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Student Innovation Analysts support research, analysis, and project activities for office initiatives.
As a team, they commonly work with the office staff and fellows to develop:
Student Innovation Analysts are invited to contribute to office-wide projects that align with their interests; they help develop ideas and proposals while gaining project management skills and experience. Students in our office are also welcomed to explore their own mission aligned ideas when the opportunity arises.
Student Innovation Analysts also have opportunities to grow personally and professionally through weekly meetings that foster collaboration and ideation on various projects, provide networking opportunities with leaders at ASU and from the community, and allow space for discussion through continuous learning and article clubs.
Student Innovation Analysts gain skills and experiences relevant to a wide range of careers.
Through this office support, as well as independent projects, SIAs prepare for careers in areas such as project or program management, consulting, policy work, education, data science, and research and analysis. They develop a set of widely applicable skills relevant to many common entry-level roles in those fields including:
Currently, I am working on a project to increase educational attainment, using a data-driven approach to pitch guaranteed acceptances at ASU as well as a project creating a stronger prison education pipeline, and am gaining interest in data integrity and public access data.
“Innovation is not just a buzz word in the title; it’s a regular occurrence on the job—beginning with scans and research, and then on to prototyping and implementing ideas of my own. Truly a privilege to be able to do this work as an undergrad—and as part of such a close knit, hard-working team!”
In my role as a Student Innovation Analyst, I've been able to explore my passion for education by exploring and engaging in initiatives in the education space at ASU and in all of Arizona by interacting with various education units at ASU such as Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the American Reads program, and ASU Libraries. I've also interacted with the Phoenix Public Library and the City of Phoenix's Youth and Education partnership to discuss potential initiatives to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Being a Student Innovation Analyst has opened my eyes to a unique perspective on the socially embedded aspect of a higher education institution. I've been able to see, experience, and engage in all of the impactful initiatives that ASU enacts for their students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community."
As a Student Innovation Analyst, I have been able to hone my analytical and communication skills, through various projects and initiatives that provide the ASU community with greater insight to the challenges we face on a daily basis. My current projects focus on evaluating student engagement, exploring the efficacy of environmental sustainability as a tool for economic growth, and analyzing how ASU can support international recipients of humanitarian aid.
“The work we do is written in the title of our office- Applied Innovation- and it’s just that: applied. Every day we support the ideas, policies, and communities we care about, and we strive to make the changes imperative to the success of our future.”
Ramanan Durairaj is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Computer Science at Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. Previously, he worked as a full-stack engineer at Zoho Corporation in India, where he helped the team in developing software, analyzing the Business intelligence market, and assisting customers in solving complex data analytics problems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics - a multidisciplinary course that integrates various engineering domains. As a part of this, he has built a human following robot using Kinect which can be used to assist the visually challenged.
Learning about the exponentially growing applications and innovations in the field of computer science burgeoned his fascination for the field. He firmly believes that if the powers of the computer are rightly harnessed, we can create a more productive and efficient society. Ramanan is excited to work in the office of applied innovation, which uses the latest technologies and innovation to expand access to educational and economic opportunities.
"It feels great to be surrounded by values-driven individuals engaged in meaningful work. I'm excited to work with all of the interesting people and projects on this team!"
Isabella Werner is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Barrett, the Honors College studying Computer Systems Engineering with a concentration in cybersecurity. She describes her research background as a mix between 'relationships between humans and the environment' and 'relationships human to human' both of which reside under the larger umbrella of technology. As a Native American woman in STEM, she hopes to address the digital divide that includes: lack of digital literacy, high cost of online access, and lack of connectivity. She attends to bring these issues into awareness by asking questions and seeking answers with the aid of professionals in her field capable of implementing the needed infrastructure, particularly on indigenous reservations.
She completed her Barrett thesis through Founders Lab where her team of three developed a solution to packaging waste by implementing an ethical circular economy to upcycle cardboard waste on ASU’s Tempe campus into functional dorm essentials. The idea came to life from an interest in sustainability and providing a solution that students would find useful.
Through her involvement in AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), she found an internship opportunity with ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration in collaboration with the Desert Botanical Garden where she is researching the cooling capacity of urban trees in Phoenix, AZ. Over the course of three semesters, she has gained experience with analyzing thermal multispectral data and 3D image modeling.
She is also involved with the Vietnam GIE - Shrimp Farming project through EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) where she is learning human-centered design and social innovation through the development of a real-world solution to a difficult community challenge. She has used these experiences as a springboard to identify the direction she wants to pursue to further develop both her technical and soft skills.
She was employed as a Project Manager through the Immersive Creation Studio at ASU where she oversaw project development on the ICS website throughout Summer 2021. Her current project for Fall 2021 will focus on strengthening her knowledge of UX/UI (User Experience and User Interface) while working on a Starbucks Recycling Mobile App. While engaging in team dynamics she is fueled by enthusiasm and thrives in collaborative environments.
She will be involved in the Barrett College Fellows Undergraduate Research Program during Spring 2022 where her research will be focused on technology used in dating apps and romantic relationships. She is interested in conducting research in areas where a decent portion of the target audience are individuals matching her age demographic.
I am a senior sustainability student passionate about catalyzing impact and social entrepreneurship everywhere I go. As a transplant from Ohio to Arizona, my time at ASU has given me plenty of sunshine, hiking, and opportunity to get involved with exciting projects that allow me to make a difference in countless ways. Whether it's been working on international projects in a handful of countries, advocating for responsible consumption and production practices with the United Nations Association of the USA, or spreading my love for slavery-free chocolate with Tony's Chocolonely, I've gained so much from being here. As a Student Innovation Analyst, I get to use all that I have learned to continue challenging the way things work to make them better and make ASU's inspiring visions a reality. My projects at the moment center around creating a new coworking space at ASU for external startups and students to collaborate and learn from each other, determining how ASU can better support recipients of international humanitarian aid, and designing a "learning greenhouse" for students to engage with professors and academic resources in new ways.
"Being trusted to take the lead on implementing my own ideas has helped me gain self-confidence and valuable skills for my work. It's wonderful working in such a supportive and creative environment that provides space for this."
Shreshth joined the Office of Applied Innovation having mixed experience and aiming to achieve an idealistic dream for the future. Working in the gig economy, teaching martial arts and self defense, working as an aid in real estate, and studying sustainability and engineering all contribute to the perspective he brings to his work.
As a young engineering student, Shreshth set his focus on sustainable energy as a basis for environmentally conscious practice. He is especially interested in nuclear energy, hydrogen economy, and cogeneration as elements of the future of energy. Bringing policy and innovative science together is one of his core goals in creating a cleaner and greener future.
Academically, he is a third year undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in business. He is a new member of InnovationSpace, looking to graduate from the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) focusing on sustainability, and a team lead for an Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) international project at ASU.
He hopes that his role in the Office of Applied Innovation will allow him to explore more areas of thought and encounter new perspectives that he can use in his current and future endeavors. Shreshth is very excited to have the opportunity to join the team and to help foster change at ASU and beyond.
My experience as a student innovation analyst has allowed me to explore the intersection of my research interest areas such as civic engagement, refugee rights, and community organizing for social mobilization, all while executing the ASU charter. My current mentored project is focused on developing more inclusive policies to foster community resilience in the valley's refugee populations. This office is truly dedicated to expanding access to resources for mobility within the ASU community and beyond.
"The opportunity to serve as a student innovation analyst has shed light on the positive impact we can create as collective citizens with the common goal of improving our communities. Everyday is a an opportunity to learn from the brightest in the policy world to create a better shared future for all."
Tushar is a sophomore at Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Supply Chain Management with a certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership. He is a part of the Next Generation Service Corps (Cohort 6) as well as the Pat Tillman Leadership Through Action Scholars Program (Cohort 16). Within NGSC he is in Mission Team 1 titled Sexual and Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a cause that is very close to him. Outside of the office and classes he is big into watching and playing sports. He plays basketball and football but is always down to try other things. He is a huge fan of all Arizona sports.
James is a first year students at Barrett, the Honors College, studying political science and psychology. He joined the Office of Applied Innovation to advance policy research on education and economic opportunity.
Previously, James worked with the Arizona Department of Education as an advisor to Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Serving on the inaugural Safety Taskforce for the department, he developed a model to conduct campus safety in an ethical manner. Four years of high school debate taught him to blend policy, research, and ethics to prepare him for work in the Office of Applied Innovation.
The current class of Student Innovation Analysts has developed an array of projects addressing topics such as early childhood education and literacy, school-wide sustainability, recommendations on existing ASU programs and initiatives, conditional college acceptance and more. These projects all directly correlate to student interests, as well as needs that students identified within the community.
For a non-exhaustive overview of our student projects, click here.
In 2020, the Student Innovation Analyst team collaborated to develop a presentation for Shaping EDU’s Learning (Hu)man about the future of alternative credentialing, including what role ASU and other leading universities may be able to play. Click here to view the presentation.
Please check back in late spring or early summer of 2022 for possible fall 2022 recruitment details. Or, please contact us to be notified the next time our office hires for this role.