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Friday, April 22, 2022, 1–3 p.m.
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Multi-Constraint Optimization and Co-Design of a 2-MHz All-GaN based 1kW 96% Efficient LLC Converter
Designing a highly dense, energy-efficient power converter will help miniaturize data center technology.
Mentor: Ayan Mallik
Jake Henry Trenter
Optimization of Compression Cell Geometry to Maximize Pressure Generation in Elastomers During Total Scattering Experiments via Finite Elements
Optimizing high-pressure cell geometries will allow accurate data to be collected for developing polyurea into an armor coating.
Mentor: Pedro Peralta
Engineering (mechanical systems)
Tailoring different hierarchies for mechanical dendrite blockage using additive manufacturing will prevent degradation in the solid-state lithium-ion batteries.
Mentor: Kenan Song
Susanna Rose Westersund
Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering
Treating polyethylene plastic for concrete construction will help inspire new end-of-life uses for plastic beyond recycling.
Mentor: Christian Hoover
Anna Michelle Mangus
Cryogenic Electron Tomography and 3D Reconstructions of the Intracellular Extracellular Nanowire Interface of Geobacter Sulfurreducens
Understanding how bacteria convert carbon molecules to electricity will progress bioelectronics and sustainable electricity production.
Mentor: Cesar Torres
Raphael Lorenzo David
Using financial models used by stock market managers will help optimize the revenue of a farmers market in Phoenix.
Mentor: Lauren Chenarides
Emmanuella Ayikailey Tagoe
Developing rehabilitative training that improves dexterous finger force control may alleviate impaired hand function after a stroke.
Mentor: Marco Santello
Benjamin Joseph L. Herrera
Researching different machine learning training methods and techniques will allow non-musicians to compose classical compositions from poems.
Mentor: Yezhou Yang
Christabel Wireko Arthur
Materials science and engineering
Exploring the surface characteristics of particles with new materials functionalities will make a great impact in bio-nanotechnology.
Mentor: Sui Yang
Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI)
The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative enhances an undergraduate student’s engineering experience and technical education by providing hands-on lab experience, independent and thesis-based research, and travel to national conferences.
Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE)
The Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering is designed to enrich a graduate student’s engineering and technical graduate curriculum with hands-on lab experience and independent and thesis-based research.
Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)
The Fulton Schools Grand Challenges Scholars Program combines innovative curriculum and cutting-edge research experiences into an intellectual fusion that spans academic disciplines and includes entrepreneurial, global and service learning opportunities. Students in GCSP conduct research in a grand challenges theme and are invited to present their research at the FURI Symposium.
Students from three signature programs present at the FURI Symposium: Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering and Grand Challenges Scholars Program. In Spring 2022, 122 students participated in research projects.
Students work on projects related to six different themes that represent the Fulton Schools’ core research disciplines.
DataIn an increasingly digital world, data collection is growing at a rapid pace. Fulton Schools faculty and student researchers are devising innovative approaches and tools that will help us better process, analyze, use, manage and access data. New computational tools, algorithms and data analysis techniques, including hardware and software approaches, machine learning, data analytics, data-driven decision-making and more will help advance scientific discoveries and collaborations across multiple fields where data use and capture is ubiquitous.
EducationWe are engaged in advancing the ways we educate engineering students. The Fulton Schools’ research focuses on learning methods, cognitive theory and best teaching practices, as well as the integration of engineering concepts in K-12 educational programs to engage students early and educate our community about the impact engineering has on everyday life.
EnergyThe urgency to discover and deploy new forms of carbon-reducing energy technologies has become an indispensable part of our economic and environmental landscape. The Fulton Schools’ research in renewable and alternative energy sources is multifaceted with efforts in solar and photovoltaic energy, biotechnology, low- and high-power energy storage, power electronics, electric power systems, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.
HealthThe Fulton Schools’ efforts in health innovation range from understanding the causes behind Alzheimer’s disease and improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures to developing advanced biosensors, bioassays and lab-on-a-chip devices for clinical diagnostics. Additional areas of research exist in novel biological materials, neural engineering, biomedical informatics, drug-delivery systems, health care systems analysis and modeling, health monitoring devices and human rehabilitation technologies.
SecurityAs technology develops at a faster rate, there is a growing need to develop engineering systems to keep people and infrastructure secure, including securing cyberspace, developing secure communications, developing self-healing systems resilient to attack and identifying, monitoring and reducing threats. Fulton Schools researchers — faculty and students — are addressing issues of national defense, homeland security, border security, cyberwarfare and more, devising technology solutions as well as legal, policy and social implications.
SustainabilityThe central thrust behind sustainability is the capacity of metropolitan areas to grow and prosper without destroying or depleting natural resources. The Fulton Schools’ research focuses on restoring and improving urban infrastructure, access to clean water and air, advanced construction techniques and management, environmental fluid dynamics, transportation planning, as well as geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.
Project count in the current symposium
Share your research and poster at the FURI Symposium on social media! Use the hashtags #FURIousResearch and #ASUEngineering and tag the Fulton Schools at @asuengineering.
Add FURI stickers for your Instagram stories — search for them using the hashtag #FURIousResearch.
Some of our researchers get extra funding through grants, industry and alumni sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship, contact the Fulton Schools Development team.
Ahmad Family Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative Fund
Jalal U. and Syeda F. Ahmad and their children — Jaheen N., Raisa N. and Nafisah N., all of whom attended the Fulton Schools — established a fund to give back and support undergraduate students in their pursuit of knowledge and the advancement of research. Their endowment, which funds a materials science, mechanical, biomedical or electrical engineering student, was created to help more students have the life-changing experience of conducting research through FURI.
W. L. Gore & Associates
W. L. Gore & Associates is a uniquely creative, product leadership enterprise that has served a variety of global markets for 60 years, and provides innovative solutions that its associates stand behind. Gore established funds to support undergraduate students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and graduate students in the Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering program, and values student-driven research and developing relationships with students in the programs.
Fulton Schools faculty members guide students through the research process in their role as FURI and MORE research program mentors.
Thomas Sugar, featured FURI mentor
President’s Professor Tom Sugar enjoys introducing undergraduate students to robotics research as a mentor in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, known as FURI. Sugar conducts research in wearable robotics, exoskeletons, prosthetics and orthotics, and he is making impacts in the community with his student researchers. He says FURI can lead to exciting opportunities during and after students’ undergraduate studies, and contribute fresh ideas to faculty members’ labs. Read more
Kerry Hamilton, featured MORE mentor
Assistant Professor Kerry Hamilton guides student researchers in the Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering, or MORE, and Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, or FURI, programs in interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of environmental engineering and human health. She has been mentoring in some capacity since graduate school, and enjoys seeing students in MORE and FURI achieve success in research and other opportunities. Read more
What FURI and MORE alumni are saying
Research opportunities like FURI and MORE help students build valuable skills, learn about themselves and succeed in their future endeavors. Learn more about what our FURI alumni go on to do after they finish the program.