By the numbers


$145 million in research expenditures (FY 2022)

Rankings and standings

#16 out of 404 institutions (reported) in engineering doctoral degrees awarded (ASEE 2021)

#5 out of 404 institutions (reported) in engineering master’s degrees awarded (ASEE 2021)

#12 online master’s in engineering programs (U.S. News & World Reports, January 2022)

#9 best online master’s in engineering programs for veterans (U.S. News & World Reports, January 2022)

#10 engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics (ASEE 2021)

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Marco Santello, a professor of biomedical engineering, is collaborating with Kristin Zhao, director of the Assistive and Restorative Technology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on a $3.2 million National Institutes of Health-funded R01 project to conduct a clinical trial to assess and compare the performance of the SoftHand Pro against a commercially available prosthetic hand. Read more.

A new $3.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant awarded to the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, or AzCATI, will investigate novel methods of CO2 sourcing, delivery and absorption with the goal of promoting algae resiliency and pathways to large-scale biomass production and eventual conversion into low-carbon biofuels — an alternative to petroleum. Read more.

Jessica Weaver, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, wins a $1.5 million NIH New Innovator Award to research immune tolerance of transplanted tissue. Read more.

The National Science Foundation has announced the award of $13.7 million to ASU to build a one-of-a-kind high-pressure research facility, the FORCE (Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment). 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.


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

Arizona State University (ASU) has been selected to lead a new Center of Excellence for Energy in Egypt. The five-year, $22 million project is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and will work to improve the capacity of Egypt’s higher education institutions and to find solutions to the country’s development challenges in the energy sector. Read more.

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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