Civil engineering major Othman Al-Alawi works on a FURI research project to harness drones with thermal cameras to help evaluate sustainable pavement treatments' impact on heat islands.

Forge new ideas

Thank you for joining us at the Fulton Forge Student Research Expo!

Forge: to form or make, especially by concentrated effort

The Fulton Forge Student Research Expo (formerly the FURI Symposium) is a public showcase of independent research performed by Fulton Schools undergraduate and graduate students.

Students who participate in our three primary research programs are invited to present their findings each semester at the Expo.

Fall 2023 featured projects

Student research programs

Computer science major Neha Balamurugan (left) works with student Andrew Miller in the Dreamscape Learn facilities on a FURI project to use virtual reality for better data visualization.

A value of the Fulton Schools is to build a foundation for all to be successful. To prepare our students for success in an engineering or technical career, we provide undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Each semester we invite student researchers participating in the following three programs to present their work at the Fulton Forge Student Research Expo.

Computer science major Neha Balamurugan (left) works with student Andrew Miller in the Dreamscape Learn facilities on a FURI project to use virtual reality for better data visualization.

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.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) research stipend

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 funded by a GCSP research stipend conduct research in a grand challenges theme and are invited to present their findings at the Fulton Forge Student Research Expo.

Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE)

The Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering program is designed to enrich a graduate student’s engineering and technical graduate curriculum with hands-on lab experience and independent and thesis-based research.

Summer and Fall 2023 snapshot

In Summer and Fall 2023, 80 students participated in 97 individual research projects.









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Research themes

Students work on projects related to seven different themes that represent the Fulton Schools’ core research disciplines.

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In 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.
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We 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.
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The 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.
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The 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.
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As 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.
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The 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.
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Semiconductor devices are part of our everyday lives and the demand for techniques and processes to promote them continues to grow. Fulton Schools researchers are driving innovation forward through advances in areas such as power electronics, wireless and mixed-signal circuit design, memory devices and architectures, solar energy and batteries, advanced packaging and new semiconductor materials. Expansive industry collaborations and unique facilities at ASU center Arizona as a hub for the American semiconductor revolution.

Summer and Fall 2023 project count

Featured mentors

Fulton Schools faculty members guide students through the research process in their role as FURI and MORE research program mentors.

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

FURI student Amanda Minutello.

FURI gave me a glimpse into the work that I do now. My project was centered around travel demand forecasting and trip user modificated based on the introduction of high-speed rail on the West Coast. While I do not directly work on projects related to high-speed rail design and construction, the methodology, research methods and engineering judgement I developed during the project is very applicable to my daily tasks at work. I am thankful for the opportunity to work on my FURI project, which helped give me exposure to research, earn transferrable knowledge for my career and develop technical engineering skills.

Amanda MinutelloFURI Fall ’19, civil engineering Spring ’20, graduate traffic engineer at AECOM

FURI gave me experience with a self-led project where I got to set my own goals and schedule. This experience prepared me for working on a team where I’m given a task with little other guidance.

Daniel KosednarFURI Spring and Fall ’19, aerospace engineering, Fall ’21, conceptual design engineer at Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs
Mounika Kakarla

FURI gave me experience with a self-led project where I got to set my own goals and schedule. This experience prepared me for working on a team where I’m given a task with little other guidance.

Mounika KakarlaMORE Summer ’21, materials science and engineering Fall ’21, lithography process engineer at Intel

FURI and GCSP instilled in me the skills to research and understand the problem and come up with an innovative way to solve it. I started to understand in depth the core of the problem before providing a solution.

Kartik GuptaFURI Fall ’18, GCSP Fall ’19, computer science Fall ’20, software engineer at Salesforce