse has been nominated for the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. A Cave Creek, Arizona, native, she attended Cactus Shadows High School and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language at ASU. Strouse is currently completing her Chinese Language Flagship Program capstone year in Taiwan as a Boren Scholar. During her time at ASU, she has served as a mission team leader for the Next Generation Service Corps and interned with Project Humanities. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, she will attend the School of Oriental and African Studies and pursue a master’s degree in Taiwan studies. If awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she will study international relations at Oxford.

• Julie Kaplan, from Los Angeles, has been nominated for the Mitchell Scholarship. In May 2023, she will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in global politics and finance with honors from Barrett. She is a mission team leader for the Next Generation Service Corps and also has served in leadership for Arizona Microcredit Initiative, a nonprofit that provides microloans and consulting for underserved entrepreneurs. Kaplan is currently studying at the University of Prince Edward Island as a Killam Fellow. If awarded a Mitchell Scholarship, she will study international development practice at the University of Galway.

Story provided by the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement.

ASU School of Molecular Sciences professor wins photochemistry award

October 17, 2022

Gary Moore is passionate about research that has the potential to create a more sustainable, less destructive energy future.

An associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences and a researcher in the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Moore studies what plants can teach us about solar energy storage, something he and his research team recently explored in depth in a Chemical Reviews articleAuthors include current School of Molecular Sciences graduate students Edgar Reyes Cruz, Daiki Nishiori, Nghi Nguyen and Lillian Hensliegh. titled “Molecular-Modified Photocathodes for Applications in Artificial Photosynthesis and Solar-to-Fuel Technologies.”

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“Do we want to choose to make investments in research directions, technologies and policies that minimize the impact of climate change, or do we continue making use of an energy infrastructure with components and processes that are over a hundred years old?” asked Moore.

In recognition of his work and accomplishments, Moore was recently awarded the 2023 Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) Young Investigator Award, which will be presented at the 2023 annual meeting at Sandestin Beach, Florida.

I-APS was established in 1975 and today has more than 600 members in academia, industry and government throughout North and South America. Its mission is “to promote and disseminate knowledge, and encourage development, of photochemistry and allied subjects throughout the Americas.”

The I-APS Young Investigator Award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding photo-scientific contributions by society members.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Inter-American Photochemical Society and remain thankful for the interactions I have had with members of this community. I also acknowledge the contribution students in my research group have made toward advancing our discoveries in the photochemical and molecular sciences,” Moore said.

Ian Gould, a School of Molecular Sciences President’s Professor and associate dean of online and digital initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, called Moore a leader and “a force in the field of photocatalysis for real-world applications.”

“He is building hybrid, multifunctional nanoscale materials that combine multiple functions in most imaginative ways,” Gould said of Moore. “He is extending the boundaries in several scientific areas critical to advancing technology, including interfacial chemistry, energy conversion chemistry and the catalysis of industrially important fuels and basic materials for energy and manufacturing.”

Harnessing the power of sunlight

A photon is a tiny particle of light that carries energy. The amount of energy depends on whether it possesses, for example, ultraviolet, visible or infrared frequencies. Photochemistry involves the chemical effects of light, where reactions are usually caused by absorption of ultraviolet, visible light or infrared radiation.

The photons Moore’s research team works with come from sunlight and are used to convert water and air into domestically produced, non-fossil-based fuels.

“Inspired by the process of photosynthesis, we can develop alternative energy sources and industrial processes to produce clean fuels as well as other commodity products,” Moore said.

In addition to studying solar energy conversion pathways, the design and synthesis of catalysts is also central to the research efforts of Moore and his team.

Catalysts provide low-energy pathways for carrying out a chemical transformation at a desired rate. For this reason, they are used in myriad industrial applications and are imperative to the bioenergetics of all living organisms.

Moore and his group place a strong emphasis on developing effective methods for interfacing catalytic materials with those that harness solar energy. They also seek to better understand the relationships between the structure and function properties of the resulting architectures. Moore’s research provides graduate students and young professionals a wealth of opportunities.

“We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers developing molecular-based materials that are fundamentally interesting and address societal challenges,” Moore said of his research group.

Moore has earned national recognition as an emerging leader in the field of energy materials science. He is a Department of Energy Early Career Awardee, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, a National Science Foundation CAREER Awardee and was recognized as an “outstanding chemist with Native American heritage” by the National Science Foundation during the 2020 Celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Moore was also selected to give emerging junior faculty research talks at the 2018 Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions Gordon Research Conference, the 2017 Photochemistry Gordon Research Conference, and the second International Solar Fuels Conference. More recently, Moore co-organized the 2021 Western Photosynthesis Conference and the 2020 Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) Conference.

Jenny Green

Clinical associate professor, School of Molecular Sciences


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ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering hits record enrollment

October 14, 2022

Rankings, accreditations and student programs contribute to success

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has reached an impressive milestone — student enrollment hit a high of 30,000 students this fall. 

That’s up 12% from last year and 27% from 2017, making it the largest engineering school in the nation.

Kyle Squires, dean of Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering, sums up the college’s recent success in two words: “high quality.” 

“We have a lot of stability in terms of programmatic direction, leadership and faculty growth,” said Squires, who also serves as ASU’s vice provost for engineering, computing and technology. “We have become adept at delivering programs that matter.” 

The commitment to providing a “high quality” education is evident in every aspect of the Fulton Schools — from what students experience inside classrooms, including world-class faculty and labs, to outside opportunities for research, internships and career events. 

And this has not gone unnoticed. 

“This is an engineering college that is widely recognized around the country,” Squires said. “Prospective students and their parents are very impressed when they come to campus.” 

Engineering student and professor working in lab

The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative provides hands-on lab experience to undergraduate engineering students. Photo courtesy the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Rankings matter 

Rankings certainly contribute to the school’s draw.

The Fulton Schools placed No. 33 overall in the 2022–23 U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of undergraduate programs, out of 212 universities included in the survey, and placed No. 19 among public universities.

In addition to that, ASU ranked:

  • No. 1 for innovation (for the eighth year in a row) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • No. 4 for the number of STEM graduates by Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
  • No. 8 for patents issued to universities worldwide by the National Academy of Inventors.

The STEM ranking puts the university on par with some of the top schools in the country (ahead of MIT and Stanford University), and ASU's innovation ranking distinguishes it from every other university in the U.S.

The Fulton Schools also offers high quality education for remote learners around the world. The following online graduate specialties are among the top in the nation: 

  • No. 2, electrical engineering.
  • No. 2, engineering management.
  • No. 4, industrial engineering.
  • No. 9, engineering for veterans.
  • No. 12, engineering.

These rankings reflect an overall commitment to what the college calls the Fulton Difference — a group of programs created to build a culture that helps students stay connected with faculty and each other. 

The Fulton Difference started as an orientation program but has grown to be a collection of services and programs that support student organizations, undergraduate students in research projects and teaching and entrepreneurship.

“That’s what we have developed over many years,” Squires said. “It refers specifically to all of the outside activities we want students to become involved with. … There are a lot of pathways to being successful. All of these things add up.”  

Academic offerings for every aspiring engineer

While rankings certainly attract students to the Fulton Schools, it is also its breadth of degree programs that have led to the dramatic increase in enrollment.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering offer almost every conceivable degree in engineering, which amounts to 25 undergraduate programs in seven schools and an additional 47 graduate programs. 

“We attract students because we're so broad. We've got most engineering disciplines and related disciplines covered — everything from students designing airplanes to students flying airplanes,” said Jim Collofello, vice dean and professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, which is part of the Fulton Schools.

Beyond that are the opportunities afforded to those attending a college located in metropolitan Phoenix, where the tech industry is booming. The school has cultivated partnerships with companies such as Boeing, Honeywell and many others, including Lucid Motors.

“We are the only intensive college research institution in this area,” said Michael McBride, director of student recruitment for the Fulton Schools. “We are very attractive locally and nationally because of that. It is really all of these things that make the difference.” 

Student working on plane with ASU logo on it

"(We have) everything from students designing airplanes to students flying airplanes," said Jim Collofello, vice dean and professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence. Photo courtesy the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Giving accreditation where it is due

In addition to record enrollment and notable rankings this semester, all of the engineering schools have distinguished themselves with a stamp of approval from the prestigious Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Two of the school’s newest programs — environmental engineering and construction management engineering— were accredited for the first time and are included in the total of 18 accredited for the next six years. 

Having that many programs accredited at one time, for the next six years, is considered unusual.  

“In my experience, it has never happened,” Squires said. “It’s a real breakthrough.”

But this is no small task. 

Accreditation is a rigorous process that requires representatives from all 18 programs to meet with an external review team from ABET. 

“They come in on a Sunday and leave on Tuesday,” explained Collofello, who leads the accreditation process at ASU’s Fulton Schools. “They interview students, industry professionals and faculty. And it is not just a one-time thing.”

ABET evaluates the college’s curriculum, content and, most importantly, its commitment to continuous improvement.  

The nonprofit works with universities around the world to assure that they meet the quality standards for the profession that students will enter upon graduation.

Engineered for student success 

Susanna Westersund, a civil engineering major, is one of many who has benefited from her time at the Fulton Schools. But attending a university in Arizona was not her original plan. 

When she graduated from high school, Westersund was set on going out-of-state for college but soon discovered all that the Fulton Schools had to offer.

The fourth-year student said she has had more research and internship opportunities than her friends at other universities. 

“Because we are such a large research institute, we have the same opportunities as kids at the Ivies. Maybe more,” Westersund said. “Everything I have gotten to do has been super awesome.”  

Student takes online program on the road

For Darius Guerrero, pursuing an undergraduate and master’s degree at the Fulton Schools has not impeded his ability to work full time at the Washington Post and travel around the world — all at the same time.  

Guerrero originally attended Santa Barbara City College but financial constraints forced him to drop out and get a job. When he decided to go back to school, he looked for a program that would allow him to remain in Southern California and work full time. 

ASU turned out to be that place. 

“I was drawn to ASU's online courses, as I was based in Southern California,” said Guerrero, who was accepted into the graphic information technology program at the Fulton Schools in spring 2020. “There was the breadth of programs that I could attend, and it was all remote.”  

Returning to school after many years was challenging for Guerrero.

“It had been a while,” said Guerrero, “but I carried on, working a 10-hour day, taking a nap at 7 p.m., chugging iced coffee to stay awake, and completing my schoolwork from 8 p.m. until midnight. I was thankful that ASU was so accommodating with classes and that I never had to step foot on campus to complete my degree.” 

Student posing in front of mountain range

Darius Guerrero was able to pursue his degrees at the Fulton Schools, work full time at the Washington Post and travel around the world — all at the same time. Photo courtesy Darius Guerroro

While at ASU, Guerrero saw a position for a remote UX designer at the Washington Post. He applied and got the job. His classes at the Fulton Schools contributed to his success. 

“It was interesting. I was taking courses around user experience and we had a module in user testing and personas,” he said. “Then, the following week, I used the knowledge learned in the course to help me at work.”

Since starting at the Washington Post, Guerrero graduated with a bachelor's degree in graphic information technology and will complete his master’s degree this December, all while traveling through Europe.

Right now, he is writing his portfolio for graduation and planning a weeklong trip to Iceland.

All of this because he chose to attend the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“I am very thankful for the online program at ASU,” said Guerrero. “It has completely transformed my life.”

Top photo: Engineering students celebrate at ASU commencement. Photo courtesy the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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$1.2M NIH grant to support historically underrepresented students pursuing genomics research at ASU

October 14, 2022

A new program based in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences will receive $1.2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health over five years to support students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing genomics research.

The Training in Genomics Research (TiGeR) program provides financial support for each student in the program to fully cover their tuition and educational research-related expenses as well as health insurance, travel expenses to conferences and stipends. The program is geared toward underrepresented and minority students who have undergraduate degrees in computer science, mathematics or statistics and little to no previous experience working with genomics data sets, but who are now seeking training in genomics and bioinformatics.  Silhouettes of a group of people in front of a sunset holding their hands in the air in the shape of an ASU pitchfork. The Training in Genomics Research program, based in ASU's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, will receive $1.2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health over five years to support students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing genomics research. Download Full Image

Genomics research, the growing field of biology focusing on the structure, function, evolution, mapping and editing of genomes, enables medical researchers to develop improved diagnostics, more effective therapeutic strategies, evidence-based approaches for demonstrating clinical efficacy and better decision-making tools for patients and providers.

“The metro Phoenix area is becoming increasingly prominent in the biomedical and biosciences industry, among the fastest-growing sectors in the Valley, and ASU is within this industrial hub,” said Sree Kanthaswamy, professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. 

“This puts our program within the arm’s reach of industry partners for collaboration and critical infrastructure implementation to facilitate content delivery and experiential learning. The surge in demand for technical skills in the bioinformatics and genomics area is ongoing, and this program can help address the skills gap.”

The TiGeR program integrates genomics research training into New College’s pre-existing master’s degree in biological data science and creates a new track that includes intensive in-person hands-on exposure to genomics data sets and bioinformatics tool sets, as well as mentored research experiences.

"The TiGeR program is committed to enhancing the diversity of data scientists engaged in genomics science research,” Kanthaswamy said. “Students typically do not drop out of graduate school due to academic issues but instead because of financial and programmatic issues. Through the TiGeR program, we hope to recruit highly motivated students from racial, gender and ethnic minority groups, as well as those with disabilities and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

“Too often, folks from these groups with these backgrounds do not have the same opportunities as others to pursue genomics and STEM research in a meaningful way. This program has the potential to develop an incredibly diverse group of thought leaders in the field of genomics.”

The faculty members who serve as mentors for the program have expertise in a wide range of interdisciplinary areas, from wet lab and field research to data science, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.

As principal investigators of the project, Kanthaswamy and Associate Professor Valentin Dinu, of the College of Health Solutions, will lead the program, with support from Assistant Professor Jonathan Parrott, Assistant Professor Maria Sanin Perez, Associate Professor Maria Vibranovski and Professor Pamela Marshall, as well as Assistant Professor Kim Bussey of Midwestern University. 

The grant funding will be provided by the National Human Genome Research Institute, a branch of the NIH.

The program is now actively recruiting students to participate. To learn more about the program or the application process, students can visit NewCollege.asu.edu/Genomics-Prgm. The deadline for fall 2023 enrollment is July 15, 2023.

Emily Balli

Multimedia specialist, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Santa Monica College transfer student overcomes hurdles to reach sports medicine path

October 13, 2022

National Transfer Student Week celebrates transfer students and the professionals who support them on their journeys. This week offers the perfect opportunity to build awareness of common transfer barriers and the diverse needs of students.

Kyle Efole, a junior majoring in sports science and performance programming, overcame various obstacles ranging from transferring coursework to housing as a transfer student in pursuit of his dream and passion for sports medicine. Portrait of ASU transfer student Kyle Efole and student recruitment coordinator Sara Mcfarland. Sara Mcfarland, student recruitment coordinator, assisted Kyle Efole, a transfer student from Santa Monica College, with securing housing, along with other members of the College of Health Solutions Student Success team. Download Full Image

Efole suffered "countless injuries,” including a torn meniscus and rib fracture, while playing sports growing up. As a result, he became intrigued by the recovery and rehabilitation processes, which inspired him to pursue sports science and performance programming at Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions.

“Everything from the sports medicine doctor diagnosing my injuries after looking at my MRI, to working out with the physical therapist to help rehabilitate my knee, all the way to relearning how to breathe and walk correctly was so intriguing,” Efole said. “I loved studying injuries and learning about how simple exercises that we typically ignore on a daily basis can actually strengthen us and potentially decrease the chances of getting injured in the near future.”

He aims to educate athletes about their injuries and encourage them to view physical rehabilitation as a positive experience.

"I want to be able to help future athletes who suffer from injuries and have them look at recovery as an interesting process rather than a grudge, and I know that College of Health Solutions will provide me the best opportunity to do so," Efole said. 

After graduating with an associate degree from Santa Monica College and getting admitted into ASU earlier this year, Efole’s main objectives were finding on-campus housing and transferring his course credits to get enrolled in fall classes.

“The initial issues that Kyle faced, like having questions about his coursework, transferring and figuring out which major is the best fit for him, are very common challenges for transfer students,” said Sara Mcfarland, a student recruitment coordinator on the College of Health Solutions Student Success team.

Mcfarland acts as a first point of contact for students like Efole in helping them understand how to transfer their course credits, what degrees are a good fit for them and what resources are available to them at ASU. 

Efole took advantage of tools like MyPath2ASU to make his transfer to the College of Health Solutions easier. The set of customized online tools showed him what coursework he could take at his community college and transfer for credit into his specific degree program at the College of Health Solutions. These tools not only ensure students a smooth transfer experience to ASU but can also shorten the time needed to complete their four-year degree and help minimize credit loss.

Transfer students can use MyPath2ASU tools to ease their transition

The MyPath2ASU partnership with Santa Monica College provides a seamless transfer experience for students starting their college journey at Santa Monica College (SMC). The agreement, forged by the ASU Academic Alliances team, encourages student progression toward degree achievement and their career goals. The partnership creates a joint transfer experience between SMC and ASU to assist with students’ mobility between institutions. MyPath2ASU includes over 400 courses by course pathways that provide course planning insights so students can be prepared for classes that are both transferable and applicable to their ASU bachelor’s degree.

“It is a fantastic way for students to save money and time because it takes the guesswork out of the transfer process,” Mcfarland said.

MyPath2ASU can be found under ASU’s Transfer Guide, which acts as a resource hub for students interested in knowing exactly how their course credits transfer to ASU, helping facilitate students in their transfer planning process.

Another challenge Efole faced was finding on-campus housing in time for the fall semester. When he was admitted to ASU in February, Efole was placed on the waitlist for Upper Division Housing on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Efole believed that since he applied early, he wouldn’t have to wait too long. However, after five months, he was still on the waitlist as housing continued to rapidly fill up.

Mcfarland mentioned Efole’s situation to some of her co-workers on the College of Health Solutions Student Success team and asked for suggestions.

Kevin Morris, a student support specialist on the team, was able to help find housing for Efole.

“I reached out to a colleague from University Housing and asked if there was anything as a college we can do to help support the placement of Kyle in a Fusion on First housing unit,” Morris said. “Because of this valued partnership, University Housing was instrumental in placing Kyle almost immediately.” 

Mcfarland shared the news with Efole who was ecstatic to hear they found a place for him.

“There are literally not enough words that I could use to sum up how big Sara’s and Kevin’s roles were in helping me find a home,” Efole said. “If it wasn’t for Kevin’s and Sara’s assistance, I wouldn’t be at this school.”

Efole understands the challenges that transfer students face and shared some advice for others who want to transfer to ASU.

"My biggest piece of advice to anyone who is looking to transfer is focus on your journey. It is way too easy to compare your journey with someone else's journey and, quite frankly, that is the worst thing that one can do,” Efole said.

“With social media, it's very easy for one to become discouraged because they see their friends and family members having fun, but everyone's path is different. If you just keep your head down and put in the work, your time will come.”

Getting involved and invested for the future

After moving in and starting the semester, Efole could not wait to get involved on campus and is now in two student-led organizations — the Sports Medical Society and Black Student Union. He also plans to participate in intramural coed basketball and apply for a job at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex.

ASU transfer student Kyle Efole

Efole is motivated to make the most of his time here at ASU and not take any moment for granted. 

"Due to the pandemic, I've been unable to have an actual college experience such as going to games, making personal connections, attend social gatherings; so me being able to go back on campus gives me a second opportunity to make up for the time that I had lost while being online," Efole said.

After he graduates with a degree in sports science and performance programming, Efole said he plans on earning a master’s degree in sports science while minoring in sports psychology.

“My ultimate goal would be to become a professional sports medicine physician — whether that's for a professional or collegiate team — and at the same time, be a sports psychologist,” Efole said. “Treating people both on a psychological and physical aspect really intrigues me, so if my profession can center around doing both of these things, then it’ll be a dream come true.”

Story by Mindy Lok, digital content producer, College of Health Solutions

The rise of the independents

New ASU research center to examine growing political power of unaffiliated voters

October 13, 2022

For the last 162 years, the course of American government has been based on the competition of the two major political parties, with most U.S. voters registering as either Democrats or Republicans.

But voter confidence in the two-party system has taken a marked turn in the 21st century, and today between 40% and 50% of the U.S. electorate – numbers that are growing – have rejected the norm. Independent voters are now the emerging power in American politics. Illustration of rows of paper airplanes, with one red airplane veering off out of line from the others. Image by Mohamed Hassan/Pixabay Download Full Image

One difficulty in understanding the direction this new force is taking, says Professor Thom Reilly of the ASU School of Public Affairs, is knowing what independents think and want from their government. 

“What exactly is on the minds of independent voters is difficult to know. Sometimes they elect liberals, sometimes conservatives, sometimes moderates, all in the same election,” said Reilly, co-director of the new ASU Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy.

Reilly and Co-Director Jaqueline Salit of IndependentVoting.org will officially open the center Oct. 19 with a reception at the university’s Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

Both politicians and the public need to come to grips with independent voters’ stronger position at the political table, Reilly said.

According to the center, the number of independent voters increasing nationwide coincides with a rise in the number of American voters who are frustrated with their national government. A recent study by the Partnership for Public Service found that 56% of survey respondents said they do not trust the federal government, and 65% believe the government does not listen to the public.

Reilly said that more and more voters believe the two major parties are mostly responsible for the polarization among citizens and dysfunction in government.

“We at the center are seeking to learn whether a viable pathway to nonpartisan governance exists, whether major reform to our political structure is possible and if we are able to remake the terms of self-governance,” Reilly said. “We also ask if there is a part that independent voters can play in such a change.”

The center seeks to:

  • Further study this important, emerging community of voters, and conduct new, innovative research.
  • Create a space for diverse, concerned citizens – academics, policymakers, students, activists, civic groups – to engage in dialogue on how best to address the challenges our democracy faces.
  • Serve as a resource on the state of our democracy and examine ways to make a shift to nonpartisan alternatives and governance.

Salit referred to Arizona as the focal point for what she called many current “dramatic tensions” on the U.S. political scene.

Portrait of ASU Professor Thom Reilly.

Thom Reilly, a professor in the ASU School of Public Affairs, is co-director of the Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy, whose official opening is Oct. 19. Photo courtesy Thom Reilly

"We have a third of the electorate identifying as independents, a state swinging red and blue with independents playing the decisive role, and yet the tools for understanding and analyzing these breakaway patterns are limited and out of date,” Salit said. “We hope that our center, with the backing of the university, will open new and innovative ways of engaging political problems."

The center's opening coincides with the publication of a new book Reilly and Salit co-wrote with Omar Ali of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, titled “The Independent Voter.” The book is published by Routledge Press and asserts independents are far from monolithic in their political leanings. They represent major change for American democracy, and may even be responsible for saving it, the authors contend.

By definition, independents’ non-aligned status has them traveling a wide variety of political roads. They hold diverse views from one another, much more than their partisan counterparts, making them a difficult target for candidates trying to corral them into their political column, Reilly said.

Independents, lacking faith in the two major parties, have many different views on political subjects instead of gravitating toward a particular partisan political philosophy, he said.

Independents also have more moderate political views than partisans because more of them are willing to share what they learn on social media with partisans at both ends of the spectrum, according to a recent survey of Arizona voters Reilly co-conducted with Eric Hedberg of Abt Associates of Rockville, Maryland.

Cover of the book "The Independent Voter" by Thom Reilly, Jacqueline S. Salit and Omar H. Ali, featuring an American flag on a wooden background.

"The Independent Voter" by Thom Reilly, Jacqueline Salit and Omar Ali, was released in September 2022 by Routledge Press.

“Respondents, whether Democrats or Republicans, were likelier to speak often about politics with independents than with those belonging to the other party,” Reilly said. “We also found that a larger percentage of Republicans or Democrats say they have an independent in their social network than someone of the other party.”

Independents were also less prone to terminate friendships over political differences with Democrats or Republicans than party members were likely to do so with each other, Reilly said.

Reilly said he hopes the center will be a resource for citizens, media and academics seeking reliable information and research into U.S. electoral and political behavior and insight on how independent voters’ involvement in politics can help effectively change American democracy.

Salit said independent voters have been “misunderstood, classified incorrectly and generally minimized in national and local politics. Yet, they determine the outcome of major elections, stand in the forefront of political reform and are adding numbers to their ranks every day.”

Salit said the center is dedicated to resetting public understanding of these influential voters. “And we are so pleased that ASU has stepped up to plant a flag with us at such a critical time,” she said.

To learn more about either the center or the book, contact Reilly at thom.reilly@asu.edu or Salit at jsalit@asu.edu.

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU professor becomes Distinguished Member of nation's oldest engineering society

American Society of Civil Engineers recognizes Samuel Ariaratnam for significant contributions to the field

October 11, 2022

The title of Distinguished Member is an honor reserved only for the most eminent professionals in the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE.

Being recognized requires years of service to the industry and the recommendation of peers. No more than 12 members across the country can be selected in a single year and fewer than 300 have been selected since the title was established by ASCE in 1853. Photo of ASU Professor Samuel Ariaratnam on a yellow graphic background. Samuel Ariaratnam is the Beavers-Ames Chair in Heavy Construction for the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. Photo by Monica Williams/ASU Download Full Image

But Samuel Ariaratnam, the Beavers-Ames Chair in Heavy Construction in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, has stood out among the membership body.

According to his peers, Ariaratnam has shown outstanding leadership and made exceptional contributions to academia, research, practice and education in construction methods used for trenchless and underground construction. These contributions have led to his selection as a Distinguished Member of ASCE. He will be honored as part of the Distinguished Member class of 2022 at the national ASCE convention in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 24.

“I am honored by this recognition,” Ariaratnam says. “I look forward to continuing to serve the profession and help advance the use of underground construction methods.”

According to ASCE, a Distinguished Member “is a person who has attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.”

“Ariaratnam has worked tirelessly to bridge research and practice through his scholarship and professional activities,” says Ram Pendyala, director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. “As the chair of our ABET-accredited construction engineering program, he is advancing the workforce of the future. We are absolutely delighted to see him recognized with this honor for a lifetime of dedicated service and contributions to the profession.”

Ariaratnam is recognized as the leading researcher within what is known as the “underground infrastructure management and rehabilitation research community,” where the particular focus is on trenchless engineering applications of horizontal directional drilling, pipe replacement and underground asset management.

Trenchless technology methods involve a variety of subterranean excavation tools monitored from above ground. These tools are used with novel methods for replacing deteriorated water and sewer pipes and installing new utility lines. Trenchless methods are also capable of reaching inaccessible areas, such as land underneath roadways and rivers.

It is a technique that Ariaratnam often explains by using a metaphor about open heart surgery.

“Open-cut construction, which is the traditional method for installing and repairing underground utilities, can be invasive and similar to undergoing a procedure with a large incision and long recovery time,” he says. “By contrast, using a trenchless method is similar to an angioplasty, which involves equipment such as probes and cameras with minimal surface disruptions and minimal downtime.”

He says with trenchless technology, the system is functional almost immediately after installations and repairs are made.

Ariaratnam has authored over 350 technical papers and reports, co-authored eight textbooks, is a co-holder of five patents and has given over 270 invited presentations worldwide. He served by appointment on two study committees of the U.S. National Academies. In March 2022, Ariaratnam was appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to serve on the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee. He is a professional engineer in Arizona and Ontario, Canada.

In addition to this honor of becoming a Distinguished Member of ASCE, Ariaratnam has earned the John O. Bickel Award, the Arthur M. Wellington Prize, the Award of Excellence of the Pipeline Division and the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award from the society. He was also elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2019 and the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2018.

Monica Williams

Communications Specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering