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2 ASU Future Security Fellows named in this year’s class of New America National Fellows

September 18, 2020

This week, Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War welcomed two ASU Future Security Fellows who are a part of New America’s Class of 2021 National Fellows. The highly competitive program, one of the signature programs of the Washington, D.C., think tank, selected 10 individuals out of nearly 400 applicants for the 2020–21 academic year.

For over more than two decades, the New America National Fellows program has supported established thought leaders and helped launch dozens of careers by supporting innovative journalists, scholars, filmmakers and others working on some of the world’s most pressing issues. The ASU Future Security Fellows are part of a six-year partnership between ASU and New America to explore the future of global security. This year’s ASU Future Security Fellows are Jennifer Daskal, an international law professor at American University who is writing a book about the challenges to rights and security posed by the digital revolution, and Yi-Ling Liu, who is researching how locals creatively navigate the boundaries of the Chinese internet.

In addition to working on their projects, ASU Future Security Fellows are also invested in the university, presenting public lectures as part of the Center on the Future of War Spring Speakers Series and mentoring the center’s research fellows, among other activities.

“The best part of the program for me is linking the ASU community with an exceptional array of top, creative thinkers,” said Daniel Rothenberg, co-director of the Center on the Future of War and a Senior Fellow at New America. “We also try, wherever possible, to integrate ASU Future Security Fellows at New America with our educational and outreach programming.”

One of those key events is the Future Security Forum, which will be held virtually this year from Sept. 21 to Sept. 24. Top policymakers, practitioners from government, the private sector and academia convene for the four-day forum to analyze and debate top global security issues. This year’s focus is reimagining national security in the age of COVID-19.

New America’s goal is to support its National Fellows three ways: through funding, community building and providing connections to beneficial platforms and partnerships — like ASU. As a result of ASU’s innovative partnership, two former fellows are now ASU faculty: Anand Gopal is an assistant research professor at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Center on the Future of War, and Azmat Khan is a professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies.

“There’s a deep and rich history of impassioned success that we’ve been able to support over the course of over 20 years now,” said Awista Ayub, director of the New America Fellows program. “Supporting smart, interesting, passionate people is in our DNA.”

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the National Fellows program will be slightly modified this year. Many of the events, like orientation and the much-anticipated cohort gatherings, are being hosted virtually. New America and ASU are committed to helping the National Fellows build a community from afar, ensuring they have the space and support to connect with colleagues who are like-minded, and who may be going through the same challenges.

“My goal is to ensure that their experience this year is no different from fellows in previous years,” Ayub said. “My hope is that by the end of the year they will still have felt like a community was formed and that they were able to benefit from the support that that community can provide them.”

Since 1999, New America has supported 235 National Fellows, resulting in many notable achievements:

  • 124 books published.
  • 13 New York Times bestsellers.
  • 10 feature-length documentary films.
  • One Pulitzer Prize winner; three finalists.
  • Three MacArthur "Genius" Fellows.

This year’s National Fellows program runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Jimena Garrison

Media Relations Officer , Media Relations and Strategic Communications

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ASU ranked a top 10 university for technology company hires

September 18, 2020

Survey shows that companies like Amazon and Apple look to ASU for tech recruits

Arizona State University graduates, the tech giants are calling!  

In a recent survey by the talent company SHL, ASU ranked No. 6 out of 10 public and private universities in the U.S. in technology-sector hires, with 8,320 graduates now working at some of the largest tech companies across the country, including Amazon and Apple. ASU outranked Carnegie Mellon University; Georgia Institute of Technology; University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Among the public universities on the list, ASU ranked No. 4 — outperforming Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Texas A&M University, College Station; and Purdue University, West Lafayette.

ASU ranked No. 3 on Amazon’s list, employing 1,711 graduates, and besting the University of California, Berkeley. As for Apple, the SHL survey ranked ASU No. 6, surpassing the University of California, Davis and University of California, San Diego. Apple employs 813 ASU graduates.

“It’s a testament to ASU’s commitment to excellence to see our talented graduates thriving and impacting a highly competitive industry,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “Through our hands-on learning and unique partnerships with industry-leading technology companies, ASU is preparing students to succeed in future tech careers.”

The future looks promising too. Computer and information technology jobs are projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029  — faster than the national average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS estimates that the median annual salary in this field is more than $88,000.

ASU offers a number of technology-related degrees, many through ASU Online, ranging from graphics to engineering to information technology. This fall, ASU added a wide range of new programs, including data science and technological leadership — adding to the university’s more than 800 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

ASU also supports Sun Devils as they search for their dream job, offering career and internship advising through ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services, and access to career fairs through Handshake, ASU’s free recruiting platform. Free services are also available to alumni through Alumni Career and Professional Development Services.

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Jimena Garrison

Media Relations Officer , Media Relations and Strategic Communications