Light-activated tissue sealing technology earns industry award

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in Graduate Students, News |

Deepanjan Ghosh, a biological design engineering graduate student, recently earned a 2020 Baxter Young Investigator Award for impactful research on a tissue repair and wound healing technology that prevents post-surgical complications and improves surgical outcomes.

Deepanjan GhoshGhosh is a researcher in the Rege Bioengineering Lab, directed by Professor Kaushal Rege. The lab team works on developing new materials for improving human health, including new methods of tissue repair using nanoscale chemical interactions. Ghosh’s research centers on developing photothermal (light and heat) and immunomodulatory (modulating the immune system) biomaterials for soft tissue healing and repair.

“Although wound closure products like sutures, staples and tissue glues are clinical gold standards, each of them has its own inherent limitations,” Ghosh says. “The need for more efficacious wound closure and repair products is a big research push both in university and industry research labs.”

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Nominate Fulton Schools individuals and groups for CCI Catalyst Awards 2020 by October 7

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in Faculty, Graduate Students, Nominations, Staff, Students |

ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion Catalyst Awards 2020

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Recognize the fantastic work being done at the Fulton Schools and ASU! The ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion is accepting nominations for the 2020 CCI Catalyst Awards honoring individuals, groups, teams organizations/units and programs that have catalyzed change by fostering and promoting diversity and inclusion at ASU and beyond.

Submit a nomination by Wednesday, October 7, 2020!

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the ASU community. Award decisions are made by the Committee for Campus Inclusion Executive Board.

Nominations are evaluated for contributions by faculty, staff, student (undergraduate/graduate) student organization or team, employee organization or team, and university programs.

All nominees will be recognized and recipients will be announced via Zoom at the CCI Awards Ceremony in October 2020.

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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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Submit your nomination for the CCI Catalyst Awards by October 4

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Nominations, Organizations and Teams |

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CCI Catalyst Awards 2019The ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion is collecting nominations for the 2019 CCI Catalyst Awards, which honor individuals, groups, teams, organizations/units and programs that have catalyzed change by fostering and promoting diversity and inclusion at ASU and beyond.

Submit your nomination by Friday, October 4, 2019!

Nominations can be submitted by any member of the ASU Community. The Committee for Campus Inclusion Executive Board will evaluate nominations across categories of faculty, staff, students (undergraduate and graduate), student and employee clubs, organizations and teams, and university programs .

All nominees will be recognized and recipients will be announced at the CCI Awards Reception in November.

All nominations must be submitted online. Complete awards information, criteria and nomination form can be found on the CCI website.

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