Grad achieves in algorithms, associations and arts

May 7, 2018

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 commencement

Paulina Davison was drawn to computer systems engineering because she was interested in circuits and algorithms. Paulina Davison Download Full Image

“I wanted to learn the physical properties and abstract structures that support our digital reality and saw that the computer systems engineering path aligned with this,” said Davison, a Barrett, The Honors College and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering student, who is graduating this May as a  Fulton Schools Outstanding Graduate.

She has used technology to make a difference during her time at ASU.

In her honors thesis, she researched the security of smart cars with the Laboratory of Security Engineering for Future Computing, and in her senior-year capstone project with InnovationSpace she worked on an interdisciplinary team to design a closed-loop system for Adidas.

“As part of InnovationSpace we developed a product and service where consumers would donate their old shoes and the donated material would be used to make new city-specific shoes,” she says.

Working with the Center for Embedded Systems, which is directed by one of her mentors, Sarma Vrudhula, she also tested the viability of using an accelerometer to track chest movement for an internet of things device to detect asthma.

“[Vrudhula] has consistently believed in my ability and supported me as a researcher and as an individual,” Davison says. “He inspires me.”

She also completed an internship at Cisco Systems in the company’s Security Implementation Services.

A seven-time Dean’s List student, Davison earned the National Merit Scholarship, the New American University Scholarship, the Motorola Embedded Systems Scholarship and the Andy Grove Intel Scholarship.

Outside of academics, Davison was involved in many clubs and student activities, including serving as industry outreach chair for the Software Developers Association, twice attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and earning the “Most WOW project!” award at Hack Arizona.

Davison, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation citizen from Puyallup, Washington, who has earned the Nation’s Tribal Scholarship 10 times for academic excellence, also served as vice president of the Barrett Indigenous Culture Association. In this position she worked with other student leaders to promote the culturally diverse community at Barrett and ASU. Their work earned the club the Best Recurring Program Award and Most Collaborative Student Organization Award from the American Indian Council for the 2016–17 academic year.

The high-achieving engineer and student organization leader also made time to pursue her passion for music. She played the French horn in ASU’s symphonic ensembles and earned a French Horn Performance Talent Award from ASU.

Monique Clement

Communications specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ASU student becomes global scholar of sustainability

May 7, 2018

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 commencement

Kylie Southard says she came to Arizona State University from her hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to explore the possibilities of many different fields, and to collaborate with people with different backgrounds, ideas and passions. Kylie Southard Kylie Southard Download Full Image

She began her ASU career in the field of earth studies, but it didn’t hold her attention.

“The fervency wasn’t there,” Southard said.

Then the environmental and resource management program at the Polytechnic campus caught Southard’s interest.

“I wanted something more math and science intensive that also had a clear focus in environmental science and sustainable concepts,” said Southard, who also is completing a minor in sustainability and is a Fulton Schools Outstanding Graduate.

Southard earned a Walton Scholarship from the ASU Global Sustainability Studies Program in 2017, a scholarship given to students who exemplify the kind of leadership needed to create a more sustainable world. As part of the scholarship program, Southard studied water resources and wildlife economy in South Africa. The experience built on Southard’s previous global work as a volunteer at a Thailand elephant sanctuary in summer 2016.

Besides studying environmental and resource management and sustainability, Southard served on the ASU Club Tennis Team officers board as the event coordinator and sang in the ASU Women’s Choir. She also loves to play the ukulele and piano, practice yoga and run — two years ago she ran her first half marathon.

After graduation, Southard plans to study field archeology and geophysical testing over the summer at the Center for American Archeology at ASU’s Kampsville Field School in Kampsville, Illinois. Then she’ll start an internship at Honeywell’s Aerospace Headquarters in Phoenix that continues through the fall. Southard also will begin the Environmental and Resource Management master’s program at ASU in the fall with support from the Phoenix Panhellenic Scholarship.

Southard sees her future as a hopeful place where she can positively influence the environment and people around her.

“I would like to engage in research globally and become a better public speaker,” she said. “I hope that I will be able to collaborate and be inspired by many remarkable people while also influencing other people with my own work.”

Monique Clement

Communications specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering