Improving microelectronics performance and longevity, simulating semiconductor materials at the nanoscale, charging batteries with movement and using vibrations to improve metal 3D printing are several of the ways Arizona State University students are addressing real-world challenges through hands-on research.

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU have several opportunities to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom through research. By working on use-inspired investigations with Fulton Schools faculty mentors, students practice bold thinking to solve problems in the areas of data science, education, energy, health, security, semiconductor manufacturing and sustainability.

The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, or FURI, and the Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering, or MORE, programs give participants valuable experiences in which they conceptualize ideas, develop plans and investigate their research questions over a semester.

Students participating in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, or GCSP, can apply for additional funding to conduct research through the GCSP research stipend program. Conducting research is part of a GCSP student’s rigorous competency requirements designed to prepare them to solve complex global societal challenges.

These programs enhance students’ independent thinking and problem-solving skills and prepare them to solve problems in their communities in innovative ways. The technical skills they gain beyond what they learn in their degree programs better prepare them for industry careers and pursuing advanced degrees.

Each semester, students who participate in FURI, MORE and the GCSP research stipend program are invited to present their findings at a poster session. Formerly known as the FURI Symposium, the Fulton Forge Student Research Expo is the culmination of the students’ hard work to forge meaningful research paths and connections to make an impact. Learn about four students who are participating in the Fall 2023 Fulton Forge Student Research Expo. Meet them and more than 70 other student investigators at the event, which is open to the public, on Friday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Student Pavilion on the ASU Tempe campus.