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Janet Roveda Named 2017 da Vinci Fellow

Roveda is honored for multidisciplinary research projects, including largest-ever study on how elementary school students’ sleep habits affect STEM learning.


IN RECOGNITION OF her research contributions, Janet Roveda, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, has received the 2017 da Vinci Fellowship. Her research focuses on improving data acquisition and management for biomedical applications, smart grids for renewable energy, and reliable, energy-efficient nanoscale supercomputing. In the past six years alone, she brought more than $2.3 million in external funding to the University. She is an avid inventor and entrepreneur. With help from the UA’s Tech Launch

Arizona, which commercializes inventions stemming from University research, Roveda has filed five utility and provisional patents and co-founded two companies. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from two Chinese universities and master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the College in 2003, she has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Class Fellow—Janet Roveda accepts her award at the annual da Vinci dinner.

Career Fair Showcases Employers and Jobs

Multinational giants, local firms and the military promote jobs ranging from working on the world’s biggest laser to designing sutures for the tiniest blood vessels.


MORE THAN 500 engineering students connected with 36 employers at the student-run iExpo 2017, held on campus February 7.

Movers & Shakers—Students meet potential employers at the iExpo career fair.

McCarthy Building Companies, HealthTrio, Speedie and Associates, RevolutionParts, and the U.S. Navy and Peace Corps.

“I spoke with recruiters from great companies who were very interested in my research experiences,” said Sara Khosravi, a systems and industrial engineering doctoral student. “I heard back from some of them, asking me to take the next step.”

“So many of our researchers come from universities in California, and we really want to strengthen the UA’s presence,” said David Hare, a project manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and one of many recruiters who graduated from the UA.

The Engineering Student Council’s 25th annual job fair included recruiters from Microsoft, Intel, ACSS, Sundt Construction,

Other UA alumni recruited for Gore, Honeywell, ECI Electrical Consultants, the Salt River Project and Texas Instruments.

New Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering The University of Arizona is offering a new Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering, based in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and offered in partnership with the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. “This four-year curriculum seamlessly blends core engineering subjects like math, statistics, mechanics, physics and chemistry with architectural courses in theory, history and drawing,” said Kevin Lansey, professor and head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

The program begins fall 2017. Career paths include working at engineering, architectural or construction management firms. Graduates can become licensed professional engineers or pursue graduate studies. Seniors will work on a capstone design project in the labs of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Ray Barnes, LEED-accredited architect and UA lecturer, noted the program will emphasize environmentally sustainable building design and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.


Major Construction—Graduates of the new 40:1 Spring 2017 | program are expected to achieve great heights, like civil engineering alumna Katie Wood, BS/CE 2015.

Arizona Engineer | Spring 2017  
Arizona Engineer | Spring 2017