This event is presented in part for AZTC members by the Council’s Startup + Entrepreneurship Committee.
There are 80 million members of Gen Y and their numbers will soon exceed any other generation in the workforce, reaching 75% of all employees by 2025. Bringing new ideas, innovation, and energy to companies around the world, millennials also bring unique expectations and demands, forcing employers to rethink the workplace and their approach to growing and retaining talent.
Combining their years of experience in talent development, Herb Sendek (Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Arizona State University) and Buddy Hobart (President and CEO, Solutions 21) have co-written Gen Y Now: Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership (Wiley, 2014). Outlining timeless leadership strategies and concrete and practical implementation steps, Sendek and Hobart guide managers and leaders through the process of understanding how to shift their mindset to maximize the skill-set of those early in their careers or just entering the workforce.
To celebrate the launch of the book, Sendek and Hobart are inviting leaders of all kinds to the book launch and signing on the evening of Tuesday, November 11 at the tech incubator desarrollo on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Beer, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided to all guests and the first one hundred registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book.
For more information or to register, visit genynow.eventday.com.
Tech Launch Arizona has helped license and commercialize a method for growing vascularized human tissue, which can be used for research, pharmaceutical and therapeutic applications. The exclusive license agreement is between The University of Arizona and Angiomics of Louisville, Kentucky.
The technology was developed in the 1990s when Stuart Williams was in the Department of Surgery at the UA College of Medicine and founded the UA’s biomedical engineering program while James Hoying earned his doctorate at the university and became an associate professor in its Arizona Research Laboratories. Hoying is CEO of Angiomics.
The company is developing off-the-shelf and customized vascularizing solutions for human 3-D tissue and disease models to help advance tissue biology and accelerate drug discovery efforts. One application is development of treatments for cardiovascular disease.
Science Foundation Arizona will help rural Arizona community colleges and Hispanic-serving colleges throughout the nation to boost their workforce preparation methods, thanks to grant money from the National Science Foundation.
A four-year, $1.8 million grant will support the Hispanic-Serving Community College (HSCC) KickStarter program’s work to help those colleges with limited federal grant writing experience. HSCCs are offered technical assistance to vie for grants focused on student recruitment and retention in STEM fields.
A three-year, $825,000 grant is earmarked for SFAz+8, which builds capacity for STEM Pathways in rural Arizona. Eight rural community colleges have committed to establishing a STEM network and improve partnering, program replication and accelerated delivery of STEM Pathways.
Baljit “Bal” Dail has been named the CEO of JDA Software Group after serving in the role on an interim basis since May. The company headquartered in Scottsdale is the world’s leading supply chain and retail solutions provider.
Dail also has served as JDA’s chairman of the board. In addition, he currently is an operating partner at New Mountain Capital and was a partner at McKinsey & Company focused on the high-tech sector.
While interim CEO, Dail formed JDA’s Global Industries and Solutions business unit to develop a solution suite vision, product portfolio strategies, and support and cloud operations. He also established its Innovation Lab to create transformational technology strategies.
Phoenix-based Avnet has opened CenterPoint Value-Added Services Center, its largest IT services facility worldwide with 580,000 square feet devoted to offering complete IT lifecycle services in one location.
The center offers such services as design, engineering, fulfillment, integration, installation, logistics, recycling, remarketing, repair and maintenance services for Avnet’s original equipment manufacturers, system integrators and value-added reseller partners. It was built in the Columbus, Ohio.
With this model, the lifecycle services can be offered at lower costs and fewer risks. There are savings in procurement time and less downtime by managing every aspect of the equipment lifecycle—from financing and installation to repair and ultimately disposal.
CyrusOne has put its new 120,000-square-foot Phoenix II data center in Chandler online after using a building technique that cut construction time to 107 days—about a 10th the amount of time expected for similar projects. The facility will continue to grow with plans calling for the firm to double the current size and provide up to 24 megawatts of power.
To build the center’s first phase, CyrusOne used its Massively Modular® just-in-time approach that focuses on supply chain management, standardization of design, and use of interchangeable, modular building blocks at the same time computer manufacturers are making the IT equipment for the data center.
Plans call for CyrusOne to have up to 1 million square feet of data center space on its campus. It would provide more than 100 megawatts, making it one of the largest and most energy-efficient facilities in the nation.
A dive from a balloon at the edge of space shattered records as a member of a team headed by Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation fell more than 25 miles in about 4½ minutes.
The goal of the StratEx project was to create a self-contained spacesuit system that allows manned exploration of the stratosphere above 100,000 feet. Paragon is the prime contractor for the project, and designed and built the life support system, integrated the systems, and managed the operation.
Making the jump over Roswell, N.M., was Alan Eustace, Google’s senior vice president of knowledge. He set a record for highest exit altitude, world and national records for free fall under a drogue chute, and a national record for vertical speed.