Future looks cool to fully charged grad

ASU technological entrepreneurship and management student invents, starts his own company

A man smiles while holding a phone up toward the camera

You hear it all the time at Arizona State University.

Be the change you want to see. Create the job you want. Innovate.

“ASU is ... measured by whom it includes and how they succeed.”

In that case, Jordan Fourcher’s story means the university really knocked one out of the park.

Fourcher, graduating this spring with a major in technological entrepreneurship and management, created two inventions while in school and started his own company. The newly-minted engineer is going to work for himself after graduation, “so I can bring my products to market. Cause it seems like Arizona really needs some.”

Fourcher uses his phone a lot. It was constantly overheating at the worst times, in the middle of video calls or when he was outside shooting photos.

“It’s just like, OK, this is ridiculous. Like, come on. So I went out and I found solutions for it.”

The Orange, California, native and founder of Fourcher Technologies is the inventor of the CryoPad and CryoCase. Both inventions have cooling technologies which prevent phones from overheating.

The CryoPad is a wireless charger that actively cools mobile phones down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit using a micro water cooling system with a thermoelectric plate. This allows for sustained cooling in the hottest environments.

Fourcher’s second invention is the CryoCase, is a self-cooling phone case that uses a radiative cooling paint to reflect heat and sunlight. It reflects radiation like a mirror reflects light. The CryoCase gets colder in the sun instead of hotter and can cool phones up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit without using any electricity.

Wires and other assorted hardware sit on a cutting pad

Jordan Fourcher has always been a tinkerer and is now working on a new wireless charger. A new graduate in technological entrepreneurship and management, he is also prototyping his new mobile phone cooling case and will soon get it to market. Fourcher is a two-time Venture Devils winner, gathering $32,000 in seed money to help him on his way. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News

Here he answers some questions about his time at ASU.

Question: What was your “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?

Answer: I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit. That's what we like to call it at ASU. I've always wanted to run a company, get involved in tech, at least get involved in the development of technical products, like consumer electronics products. When I had the opportunity to launch a company, as part of my coursework through ASU, I just kind of launched it alongside a mock startup that we were doing in class. And it worked out really well. It was a good framework to get it going and I've just been continuing it since that class.”

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: You don't have to learn everything in the classroom. There's a lot of opportunities to learn stuff outside of the classroom. And that's what I learned. When I first went in, I was just trying to do everything through class.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: I chose it for the major and it also seemed to be a good environment to have a college education. There were a lot of other schools that I toured in California that didn't seem to be the best environment for learning. And I figured that ASU had a pretty good environment.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: It's a tie. There's two professors and they're two completely different lessons. So one of them is Professor Steve Cho. And he taught me that not everyone's gonna believe in your idea, but you should still try your hardest. Professor Aram Chomina-Chavez is kinda like the opposite. He taught me that there is definitely a market for even the craziest idea. You just have to go and find it through a lot of market research. So between both of those, it keeps me centered between finding a product that people will love and giving it to those people who love it.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: Utilize your networks. Really utilize your networks. It's not like I'm doing like a master's or anything. That's it. So having people that I've reached out to, from my previous classes, who've already graduated being like, "Hey, what are you up to?" Now we're working on something together or we're plugged into different networking groups that don't have anything to do with school. It just makes transitioning out of college so much easier and really allows you to propel yourself into whatever you wanna do. So just really utilize and keep those networks.

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: I'm from the Poly campus and I think one of my favorite spots is on top of Santan Hall. There's some chairs up there. It has a nice view of everything. It's pretty cool up there. I didn't go up there super often, but it was a nice place to go to occasionally.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: Micro nuclear reactors or potentially fusion. I do know some people who are working on some fusion projects that can definitely use that money. It's such a big issue because right now everybody wants to transition to green (energy). It's sustainable energy sources, but there is no infrastructure for it and there's no backbone for it and it's not gonna work at its current pace. We can't just get rid of gas and go straight to solar. It doesn't work like that. We're already seeing the consequences of that in California, where they have blackouts cause they can't support the power cause they switched too quickly. So the solution, in my opinion, is modular nuclear: small nuclear power plants that you can have in every neighborhood that keeps neighborhoods independent from the grid. They're less susceptible like natural disasters knocking out all their power, or cyber attacks or anything like that. They're totally resilient. It would provide very cheap electricity.

Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News

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