Kyle Squires, Dean of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has been appointed Vice Provost of Engineering, Computing and Technology. The new position recognizes Squire’s role in the transformation of engineering education at ASU and how this effort aims to expand in the future.
The appointment, which complements Squire’s duties as dean, takes effect immediately.
In this role, Kyle Squires will oversee the continued growth and development of the Fulton Schools of Engineering and all the new developments associated with the new financial initiative, the launch of the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks at Poly, the reimagination of the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence and The Poly School, as well as the launch of the Engineering and Design Institute in London this autumn, “said Nancy Gonzales, ASU’s Executive Vice President and University Provost. , enthusiasm and attention to detail as they gain traction and influence. “
For Squires, who has been dean of the Fulton schools since 2015, the focal point of all these efforts is the central role of discovery, translation and education in a rapidly changing, technological society. The university plays a key role, Squires said, in providing a portfolio of resources that can be required over a person’s career to establish excellence, adapt to the needs of future work and provide value through lifelong learning. The new economic initiative is a good example.
The initiative is a new multi-year program funded by the state of Arizona and will accelerate the faculty’s growth in, among other things, the Fulton Schools of Engineering. The foundation of the New Economy Initiative was built both within Fulton Schools through its programs and people as well as through partnerships with others across the university, particularly ASU’s Academic Enterprise and Knowledge Enterprise. These partnerships working in partnership were able to increase the faculty’s impact, promote new programs, address critical infrastructure needs, enable groundbreaking research and allow the free flow of ideas that refined the major themes reflected in the initiative.
“The new finance initiative, the new and rediscovered schools we are launching, the ways we are developing (Fulton Schools of Engineering) and promoting our faculty, programs and opportunities for student engagement are all crucial,” Squires said. “But what has also become clear over the last year is how all of these efforts can be extended to include regional and national expertise hubs that provide unique expertise in critically important areas and on the scale that ASU is known for.”
“I really want to lean on, understand and shape what is the next big opportunity nationally,” he added. “I want the Fulton schools and ASU to be involved and honestly the leader. We are a significant set of schools that can significantly impact the Valley and the region through our graduates and the wide range of ideas and engagements from our faculty. I want us to be even more nationally connected. ”
The new finance initiative aims to build expertise in vital new areas of economics that will leverage Fulton Schools of Engineering expertise across all of its schools. Central to this effort will be the creation and launch of science and technology centers that will expand the impact on key areas of technology relevant to the region and to conduct world-class research through partnerships with industrial organizations and other public and private entities.
A further core element of the new finance initiative is to meet the needs of lifelong students, those who have already completed their education but who need to update or reconfigure their knowledge base for the new opportunities that lie ahead.
“In the current workforce, it could be someone who has been displaced, or someone who wants to turn to a new field or a new role in the industries critical to the valley,” Squires said. “The university is crucial and must play a key role in this effort.”
“It’s a testament to Kyle’s vision that Fulton Schools of Engineering has the confidence to play such a crucial role in advancing state and national goals,” said Sally C. Morton, Executive Vice President of Knowledge Enterprise at ASU. “The Fulton schools are both comprehensive and agile, making them well-positioned to not only respond to urgent challenges, but to anticipate the future needs of our society and start working now on solutions.”
New school at Poly
Starting this fall, the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks will begin on the polytechnic campus. This school, Squires explained, will promote learning programs and core research engagements around advanced manufacturing in all its forms.
“This is where the systems that will underpin future manufacturing will meet key domain needs of direct relevance to our region, including additive manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing and possibly even bioproduction,” Squires said. “The manufacture of the future will look quite different from what it is today, and this school will define much of where the world is headed.”
Also important for the new school, he said, will be to engage GPs, professional engineers in the valley and companies looking for a competitive advantage in a burgeoning field. This is also where a companion Science and Technology Center on Advanced Manufacturing will be established to expand its impact.
Reconstruction of engineering education
Closely linked to this effort is the reconstruction of ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering – renamed the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence – and The Polytechnic School. The reimagined School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence will promote fundamental and translational effects in everything related to computing with key focus areas in data, analytics, machine learning, cyber and artificial intelligence. The reimagined polytechnic school will define new ways to connect with external partners and drive curriculum innovations among other outcomes.
“Augmented intelligence is about improving human intelligence,” Squires said. “It depends on the central role of the computer and the cyberphysical systems that are able to advance the person’s intelligence and abilities-man in the loop. The School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence generates knowledge to propel these important ideas forward. We look to it to provide leadership. ”
The launch of TEDI-London will also take place this autumn. TEDI – Engineering and Design Institute – is a new form of engineering education that aims to attract students who typically do not consider engineering subjects. Squires compared the curriculum to on-demand acquisition of knowledge as part of project-based approaches to learning. He added that about half of first-graders are women, a welcome sign of gender equality in engineering and STEM areas.
“Now is the time when all of these things converge around engineering, computing and technology, and the Fulton schools are the catalyst that makes so much happen,” Squires said. “This should be the moment when in 20 to 25 years you will look back and see that Phoenix went from a wonderful place to live to a great place to live and learn and a thriving global city.”
Top photo: Engineering Dean Kyle Squires delivers the concluding comments on “Engineering the Future: Entrepreneurship, partnerships and a commitment to innovation”, at the ISTB 4 building in March. 21, 2017. Photo by Charlie Leight / ASU News
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