Squires named vice dean, to serve as interim dean of ASU engineering

June 22, 2015

Paul Johnson, dean of Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has appointed Kyle Squires, director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, to the position of vice dean. The appointment took effect Monday. 

"Kyle has always shown an interest in and affinity for building successful integrative initiatives  like our cross-school robotics and manufacturing centers of excellence and ASU's Global Security Initiative,” said Johnson. “This makes Kyle an excellent choice for the new vice dean position." Kyle Squires, vice dean and interim dean Vice Dean Kyle Squires, director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, will become interim dean pending a national search for the dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Photo by: ASU Download Full Image

Squires also will move into the role of interim dean July 1, as Johnson leaves ASU to head the Colorado School of Mines. This will be followed by a national search for the new dean of ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering. 

“Dr. Squires’ blend of research expertise, investment in innovative approaches in teaching and training of students and leadership with the university make him an ideal candidate for interim dean,” said Mark Searle, interim university provost. “I look forward to working with him as we continue to advance ASU research and engineering education nationally and globally.”

Fulton schools’ undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 23rd among public institutions and No. 14 for online engineering graduate programs by U. S. News & World Report. The engineering program has attracted more than 300 world-class faculty members and nearly 17,000 students, including the most veterans and service members and a record-setting 2,542 first-time freshman.  

As the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) director, Squires led the school through a period of rapid faculty, enrollment and research growth, and has overseen degree and research programs in aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and the professional science master’s program in solar energy engineering and commercialization. He has also served as interim co-director of ASU’s Security and Defense Systems Initiative prior to its reconceptualization as the Global Security Initiative

“Engineering has been on a steep growth path and I would like to continue that growth across the academic programs and our research enterprise, all the while continuing to seek new opportunities to innovate in our teaching and research,” said Squires. “As our enrollments have grown, so have measures of student retention and success - sustaining these achievements is key.” 

Squires’ expertise and interests encompass computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling for single- and multi-phase flows, high-performance computing, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and research. His modeling studies have spurred new understanding of particle-laden turbulence through simulations and have advanced the state-of-the-art in computational fluid dynamics for prediction of a wide variety of complex turbulent flows. 

Models developed by Squires and his colleagues have been used to study how to improve the aerodynamics of aircraft, ground vehicles and sports equipment, among other applications. 

Squires received his doctoral degree from Stanford University in mechanical engineering and came to ASU in 1997 from the University of Vermont. He has served in a wide range of leadership positions in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, including most recently as the director of SEMTE, and previously as the chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and associate chair of the department’s graduate program.  

He is a senior sustainability scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and an elected fellow to the American Physical Society. 

“Our faculty members continue to achieve impressive successes in research, from winning major centers to garnering numerous recognitions, especially among the cohort hired over the past few years,” said Squires. “I hope to help accelerate the schools’ accomplishments and as we advance, also cultivate new opportunities for our students, staff and faculty.”

Margaret Coulombe

Director, Executive Communications, Office of the University Provost


ASU Green Devils honored for sustainability habits

June 23, 2015

Every Monday is “Sustainability Monday” for Angie Laskarides.

Armed with plenty of no-cost, easy-to-use resources, the program coordinator senior sends an email to her colleagues from the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation with topics that include: how to tap into ASU’s sustainability initiatives; where to obtain online sustainability literacy training; and details about the Staff Council used book collection and resale event. ASU staff member standing near recycling Tammy Piper, an administrative secretary for the Department of Animal Care and Technologies, is one of several people being recognized for their Green Devil efforts, promoting sustainability within their departments. Piper supports faculty and staff with their animal care as well as promoting various sustainability initiatives such as various plastics recycling and the blue bag program. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

Laskarides does this as a member of the Green Devil Network, which consists of 34 staff, faculty and administrators from 28 departments and colleges. These individuals are making a difference by promoting a culture of sustainability at Arizona State University.

Green Devils will be honored for their achievements during a Green Devil Network Recognition and Celebration event, June 24, in the Memorial Union.

Collectively, the Green Devils are striving to empower over 1,000 of their colleagues to incorporate sustainability into everyday workplace decisions through peer-to-peer education, support and collaboration.

The ASU Staff Council Sustainability Committee, with the sponsorship of University Sustainability Practices, developed the Green Devil Network to create awareness for ASU employees about actions they can take to incorporate sustainability in their offices or departments. Green Devils set an example through their actions, as well as pass on tools to make it easy for their colleagues to adopt waste and energy reduction practices.

Their advocacy and actions help the university achieve its four overarching sustainability goals: carbon neutrality, zero solid and water waste, active engagement and principled practice.

“We are very proud of the work the Green Devils have accomplished this year,” said Betty Lombardo, manager of University Sustainability Practices and co-chair of the Sustainability Committee along with Ground Services recycling technician Lucas Mariacher. “We didn’t advertise, but the level of interest and excitement the Green Devil Network has generated is fantastic.”

Here are examples of what some Green Devils have done this year.

The Reducer

Jeff Rensel, associate director of the Memorial Union, has been focused on reducing waste.

“The Memorial Union provides training to all staff members regarding the blue commingled recycling program, recycles outdated and used banners, and is going paperless through the use of iPads for second floor operations,” Rensel said.

The Sustainer

Tammy Piper, administrative secretary for the Department of Animal Care and Technologies, has led her team to receive Green Office Program Level One and Green Labs Program certifications. The ASU Green Office Program and Green Labs Program include several sustainability focus areas for offices and labs to implement into their workspaces such as green procurement, paper conservation, alternative transportation, green chemistry, lab energy efficiency and lab water efficiency.

“Sustainability is included in new employee training for staff and students alike,” said Piper, who brings the tips and information she gleans from Green Devil Network meetings to her green team of 37 staff located throughout campus.

The Conversationalist

Jillian Farland, graduate academic success specialist in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, said, “I am eager to continue introducing green practices into my workplace. I frequently sport my Green Devil polo to promote my support of our planet Earth and to ignite conversations about how we can all do our part – at ASU and beyond.”

The Stairmaster

Joel Hansen, a carpenter for Carpentry Services, hasn’t taken an elevator in nearly a year.

“I have been taking the stairs since September of 2014, and I regularly turn out lights that are not in use throughout campus,” he said.

This Green Devil belongs to a Facilities Management service center that has earned Master-Level Green Shop certification.

“We went from paper work orders to tablets,” Hansen said.

The Condenser

Heather Irish, grant administration specialist senior for the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, holds Walton Green Devil team meetings. The team has agreed to remove most landfill and recycling bins from cubicles, and use centrally-located bins instead.

“My office stores all documents electronically, printing only those that are required for processing. I have also presented a ‘how to implement paperless filing’ class to ASU Consortium Club members and a couple individual offices,” Irish said.

The Light Bender

Victoria Palmenberg, specialist senior in Transfer Systems Development, is all about turning the lights off.

“Our office uses only half of our overhead lighting. Offices with windows take advantage of natural light, and those without windows use desk lamps,” Palmenberg said.

The Dish on a Green Team

Danielle Silvas, Carrie Hudiburgh and Jill Cline from the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects have formed a Centerpoint Green Team.

“My department participates in the 'Blue Bag' program. Lots of people in the office have been recycling their otherwise ‘hard‐to‐recycle’ items,” Silvas said. “We have also made changes in the way we purchase supplies, and have brought in real plates and cutlery so we can phase out plastic and paper.”

The Team Builder

Catherine Armstrong, project coordinator for OKED’s Operations Project Management Office, best describes the member benefits of the Green Devil Network.

“I’m grateful for the resources, support and legitimacy the Green Devil Network provides our efforts,” Armstrong says.

The Supervisor

“The uniting power of an impactful grassroots effort on a group of individuals that serves different job functions cannot be overstated. Our local Green Devils are capturing a synergy that is being transferred to other projects, resulting in better team collaboration and comradery,” said Sarah Kern, grant and contract officer senior for the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Administration as well as an active member of the Centerpoint Green Team. “The energy created by successfully executing small steps toward a large goal is growing exponentially. I am proud to lend my support to such a significant endeavor.”

Learn more about the ASU Staff Council, the Green Devil Network and ASU sustainability programs:

ASU Staff Council
Green Devil Network
Green Shops Program
Green Office Program
Green Labs Program

Story provided by the ASU Staff Council Sustainability Committee