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Sweet Sun Devil success

Overnight success doesn’t happen overnight. But it sure helps if you have a degree from Arizona State University. The university on June 17 celebrated grads who have gone out in the world and crushed it, entrepreneurially speaking. They call them the Sun Devil 100 . This year, the ASU Alumni Association honored 132 alumni representing 146 degrees — the largest cohort ever. The top spot went to Anthony Sarandrea, who graduated in 2013 with a business management degree. Sarandrea is the president, managing partner, owner, founder and CEO of Pocket Your Dollars , a customer-centric company targeting debt-ridden and struggling Americans with debt relief solutions, credit score fixes, help with navigating insurance options and a host of other money-saving tips. Pocket Your Dollars has had 1,650% growth over the past three years. Sarandrea started in sales, including door-to-door and cold calling. His advice for future entrepreneurs? Be “addicted to failure...

4 exciting new things coming to the Polytechnic campus this fall

Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus approaches its 25th birthday this fall, celebrating a quarter of a century of making, doing, cooperating and creating. Sometimes called the maker campus, it’s a hive of robots, student pilots, souped-up vehicles, 3D printers, gardeners and algae farmers. Books from the ASU Library are stored there in a chilly "Raiders of the Lost Ark" warehouse, along with archives of state history that include photos you’ll never see in Arizona Highways. At the Polytechnic campus, the future is a way of life and learning. In that spirit, here’s a look at four new things coming to the campus. 1. Fulton Schools expansion A new school with a new building is on the horizon for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The new School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks will focus on the future of work, industry 4.0, human-machine teaming and systems engineering. Classes are set...

ASU moves up nearly 30 spots in QS World University Rankings’ list of top US institutions

QS World University Rankings has released its list of more than 300 of the top universities in the United States, with Arizona State University moving up nearly 30 spots to No. 62 from last year’s position at No. 91. ASU also ranked No. 1 in the state, ahead of both Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is a leading provider of services, analytics and insight to the global higher education sector. The QS World University Rankings portfolio launched in 2004 and has since grown to become one of the world’s most popular sources of comparative data about university performance. This is the second year for its U.S.-focused rankings, which are based on a methodology that looks at four key indicators: research, learning experience, employability, and diversity and internationalization. “On behalf of the academic enterprise at ASU, I am proud of our students and faculty, whose...

2 from ASU elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Editor's note: The induction ceremony for members elected in 2020 and 2021 will take place on Sept. 9, 2022, at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two members of the Arizona State University community are named in the new membership rolls of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced on April 22. ASU President Michael Crow and Regents Professor of English Ayanna Thompson are among those newly elected to the prestigious academy, one of the oldest learned societies in the United States. Others elected this year include former Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz, Oprah Winfrey, former U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, journalist Maria Hinojosa, activist Angela Y. Davis and neurosurgeon and medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. Members are recognized for their outstanding achievements in academia, the arts, business, government and public affairs. Their charge is to conduct policy studies and nonpartisan public policy advocacy...

The best time to expand online education? Right now

Just do it. That was Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s message to 13 university presidents from around the world who are seeking to put their education online. “The moment is here,” Crow said. “The technology is viable. The partners are here. The outcomes are measurable. It’s time to plug one’s nose and jump into the water. The only way to do this stuff is to do it. If you sit around in the normal academic world and discuss it, it will take years.” Crow’s interview was part of the launch of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative, which aims to recreate the online learning accomplished at ASU overseas. “Our degrees for online students don’t say online,” Crow said. “There’s no difference. … We will graduate 12,000 students this (fiscal) year from our online activities.” ASU offers more than 200 degrees online, from anthropology to user experience. “I wish...

Leading-edge tech company plants flag at ASU Polytechnic campus

Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2021 year in review . An advanced technology lab has moved its headquarters to the Innovation Zone at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. MECHnano, a manufacturer of advanced chemistry and materials that improve the performance of 3D-printing ingredients, is the first company to move to the district, one of seven ASU Innovation Zones across the Valley. MECHnano CEO Steve Lowder said the move was locked in by the opportunity to work closely with students and the university. “When I saw the plans for the innovation district I became extremely excited,” Lowder said. “It's something that I've thought about for a long time with respect to industry and education working together. … One of my startups was based out of the U.K. We were right there with universities in the U.K. … I've seen the benefits that come out of it...

ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts to welcome new dean

Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2021 year in review . When Joanna Grabski took over as director of the School of Art at Arizona State University, she increased enrollment 20%, rebranded it as a globally oriented school for the 21st century, established several interdisciplinary and cross-program collaborations, increased access to the arts for an expanded community of learners, and designed new programs and initiatives to leverage ASU’s No. 1 ranking in innovation as well as its commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Now Grabski has been named the next dean for the College of Integrative Science and Arts, ASU’s fourth-largest college. It’s home to more than 6,300 undergraduate majors at ASU’s Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix and Tempe campuses as well as the Lake Havasu location and ASU Online, with more than 200 graduate students and more than 350 faculty. It’s a springboard from community colleges into the...

Advancing a culture of innovation: A view from the top

Picture it: The year is 2025 and Arizona State University is the leading Fifth Wave University, seamlessly blending culture and innovation through research, teaching and learning. Inclusivity, engagement and service drive the work of faculty, staff, students and community partners. How do we attain this lofty vision? Leaders from ASU tackled this very question during “Innovation and Culture, a Discussion” at ASU’s inaugural Innovation Quarter . ASU President Michael Crow , Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick and Minu Ipe , senior knowledge enterprise architect and senior fellow of leadership and institutional design, discussed the linkage between culture and innovation as guiding forces driving the future of the New American University. The following are their thoughts about key aspects of the role culture plays at ASU, as moderated by Christine Whitney Sanchez , chief culture officer of the University Technology Office. Symbiosis of culture and innovation U.S. News & World Report...

ASU will lead effort to upskill, reskill workforce through $8M grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Arizona State University an $8 million grant to lead an innovative workforce development partnership to help train workers for high-paying, high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and information technology (IT). The One Workforce grant will help address a critical skills shortage in the U.S. by establishing the Arizona Workforce Training Accelerator Partnership for Next Generation Jobs (AZNext). The program, which will be led by ASU and its many partners, is designed to train at least 2,000 participants, with a goal of achieving industry-recognized credentials and permanent job placement over the next four years. The grant was a collaboration of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business , Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering , New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and several external partners, including Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Technology Council, Arizona@Work , Infosys and Pipeline AZ. The partnership leverages the state’s...

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