Technological leadership degree graduates its 1st student

Parker Cohensitt completes the Interplanetary Initiative's major

December 14, 2021

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates.

Parker Cohensitt became the first-ever graduate from the Interplanetary Initiative’s Bachelor of Science in technological leadership degree this week. Parker Cohensitt becomes the first Technological Leadership graduate. Parker Cohensitt, the first-ever graduate from the Interplanetary Initiative’s Bachelor of Science in technological leadership. Download Full Image

The native Arizonan was drawn to Arizona State University because of his interest in space exploration. Cohensitt enrolled in the brand-new technological leadership program when he was a junior, and through the program, he found that there was a different way of learning.

“The classes are a lot smaller, it feels a lot more personal, and in a way you kind of get to choose what you want to learn. That’s something I’ve really valued and appreciated. It’s made me feel a lot more passionate about being curious and asking questions,” he said. 

“A lot of students define tech leadership differently but the way I define it is that it’s a lot more inquiry-based rather than going to the typical lecture hall with 300 students and you go and take notes and then leave.

Cohensitt’s parents appreciate how well the degree prepared him for the workforce. 

“It was an integrated major and he really came out of his shell with this. It was amazing to watch him grow and gain the confidence he needed to be able to now go out into the world and work,” said his mom, Rhona Cohensitt.

As he looks forward to a successful career in the aerospace sector, Cohensitt has no doubt that Arizona State and Tech Leadership were the right choices to prepare him to be a lifelong learner.

“I really appreciate the diversity and the resources, just how big of a scale ASU really is. I’ve just been really grateful for the experience.” he said. “Not only is the stuff that I’ve learned good for finding a career, it’s also just good life skills which are very valuable and something I don’t normally learn in classrooms. Tech leadership doesn’t just prepare you for a career, it prepares you for life.”

Sally Young

Senior Communications Specialist, Interplanetary Initiative

Orange Mall extension earns honor for green infrastructure

December 14, 2021

Arizona State University’s Orange Mall Green Infrastructure Project on the Tempe campus earned an Honor Award in the General Design category at the 2021 American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards.

This green infrastructure project, completed in 2017, transformed a portion of the asphalt roadway into an eco-friendly pedestrian mall. Orange Mall on the Tempe campus A view of Orange Mall in front of the Student Pavilion on the Tempe campus. Download Full Image

This U.S. Green Building Council Sustainable Sites Gold-certified project is the first implementation of the "Tempe Campus Mall Hardscape Master Plan." Orange Mall will set the standard for future phases.

“The goal is that major malls on the Tempe campus will be transformed to reflect the design concepts and tenants of this development,” said Byron Sampson, associate director of the Office of the University Architect. “The Nelson Fine Arts Center complex was recently done with similar strategies for stormwater management and adaptive and engaging outdoor spaces for our students.”

Orange Mall features a sustainable environment and green infrastructure that manages wet-weather impacts. Rainwater runoff from surrounding buildings supports local vegetation and bioswales assist stormwater management. 

The mall’s extension also provides event space for the new Student Pavilion and serves as a social gathering spot for the ASU community. Seating and a shaded palm court offer visitors an enjoyable outdoor living space.

Communications program coordinator, Facilities Development and Management