Pop culture inspired grad to build helpful robots

December 11, 2018

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

Inspired by the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, Jayden Booth often envisioned himself building robots like R2-D2 or creating a spaceship like the USS Enterprise. Jayden Booth Jayden Booth. Download Full Image

“My deep love of innovation and knowledge began well before I received my first robotic arm kit for Christmas,” said Booth, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Barrett, The Honors College. “I had an innate desire to understand the world around me, which is what has led me to study engineering.”

Booth received the President’s Scholarship, which influenced his decision to study at ASU.

During his time at the university, he participated in two semesters of the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative.

Booth conducted research with Junseok Chae, a professor of electrical engineering and the associate dean of research for the Fulton Schools, to design and develop a smart ankle brace to wirelessly monitor patients recovering from an ankle injury. Booth had the opportunity to expand upon his research project by designing wireless “button-type” pressure sensors for gait analysis.

“These sensors are small enough to place inside someone’s shoe, can communicate with your phone and have an extremely long battery life,” said Booth. “This will allow doctors to better care for patients who require long-term monitoring from leg or ankle injuries.”

Booth had the opportunity to assist on other research projects, such as designing wireless electrode arrays in collaboration with neurosurgeons from the Florida Mayo Clinic and building a robotic vehicle for his senior design project.

Outside of the classroom, Booth was an active member of ASU’s Latter-Day Saint Student Association. The association offers religious, service, social and recreational activities for students.

“I firmly believe it is important for a person to find ways to serve his community,” said Booth.

Next semester, Booth will be pursuing a master’s degree in computer systems engineering at ASU. He wants to become a full professor at the university with a focus on robotics research.

“My quest for knowledge and innovation drives me toward a PhD and a life of research,” he said.

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Fulfilling a dream and shaping the automotive industry's future

December 11, 2018

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

Richard Mortensen is proud to be accomplishing his goal of earning a degree in engineering, but returning to college and managing his time with a family of four children was challenging. Richard Mortensen Richard Mortensen. Download Full Image

After working in the industry as an automotive technician, Mortensen wanted to attend his hometown university to earn an engineering degree.

“To me, engineering is about making things better for those around us in our community, our nation, our world,” he said. “By being an engineer, I get to be a part of a team that makes these goals a reality.”

Outside the classroom, Mortensen joined the Arizona State University EcoCAR3 team. The international EcoCAR3 competition tasked university student teams with developing high-tech, environmentally friendly cars. Mortensen applied his automotive industry knowledge as part of ASU’s EcoCAR3 mechanical team, working on the design and layout of high-voltage cabling fixtures on their hybrid Chevy Camaro.

Team projects also taught him to keep an open mind while working with a group.

“There are many ways to accomplish a task or goal, and you might find one that works better than the option you chose,” he said.

Senior Lecturer James Contes was instrumental in Mortensen’s educational journey. Contes showed him there’s always something new to learn even if you know the profession well.

That advice will be important as Mortensen moves into the next phase of his career. He has noticed the automotive and energy industries are rapidly changing and wants to be part of new developments as he moves to search for his next job.

“I want to have the opportunity to be a source of the change we are seeing and be able to provide for my family,” Mortensen said.

Despite the past four years of busy school and family schedules, Mortensen enjoyed getting the chance to spend time with his kids at ASU football games. After graduation, he’s looking forward to having more time and resources to give his children experiences that will help them grow.

Monique Clement

Communications specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering