Alumni

The dynamic duo who sparked a worldwide chemistry revolution

It’s a tale told time and time again.

Throughout the extraordinary advancements and achievements of human civilizations, the better that we can manipulate new materials, the better our lives have gotten. Think of ancient epochs names for materials, such as the Stone Age or the Bronze Age — all the way through to the plastics and silicon fueling the digital revolution of our current age.

But what if the next tale had its origins right here at Arizona State University?

From ASU to the stars

An Arizona State University alumna and former faculty member has taken the helm of the nation’s mission control center for space exploration. Laurie Leshin, the president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been named the new director of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), a federally-funded research and development center managed by the California Institute of Technology for NASA.

Nourishing a profession

Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions is now home to one of the largest and most respected nutrition and dietetics programs in the U.S., but there was a time when nutrition at ASU was a small program in ASU’s Department of Home Economics, tucked away among its degrees in family studies, housing, textiles and clothing.

ASU's criminal justice online graduate degree program ranks in US News' top 10

The online master’s degree program in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University continues for an eighth consecutive year as one of the nation’s top 10 such courses of study, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings announced. The online Master of Arts degree program earned a No. 7 ranking for 2022.

ASU’s No. 7 ranking is higher than those of the University of Cincinnati, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Central Florida and the University of Oklahoma.

Friendship sees duo through challenging ASU health program into professional life

Not everyone makes a best friend in college who will become a trusted ally and colleague for years to come.

Megan Hiestand and Josie Lamp, two 2018 College of Health Solutions graduates, found that kind of friendship the day before their very first class at Arizona State University, forming a bond that helped them throughout a challenging first-of-its kind degree program, and one that has continued as they’ve moved to the next phase of their careers.

New School of Public Affairs professor of practice served as Afghan ambassador to China

Javid Qaem’s career path has taken him near and far, not merely geographically, but in the many ways that he has served.

A medical doctor from Afghanistan, he came to the United States to study at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs. A few years later, he was his country’s ambassador to China. Now he is back at ASU, where he is a School of Public Affairs professor of practice.

In memory of enterprising engineer Géza Kmetty

The dramatic upheaval Géza Kmetty endured in his early years makes his life and career trajectories, professional achievements and contributions to engineering and higher education genuinely remarkable.

As a youngster, he left his homeland and family at the outbreak of the violent Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the revolt of many of Hungary’s citizens against the Communist government and its rule under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Digital dance: 2 ASU dance alumni publish articles on virtual dance education

Two Arizona State University dance alumni were recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Dance Education in Practice. This special edition of the journal by the National Dance Education Organization focused on virtual dance education.

“It is a pleasure to witness our ASU dance alumni contributing such impactful value to the national dance education community,” said Keith Thompson, associate professor and assistant director of dance.

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