To offer guidance to voters in the 2022 elections, the Arizona Technology Council has released its endorsements of Arizona Legislature candidates who support the technology industry’s agenda. Recommendations are based on several factors, including the most recent two-year voting records of incumbents, written responses to a survey and interviews of new candidates.
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Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, is offering sign-on bonuses up to $50,000 for engineering and some finance roles onsite at the company’s Tucson location. For eligible finance positions, sign-on bonuses are available for those who have an active security clearance. For engineers, sign-on bonuses are available to those hired into qualified roles, regardless of current clearance status. However, bonus amounts are higher for individuals with active security clearances.
GitKraken, the world’s leader in premier Git tools for software developers, has announced that it will be hosting GitKon 2022, a unique TikTok style virtual tech conference, October 11th through October 13th. While the format is radically different, the event will once again be held online, free of charge, making it one of the most accessible educational events for software developers, technical teams, managers, and executives in the world. Last year’s inaugural GitKon attracted over 4,000 global registrants, featuring 25 sessions on a variety of Git topics presented by experts from GitHub, GitLab, CircleCI, and more.
Tech Parks Arizona is pleased to announce that the University of Arizona, Steward Observatory is expanding the Engineering and Technical Services research, testing and demonstration operations at the UA Tech Park off Rita Road and Interstate-10. The University of Arizona is a world leader in space sciences and as a Tier 1 research university with a moonshot goal of a Billion dollars in research, activities are constantly growing. University of Arizona has emerged as a principal leader in infrared astronomy through the work of the staff, students, and faculty of the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory. Public-private partnerships with industry giants such as NASA and countries around the world have put Steward Observatory on a fast-track growth trajectory.
Phoenix City Council unanimously passed on Wednesday a plan to put as many as 280,000 more electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and position Phoenix as a leader in EV adoption. The Transportation Electrification Plan’s EV Roadmap informs on accelerating the transition to EVs with three main focuses: prioritizing equity in communities impacted by poor air quality, accelerating public adoption through education and leading by example through Phoenix electrifying its own fleets.
KORE Power, Inc., a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of lithium-ion battery cells, acquired a 4.22 percent stake in ZEVx, an innovative startup dedicated to eliminating barriers to electric vehicle adoption with affordable EV conversion kits and a focus on fleet electrification. Earlier this year, KORE announced a supply agreement with ZEVx to provide KORE battery modules for ZEVx’s electric powertrain kits through 2030.
In a modern world, these facts cited by the National Academy of Engineering still seem staggering: 1) Globally, about one of every six people living today does
not have adequate access to water. 2) Lack of clean water is responsible for more deaths in the world than war. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering is “Provide access to clean water.” With a drought looming through Arizona and neighboring states, we no longer can take what comes out of the faucet for granted.
Arizona’s rapidly growing technology sphere includes industries like semiconductors, electric vehicles, automated vehicles, batteries, quantum computing and more. But just one of these growing industries can claim a nearly 2,000-year history in the state: freshwater science. Beginning about A.D. 100, the Hohokam people, who farmed and lived in central and southern Arizona, developed one of the world’s most advanced most advanced irrigation systems, one that stretched hundreds of miles and supported a thriving civilization. Nearly 2,000 years later, the Hohokam’s engineering marvel makes up the groundwork of Arizona’s modern water delivery system.
Each year, the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awards up to $150,000 to the most innovative companies seeking to commercialize new technology that creates sustainable and growing businesses in the state of Arizona. Winning companies leverage their awards to grow their businesses and facilitate the state’s economic development goals. The AIC has been serving Arizona’s startup ecosystem since 2011, resulting in more than 2,000 applications and 110 awarded companies that are striving to become the industry giants of tomorrow.
An ambitious project recently launched at Northern Arizona University will capture the “voice of the people” in determining the value of protecting a range of spring-based ecosystems in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. Led by professor Julie Mueller, an economist, the multidisciplinary team includes professor Abe Springer, a hydrogeologist; assistant professor Ryan Fitch, an environmental and developmental economist; graduate student Katelyn LaPine, a geologist and geographic information system specialist; and graduate student Andrew Lewis, an economist and geologist.