Close up photo of sticky notes on a wall. A planning session for future proposed activities for ASU Engineering research focus areas.
February 28, 2024

Industry Technology Innovation Summit

Industry and ASU leaders will gather to define research and development priorities to scale Arizona’s competitiveness in high-tech sectors.

About the event

The ASU Science and Technology Centers, known as STCs, catalyze research innovations and entrepreneurship in areas key to the future of Arizona’s economic development, positioning our state for global leadership in new economy industries. STCs bring together faculty and student researchers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs to take big ideas from the lab to market across key clusters of future technologies.

STCs are a component of Impact Arizona and are responsible for leveraging ASU-industry partnerships to enable research innovation, entrepreneurship, and tech transfer in areas key to the future of Arizona’s economy

The purpose of ASU Industry Technology Innovation Summit (formerly STC Proposers Day) is to connect industry and ASU faculty to define research and development priorities and capabilities for joint projects in the STCs, and to improve Arizona’s competitiveness in high-tech sectors.

The input from the participants will be used to generate subsequent funding opportunity announcements, or FOAs, that will solicit joint research projects with ASU faculty and industry partners.

Featured speaker

Andrew Hamilton, Air Force Research Lab

Bringing In Space Assembly and Manufacturing to the Forefront of Space Investment and Development

Portrait of Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton is an electronics engineer with the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate in the Air Force Research Laboratory located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.  His technical expertise focuses on electromagnetics, especially wave propagation in non-linear media and diagnostics of plasma properties.  In studying ionospheric scattering, he has led numerous field experiments that leveraged key research sites such as the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska and the now-defunct Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.  As an IEEE senior member, he now leads the Low-Cost Space and In-Space Assembly and Manufacturing programs for Air Force ManTech where he sponsors emerging and novel space technologies and supports their manufacturing maturation, ensuring significant return on investment for the defense industrial base.


  • Advantages and challenges of assembly and manufacturing in space
  • Determine critical cost points for assembly and manufacturing in space
  • Explore challenges in logistics, supply chain, storage and maneuverability of assets
  • Near- and long-term technologies enabling in-space assembly and manufacturing

Summit details

Proposers Day participants from 2022 workshop a set of ideas while gathered around a table and a poster board.

ASU Industry Technology Innovation Summit

Agenda Highlights:

  • Welcome & Impact Arizona Introduction
  • STC Project Highlights
  • Industry Collaboration Discussions

Date and Time:
February 28, 2023
9:00 am  – 12:00 pm

ASU San Tan Ford Club
(inside Mountain America Stadium)
500 E Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 85287

Sustained prosperity for Arizona

Arizona State University is a catalyst, convener and connector of private and public partners committed to putting Arizona at the forefront in high-growth industries that create jobs and drive prosperity—including advanced manufacturing and materials, advanced communication technologies, cybersecurity, augmented intelligence, automation and robotics, digital media, virtual and augmented reality, big data, sustainability and more.

Innovative research that helps to attract, grow and retain high-tech enterprises. ASU leverages forward-thinking state investments, as well as its role as a trusted partner to dozens of leading companies, to train workers for today’s opportunities and to ensure a future of high employment and economic growth.

Science and Technology Centers 

The development of the Science and Technology Centers (STCs) at ASU will position Phoenix and Arizona for national and global leadership as America’s next high-tech hub.

  • AMPED (Advanced Materials, Processes and Energy Devices): The AMPED STC has thrust areas of photovoltaics, batteries and power-electronic devices.
  • MADE (Manufacturing, Automation and Data Engineering): The MADE STC has thrust areas of process science and engineering, robotics and automation, and data analytics, cyber and AI.
  • ACT (Advanced Communications Technologies): The ACT STC has thrust areas of future RF systems, flexible modem SoCs, communications for augmented reality and awareness for autonomous vehicles. 
  • PERFORM (Performance Engineering and Research for Optimizing Response Mechanisms): The PERFORM STC has thrust areas of devices, assessment, and performance multipliers. 
  • EXTREME (Extreme Environments): The EXTREME STC has technology thrust areas of air, water, and heat/materials.
  • SI (Sustainability Innovation): The SI STC has thrust areas of data and digital insight, computational modeling for foresight and action for sustainability implementation