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ASU's Skysong Innovations startups surpass $1B in external funding

Arizona State University just passed a milestone with more than $1 billion raised in external funding by the startups in its portfolio at Skysong Innovations, the entity that brings ASU research into the marketplace. Inventions shepherded from lab to market include mechanical trees that pull carbon dioxide from the air and capture it for downstream use in construction, agriculture and industry; an engineered virus that attacks cancer cells; and an enzyme-based solution that cost-effectively reduces dust emissions at construction sites. “A billion dollars of investments is an incredible milestone that signals enormous accomplishment, but the real significance is in what the investment has enabled,” ASU President Michael Crow said. “We’ve built a water-capture company. We have nanomanufacturing companies. We have new materials. We have spinout companies in biotech. We have hundreds of technologies that we’ve spun out, and investors have invested a billion dollars to launch those companies and get...

Uber-ASU partnership surpasses 100 graduates

The Uber and Arizona State University partnership has passed a significant milestone — its 100th graduate. To date, 118 drivers, delivery people and their family members have graduated from ASU Online through the program, which launched as a pilot in eight cities — including Phoenix — in 2018. The program went nationwide in 2019. “The partnership with ASU is one way we are able to help support those working on Uber who want to further their education but don't want to go into debt in order to pursue their dreams,” said Carrol Chang, head of driver operations for the U.S. and Canada at Uber. “We are honored to celebrate the 118 people who have graduated from this program, and we wish them continued success in the opportunities that lie ahead.” The Uber and ASU partnership offers full tuition coverage for drivers, delivery people and their family members who pursue an...

Reimagining of higher education inspires alumni to support ASU's mission

It's a long list, Shelly Udall insists, and she doesn't know where to begin. "It's so many different facets," she said after a pause. "We could probably talk for an hour about different things that we're proud of at ASU." Her husband, Trace Udall, shares his heartfelt thoughts on the university's makeover under President Michael M. Crow. "Dr. Crow is saying, ‘We want to be a university that's willing to take anyone as long as they're willing, and we can figure out a way for them to pursue a better education, a better life,'" Trace said. “ASU looks at how they can educate people to improve not only the individual but the family, the community, the state, the country, the world, in that order, rather than saying, 'You're not good enough for us,' or, 'You don't have enough money to pursue a degree.’ “That would be, at my core, the...

ASU named most innovative university seven years running

The number seven is often associated with good fortune, but luck had nothing to do with ASU’s latest accomplishment: For the seventh year in a row, the university is ranked No. 1 in innovation by U.S. News & World Report, a feat borne of a long history of creative reimagining — along with a healthy dose of tenacity and resilience through a period filled with obstacles and uncertainty. “This past year and a half has been a time of great challenges. It has tested our creativity, our resilience and our humanity," ASU President Michael Crow said. “Through it all, the university community persevered and innovated in order to continue to be of service. As we have done and will continue to do, we pulled together in novel ways to keep our mission of access, excellence and impact moving forward. This recognition reflects that determination, which is emblematic of the Sun...

ASU ranks No. 1 in Sierra Club's 'coolest schools'

Arizona State University ranked No. 1 on Sierra magazine's 15th annual "coolest schools" competitive ranking of the most environmentally friendly colleges and universities in North America. This marks the first time the university attained this honor out of a record 328 institutions, rising from No. 4 previously, thanks to its comprehensive approach to sustainability that spans academia, campus operations, student life and endowment investments. This is the fifth year ASU has scored in the top 20 of the Sierra Club's national publication. "Sustainability at ASU is an enterprisewide effort," said Morgan Olsen , ASU executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer "It's not just recycling and energy conservation. It's integrating sustainability in everything we do: academic offerings, the research we conduct, the way we operate campus, student experiences, investments we make with our endowment and even the food we serve." ASU has been a leader in sustainability since 2006...

Downtown Phoenix campus turns 15

It was once a place where people cleared out after work, where most restaurants closed by 3 p.m., where only the occasional sports game or First Fridays art walk drew a younger crowd. Now Arizona State University students live and learn on the Downtown Phoenix campus, bringing an energy and presence that have helped inject new life into the area. It’s easy to forget that the Downtown Phoenix campus’ vibrant collection of new and renovated buildings, residence halls, entrepreneurship spaces and streetscapes were once vacant acreage, parking lots and neglected commercial space. Now it’s a place where students study health and nursing, journalism, public service and law; gather in open spaces for social events; and do outreach with various local communities. The campus marks its 15th anniversary this school year. “The ASU Downtown Phoenix campus represents the best of what is possible when a city joins forces with an innovative...

ASU ranked in top 8% of universities worldwide

Times Higher Education rankings released today place Arizona State University in the top 8% of worldwide universities, and among the top 50 in the United States. ASU tied for No. 132 out of 1,662 institutions across the globe, a jump from its 2020 ranking of No. 184 worldwide out of 1,527. The university also ranks in the top 25% of U.S. higher education institutions, coming in at No. 45 out of 183, ahead of Rice University, the University of Arizona, Northeastern University and the University of Notre Dame. “Arizona State University has sharpened its focus and used its creativity and resources to meet the challenges of the past year in a way that has advanced both our standards of excellence and our commitment to student access and success,” ASU President Michael Crow said. “The resiliency that has driven our progress will continue to provide the foundation for the way we...

APS to ASU: Thanks for keeping us going in early days of pandemic

When the pandemic hit last year, Arizona Public Service had no option other than to keep going. Arizona State University found a way to help make that happen. This week, the state’s largest utility thanked the state’s largest university with its inaugural APS Arizona Partner Award. Jeff Guldner, CEO of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, APS’s parent corporation, pointed out how urgent their need was. They operate a nuclear plant, high-voltage transmission lines, an extensive distribution system that in a lot of cases is overhead, not underground, and very big, dangerous power plants. “This is an inherently risky business, and we do a tremendous job of managing that risk,” Guldner said. “When we had the opportunity last year to address a critical need around COVID, our teams stepped up together to quickly develop a COVID testing process that we were able to deploy in the first week of April to begin...

ASU to Congress: Help us win globally in tech

Climate, cotton, cattle, citrus and copper. Arizona’s five Cs have historically been the backbone of the state’s economy. That’s not going to cut it in the 21st century. For the Grand Canyon State to truly thrive, it will need to become the center of advanced microelectronics. That was the theme of discussion at the annual Congressional Conference on Aug. 20 at Arizona State University, themed “Growing Arizona’s Technology Future.” The event featured panels and attendees that included members of Congress, mayors and industry experts. University President Michael Crow opened the daylong event with a call to arms. “The economy of the future is going to be more computationally driven at every level than anyone can even imagine,” Crow said. “Everything is going to be moving into a hyper computational mode: autonomous vehicles, every system that you can imagine, not 12 billion transistors on the chip that's in your iPhone but...

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