Mechanical engineering grad excelled in supporting his peers

December 10, 2018

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. Read about more graduates

Eric Mannix’s desire to help others has been clear throughout his time at Arizona State University. From selecting his major to his extracurricular activities, Mannix’s proclivity for leadership and problem-solving led him to not only excel in mechanical engineering, but to support others along the way. Eric Mannix Eric Mannix Download Full Image

Math and science had always been easy for Mannix, so when his brother suggested engineering as a major, he decided to give it a shot.

“I had the plan that if I did not like the first engineering class, MAE 212: Mechanics and Dynamics, then I would change my major,” Mannix said. “But I had the best teacher. And even though the class was tough, I enjoyed it every single day.”

Mannix enjoyed the classes not only for the challenges they brought, but also because of the impact engineering makes in people’s everyday lives.

“There is no argument that engineering is going to change the world,” Mannix said. “Engineering offers the problem solving that the world needs to move toward the future.”

While studying in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Mannix has supported his peers by offering tutoring assistance. He says some of the most rewarding moments of his undergraduate experience have come from running into students on campus who tell him he is the reason they’re now getting an A in an engineering class.

Along with technical help, Mannix also offers encouragement to students who may find the demands of engineering particularly challenging.

“It is ok to fail. It is not the end of the world if you fail a test,” he says. “As long as you are able to bounce back and give your best work effort you will be fine in the future.”

During his freshman and sophomore year, Mannix was active in the Residence Hall Association, serving as vice president of Palo Verde East, the former residential community for Fulton Schools students, as president of the Engineering Residential Community, and as the director of Leadership Development. He also held leadership positions in Gameineers and Anime Weekly!, where he helped bring students together to meet friends with similar interests.

Mannix’s efforts earned him a scholarship from the Leadership Scholarship Program and helped him receive a “Rising Star” award from the Residence Hall Association.

After graduation, Mannix is participating in the 4+1 program to study materials science and engineering and he plans to one day work as a design or manufacturing engineer.

“Manufacturing is the closest between engineering and the actual consumers,” he said. “I want to help out with day-to-day life for everyone and I think working at a manufacturing plant will help that.”

Lanelle Strawder

Content & PR Manager, Communications, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Software engineering grad applied her knowledge in projects around the world

December 10, 2018

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. Read about more graduates

Tyrine Pangan’s family moved to the United States from the Philippines, their native country in Southeast Asia, when she was a child. She recalls hearing stories as she grew up about how education brought people out of poverty. Tyrine Jamella Pangan Tyrine Jamella Pangan Download Full Image

“My parents made a lot of sacrifices to earn their college degrees and that enabled my family to have a better life,” Pangan said.

Now, Pangan is graduating this fall from Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

The educational opportunities Pangan was provided have motivated her “to use my privilege to help others and to give back to the community,” she said.

IMPACT Awards recognize graduating students in the Fulton Schools who have contributed to the betterment of fellow students and to communities beyond the university.

Pangan’s efforts fulfilled those criteria in exceptional fashion.

Through the Fulton Schools’ GlobalResolve organization, she joined projects to help people in developing countries gain access to basic resources such as energy and clean water — work that took her to the African country of Kenya twice.

With another Fulton Schools group, SolarSPELL, Pangan traveled to the Pacific islands of Tonga and Vanuatu to help train U.S. Peace Corps volunteers to use a solar-powered learning library tool in their classrooms. 

Study-abroad programs broadened her international educational endeavors with trips to Paris, Berlin and Brussels.

As an undergraduate research assistant to Fulton Schools Associate Professor Shawn Jordan, Pangan helped to develop engineering curriculum for young students in Navajo Nation schools.

She worked at summer STEAM Machine camps where Navajo youngsters built rudimentary chain-reaction machines as a way to learn basic science, technology, engineering, art and math skills.

Though it all, Pangan says she learned that bringing technologies into underserved communities is not a surefire solution for societal challenges.

“You need to work directly with the communities and invest time in learning what their needs really are,” she said.

On ASU’s Polytechnic campus, Pangan was a Fulton Ambassador and a Barrett Honors Devil. Both groups gave campus tours and shared their university experiences with prospective ASU students and their parents.

She also was a Fulton Summer Academy camp counselor — helping to teach basic computer science concepts and robotics to students in the fourth, fifth and and sixth grades  — and a field trip guide for students in a National Transportation Institute summer camp.

All the community outreach, teaching, mentoring and research has changed Pagan’s initial plans to seek a software engineering or computer engineering job in industry after graduation.

That array of experiences “inspired a passion” for a different career direction, she says. Next year, Pangan will begin studies for a doctoral degree in engineering education.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering