Success Stories

JUNE 2024


Student Recognition

ARCS Associate Simran Deo is an Anthro major and Soc minor. She has been the most active in bringing this project home. She also co-authored a paper with faculty member Kevin Zemlicka that was presented to the Society for Applied Anthropology 84th Annual Conference in March. The paper was entitled Autoethnographic Reflections on the Value of Community Engaged Research to “Teaching Universities” Simran co-presented the paper and co-authored. She discussed her participation on this ARCS project and what it has done for her. Publication is in the works in collaboration with Drs. Kim Kirner and Rachel Giraudo. Our panel addressed similar themes. We are putting together our papers for submission to Human Organization as a group. This is a big deal for an undergrad like Simran as SFAA is a highly reputable, long-standing society and a national conference.

Posted: 06/04/2024


Student Recognition

ARCS Fellow Emerson Martinez is hired as an undergraduate psychology major. His efforts on this team help to increase the visibility of ARCS across campus, which led to the development of several programming tools such as PPT presentations and flyers. Emerson also notably was hired by ARCS when not a US citizen and achieved citizenship while participating as an outreach fellow. He graduated with high honors last year and just finished his first year in the Master of Science program in the college of Education – College Counseling and Student Services

Posted: 06/04/2024

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Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) Advanced Leader Course (ALC)

Monica Ahumada conducts research on fitness test for U.S. Army

Posted: 06/04/2024

MAY 2024


NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Trip

ARCS and cohort visit the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Posted: 05/28/2024

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Celebrating ARCS Graduates

Congratulations to our 40 graduates this semester!

Posted: 05/24/2024

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ARCS Picnic

ARCS holds a picnic event and distributes sashes

Posted: 05/07/2024

APRIL 2024

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Student Recognition

  • Svarun Soda, Michael Sirounian, Hariet Yousefi, Jorge Enqriquez, and Jared Carrillo accept internships at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Gurnoor Kaur receives Bonita J. Campbell Women in Science and Engineering Award, Ann and Perkins University Library Employee Award, and CECS Scholarship
  • Monica Ahumada attends Advanced Leader Course for the U.S. Army in the Capacity of CBRN
  • Yijing An receives a 2023-2024 scholarship of FCS department; and design is selected for the showcase of the academic conference
  • Jessica Vasquez is in current pursuit of PhD at USC Aerospace Engineering Department.
  • Jesus Sanchez is accepted to the USC Astronautical Engineering Master’s program

Posted: 04/24/2024

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Student Recognition & Monthly Seminar

  • Jorge Enriquez receives four internship offers
  • Monthly seminar was held as students present projects

Posted: 04/23/2024

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Student Recognition

Hariet Yousefi receives four internship offers

Posted: 04/16/2024

MARCH 2024

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Student Recognition

Matthew Smith’s paper is approved and accepted for publication and presentation at IEEE CHASE 2024

Posted: 03/26/2024

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Giving Day, Student Recognition, etc.

  • Final Giving day Item: final count will be available next week
  • Subhobrata Chakraborty, Abhishek Verma, and Amiel Hartman present paper, “Novel LiDAR Based SLAM Systems for Real-Time Campus Tour Robot Navigation” during the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computing and Machine Intelligence (ICMI) on April 13-14, 2024 in Michigan, USA.
  • NASA JPL internship

Posted: 03/19/2024

JPL intern

Giving Day Fundraiser Goal Exceeded & Student Recognition

      • Giving day raises $23,298, exceeding the goal of $10,000! Awaiting final count
      • Alexandria Christoforatos gets accepted to the PhD program at Baruch College

      Posted: 03/12/2024

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Student Recognition & Publications

  • Matthew Smith and Kian Bonakdar present a poster for the Boracle (and Smart Clothing) projects at the HICSS 2024 conference
  • Samuel Mercado gets into the Masters program at Long Beach for human factors
  • Lauren Khoury’s manuscript is published in a journal, and she presented it at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) conference in 2023.
  • Kourosh has a publication
  • Recent Publications:
    • S. Chakraborty, A. Verma, and A. Hartman, “Novel LiDAR Based SLAM Systems for Real-Time Campus Tour Robot Navigation,” the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computing and Machine Intelligence (ICMI), April 13-14, 2024, Michigan, USA.
    • S. Chakraborty, A. Verma, and A. Hartman, “Open VINS Based SLAM System for Real-Time Campus Tour Robot Navigation,” the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computing and Machine Intelligence (ICMI), April 13-14, 2024, Michigan, USA.
    • Edward Chow*, Thomas Lu, Kevin Payumo, Gautier Bardi de Fourou, Elliot Sadler, Neville Elieh Janvisloo, Jared Carrillo, Bingbing Li, Nhut Ho, Benjamin Hubler, Olin Littlejohn, Vanessa Hernandez-Cruz, Sophia Torrellas, “Collaborative Moonwalkers”, Proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, Mar 2-9, 2024.

    Posted: 03/05/2024


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Faculty Recognition & New Project

  • Xiyi Hang and Bingbing Li have been selected for NASA ROSES-2023 Research Initiation Awards for their project, “Efficient Deep Learning for Space Computers”
  • Launched an exciting new project, Citizen Science for Dakota and Lakota Nations, in partnership with Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

Posted: 02/27/2024

Meetings & Events

  • ARCS welcomed x Fellows and Associates at our Orientation on February 9
  • Three Fellows from the American Council on Education visited ARCS to chat with students about their projects and watch SPOT show off his dance moves.

Posted: 02/09/2024



GM is interested in working on project, Wheelchair Assist Technology and Co-bot Helper Robot (WATCHER)

Posted: 02/06/2024


Founding Director, Dr. Nhut Ho, Sitting by Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.) & JPL Deputy Director, Larry James

Faculty Recognition & New Project

  • STEAHM Nexus 2023 becomes the biggest year end event to date with key participation from industry and NASA, is well received by the 250+ guests and provides an opportunity to expand even further.
  • Some companies/organizations (e.g., Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed, Aerospace, Parker Brown, WM, etc…) offer to give ARCS students internships and opportunities to apply for research funding
  • Andrew Rosenberger from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio
  • CSU Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Ganesh Raman attends STEAHM Nexus
  • Social Media Achievements:

    Posted: 01/09/2024

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Aerospace Corp Grant

We’re thrilled! ARCS received a grant from Aerospace Corp to collaborate with NASA’s Tank Venting in Microgravity Challenge

Posted: 01/23/2024

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Faculty Recognition & New Project

Posted: 01/30/2024