Graduate College

Making Impacts

Cheryl Shavers is CEO of Global Smarts.

"Fearlessness" propels PhD Cheryl Shavers to Washington DC and now to a career as CEO of Global Smarts.

Kimberlee Swisher's company Playsound Technology uses a type of music therapy developed for children with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Kimberlee Swisher uses her degree in arts, media and engineering to search for new rehabilitation and learning systems. Her company Playsound Technology uses a type of music therapy developed for children with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Debora Black earned her graduate degree in public administration while working the streets as a patrol officer and SWAT team member.

Debora Black earned her graduate degree in public administration while working the streets as a patrol officer and SWAT team member. Her degree helped propel her career from sergeant to lieutenant to commander to assistant police chief.

Graduate of ASU, Justin Shaw works as a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Justin Shaw earned an astounding six undergrad and graduate degrees at ASU, pursuing his passions in both science and music. Shaw now works as a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Chrissy Barth, team nutritionist for the Arizona Cardinals, wants to help people build healthy lives.

Chrissy Barth, a registered dietitian and a yoga teacher, want to help people build healthy lives, without stressing over every bite they take. She is the team nutritionist for the Arizona Cardinals.

Zofia Wosinska developed an educational high-end fashion product out of personal experience and research on cancer.

Zofia Wosinska developed an educational high-end fashion product out of personal experience and research on cancer. She combined her passions – science and psychology ­– which evolved while earning her PhD.

Ed Gorman used his MBA to lead several multi-million dollar real estate development projects.

Ed Gorman used his MBA and passion for numbers and technology to lead several multi-million-dollar real estate development projects, including sustainable Net Zero Energy homes with striking designs and forward-thinking technology.

Palden Choying spent his childhood as a nomadic shepherd and now has a promising future in conservation biology.

Palden Choying spent his childhood as a nomadic shepherd. Becoming a top student in his native Tibet and discovery by an ASU professor led to a doctorate and a promising future in conservation biology.

Doctoral students used the art of kirigami as inspiration for a lithium-ion battery that can be stretched to more than 150 percent of its original size.

Doctoral students used the art of kirigami as inspiration for a lithium-ion battery that can be stretched to more than 150 percent of its original size. Uses include wearable electronic devices and flexible displays such as a bendable phone.

Jessica Guo teachings high school girls computer coding skills and how to analyze big data.

Jessica Guo received a NASA grant to teach 11th- and 12th-grade girls computer coding skills and how to analyze big data. Skills learned by the young girls will be valuable in future careers.