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By The Numbers


$126 million in research expenditures (FY 2020)


#24 out of 422 institutions (reported) in engineering doctoral degrees awarded (ASEE 2019)

#7 out of 422 institutions (reported) in engineering master’s degrees awarded (ASEE 2019)

#13 online master’s in engineering programs (U.S. News & World Reports, January 2020)

#11 best online master’s in engineering programs for veterans (U.S. News & World Reports, January 2020)

#6 engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics (ASEE 2019)

#8 women as tenure/tenure track faculty (ASEE 2019)

#10 worldwide universities granted U.S. Utility patents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2018) Read more.


A five-year, $2.5-million project funded by the National Institutes of Health will improve the understanding of sex differences in traumatic brain injury to help design nanoparticle delivery systems for more effective treatments. Read more.

A new, multidisciplinary project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and led by Arizona State University is working on a groundbreaking solution to improve technology-enabled food traceability. Read more.

Sze Zheng Yong, an assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has been selected to receive a distinguished 2020 Early Career Faculty Space Tech Research Grant from NASA. Read more.

Professor Narayanan Neithalath and collaborators at other universities have been awarded a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s AccelNet program supporting the establishment of collaborative links to address challenges in science and engineering. Read more.

A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) research project has earned ECEE faculty, Saeed Zeinolabedinzadeh, a DARPA Young Faculty Award.  The project will be supported by $500,000 in funding over two years. Read more.

ASU researchers receive $6 million state contract to develop rapid, 20-minute COVID19 saliva test. ASU professors Mark Hayes, Jennifer Blain Christen and Alexander Green are leads on the new COVID-19 testing device. Read More.

13 ASU engineering faculty win prestigious NSF CAREER awards. Read more.

ASU is one of 10 institutions to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) to study a new class of semiconductor materials that will make power conversion more compact and efficient. Read more.

ASU is part of a $7.5 million Department of Defense MURI award on materials research partnering with Johns Hopkins University, The University of Virginia and Northwestern University. Read more.

A multidisciplinary team of electrical engineers, information learning theorists and computer scientists receive $1.75 million NSF grant to study high-dimensional spatio-temporal data science for a resilient power grid. Read more.

Funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation as one of its Convergence Accelerator awards, this research uses AI to augment the workplace rather than replace workers. Read more.

A $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Growing Convergence Research program will create platforms for the development of social, ecological and technological infrastructure systems for urban resilience. Read more.

In 2019, the DOD issued 24 high-profile, highly competitive MURI awards totaling $169 million. Zhang and Chizmeshya will receive approximately $2 million of a $7.5 million MURI award shared with the lead institution University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and collaborators at Dartmouth University, the University of Massachusetts Boston and George Washington University. Read more.

The Fulton Schools is part of a $6 million U.S. Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative effort that seeks to make fundamental research discoveries in a project titled, “Formal Foundations of Algorithmic Matter and Emergent Computation.” Read more.

A $11.7 million DARPA award, jointly with University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Iowa, North Carolina State University, on cognitive human enhancements for cyber reasoning systems. The multi-university CHECRS award will work to create a human-assisted autonomous tool for finding and analyzing software vulnerabilities that also learns from and incorporates human strengths of intuition and ingenuity. Read more.

ASU receives Department of Engineering BETO award for  ~$2M to investigate novel direct air capture (DAC) technology. AUDACity uses  innovative DAC-polymer for capturing CO2 from air and directly delivering to a culture of photosynthetic microbes at scale for producing sustainable fuels and valuable products. Read more.

A $4 million research effort led by Trevor Thornton, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, will lead to the National Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest to explore the frontiers of nanoscience and engineering. Read more.

A $3.6 million project from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to enhance power system resilience. Read more.

DOE awards, totaling nearly $5.7 million to ASU faculty, ranking it first among university recipients of Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awards to advance photovoltaic research and development in 2018. Read more.

50 Young Investigator Awards in last 4 years, from NSF CAREER, AFOSR YIP, DARPA YFA, ONR YIP, NASA and NIH

$3 million grant supports education and training on smart cities. Read more.

$3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)to develop learning-ready models and control tools that will revolutionize electric distribution system operations. Read more.

A lead in the DHS Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) to develop new tools, information-sharing, and real-time decision-making in homeland security operations

$10 million NASA grant to improve air traffic control systems. Read more.


The Social Innovation Startup Lab at the Polytechnic School aims to connect students with industry to benefit the community through the responsible use of new and existing technologies. Read more.

New ASU engineering research and outreach seeks to equip Native American authorities with data tools to better manage COVID-19. Read More.

Applied Materials, a California-based materials engineering company, is leasing substantial lab space at ASU’s MacroTechnology Works to support research and development work. Additionally, the company has agreed to fund at least five years of research with faculty members and students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of EngineeringRead more.

Mayo Seed grants in 2019 to five Engineering faculty will lead to new health research. Read more.

Since 2010, the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) and Fulton Schools of Engineering have trained 247 lecturers from eight partner institutions in Vietnam. Read more.

A multidisciplinary ASU collaboration with Dash, a top digital currency for payments and e-commerce, to accelerate research, development and education in blockchain technology. Read more.

A 20+ year partnership with Salt River Project (SRP), one Arizona’s largest utilities.

8 Industry University Cooperation Research Centers (IUCRCs) focused on energy, communications, sensor technologies, embedded systems, water and the environment, transportation and neurotechnologies and treatments to market. Visit our Research Centers.

New clinical and industry collaborations, such as the ASU-Mayo Center for Innovative Imaging, the WearTech Lab and the IoT Collaboratory.

Lead university for two Engineering Research Centers, and partner in another. Visit our Research Centers.

Global Reach

An $18 million USAID grant to establish the S. Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCASE)to improve power production in Pakistan

A new tricontinental partnership (ASU, King’s College London, and University of New South Wales, Australia) to address sustainability, global health, social justice and technology and innovation. Read more.


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