Academic Innovators

Keep in School Shape (KISS)

  Carla van de Sande

   Associate Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences


Carla van de Sande, associate professor of mathematics education at ASU, created a program to help students practice key math concepts over academic breaks. Keep In School Shape (KiSS) emails or texts students daily challenges so they can keep their skills sharp between calculus courses.

Imaginative Rusty’s Riddles

  Dan Frank

   Assistant Teaching Professor, ENGR Academic & Student Affrs


Daniel Frank has created a learning environment that cultivates imagination in his first year engineering courses. Frank’s innovation had him taking a few clues from a popular television series and creating fictional customer for his students to design for.

Logic Tutor

  Steve Millman

   Professor of Practice, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering


Steve Millman, a Professor of Practice in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, programmed his own software that randomly generates practice problems for his Digital Design course, called Logic Tutor.

Keep in School Shape (KISS)

Carla van de Sande

Associate Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences


Carla van de Sande, associate professor of mathematics education at ASU, created a program to help students practice key math concepts over academic breaks. Keep In School Shape (KiSS) emails or texts students daily challenges so they can keep their skills sharp between calculus courses.

Imaginative Rusty’s Riddles

Dan Frank

Assistant Teaching Professor, ENGR Academic & Student Affrs


Daniel Frank has created a learning environment that cultivates imagination in his first year engineering courses. Frank’s innovation had him taking a few clues from a popular television series and creating fictional customer for his students to design for.

Logic Tutor

Steve Millman

Professor of Practice, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering


Steve Millman, a Professor of Practice in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, programmed his own software that randomly generates practice problems for his Digital Design course, called Logic Tutor.

Academic Innovators: Helen Chavez

Academic Innovators: Helen Chavez

Helen Chavez, an Assistant Teaching Professor, passes on her knowledge to engineers in their first year. Throughout the term, students delve deeply into the intricacies of responsible engineering through a hands-on, team-based 10-week-long project. The pursuit of inclusion and diversity is necessary, as visually impaired individuals experience the struggle of navigation in a world not inherently designed to accommodate them.

Hub in the News: Peter van Leusen on Courseware Selection

Peter van Leusen is the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Learning and Teaching Hub and a member of the CourseGateway Governance Board where he contributes his experience identifying practices and technology solutions that can serve the most students. In a recent article, he sheds light on the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapid growth of Fulton's engineering programs and the role of courseware.
Academic Innovators: FSE100 AR Project, Anoop Grewal, Ph.D.

Academic Innovators: FSE100 AR Project, Anoop Grewal, Ph.D.

Anoop Grewal, an Associate Teaching Professor in the Fulton School at ASU, developed new ways to teach concepts in FSE100: Introduction to Engineering, a foundational course designed to introduce engineering principles and problem-solving methodologies for first-year students. Demonstrating his penchant for innovation, Grewal recently pioneered an initiative to integrate Augmented Reality (AR) technology into the FSE100 curriculum.
Academic Innovators: Virtual Labs (Milcarek & Wilbur)

Academic Innovators: Virtual Labs (Milcarek & Wilbur)

To ensure that students in the online program could still derive substantive practical experiences, faculty members Ryan Milcarek and Josh Wilbur devised novel and forward-thinking virtual laboratories and simulations that not only maintained the foundational learning objectives, but also enhanced students' ability to navigate uncertainties in data acquisition and analytical processes.
Academic Innovators: Steven Ayer VR Accident Training

Academic Innovators: Steven Ayer VR Accident Training

Under the leadership of Steven Ayer, Associate Professor of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, a groundbreaking teaching innovation has come to life; where augmented and virtual reality meet engineering education to provide students with accessible, multidimensional, and cost-efficient learning experiences.
Academic Innovators: Chao Wang’s MATLAB story

Academic Innovators: Chao Wang’s MATLAB story

Chao Wang, an associate teaching professor in Academic and Student Affairs within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is transforming the way engineering students learn at ASU. As part of her Introduction to Engineering course, Wang is incorporating technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things into her curriculum, providing students with hands-on experience and real-world problem-solving skills.