ASU-Intel collaboration earns Secretary of State award

December 12, 2012

Intel Corporation has received the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for a collaborative project involving the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ASU’s Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP). Secretary Hillary Clinton presented the award for the efforts of Intel Vietnam at an event in Washington D.C., Nov. 28.

Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, accepted the award in front of a crowd that included members of Congress, Intel’s Vietnam team and representatives from partnership organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Portland University and ASU. He explained the importance of the outreach efforts to help the Vietnamese people transition from a primarily agricultural country to a modern, knowledge-based economy. Intel, ASU collaborative project Download Full Image

“On education, Intel is helping to train the next generation of highly skilled workers by partnering with USAID and Arizona State University to help eight Vietnamese universities and colleges improve their science and engineering programs,” said Clinton during her remarks at the awards ceremony.

Clinton emphasized the importance of this award and how the work of companies such as Intel are investing in and creating jobs for people in communities around the world to help solve some of the regional and global challenges we face.

“With the knowledge and resources provided by Intel combined with ASU’s commitment to research and academic achievement, the Intel-ASU partnership is a force of innovation and technological excellence that will have a significant local, national and global impact,” says ASU President Michael M. Crow.

During the awards ceremony, Clinton noted that Intel has been a proud partner with the USAID, Portland State and ASU to lead the way in improving educational opportunities in Vietnam.

See the full text of Clinton’s remarks from the awards ceremony.

“The ACE award is a hallmark recognition to Intel for giving back to the community where we live and do business, for ‘creating a future in Vietnam,’” said Sherry Boger, general manager of Intel Products Vietnam. “We are a role model with a positive story to share about how we are creating well-paid jobs in Vietnam, transforming education nationally, leading in renewable energy, empowering Vietnamese students in the form of scholarships with an added focus on women, and passionately giving back in the form of volunteering.”

HEEAP recently completed the first phase of the project, which has enabled more than 150 faculty members at Vietnam engineering schools to be trained in new instruction methods, both at ASU and in Vietnam. The next phase, HEEAP 2.0, will extend the reach of and create new opportunities for faculty through leadership development, distance learning, curriculum projects, and other scholarships and fellowships. Additional partners are being brought on board and new goals are being set to enhance the program and increase impact.

“We are delighted by this recognition of our collaborative and productive partnership with Intel and successful execution of phase one of training the engineering faculty, as well as expansion of our efforts in HEEAP 2.0,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of OKED. “This project is an example of how universities and multinational corporations who share a commitment to innovation, knowledge production and economic growth can work together to create real impact.”

Since the launch of the HEEAP program, the number of women engineering faculty has increased, students are engaged with other faculty, and teaching skills have improved, according to Jeffrey Goss, director of HEEAP in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“We are reaching new heights and pursuing new endeavors to continue to teach and enable students and faculty in engineering in Vietnam,” says Goss.

With a new combined investment form Intel, USAID and the Vietnamese government, more than $20 million in new investments will now focus on an expansion to support the rapid modernization of the university partners.

This week HEEAP is launching a new leadership development program in Vietnam where participants will engage in a variety of different activities that prepare them for transitioning a vision into assessment, as well as succession planning for current and future leaders. Read more about HEEAP.

Sun Devils to face Navy in 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

December 13, 2012

Arizona State will play in San Francisco on Dec. 29 at AT&T Park

The Arizona State University football team has accepted a bid to play in the 12th Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 29 against the Navy Midshipmen, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl announced Dec. 2. Download Full Image

The game will be played at AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and will kick off at 1 p.m., Pacific (2 p.m., Arizona) time. ESPN2 will provide national television coverage of the matchup.

"The annual goal for every college football team is to have a successful season and play in a bowl game,” head coach Todd Graham said. “We are very proud to have reached that goal by participating in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against a worthy opponent such as the U.S. Naval Academy. It will be an honor to travel to and participate in this wonderful bowl experience in one of America’s greatest cities. It will be our pleasure to fulfill all of the expectations of The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl committee and of their community and to represent the Sun Devil Nation with class and character.”
Arizona State will be making its 26th bowl appearance and its second in the past two seasons. This will be the Sun Devils' first appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

“We are very proud to be able to represent Arizona State University and the Pacific-12 Conference in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for 2012,” said Steve Patterson, ASU vice president for University Athletics. “This invitation is the culmination of a fine first season for Head Coach Todd Graham, his coaching staff and his student-athletes. The Bay Area is one of ASU’s most important markets with over 26,000 alumni and related associates. We are grateful to the executive committee of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the administration of the Pacific-12 Conference Office and the City of San Francisco for providing this fine opportunity to showcase the ASU brand to a national audience. Our fans have a wonderful bowl experience to look forward to We encourage them to come out and enjoy all that San Francisco and the Kraft Hunger Bowl have to offer.”

The Sun Devils finished the regular season with a 7-5 mark and a 5-4 record in Pac-12 play. ASU won three conference road games, including a 41-34 Territorial Cup victory in Tucson, for just for the fifth time in school history.
The Sun Devils have never faced Navy in their history. The Midshipmen, who are currently 7-4 and finish their regular season against Army on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia, will be making their 18th all-time bowl appearance and ninth in t

he last 10 years. Navy’s last postseason game was a 35-14 loss to San Diego State in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl.
“Playing in a nationally televised bowl game against a storied program like Navy for a chance at an eighth win is a fitting way for this senior class to end our Sun Devil careers,” senior linebacker Brandon Magee said. “We are excited to act as the ambassadors for this program, university and community during our stay in San Francisco, and I hope Sun Devil fans will be up there supporting us.”  
SunDevil football season ticket holders and donors are offered the first opportunity to purchase Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tickets and will have priority seating. Ticket prices for the game range from $50 to $85 each, and can be purchased online at, over the phone by calling their personal ticket representative or in person at the Sun Devil Ticket Office.

ASU student season ticket holders can purchase tickets beginning at 9 a.m., Dec. 7, and general public tickets will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m., Dec. 10.

Sun Devil Athletics is also offering special travel packages for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl game. Please contact the Sun Devil Club at 480-727-7700 or purchase your package online at

The Sun Devil ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and it is located on the South side of Sun Devil Stadium. Call 480-727-0000 for more information and to purchase over the phone.

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications