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ASU minds spark interest from Ford

Ford names ASU a top-tier recruiting and hiring institution.
ASU's engineering and business minds catch Ford's interest.
June 14, 2016

Carmaker designates ASU as a premier school, joining nearly 40 major corporations that rank the university high for recruiting

Ford Motor Company is turning to Arizona State University to turbocharge its ranks of engineers and business minds. This week, the legendary automaker named ASU a premier school and a top-tier Ford recruiting and hiring institution.

The new designation puts ASU alongside MIT, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, Purdue and a crew of other prestigious schools in Ford’s premier status.

Ford joins nearly 40 major corporations that have elevated ASU to an elite designation in recruiting: Internet pioneers like Yelp and GoDaddy, financial powerhouses Vanguard and Charles Schwab, insurance leaders Geico and State Farm, as well as Mayo Clinic and American Airlines are among those who have increased the flow in their pipeline of talent from ASU.

Ford, with a history spanning the Model T to modern hybrids, taps into the career centers at ASU’s nationally ranked Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and W. P. Carey School of Business. Cindy Parnell, executive director of ASU Career Services, anticipates an increase in students recruited and hired by Ford in the coming academic year.

“ASU’s national rankings, graduation rates and research enterprise have been rising for a decade,” Parnell said. “The companies and organizations shaping the future economy have noticed.”

Premier schools meet criteria set by Ford such as school quality, top externally ranked curriculums, talent pool size and diversity. ASU is focused on expanding access to a quality education, a principle that has helped build a diverse student population across its five metropolitan Phoenix campus locations.

Ford has recruited Sun Devils for many years. Steve Papanikolas, Ford’s lead recruiter at ASU, said ASU recruits are some of the best.
“Elevating ASU to a premier school will allow us to deepen our connection with the Sun Devil community and enable Ford to continue to attract the best and brightest ASU has to offer,” Papanikolas said.

“ASU’s national rankings, graduation rates and research enterprise have been rising for a decade. The companies and organizations shaping the future economy have noticed.”
— Cindy Parnell, executive director of ASU Career Services

Expanded access has elevated the quality of the programs at ASU, producing master learners who are prepared to adapt to economic and global change. W. P. Carey School of Business fields world-renowned faculty representing six continents, and partner corporations at the top of the NYSE and NASDAQ help keep the curriculum sharp and up to date. The school develops problem-solving business leaders geared toward positive change, qualities that are highly sought by major corporations.

The National Science Foundation recently made the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering one of only two universities in the nation to be awarded a second, prestigious Engineering Research Center. And team of students is building a Formula-style race car for a competition that will be eyed by Tesla, Chrysler and Ford. They are among the robot-builders and rocket scientists, the doers and creators at the Fulton Schools who annually draw inquiries from top recruiters.

Top photo: Mike Conard grinds down intake supports for the Formula-style race car he and other students built for a national competition taking place this week. Conard recently graduated and will head to Michigan for a job with Ford later this summer. Read the latest installment about Conard and his teammates' efforts to design and build their car here

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7 reasons ASU is the 'Entrepreneurial University'

ASU's university-wide support of entrepreneurship honored by symposium.
At ASU, innovative thinking stretching across all disciplines and departments.
June 14, 2016

Deshpande Symposium award honors university's innovation-fostering culture

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2016, click here.

Arizona State University’s entrepreneurial spirit was honored Tuesday night at the annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.

At the symposium in Lowell, Massachusetts, ASU representative Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of strategic partnerships and programs, was presented with the Entrepreneurial University Award, a recognition of ASU’s support of entrepreneurial programs and curriculum across the institution, from student startups to maker spaces to projects aimed at having an immediate impact on the world.

“It was the opinion of the Awards Committee that Arizona State University best exemplified a strong overall commitment to foster entrepreneurship across an institution by building both innovative educational courses and programs as well as student engagement at many levels,” wrote Raj Melville, executive director of the Deshpande Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and innovation as catalysts for social change.

Here’s a look at seven activities that contributed to ASU’s newest honor:

A culture of startup support

This newest accolade builds ASU’s credibility as a forward-thinking institution that values new ideas: In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked ASU as the “Most Innovative School,” ahead of Stanford, MIT, Duke, Harvard and Cornell.

In fiscal year 2015, ASU faculty were issued 62 U.S. patents, launched 12 new companies and submitted 270 invention disclosures to Arizona Technology Enterprises, which attracted more than $40 million in new external funding. ASU’s venture development activities have led to the formation and assistance of more than 80 companies; in Arizona, four of these companies alone represent more than 350 jobs created.

Recently launched ASU student-led startups have won numerous external and intercollegiate competitions. They include Let's Chat, a language-learning app; Neolight, a medical-device solution for babies with jaundice; and Epifinder, a tool that enables faster diagnosis and treatment for epileptic patients.

For Elizabeth Oviedo, a 2016 graduate of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business’ MBA program, the recognitions reflect reality. She said that ASU is unparalleled in its support for student entrepreneurs because of the accessibility of its faculty and staff and their willingness to help student startups regardless of what department they were based in.

“As a New American University, ASU’s design aspirations guide its growth and transformation. Among these principles is a deep commitment to entrepreneurship in all forms,” said ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development Executive Vice President Sethuraman Panchanathan. “That means more than a class or a program: it is a mind-set woven into the university’s culture. Entrepreneurship radiates from the heart of ASU’s mission to produce innovations of the future and the master learners who will lead us there.”

The presenting of the Deshpande Symposium award.

Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of strategic partnerships and programs, accepts ASU’s Outstanding Achievement as an Entrepreneurial University Award from Jack Wilson (left), president emeritus of the UMass system and UMass Lowell distinguished professor of higher education, emerging technologies and innovation, and entrepreneur Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande on Tuesday at the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo by Tory Germann for UMass Lowell

Top photo: A journalism student poses for a portrait using the telepresence robot during Innovation Day at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Jan. 20. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now