Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

A message from Panch

Learn about recent awards, our success in patent rankings and newly appointed National Academy of Inventors Senior Members. 

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

As we begin a new semester, I’d like to share some useful resources, upcoming events and news with you.

First of all, congratulations are in order. Drs. Jennifer Barrila, Yuji Zhao and Sefaattin Tongay were awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in July. These awards are the highest honor the U.S. government grants to young scientists and engineers at the outset of their individual research careers. In addition, Drs. Terry Alford, Devens Gust and Andreas Spanias were recently named Senior Members by the National Academy of Inventors. They are among the 54 academic inventors named to the Spring 2019 class of NAI Senior Members, recognized for their efforts to cultivate an innovative mindset and mentor the next generation of inventors.

If you didn’t hear the news earlier this summer, ASU moved into the top 10 for universities worldwide for U.S. patents awarded in 2018. We’re now ranked No. 10 — a jump from No. 17 — by the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. This accomplishment is a testament to the culture of innovative entrepreneurship and problem-solving driven by our faculty, students and researchers.

In award news, the Biodesign Institute was awarded a major grant by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The project aims to build a field-deployable point-of-care device to rapidly determine if a person has been exposed to weapons of mass destruction or their precursors. The project will be led by Biodesign Executive Director Joshua LaBaer and co-principal investigator Vel Murugan, and is a reflection of ASU’s ability to forge partnerships capable of solving grand challenges on a global scale.


Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan
Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Chief Research and Innovation Officer

NSF I-Corps information sessions

ASU's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site provides training, coaching and financial support to faculty and graduate students working to translate university research to the marketplace and to become successful I-Corps Teams.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 30, and each following third Thursday through April, info sessions will be facilitated by I-Corps co-PI Dr. Brent Sebold and will provide faculty and graduate researchers with information about the program and its history as well as current discovery grant offerings. Sessions will run from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Tempe campus. Exact registration will be shared will registrants one week prior to the session.

Tools and training
XSEDE HPC monthly workshop: Big data

ASU Research Computing is hosting another free, hands-on XSEDE big data workshop for faculty, staff and students working in high-performance computing.

Date: Monday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 4
Location: Centerpoint 310-10 

Tools and training
November TECTalks

ASU Core Research Facilities present TECTalks, a series of lectures and workshops with faculty surrounding science and technology topics.

Understanding the Biological Assemblies in Near Native Condition Cryo

TEM is a set of methods that allows imaging of biological complexes in frozen water and reconstructing these 2D projections into 3D structures. This talk will introduce these methods and explore their applications.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Biodesign A L1-10

Version Control with Git and GitHub

Version control systems are widely used in programming for tracking changes over time and collaborating. Learn how to maintain your own repositories, roll back changes, fork code, collaborate and more.
Date: Monday, Nov. 19
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Biodesign A L1-10/14

Introduction to FlowJo

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: ISTB4 396

FlowJo Advanced Session

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: ISTB4 396

Tools and training
2018 Core Facilities Symposium

ASU Core Research Facilities is hosting the 2018 Core Facilities Symposium. This is an opprotunity to learn about the wide array of scientific and technical services available to faculty, student and staff researchers at ASU and our partner institutions. Core scientists will present lightning talks to highlight capabilities, and investigators will review research applications. Staff from more than 30 Core Research Facilities at ASU, Barrow Neurological Institute and Mayo Clinic will present and answer questions about their services and capabilities to support biological, chemical, computing, electronics, health and materials sciences and to more. There will be a special giveaway for the first 50 participants to register!

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Location: Biodesign A, Lower Level Atrium

Tools and training
ASU I-Corps Research Commercialization + Lean Startup Boot Camps

ASU I-Corps is hosting a research commercialization and startup boot camp. You could be recommended to earn a $2,000 lab grant for continued customer delivery efforts or gain acceptance to the National I-Corps Program that provides more than $50,000 in grants. All ASU faculty, graduate researchers and ASU-affiliated ventures are invited to train on assumption and hypothesis-testing, and the customer-focused discovery process to gather important insights needed to maximize the impact of your innovation. Lunch will be provided.

Boot Camp: Option 1

Date: Thursday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: ASU Tempe Campus

Boot Camp: Option 2

Date: Friday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 9
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 1951 @SkySong

Please register by Sunday, Oct. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Tools and training