Teach for America panel explores classroom innovation

November 3, 2010

The statistics are bleak. Educational deficiencies in the United States are reaching pandemic proportions, as  only about 70 percent of American students graduate from high school. 

Working to change that, ASU President Michael M. Crow; Mari E. Koerner, dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; and Pearl Chang Esau, executive director of Teach for America in Phoenix, will conduct a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in the education field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 4, in the Old Main Carson Ballroom, on the Tempe campus.  Download Full Image

Andrea Stouder, executive director of the Sanford Education Project, will moderate the panel discussion.

The panel will address innovative ways to solve educational inequity in Phoenix and across the country. Those who are teaching will share their experiences working in some of the region’s highest-need schools. Those who are working outside of the classroom will talk about how their teaching experiences influenced their current work in various spheres of educational entrepreneurship.

Teach For America corps members and alumni will serve on the panel, including: Andrew Collins, director of school development for the Arizona Charter Schools Association; traditional public school teachers Silvio Delgado, an alumnus, and Shelly Oberstein, a 2009 corps member; Gary L. Trujillo, founder of Southwest Harvard Group and the Be A Leader Foundation; Rachel Bennett Yanof, executive director and founder of Phoenix Collegiate Academy; and Michael Zimmerman, pro se law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.

Old Main is located at 400 E. Tyler Mall in Tempe. 

For more information, contact Cynthia Cho at 424-220-0604 or cynthia.cho">mailto:cynthia.cho@teachforamerica.org">cynthia.cho@teachforamerica.org.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU professor chosen as 2010 'Green Pioneer'

November 3, 2010

Govindasamy “Mani” TamizhMani, a professor at the College of Technology and Innovation on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, has been recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal’s 2010 Green Pioneers.

This year’s Green Pioneer issue focuses on the Valley’s “solar kingpins,” and TamizhMani has played a leading role in solar technology and testing. Download Full Image

TamizhMani has overseen a large expansion of ASU’s Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory (PTL), which was first formed in 1992. Since becoming PTL director in 2000, TamizhMani has expanded the size of the facility and introduced new testing services. When the PTL merged with TUV Rheinland in 2008 it became one of the premier solar test and certification facilities in the world, and TamizhMani became president of the company.

This past year TamizhMani has introduced several new testing services at TUV-PTL including electroluminescence testing, polymer component testing and solar thermal testing.

For the past 26 years TamizahMani has been an active researcher in solar cells, fuel cells and batteries. TamizhMani’s research focuses on the performance and reliability of commercial solar photovoltaic modules.

His research includes predicting operating temperatures of rooftop photovoltaic modules for Arizona and desert climatic conditions, and predicting the lifetimes of photovoltaic modules. He’s published six peer reviewed conference papers and will have directed the research activities of 11 graduate students by year’s end.

Written by April Stolarz

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications