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Student shares knack for technology to improve others' learning

May 06, 2011

Edward Jensen, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in urban & metropolitan studies, shares his aptitude for technology.

Serving on the digital knowledge support team at the College of Public Programs, he works with the college’s information technology department and faculty to facilitate online learning and research emerging technologies as they might be used by the next generation of public servants.

He is also in Barrett, The Honors College and is finishing writing his undergraduate thesis, "Citizen Engagement and Contemporary Democracy: Emergent Trends for New Times," a study on how local governments are adapting to digital citizens. The research connects the themes of technology, leadership, civic engagement and generational shift. 

A recent application of Jensen's research has been the creation of a collaborative wiki for the downtown Phoenix community.

Working with the Downtown Phoenix Journal, he has facilitated the creation of a platform in which people with ideas and people who are working on various projects can come together and improve the community.

 An accomplished musician, he was principal percussion for the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2004-2005 and principal tympani from 2005-2006. Jensen is on the conducting staff of the Phoenician Chamber Soloists, an amateur community chorus and orchestra founded in 2009 by alumni of Arizona School for the Arts.

From 2009 to 2010, Jensen was the president for the Barrett Honors College Leadership and Service Team at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.  

Under his administration, he connected students and community partners to help promote ownership and pride in the area around the campus.  He is also the past president for the Urbanites Association of the ASU School of Public Affairs.

Contributed by Dana Berchman, College of Public Programs