CTI students show entrepreneurial spirit in ASU Startup Bowl


June 24, 2013

This year marked the first-ever ASU Student Startup Bowl, a competition that encouraged students to submit business plans to the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative and at the same time determined which ASU college or school has the most entrepreneurial students.

Known for their entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas, 84 ASU College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) students participated in the Startup Bowl. At 2.5 percent, it was the second highest percentage of participation from a single college or school (second to the School of Sustainability, with 17 student participants – or 3.5 percent). Download Full Image

In addition to the student involvement, CTI supported the Edson prize package with $3,000 in ancillary funds to make applying in the competition even more attractive. As a college that puts entrepreneurship and innovation at the forefront of its mission, CTI celebrates giving students an opportunity to pursue their ideas through financial support and mentorship.

“We hope that by growing our support and involvement in the Startup Bowl that we can encourage other colleges and schools to follow suit to increase student engagement in entrepreneurial activities,” said Audrey Iffert, who leads CTI’s strategic initiatives.

GlobalResolve, a social entrepreneurship program administered through CTI at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, also incentivized student submissions into the Startup Bowl by offering an additional $3,000 of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation awards.

“GlobalResolve actively seeks out projects that directly improve the lives of underprivileged people and communities as well as under-developed nations throughout the world,” said Mark Henderson, executive director of Global Resolve and engineering professor at CTI. “We wanted to reward students who are working toward the same mission and recognize them for their innovation and commitment to our global mission.”

Students of all levels and from all ASU campuses can take advantage of CTI’s entrepreneurial culture through the newly launched MAKE Your Ideas Happen class. The MAKE class series is a sequence of three one-credit courses that provides ideation space, prototyping equipment, collaboration between disciplines and guidance from faculty and community experts to help students launch their ideas. Rather than being comprised of lectures, classes are a time for thinking, doing and making.

CTI award winners:

$1,500 prize: Images Den – the first socially curated search engine for images that offers users the ability to vote, save, modify and share images from across the web.

Students: Brent Cappello, Technological Entrepreneurship and Management, CTI

$1,000 prize: Jolobo Corporation – an all-in-one, real-time professional data collection application designed for field observation as a hybrid tool to record customizable quantitative data alongside traditional quantitative data.

Students: Jonathan Jolly, doctoral candidate, Simulation, Modeling and Applied Cognitive Sciences, CTI; Shaun Lobsinger, graduate student, Applied Psychology

$500 prize: m2 Health – a mobile-to-mobile, patient-focused management tool for private practice health practitioners who want to create a customized and interactive outpatient experience.

Students: Melissa Birling, graduate student, Management of Technology, CTI; John Ball, graduate student, Education Technology; Shaun Lobsinger, graduate student, Applied Psychology, CTI

GlobalResolve award winners:

$1,500 prize: Emergency Trailer System (E.T.S.) – manufacturing light-weight bike and hand trailers that can be used to transport survival material to needed locations.

Students: Eric Monaco, graduate student, electronic systems engineering technology, CTI; Scott Yee, aerospace engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

$1000 prize: Growth Alternatives in Action (GAIA) – the team will travel to Peru to re-establish a long-forgotten method of creating and using a special soil called Terra Preta to increase crop yield in impoverished nations.

Students: Jesus Garcia-Gonzales, Applied Biology, SLS; Kathleen Stefanik, applied psychology, CTI; Abiola Doherty, software development, CTI; Tyson Stevenson, engineering, CTI; Jesse St. Amand, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, Fulton.

$500 prize:  SafeSIPP – through an integration of a three-phase water purification system, SafeSIPP will address three problems facing rural communities in the developing world: transportation, purification and storage of drinking water.

Student: Lindsay Fleming, graduate student, chemical engineering, Fulton

ASU professor named incoming editor of Journal of Educational Psychology


June 25, 2013

Waiting for a flight was never so exciting for Steve Graham as during a layover in Newark, N.J. in May 2013. It was there, before boarding a plane to Norway, that he found out he had been named incoming editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology.

“The head of publications at the American Psychological Association called to offer me the editorship,” he said. “I was pretty excited when I found out. I consider this to be the top research journal in education, and the fact that it’s a journal of the APA carries some prestige as well.” ASU professor Steve Graham Download Full Image

Graham, who received his doctorate in education from the University of Kansas, will officially assume his new role on Jan. 1, 2014, and will serve for seven years. He and his editorial board will be responsible for considering about 500 manuscripts each year for publication.

While his specific research interests include writing development and instruction, learning disabilities and the development of self-regulation, Graham said he looks forward to reviewing the broad array of research submitted. He hopes it will inspire and impact his work, and that the published pieces will do the same for the research, practice and innovation of others.

“A journal, in itself, helps to promote discovery by sharing new ideas and new ways of thinking with scholars in the field, who then share those ideas with practitioners,” he said. “It has a huge impact in terms of practice and innovation.”

This will be the fourth academic journal Graham has edited. And while he’s certainly no stranger to the editorial world, he said he will welcome advice from his wife, Karen Harris, who served as editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology from 2002-2008, when shaping the publication.

The couple share the Mary Emily Warner Professorship in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University – both joined the faculty in 2012.

“My wife and I were very excited about the level of innovation that exists here,” Graham said of their decision to become a part of the Teachers College. “There’s a chance to do things differently, especially in terms of teacher education. Having that freedom to think in new ways is very energizing.”

Graham channels that energy into his research and teaching, and soon it will also fuel his editorial work. One of his first goals in his role with the Journal of Educational Psychology will be to add more qualitative research to the publication, which he said has historically focused on publishing primarily “quantitative, large-scale research.”

He added, “I would like to see more balance to reflect the high quality of research methodologies and traditions that exist.”

An accomplished author and academic scholar, Graham’s credentials are many, including being a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and the American Educational Research Association. He is also the recipient of career research awards from the Council for Exceptional Children and the Special Education Research Interest Group within the American Educational Research Association.