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Students in tech venture group introduced on blog

September 19, 2008

Students in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Technology Ventures Services Group are working with a Phoenix company that promotes the development of infrastructures for sustainable biofuels.

The students, Pete Arambula and Carrie Thomson-Jones, both 3Ls, along with TVSG Director Eric Menkhus, were introduced on the Desert Biofuels Initiative blog on Sept. 6. They are working with Sarah Howe, a junior in the chemical engineering program at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, on two projects at the Desert Biofuels Initiative, a non-profit that seeks to remove practical, legal and regulatory obstacles to biofuels' development.

The students will conduct a market analysis of raw materials used in biofuels production, focusing on waste vegetable oil, agricultural materials and algae, and analyze legislative initiatives that exist in other states to promote biofuels.

The TVSG, formerly the Technology Ventures Clinic, provides essential services to the region's innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses during their critical start-up phases. Menkhus, an associate clinical professor at the College of Law, works with law, engineering and business students at ASU with a goal of building a collection of small businesses that are fundable and poised for growth.

To read the blog, go to

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law