Among the rows of posters and mingling students, faculty mentors and members of the ASU and wider community at the Fall 2017 Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative Symposium, Alisha Menon presented her research on CMOS neuromorphic implementations.
The online electrical engineering senior lives in Oregon, but attended the event in Arizona via a remote-controlled, mobile webcam “robot.” She was able to explore the event floor, meet other FURI attendees and speak about her research with Professor Hugh Barnaby that seeks to advance brain-inspired computing systems.
“Being a FURI scholar while also being a part of ASU’s Electrical Engineering online program has been a wonderful opportunity,” Menon said. “I had the chance to pursue research in a field that I was very curious about and I learned so much through this experience.”
FURI is an opportunity for students to work with Fulton Schools faculty members on research during their undergraduate studies. You can pursue fields related to your major or explore a field that is completely new and different.
“FURI allowed me to explore the research side of ASU while still completing my courses online,” Menon said. “I was very excited to share what I accomplished at the symposium through Carl, the robot, and look forward to continuing my work next semester.”
Menon encourages other online students to participate in FURI, noting that Fulton Schools professors are very supportive.
“My mentor, Dr. Hugh Barnaby, was incredibly supportive of my doing the research remotely,” she said. “Given that so many of the faculty are involved in the online program through some way or another, I highly recommend this program to other online students.”
More than 190 students presented their work at the Fall 2017 FURI Symposium, with research that addresses real-world challenges in health, energy, education, security and sustainability. Projects ranged from internet of things pet feeders and human-robot interactions to cancer treatment methods and materials for solar energy storage.