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Congratulations to our cohort of Spring, 2018 graduates!!
Reflecting our School’s continued growth, SFIS celebrated the convocation of 36 students with their families in a larger venue: the beautiful Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Fine Arts Center on Tempe campus. The ceremony featured Honored Guest Speaker, Thomas Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures; Undergraduate Student Convocation Speaker, Monique Hasbun (who also performed a song she wrote for the ceremony); and Graduate Student Convocation Speaker, Esther Moon. Photographic memories of the occasion are available to view in Facebook, and if you missed the ceremonies, you can view a recording of the full ceremony or a brief highlights video.
Steven Weiner, a PhD student in the Human and Social Dimensions program, recently received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will help fund his research on integrating influences from maker culture into formal education. Weiner examines maker processes and innovative learning frameworks in hopes of creating better STEM learning environments, focusing on education through development of collaboration, prototyping, and digital and traditional fabrication skills. Read full story.
SFIS, along with faculty Clark Miller and lab team members Carlo Altamirano-Allende and Saurabh Biswas, acknowledge visiting exchange students, Leena Aftab and Unza Jamil, and faculty, Kafait Ullah. The students successfully completed studies in the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCASE) program, which seeks to address the Pakistan energy crisis affecting over 200 million people. Through the program, Pakistani scholars come to ASU for a semester to learn about U.S. culture and gain hands-on experience in energy-related laboratories and activities. This program provides unique opportunities and resources to students, giving them tools they need to address energy issues and help implement solutions. Read more in the program’s newsletter.
A master’s student in SFIS’ Global Technology and Development program, Nicole Rock, received a Students Shine award in the category of service from Educational Outreach & Student Service and the Dean of Students Office. Using what she learned from volunteering in Nicaragua with Global Brigades, a nonprofit that aims to empower communities in developing countries, Rock returned to founded a local chapter, Global Public Health Brigades, at ASU. Read more and view her video.