Engineering | Entrepreneurship + Innovation

KEEN
Entrepreneurial Catalysts

Entrepreneurial Catalysts (EC’s) are current engineering students who serve as a peer resource. You can connect with an EC to:

  • Incorporate the Entrepreneurial Mindset – curiosity, connections, and creating value—in your ideation process for class based or student led projects
  • Navigate various resources available to Fulton students, especially related to entrepreneurship
  • Receive technical assistance and related advice on the maker spaces
  • Learn more about the KEEN student grant opportunities available to all Fulton students, as well as receive coaching on your application
  • Learn about campus events and how to get involved
  • Have an EC come present to a class regarding any of the above topics

Polytechnic

Miles Mabey

Miles Mabey

Entrepreneurial Catalyst, Polytechnic

Miles is studying robotic engineering and is working toward a minor in Digital Culture. His secondary focus is on Technological Entrepreneurship and Management. He has been working as an entrepreneur since 2015 when he started Feromone Robotics. His startup received $10,000 in funding from various ASU competitions and a Silicon Valley trip. Since then he also studied abroad at the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy and lived in ASU’s Startup Village. He loves talking about ideas, building projects and seeing startups succeed.

Tanvi Tendolkar

Tanvi Tendolkar

Entrepreneurial Catalyst, Polytechnic

Tanvi was born and raised in San Jose California. She studies Human Systems Engineering at the Polytechnic Campus at ASU. She hopes to get her Masters in Human Systems Engineering and hopes to use her skills in the field to make Medical Technology more user friendly, affordable, and more risk free. In fact, she will be working at Abbott Labs as an intern in the summer of 2018. She is approachable and enjoys helping others.

Tempe

Hadley Griffin

Hadley Griffin

Entrepreneurial Catalyst, Tempe

Hadley is a junior studying computer science, minoring in business, and working towards a digital culture certificate. She was born and raised in Tempe and went to McClintock High School. Along with being an Entrepreneurial Catalyst, she also works as an ASU Microsoft Student Partner (MSP). She has been an MSP for 2 years, and in that position, she hosts monthly technical workshops at ASU on web, mobile, and game development, IoT/Hardware, or Machine Learning. Last summer, she interned at a tech start-up in Dublin, Ireland that specialized in mobile application and web development. In that position, she was able to see, first-hand, how the entrepreneurial mindset plays a huge role in tech start-ups. Furthermore, she recently accepted a program management internship with Microsoft in Seattle this summer.

Michael Amato

Michael Amato

Entrepreneurial Catalyst, Tempe

Michael studies Engineering Management with a focus in Computer Systems Engineering.  He enjoys pursuing product development projects and working with cross-functional teams. He can regularly be found at Generator Labs or attending events such as hackathons and Devils Invent.

Surya Iyer

Surya Iyer

Entrepreneurial Catalyst, Tempe

Surya is a student entrepreneur, experienced with founding a service based business in India. At ASU, he is pursuing his graduate degree in Management of Technology at the TEM Department. His research work is backed by the ASU Kern project, where he is working on finding a sustainable solution to recycle the waste plastic from 3-D printers (Smashtic!). His venture is also part of the ASU’s Venture Devils team. He loves to create value and impact from his work and is extremely passionate about new ideas, exploring opportunities and help start-ups succeed.

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Learn more here about a separate team of Catalysts who focus on ASU-wide student entrepreneurs, navigating venture ideas, and student startups.

The ASU Kern Project partners with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education on a national scale. Funded by The Kern Family Foundation, the project aims to: (1) develop a set of resources that support mentorship of engineering faculty in building a community of practice that values quality teaching, impactful research, and instilling a collaborative and entrepreneurial mindset; and (2) impact ASU engineering students through curricular and co-curricular approaches by weaving the entrepreneurial mindset into courses and student engagement activities.

KEEN Professorship Mini Grants

The KEEN Professorship provides mini-grants to Fulton faculty who aim to develop, implement and disseminate Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) content within their courses, programs, or labs.

KEEN Student Funding Opportunities

KEEN Student Mini-Grants and Research Grants provide funding to students who incorporate an entrepreneurial minded approach in their research, project, or event.

ASU Kern Grant Team

Learn more about the group of faculty and staff who are committed to incorporating the Entrepreneurial Mindset in engineering education at ASU.