ASU's Greenes receives 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

May 9, 2018

Carole Greenes has been honored with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

VIDEO: Greenes receives award during NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition opening session
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Since 2010, Greenes has served as director of Arizona State University’s Practice Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME) Center, and as professor of mathematics education in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Greenes was dean of ASU’s School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation on the Polytechnic campus from 2007–09, and associate vice provost for STEMscience, technology, education and math education from 2009–14. She continues to serve as director of the PRIME Center.

Greenes earned a degree in English, theater arts and music at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Greenes also took math courses “because they were easy for me.”

After graduating from college, Greenes taught public school during her husband’s medical training in Boston. After teaching for two years and looking for extra money to support the young couple, Greenes applied for a part-time position to tutor athletes in mathematics at Boston University.

“I always liked to make up weird math games and write unusual problems so that others want to solve them,” Greenes said.

Greenes earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics education while serving as a full-time member of the Boston University faculty. That’s also where she began the other major facet of her career.

“I had an adviser who told me that it’s important to start writing from the get-go, so I started writing books and articles,” Greenes said.

Her first book, “Problem Solving in the Mathematics Laboratory,” was published in 1972. More than 300 books have followed.

Years later, Greenes would combine her three career pursuits — research, teaching and writing — at ASU. As director of the PRIME Center, she oversees initiatives to increase pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school and college students’ success in the study of the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science.

During one project, Greenes and PRIME Center Executive Director Mary CavanaghCavanagh is also a research assistant professor in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. created a math puzzle called MATHadazzle. Students and teachers taking part in the center’s research projects enjoyed the MATHadazzle puzzle so much they began writing puzzles. The center collected and edited contributions and published them in the “MATHadazzles Mind Stretch Puzzles” series. Volumes 1–3 were created by middle school teachers, volumes 4 and 5 by middle school students, volumes 6–8 by high school students, and the latest, volumes 9 and 10 by students in grades 2 and 3. Several of the student contributors have requested that more MATHadazzles be created.

“They continue to approach me with new ideas," Greenes said. "How can you refuse students who want to spend more time doing math?”

In addition to her many other publications, Greenes is editor of the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics semiannual journal OnCore and author of the online monthly “MATHgazine Senior” (grades 8–12) and MATHgazine Junior (grades 4–8), both of which are available to Arizona students, teachers and families at no cost.

Among Greenes’ current research projects is App Maker Pro (AMP), funded by the National Science Foundation. AMP is a three-year project that capitalizes on the technology interests and talents of high school students to increase their interest in STEM fields and invites high school teachers to enhance their knowledge of technology applications to promote student learning. They do this by analyzing apps in particular domains and then designing new ones. Each AMP participant spends 21 months in the project. Each Design Village is co-led by an expert in the domain field and another in technology.

Greenes said university research such as hers plays a vital role in improving STEM education in the U.S.

“There are wonderful researchers here at ASU and across the country who are doing major research into how students learn mathematics,” she said. “They’re finding pedagogical methods we can employ to engage those students and at the same time enhance their enjoyment of the process of exploring mathematics.

“My research has been with students beginning at pre-kindergarten through college, trying to help them reveal their talents, and capitalizing on those to get them smarter,” Greenes said. “Every single one of my research projects has tried to do that. These students have so much talent that hasn’t been tapped or revealed. Students don’t even know how much they know until you put them into a situation where they have to bring that to bear to solve a problem. And once that happens, we have unbelievable results.”

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Hybridized Camaro speeds off to EcoCAR3 competition

May 9, 2018

ASU student team brings 4-year project over the finish line with multifaceted evaluation

The car may be a hybrid, but it’s still also a Camaro, so it’ll lay down that famous rumble on the track. But how will it hold up against the competition?

Arizona State University’s EcoCAR3 will be put to the test this week, the culmination of a four-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The aim is to build on the 26-year history of the Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions by continuing to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists. Sixteen universities took part.

General Motors donated a 2016 Camaro to the team. Their mission? Develop it into a hybrid — but keep the sports-car flavor intact.

Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

“This year’s car is the best it’s ever been,” said team communications manager Mattie Whitt, a junior majoring in business management.

ASU’s car can run in three modes. It runs on gas in conventional mode. In electric, it’s quiet and has a 40-mile range (good enough for most Valley commutes). When the batteries are drained, the gas engine kicks in. It also runs on a blended mode of both electricity and gas, a hybrid with the signature Camaro rumble.

“Obviously when we’re going out and buying a Camaro, as a consumer we want it to run like a Camaro, we want it to sound like a Camaro,” Whitt said. “I think sometimes when most of us think about hybrids, even in 2018, we’re thinking of a Prius; we’re thinking of a little bug driving down the freeway. That might be our first thought, that this isn’t the iconic Camaro we think of. The main objective of the competition is to get it to run like the performance Camaro we all know and love.”

The competition put industry-leading software tools and sophisticated powertrain components in students’ hands and pitted them against a real-world training ground of engineering constraints and technical challenges. About 30 students are on the team, and about 20 of them worked on the project daily.

Abdel Ra’ouf Mayyas, an assistant professor of automotive engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is the team’s lead faculty adviser.

“Over the course of the four years the students lived the developmental process that GM uses in making their products,” Mayyas said. “They used the cutting-edge tools and software and received state-of-the-art training by tier-one automotive suppliers as well as GM in order to be capable to make this car happen.

“Being a student as a member of the EcoCAR program is creating an exciting opportunity for students with real-world, hands-on experience that will enable them to be productive from day one as they join the industry,” he said.

The team members will be ready to roll. For some of them, that day is close.

“They’re gaining a lot of hands-on experience that will be easily transferrable into their industry roles they’ll be facing in a few months,” Whitt said. “Most of the team is graduating this year.”

The team headed off May 9. The first leg of competition will be at the GM Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona, the second at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and finally to Hollywood to celebrate the competition and showcase the cars. The team will give about 12 presentations and demonstrations on safety and dynamics, design review, and track events as part of the competition.

“Is ASU going to win? It’s a little more complicated than that,” Whitt said. “We’re really excited for year-four competition. Go Sun Devils!”

Top photo: ASU's entry for the EcoCAR3 competition zooms by in a test run April 27 on the Polytechnic campus. The heavily modified gas/electric hybrid 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was transported to Yuma on May 9 to begin competing with 15 other university teams for its automotive technologies, energy efficiency and performance. Teams began working on plans for this Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition four years ago. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Scott Seckel

Reporter , ASU Now