ASU spinout EnKoat earns NSF Small Business Innovation Research award

Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in News |

Matthew Aguayo (left) and Aashay Arora pose atop the Agribusiness Center building at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Aguayo and Arora founded EnKoat, a startup venture developing coating materials that reduce energy consumption by insulating buildings outside heat or cold. Photographer: Connor McKee/ASU

EnKoat, an advanced materials venture founded by ASU alumni Aashay Arora and Matthew Aguayo, recently won a $225,000 National Science Foundation Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award, a highly selective seed funding program known as SBIR.

The award supports the further development of EnKoat’s energy-efficient building coatings. The venture’s energy-saving technology embedded in paint, plaster and stucco can save up to 30% on heating and cooling costs. The coatings can be applied to interior or exterior walls or roofs of new buildings, or as retrofits to existing structures.

Earning a Phase I SBIR award will allow EnKoat to demonstrate its coating technology’s feasibility and performance, bringing it closer to commercialization.

This year, EnKoat has earned a number of awards, including selection into the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator and the Joules Accelerator, and a runner-up award in the 2020 EarthX climate-tech prize competition.

As doctoral students, Arora and Aguayo worked with Narayanan Neithalath, a professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, to develop a concrete pavement with phase change materials that is resistant to cracking when exposed to high temperatures. Phase change materials turn from solid to liquid and vice versa to store or release heat. This led Arora and Aguayo to explore how phase change materials could keep buildings cool, which resulted in their venture EnKoat.

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Advice from a Technical Manager with Mark K. Miera from Intel, June 24

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Career, Events |

Attend the “Advice from a Technical Manager” career series on Wednesdays at 4 PM (MST- Arizona Time) during summer. Each week a different manager will provide advice on getting hired for the job you want and answering your questions on this topic.

Mark K. Miera, Intel’s Arizona Director of Construction, will give advice and perspectives on getting hired for the job you want. You can ask questions via Zoom’s chat feature.

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“Ask Me Anything” with SAP, June 18

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Career, Events |

SAP America is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” live session on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 6 a.m. MST!

Many of you may be feeling a bit lost during this time. Graduating students might not have employment. Maybe you’ve never participated in a virtual interview before. Perhaps your job offer was withdrawn and you are now left scrambling. While experienced recruiters at SAP do not know all the answers, they are looking to provide guidance, tips and support during this time.

SAP Ask Me Anything Live Event
Thursday, June 18, 2020
6 a.m. MST
Learn more and register on Handshake

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Get ahead with FSE/TEM 494/598: Technology Commercialization this summer — begins July 1

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Customize your experience |

ASU engineering students who founded the venture Neolight

The co-founders of Neolight (from left): Sivakumar Palaniswamy, Deepak Krishnaraju, Chase Garrett and Vivek Kopparthi at TechShop, located in ASU’s Chandler Innovation Center. FSE/TEM 494-598 can help engineers and scientists commercialize their technology. Photo by Hayden Taylor/ASU

Engineers and scientists around the globe launch high-tech companies to move their ideas to the market are invited to sign up for FSE/TEM 494/598: Technology Commercialization. The course is designed specifically for engineers. Topics are approached from the perspective of the student whose primary interest is in technological innovation, whose primary concentration is engineering and students who have little or no prior business education.

Studies show that the majority of innovative products and services in the economy evolve from entrepreneurial ventures. By providing knowledge and skills important to the creation and leadership of such startups, this Technology Commercialization course aims to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech ventures in the domains of assumption/hypothesis-testing, customer-focused discovery processes, and business modeling, while also covering important aspects related to technological intellectual property generation, protection, and strategy.

This three-credit course taught by Brent Sebold will help you get ahead.

Watch this video and get in on the Technology Commercialization action.

FSE/TEM 494/598: Technology Commercialization
Summer 2020 Session B: Wednesday, July 1, 2020–Tuesday, August 11, 2020
iCourse with Zoom Syncs on Tuesdays, 2–4 p.m.
Register for this course: 

  • FSE 494 — SLN 48312
  • TEM 494 — SLN 48302
  • FSE 598 — SLN 48313
  • TEM 598 — SLN 48304


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Graduate students: Apply for the Pandemic Impact Award for funding by June 14

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Graduate Students, Resources |

The Graduate College has established a limited number of grants to assist graduate students with unanticipated research and academic costs associated with COVID-19 and pandemic response.ASU Graduate College logo.

The new Pandemic Impact Award is intended to assist students whose research or culminating projects have experienced unexpected financial impact due to COVID-19 closures. Graduate students can apply through Tuesday, June 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. for awards up to $750.

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Graduate students: Apply for summer 2020 funding for virtual and remote development by June 12

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Graduate Students |

A person types on a laptop.While ASU travel restrictions remain in place, the Graduate College will allow students to apply directly for funds to cover registration costs for online/remote conferences and trainings which occur from Monday, June 1Friday, July 31, 2020. The initial deadline to apply is Sunday, June 12, 2020, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis should funds remain. Please note, for now only applications for activities taking place in June and July will be accepted.  If this period is extended, the website will be updated.

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Rashmeet Kaur Nayyar receives Chambliss medal from American Astronomical Society

Posted by on Jun 2, 2020 in News |

Rashmeet Kaur Nayyar

Rashmeet Kaur Nayyar

Rashmeet Kaur Nayyar, a computer science doctoral student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, is one of three ASU graduate students to have been awarded prestigious 2020 Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards by the American Astronomical Society. Santosh Harish, and Mansi Padave from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration are the other two.

Chambliss medals recognize exemplary research by students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Only six awards were granted nationwide to graduate students. The award is named after Carlson R. Chambliss of Kutztown University, who donated the funds to support the prize.

Nayyar is a member of the Autonomous Agents and Intelligent Robots research group. Her research focuses on key artificial intelligence principles to help build efficient systems that can reason, plan and act under uncertainty. In collaboration with co-adviser professors Sanchayeeta Borthakur and Siddharth Srivastava, she studies probabilistic approaches to automate physics-based detection and identification of intergalactic clouds.

“My experience at the American Astronomical Society meeting has opened my eyes to the immense potential of interdisciplinary collaborative research,” said Nayyar. “I believe in, and remind myself every day, that satisfaction in research comes with a struggle for discovery. I hope my work now, and in the near future, will help in advancing our understanding of the universe and its evolution.”

Nayyar’s achievement is particularly exciting because she won this award as a computer science student and presented her AI research on using first-order probabilistic logic for reliably inferring properties of intergalactic space far beyond our own galaxy.

“Not only did she succeed in explaining her work to an entirely different academic community, but she did it so well that she won an award for it! She’s helping build bridges across research communities in true ASU style,” said Srivastava.

“I joined ASU as a master’s student and got so fascinated by the study of artificial intelligence that I decided to pursue doctoral studies instead,” says Nayyar. “I hope that my work would someday motivate others enough to help them bring out the researchers within themselves.”

Written by Karin Valentine. media relations and marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration
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Getting the most out of Handshake — Jessica’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Career, Opportunities |

The first step in getting the most of out Handshake is to claim your Handshake account. Handshake asks the student to answer a variety of questions from their major and GPA to their ideal industries. When logging onto Handshake’s home page, at the bottom there is a list of jobs that are selected just for you based on factors like your major, GPA, if you require sponsorship and more. When beginning your internship/job search, this is the easiest way to apply to multiple jobs that you’re qualified for. If you’ve already uploaded your general technical resume to Handshake, applications can be submitted with a single click. However, make sure to apply directly to company websites as well!

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