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We believe Fulton Schools students are builders and innovators by nature, that they have great potential to become game-changing entrepreneurs. The Fulton Schools provides facilities and programs at ASU to foster that entrepreneurial spirit. See how you and your students can get involved and meet the staff behind these opportunities.



The Generator Labs, located in Engineering Center G-Wing on the Tempe campus, is a space that provides resources to support the Fulton Schools’ entrepreneurial students. Three lab spaces, a café lounge area and access to faculty and mentors make the Gen Labs an ideal space for all engineering majors who want to change the world. The Gen Labs is directed by a team of innovative faculty and staff. Specifically, faculty leaders who are affiliated with Entrepreneurship + Innovation at the Fulton Schools, EPICS and Devils Invent, are joined by a team of Academic and Student Affairs professionals. 



Entrepreneurship + Innovation empowers all undergraduate and graduate students to advance their entrepreneurial ideas for the benefit of our economy and society. Students learn about technology innovation and marketplace impact through signature entrepreneurship and innovation programs, workshops, expert mentoring, new venture competitions and other curricular and extracurricular events that expose students to the concepts of technology innovation and marketplace impact.

E + I also has student organizations that give you hands-on experience with engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation; from a robotics team that competes at world championships to HyperLoop, a Space-X sponsored initiative to create a cross-country, hide-speed train.

Discover more E+I student organizations. 

Brent Sebold

Brent Sebold is the director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Brent is responsible for the organization and advancement of curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurship programs for all Fulton students and faculty. Brent also co-directs the Fulton Generator Labs, which is a 6,500 square foot workspace for student enterprisers. Concurrently, Sebold serves as the Executive Director of the Training and Development Network at Entrepreneurship + Innovation within Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. In this role, Brent leads a variety of enterprise-wide startup support initiatives for student, faculty and community-based entrepreneurs.




Photo of Carolyn Hirata

Carolyn Hirata is a lecturer and program chair in the Technological Entrepreneurship and Management Program at the Polytechnic School. She worked in industry at Motorola for 15 years, where she served as a Manufacturing Manager and Director of Human Resources. Professor Hirata is now committed to the advancement of entrepreneurship and innovation learning opportunities across the Fulton Schools.





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Venture Devils

Are you actively working toward changing your big idea into reality? Now’s the time to put entrepreneurship into practice, with a little bit of help!

The Venture Devils Program is there to engage, mentor and fund students, faculty and community entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into reality.

Venture Devils provides access to funding opportunities, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and venture development workspaces.

The next deadline for Fall B onboarding is Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

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Engineering Projects in Community Service, also known as EPICS, is an award-winning social entrepreneurship and community service program. Through EPICS, students have the opportunity to get a hands-on approach to problem-solving while making an impact in the community. Students can get involved in EPICS through EPICS Gold courses FSE 104: EPICS GOLD I – Feasibility and planning, and then FSE 494: EPICS in Action – Design and build.

High school students can also get involved in EPICS through EPICS High. These student teams typically work closely with their schools or not-for-profit agencies, taking an interdisciplinary approach to utilizing the creativity and expertise of students both already interested in STEM fields, as well as the skills of students outside of engineering or that haven’t yet been exposed to engineering, to develop and implement solutions.

Joshua Loughman comes to the EPICS program after spending ten years in the space industry. As EPICS Director, Joshua oversees all aspects of the program including teaching multiple sections of the EPICS Gold courses. Joshua develops relationships with not for profit agencies, industry mentors and partners to support the EPICS program. He is passionate about the power of engineering to make the world a better place as demonstrated by his seven years of volunteering with Engineers Without Borders. He looks forward to applying the lessons of systems engineering and his volunteer experiences to the EPICS program.



Stephanie Gillespie joined the EPICS program after finishing her doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research applied signal processing and machine learning to automatically detect depression in adults with aphasia, a language disorder resulting from stroke. During this time, she focused on solving real problems that directly impact health, as well as applying engineering to solve community problems. She has extensive experience in K-12 outreach and curriculum development and is passionate about giving students opportunities to make a difference. As the EPICS Director of Instruction, Stephanie will lead the EPICS program’s curriculum development, EPICS-Community College program, and program assessment efforts.


Jared Schoepf is the Director of Operations for Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at Arizona State University. Jared received his doctorate in Chemical Engineering at ASU, developing a tiered approach to rapidly detect nanomaterials in the environment and consumer products. Jared has been a lecturer of EPICS for three years, mentoring over 200 teams. Currently, he teaches introduction to engineering, EPICS and introduction to chemical engineering processes. He has founded two starts ups and has three patents for water purification, removal of trash from storm water and Dial’s antibacterial liquid hand soap formula. He has a passion for teaching and mentoring students, aiming to help each student achieve their goals. In his free time, Jared loves to go hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding.




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