Mining from Arizona to Australia
Ashlyn Hooten had three summer internships at Freeport-McMoRan before going to work for the company full-time. In between, the 2015 mining and engineering graduate worked at the UA’s student-run San Xavier underground mine; competed nationally on the Women’s Mine Rescue Team; did outreach with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; and spent five months studying in Western Australia.
From Rube Goldberg to Grad School
Patrick Hughes says he came to the University of Arizona as a “nervous shut-in.” Within a year he was leading the UA Rube Goldberg Team to new degrees of wackiness and representing the College as an Engineering Ambassador. Hughes graduated in May 2015, worked for the summer as an intern at ExxonMobil in Houston, then began the PhD program in structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
A Portfolio with Vincent Van Gogh
As a freshman in 2011, Travis Sawyer became fascinated with the optical instruments and devices doctors used to examine him when he was misdiagnosed with leukemia. Since then he has developed an impressive research portfolio working in laboratories at the UA and in the Netherlands on a research team that, among other projects, has authenticated paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Nicholas Poussin.
From Zero to H2knOw
Andrew Granatstein figured he’d need business skills to launch his space endeavor. So the aerospace engineering major entered the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program and went from zero business knowledge to general manager of his team’s water monitoring and conservation company, H2knOw. The Honors College student interned the summer of 2015 at Aztera, a software development firm.
Gearing Up for Greatness
The spring 2015 semester was over, but Baja SAE team captain Robbie Miller and a dozen other students were burning the midnight oil to fine-tune a transmission gearbox before heading to the races in Oregon. The mechanical engineering major and Engineering Ambassador says the club activities have helped him link ideas to something he can hold in his hands, not to mention land an internship repairing equipment at Freeport-McMoRan.
Improving Mine Safety
Mara Erhart, Class of 2016, is participating in a $1.3 million UA research project funded by the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health, and she is confident the experience will pay off when she graduates. The mining engineering major is helping develop technology to convert mine tailings into mine insulation for cooling down hot metal mines deep underground. The technology will better protect workers from exposure to extreme heat and potentially save mining companies millions in energy costs.
Making the Rounds to Do Good
Kendall Stokes, Class of 2017, spent a summer as an intern at the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, where she tested sockets used to attach prosthetic limbs to amputees. The next summer, the systems engineering major and campus resident assistant, who is also active in the UA student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Women Engineers, interned with Arizona Public Service.
SHPE Camaraderie and Networking
Erick Leon credits his time as a member of the UA Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers – during which he served as the organization’s executive vice president and attended four consecutive national conferences – with opening doors to public speaking experiences, research projects, two internships and a full-time position as an applications engineer at Honeywell, and making lifelong friends.
Wholeheartedly into Biomedicine
Justine Bacchus explored many majors before attending a biomedical engineering colloquium her sophomore year and discovering her heart was in the medical side of engineering. The Class of 2016 Honors College student won a scholarship from artificial heart maker Syncardia and has conducted research with top UA physics researchers and studied parasitology in the Czech Republic through the Undergraduate Biology Research Program.