Science & Technology Centers

Advancing industries of the future

With the support of funding from the state of Arizona, ASU has launched six Science and Technology Centers (STCs) that provide the expertise, facilities and infrastructure to collaborate with industry and develop future-focused technologies and science-based solutions. STCs enable breakthroughs in innovation in areas key to Arizona’s thriving as a tech hub, positioning our state for global leadership in the emerging industries of the new knowledge and technology-driven economy.

Through deep connections with industry and informed by market needs, STCs act as force multipliers by helping accelerate discovery, grow and attract new enterprises to the state, build the workforce through training and skill-building and drive entrepreneurship through knowledge translation, technology transfer and support for startups.

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Whether you’re a prospective partner, current partner, student or faculty member, Science and Technology Centers offer valuable connections and opportunities for innovation.

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STCs bring together faculty and student researchers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs to take big ideas from the lab to market across six key clusters of future science applications and technologies.

AMPED: Advanced Materials, Processes, and Energy Devices

Advances new materials and devices for solar, battery and power electronics for the broad electrification of the energy sector.

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MADE: Manufacturing, Automation and Data Engineering

Creates foundational manufacturing technologies and methods using process science and engineering, robotics and automation, and data analytics, cyber and AI.

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PERFORM: Human Performance

Develops novel technologies to enhance physical and cognitive performance and improve medical prevention and interventions.

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EXTREME: Extreme Environments

Addresses challenges of growing population centers by engineering resiliency into transportation, energy, water and materials systems that impact future cities.

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ACT: Advanced Communications

Drives innovation in physical information systems and sensing and communications solutions to meet the emerging demands of high-bandwidth applications.

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Sustainability Innovation

What an STC does

Leverages and grows ASU’s core facilities

ASU Core Research Facilities provide state-of-the-art equipment, specialized services and expert consultation and training to help industry solve the most pressing research challenges.

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Funds joint research projects with industry

STCs will make matching funds available to further the impact of industry-funded research. Attend a joint industry-academia Proposers Day to define research priorities and capability needs across research thrusts in the STCs.

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Supports student entrepreneurship and innovation

Through the Impact Engineering Fellowship, ASU doctoral students can conduct use-inspired research at an STC-partnered company, non-profit, national lab or government agency. Recent grads and postdocs can gain entrepreneurial experience by bridging academic research and community impact through startup and tech transfer opportunities.

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Trains present and future workers

STCs build Arizona’s skilled workforce through training programs and customized technical courses developed in partnership with industry to help workers find the right jobs and to help businesses grow and succeed.

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Join us for an STC Proposer's Day

Several times each year, ASU’s Science and Technology centers host a Proposers Day, an interactive forum that convenes ASU faculty members and industry to define research and development priorities based on industry needs. Proposers Days foster rapid university-industry collaborations that unlock new capabilities and solve business and technology problems to improve Arizona’s competitiveness in high-tech sectors.

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AMPED STC and ZEVX: creating the Electric Valley

The rapid growth in popularity and sales of electric vehicles offers a unique opportunity for Arizona to become a national leader in the industry — and for Metropolitan Phoenix to become a hub for EV manufacturing that is already being called the “Electric Valley.” This is the vision of Jim Maury, the President of ZEVX, a technology manufacturer of battery and power systems for the commercial EV market. Maury co-founded ZEVX with his son Charles, the company’s Chief Technology Officer and an ASU mathematics alumnus who developed ZEVX patents through ASU’s SkySong incubator. Charles describes the advantages of working with ASU’s AMPED STC: “ASU is giving us an opportunity to bring something to market faster than we normally would through testing, collaboration, and extremely high expertise in fields of power electronics… It gives us new insights to improve vehicle efficiency that ultimately help our customers.”

Nearly half of ZEVX’s 45 employees are ASU alumni, and working with AMPED provides opportunities for the company to accelerate hiring and talent development through access to students and internships. Jim is optimistic that collaboration with ASU will not only allow ZEVX to succeed, but also create dividends for the state of Arizona:

“This could be an exciting place for the entire EV industry… It’s the knowledge transfer and having a university partner that’s critical for a company of our size, that doesn’t have the capacity or funding to build test facilities, to help us to create and validate credible solutions for the marketplace. This is how we advance Arizona’s EV ecosystem.”

MADE STC and Libi Materials: de-risking energy innovation

America is making major investments in clean technology to drive efficient, scalable energy solutions, and Arizona-based Libi Materials is partnering with ASU’s MADE STC to support this national mission and drive high-tech growth in the state. Libi is carrying out work for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Energy to create the next generation of lithium-ion batteries, and ASU’s expertise and facilities are proving critical to enabling the company’s success.

“ASU’s got a great track record of innovation and the students are very accessible,” says Libi Chief Technology Officer Mark George. “Through the MADE STC, we’re going to be able to truncate our path to market by having access to funding through the state legislature.”

Libi is supported by the expertise of Tim Long, a professor at ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences who works with the MADE STC. Long describes the business and economic possibilities unlocked by Libi’s collaboration with MADE: “What the STC brings to this relationship is the kind of catalysis and nurturing of translational research.

Our goal is to help Libi be successful, to invent and deliver the next generation battery technology that is safer, easier to charge and lasts longer. And the most rewarding aspect of that for me is to help a company in our region, to help the economy of our region.”