Innovation Happens @ ASU

 

 

 

How will you innovate at ASU?

Episode 65

Like many students, Grayson Allen initially struggled to find the “perfect fit” for his major. He reached out to family friends and his social network, and after hearing stories of their career paths, was inspired to select a new major and career where he could create solutions to help improve peoples’ lives. Originally an aerospace engineering major, Grayson changed his major to manufacturing engineering at the Polytechnic campus. Grayson and a friend Kevin Hale, a software engineer, had heard a tragic story of a child drowning in a pool…a tragedy that struck them as preventable, and their backgrounds would be perfectly suited for designing a new solution to help solve the problem. Leveraging the power of the program that would become Venture Devils, they launched their company Halen Smart and their first product, GATESENSE, a device which turns any gate into a “smart gate”. Join us as Grayson walks through the product viability process, the rollercoaster ride of creating a new venture, the importance of having a simple solution with heart, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Recommended if you're interested in: New product design, product viability, manufacturing engineering, pitch-fest examples, startup successes, iterating to success

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Episode 64

Episode 64 – A man, a guitar, and The Planets

Innovation isn’t always about science and technology. While many of us may only experience playing a musical instrument through Guitar Hero, a new trend across the nation is guitar ensembles – groups replicating orchestral pieces using only guitars to play all parts of the orchestra. In an era where the arts are being seen as less important than STEM, music programs are searching for new and creative ways to entice more people to pick up an instrument. Thomas Wheeler, a guitar performance and pedagogy master’s student at ASU, takes an innovative approach to crafting a guitar solo from one of the most complicated musical pieces of all time, known as The Planets. Thomas had a vision of transcribing this piece early in his bachelor’s program, but realized he didn’t have the technical competency – he needed help from collaborators, mentors, and a deep immersion to craft a masterpiece. Learn from Thomas how passion, commitment and a never-give-up attitude propelled him to his final performance. Don’t forget to listen to his performance on YouTube! Hear it at https://youtu.be/jkEMUd9SEek.

Recommended if you're interested in: guitar, passion, musical innovation.

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Episode 63

How do microplastics impact the ocean, wildlife, and the wellbeing of the overall planet? Learn from PhD student Charles Rolsky, who has fused his lifelong love of the ocean with the brainpower of the biosciences to create research programs dedicated to studying and remediating microplastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Charlie also shares his experiences – the good, the bad, and the funny - in becoming a public figure, from speaking at TedTalks to starring in an ASU commercial. In addition to describing the how ASU has enabled his innovation mindset, he highlights the importance of scientists being comfortable with also being storytellers, to build the bridge between the research community and the public.

Recommended if you're interested in: microplastics, saving the oceans, scientific storytelling, faculty mentors, finding your path

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Episode 62

Evvan Morton, a PhD candidate in Sustainable Engineering, has always been interested in using science to solve problems. With encouragement from teachers and mentors, she decided to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Women of color are under-represented in STEM fields, and going into a field where not many people look like you can make for a lonely experience. During a research project in Belize, Evvan realized the power of travel and working with diverse populations of people in providing opportunities for empathy and creating a broader sense of community and belonging. In order to provide opportunities to others, she co-founded BioGals, a nonprofit organization focused on the success of women of color in STEM fields through research and study abroad opportunities. Come learn how Evvan is transforming lives not only through her research efforts, but also by creating opportunities for other women to have their own transformative experiences.

Recommended if you're interested in: women of color in STEM, STEM fields, empowerment

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Episode 61

We’re kicking off Season 3 of the podcast with a new cohost! Tune in as we learn about Sahel: her passion for diverse perspectives and storytelling, love of all things travel… and the 5 languages she speaks! We also review what innovation means to each of us, and highlight some of the amazing things we’ve learned through two full seasons of interviewing some of the innovative students we have at ASU. Whether you’re a new member of our audience or an avid listener, this episode is a great way to get (re)acquainted with the podcast and the team.

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