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Tech venture’s setback reveals passion that drives innovation
Challenges that Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty member Scott Shrake is experiencing in launching new tech startup offer lessons about the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation he can share with students in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. Read more

ASU team’s robot driver in top 10 at Cornell Cup competition
A team of ASU engineering students placed in the top 10 among 34 finalists at the Cornell Cup USA, one of the leading embedded technology student competitions. The team taught a robot to drive a small electric car. Read more

ASU, NGA to address national security risks posed by climate change
Eight ASU engineers are among members of a research team assembled for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new Foresight Initiative projects, which will assess national security threats that could emerge due to the impacts of climate change. Read more

President Obama appoints ASU’s Panchanathan to National Science Board
Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan will serve on the U.S National Science Board, which advises national leaders on science and technology policy. Panchanathan is ASU’s senior vice president of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and the leader of ASU’s research, entrepreneurship and economic development efforts. He is also a professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC). He is the first person from the state of Arizona to be appointed to the preeminent board. The news has also been reported by news media in India, Panchanathan’s home country, in the Phoenix Business JournalThe Economic Times and He is an alumnus of the India Institute of Technology. Read more

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Starbucks, ASU team up for employee education program (ASU News)
Starbucks and Arizona State University have announced the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a national first-of-its-kind program designed to enable thousands of eligible part-time and full-time Starbuck employees to earn a college degree. The investment will create an opportunity employees to complete studies for a bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement for juniors and seniors through a unique collaboration with ASU’s research-driven, top-ranked degree program, delivered online. Read more

Solar energy challenges conventional power on price (The Science Show)
On his program on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio network, well-known science journalist Robyn Williams interviewed Stuart Bowden, an associate research professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.  Williams and Bowden, a leader of ASU’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center, talked about the center’s work to make solar energy cells less expensive to produce, more efficient at converting sunlight into energy, and using solar cells to power machines that could reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Listen to the interview


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