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PADT: leveraging ASU talent and technology for innovation and growth
At ASU’s Manufacturing, Automation, and Data Engineering Science and Technology Center (MADE STC), Tempe-based engineering services firm PADT is working with ASU faculty experts and students to develop solutions using machine learning to optimize manufacturability of 3D printed products for high-end applications in aerospace, defense and consumer sectors. Partnership with ASU provides critical resources, infrastructure and expertise necessary for PADT to de-risk early-stage technology innovation through research and development—and provides ample opportunities for PADT to involve ASU students, who are not only the most accessible future employees, but often the most capable.
“We continue to recruit around the country, but we tend to hire from ASU because they tend to come out on top,” says PADT co-founder Eric Miller. Co-founder Rey Chu estimates that about half of PADT’s 90 employees are ASU graduates. “It’s really a win-win situation,” says Chu, “helping the small and medium businesses be able to develop a technology and stimulate the local economy and also help the students get good paying jobs.” Chu is himself an alumnus of ASU who has worked closely with the university since graduating with a Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering in 1987– including nine years of service as a part-time faculty member. PADT’s growth and success since its founding nearly 30 years ago demonstrates how ASU’s commitment to market-relevant educational programs and industry partnership drives innovation, creates opportunities for graduates and positively impacts Arizona’s economy.
Fulton Schools of Engineering
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are at the forefront of ASU’s efforts to produce the talent to position Arizona for success in technology-driven industrial growth.
Support from the New Economy Initiative is allowing ASU to hire world-class faculty who enable the Fulton Schools of Engineering to serve larger numbers of students and offer hands-on research experiences and workforce training programs that improve job readiness. The state’s New Economy Initiative investment is helping the Fulton Schools to meet the needs of Arizona’s high tech enterprises, enabling industrial growth that creates spillover benefits across all economic sectors.
By 2025, the New Economy Initiative will allow the Fulton Schools of Engineering to train 40,000 students each year and graduate 6,000 engineers annually, making ASU the nation’s undisputed leader in engineering education.
Mobilizing innovative educational assets
A vibrant New Economy ecosystem requires not only engineers and technical experts, but also skilled workers in diverse fields like allied health, biosciences, digital media and film, entrepreneurship, education, finance and more.
Through adaptive, AI-infused advising platforms and hybrid education models, ASU is ensuring student success and increasing graduation outcomes in critical professions. ASU’s approach to producing professionals equipped to lead in the New Economy is also leveraging unique new physical assets that enable sophisticated, hands-on training to advance job readiness and leave graduates prepared to contribute to Arizona’s prosperity and thriving.
Thunderbird School of Global Management Global Headquarters
Fusing business and technology for global leadership
Situated on ASU’s Downtown campus, the new Global Headquarters of ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management is the world’s most technologically advanced management and leadership education center. Thunderbird’s Global Headquarters is helping Arizona to meet the demands of the New Economy by delivering technology-enabled, transdisciplinary education that prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of global careers. With a footprint of 100,000+ square feet, 1600 square feet of digital displays, and 31 million pixels of LED content, Thunderbird’s Global Headquarters enables hands-on engagement with bleeding edge technologies and state-of-the-art classrooms. The full integration of technology enhances the learning experience and allows students to become familiar with emerging technologies that are reshaping the workplace. Among the technology assets of Thunderbird’s Global Headquarters are extended reality (XR) production and development facilities, a volumetric capture studio that creates full three-dimensional renderings of faculty and student teaching and learning activities, and a virtual reality-based language lab. The site also hosts a global decision theater enabling immersive, collaborative problem-solving and modeling between student and faculty teams around the world.