Panchanathan to facilitate ASU research opportunities

February 4, 2009

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan has been appointed Deputy Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs, a newly created position at ASU. R. F. "Rick" Shangraw, Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs established the position to help facilitate, advance and grow ASU research opportunities.

"Panch will be a key advisor to President Crow and myself for the development of strategies to advance ASU's research agenda with the public and private sectors," Shangraw said. "He'll also act as liaison with ASU's faculty by providing guidance and assistance aimed at strengthening their ability, enhancing their research portfolios and showcasing their research impact." Download Full Image

In his new role, Panchanathan expects to focus most of his time and energy in helping to advance strategic research initiatives for ASU while continuing to be engaged in research and mentoring graduate students.

"In the middle of this economic crisis, advancing research becomes even more important to serve as an economic engine. ASU is endowed with outstanding faculty with excellent research credentials," says Panchanathan. "We are uniquely positioned to tackle larger problems that impact society both locally and globally. As I begin this journey, I welcome faculty and interdisciplinary groups to enlighten me and engage me in their research so that I can best serve them."

Panchanathan came to ASU in 1997 as a faculty in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He founded the Research Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) in 2001, which focuses on designing diagnostic, rehabilitative and assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities. He served as chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department (2002-2008) and was one of the ASU representatives in the creation of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix. He also founded ASU's School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) and the Department of Biomedical Informatics in 2006, and served as the founding director of SCI until his recent appointment.

"I have enjoyed envisioning new initiatives and building them by leveraging our faculty expertise and attracting new faculty to these initiatives" says Panchanathan. "I am excited by the opportunity to advance our research strategy based on our faculty expertise and linking them to federal, state and industry opportunities. It is a privilege to play a part in realizing the ambitious goals set forth for our research enterprise by President Crow and Vice President of Research Shangraw."

At a recent farewell luncheon hosted by his SCI colleagues, Rao Kambhampati extolled Panchanathan's positive spirit. "They say that part of being a winner is acting like one. This we managed to do in spades under Panch," Rao said. "The good news is that all that acting apparently did manage to change us for the better."

Panchanathan has continued an active role in research. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and conferences and mentored more than 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry. He has been a scientific advisor to start-up companies, has a number of patents/disclosures, and also co-founded a start-up company, MotionEase, Inc.. CUbiC's iCARE won the Governor's Innovator of the Year award in 2004.

Panchanathan is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE's Multimedia Magazine and is an editorial board member for a number of other journals. President Crow has appointed Panchanathan as a Foundation Chair of Computing and Informatics at ASU.

ASU football signs 21 players to letters of intent

February 4, 2009

Arizona State University signed 21 student-athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday to study and participate in football, head coach Dennis Erickson announced.

After assembling a phenomenal recruiting class in 2008, which ranked as highly as 16th in the nation, Erickson secured another excellent group of newcomers consisting of elite athletes from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana and Utah.  Download Full Image

The class includes 21 student athletes, consisting of 19 high school players and two junior college transfers, while excellent talent, speed and athleticism is added to every position on the roster.

ASU’s Class of 2009 includes:

• Vontaze Burfict, the highest ranked prospect ever to sign with Arizona State University; unanimously rated as the top middle linebacker in the nation and ranked as highly as the ninth-best overall recruit in the country.

• Nine players rated among the nation’s top-30 at their position: No. 1 MLB Vontaze Burfict (; No. 5 DT Corey Adams (ESPN Scouts, Inc.); No. 11 OG Kody Koebensky (ESPN Scouts, Inc.); No. 19 TE Christopher Coyle (; No. 23 CB Osahon Irabor (ESPN Scouts, Inc.); No. 23 ATH Matthew Tucker (; No. 26 QB Brock Osweiler (; No. 27 RB Jamal Miles (; No. 30 OLB Anthony Jones (

• Two players ranked among the nation’s top-50 overall recruits (Burfict, No. 9, and Adams, No. 46,

• The top-ranked defensive tackles from the states of Arizona (Adams) and California (William Sutton).

• Nine elite prospects from the state of Arizona, including the state’s top prospects at running back (Miles), tight end (Max Smith), offensive guard (Koebensky), defensive tackle (Adams) and linebacker (Jones).

• Six prominent athletes from the state of California, including the state’s top defensive tackle (Sutton), No. 2 cornerback (Irabor), No. 4 tight end (Coyle) and No. 5 running back (Cameron Marshall).

• Four midyear transfers, including two true freshmen and two junior college transfers, all of which enrolled at ASU in January and will participate in spring drills.

2009 Arizona State University Football Commitment List

Name                     Pos       Ht      Wt      Yr      Hometown (Last School)
Corey Adams           DT        6-3     292     Fr.     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
Vontaze Burfict        LB         6-3     245     Fr.     Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Christopher Coyle    TE         6-3     235     Fr.     Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS)
Dean Deleone*        DE        6-3     255     Jr.     Park City, Utah (Orange Coast CC)
Evan Finkenberg      OL        6-6     265     Fr.     Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Tesoro HS)
J.J. Holliday            WR        6-0     165     Fr.     Tucson, Ariz. (Santa Rita HS)
Osahon Irabor         CB        5-11    183     Fr.     Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)
Anthony Jones         LB        6-2      218     Fr.     Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)
Kipeli Koniseti         ATH       6-3      235     Fr.     Sacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)
Kody Koebensky      OL         6-4     303     Fr.     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
LeQuan Lewis*        CB        6-0      195     Jr.     Norwalk, Calif. (Cerritos College)
Cameron Marshall    RB        5-11    210     Fr.     San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian HS)
Shane McCullen        S         6-2      208     Fr.     Apache Junction, Ariz. (Apache Junction HS)
Jamal Miles             RB        5-10    180     Fr.     Peoria, Ariz. (Peoria HS)
Brock Osweiler*       QB        6-8     235     Fr.     Kalispell, Mont. (Flathead HS)
Gregory Smith         DE         6-3     240     Fr.     Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill HS)
Max Smith               TE         6-2     258     Fr.     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
William Sutton         DT         6-2     275     Fr.     Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Fred Thornton          OL        6-4     310     Fr.     Phoenix, Ariz. (South Mountain HS)
Matthew Tucker*       S         6-3     190     Fr.     Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)
Marcus Washington   RB        6-1     195     Fr.     Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista HS)

*enrolled at ASU in January and will participate in spring drills

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications