The College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences Spotlight
Get to know us! Find a rotation spotlight on either a member of our faculty or staff, a student, an alumni or donor to our college, or an industry partner. We also will be highlighting special awards our team has received for their efforts in a wide variety of activities.
Faculty and Staff Accordion Closed
CEIAS is pleased to feature our new Financial Oversight Analyst, Corie Sagansito. Corie moved from the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, AZ to Flagstaff in 2014 and graduated from NAU’s W.A Franke College of Business in 2017. After graduating, Corie worked for the non-profit organization Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) campaigning for substance abuse and suicide prevention among Native Americans in the area. Corie worked for NACA for two years before coming to NAU working for Campus Recreation in 2019. She briefly transferred to Student Affairs during the pandemic before moving back to Campus Recreation.
Corie now serves CEIAS analyzing and advising finances for state and campus funded projects. She hopes to learn more about CEIAS and the projects that she advises beyond just the financial aspect. Corie’s goal is to help everyone she can and go out of her comfort zone to learn and grow.
Industry Partner Accordion Closed
This week, CEIAS would like to acknowledge the contributions of Kitchell Construction. As you may know, our CM 205 and 405 classes traveled to Reno, Nevada to participate in the 2022 ASC competition. Out of the four teams that competed, Kitchell sponsored the Commercial Team, who won 3rd place in this year’s competition and has been making contributions to NAU for the past eight years.
When asked why the corporation believes in helping students in this way, Kitchell responded that “these situations provide the participating students a realistic view of what goes into the presentation of any company’s ability to provide a product or service to a client. It requires them to think beyond the obvious and critically look at alternative solutions to exceed customer expectations. The complexity of these problems provides a small window into the enormous complexity and collaboration required in our industry. For us, we hope to contribute to their success in some small way. Construction is a small industry that requires intelligent people who are critical thinkers, and the NAU CM student’s success after college depends on that. It is in our best interest as an industry and company to assist, coach, or mentor these future builders to develop faster in this ever-complex industry.” We thank Kitchell again for their support of our students and look forward to working with them in the future.
Student Accordion Closed
NAU President José Luis Cruz Rivera presented the President’s Prize, the Gold Axe Award and the Distinguished Senior Award at an awards ceremony April 12. These awards honor the recipient’s hard work and accomplishments throughout their time at NAU.
Cruz Rivera honored 48 Gold Axe winners, including five President’s Prize winners. The President’s Prize is the highest honor awarded to undergraduate students. Additionally, nine students were honored as Distinguished Seniors of their colleges. Out of the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences, one student was awarded The President’s Prize, three were awarded the Gold Axe award, and one was named a Distinguished Senior.
Clarreese Greene is a recipient of the President’s Prize. Clarreese is double majoring in civil engineering and modern languages; she participated in NAU’s Interdisciplinary Global Programs, spending a year studying and working in France. She also is a member of the Abaya Yala University Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Black Student Union and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
Owen Murphy, Charlie Regester, and Jenezza Miranda were honored with the Gold Axe Award. Murphy is a Mechanical Engineering major and serves as the treasurer for NAU Green Fund. Register is graduating from the Construction Management program, and Jenneza is graduating with two majors in Environmental Engineering and Modern Languages.
Jenna McCaffery is CEIAS’s Distinguished Senior. Jenna is graduating from the Environment Engineering program as well and has participated in NAU Cross Country and Track and Field teams throughout her time here.
We are so pleased to have these students leave the college with such prestigious awards and accomplishments, and we look forward to what the future holds for these students.
Alumni and Donors Accordion Closed
Brian and Alice Garcia
NAU parents Brian and Alice Garcia spent their careers in STEM fields, and their son James “Matt” Garcia, ’13, Mechanical Engineering, followed in his parents’ footsteps. As the number of students earning STEM degrees increased, Brian and Alice were inspired to support a 10-wekk internship experience with Moonshot at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The internship helps students prepare for their career of learn the fundamentals to build successful start-ups. “NAU provides an excellent academic and social environment for students, and we’d like to see that environment continue to thrive,” said the couple.
Special Awards and Honors Accordion Closed
The College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences has been recognized at the Bronze Level from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The Diversity Recognition Program was created by the American Society of Engineering Education to publicly recognize those engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.
From the ASEE “Based on the committees review your application was rated at the Bronze level. This is the highest level we issued this submission cycle. The Bronze level recognition means that your College/School is among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.”