Science & Technology Centers

Supporting industries of the future

With the support of funding from the New Economy Initiative, ASU has launched five Science and Technology Centers (STCs) that provide the expertise, facilities and infrastructure to collaborate with industry and develop future-focused technologies. 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 Economy.

Through deep connections with industry and informed by market needs, STCs are helping grow and attract new enterprises to the state, build the workforce through training and skill-building and drive entrepreneurship through technology transfer and support for startups.

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

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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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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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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 capacity through workforce training programs with customized technical courses developed in partnership with industry to help workers succeed in New Economy roles.

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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.

The next STC Proposers Day is March 22, 2023. Click to learn more and register.

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Impact for Arizona