Richard Filley serves as a social entrepreneurship
faculty member, mentor and advisor within the Technology
Entrepreneurship & Management (TEM) program of The Polytechnic
School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Filley previously
served as founding director of the international award-winning
Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at ASU program.
In just three years Filley was able to build EPICS
into ASU’s largest social entrepreneurship program, teaching all
EPICS classes and mentoring student teams towards significant
accomplishments. During the 2011-12 academic year, over 20 current or
former EPICS at ASU student teams won over $300,000 in funding and
support, including FlashFood (winners of the 2012 Microsoft U.S.
Imagine Cup), SAFESipp (winners of the ASU 10,000 Solutions
competition), and 33 Buckets (the world’s top-ranked
undergraduate team in the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge). In
addition, G3Box, a team formed in his EPIC classes has gone on to win
recognition as ‘2011 College Entrepreneurs of the Year’
from Entrepreneur magazine
Filley was recognized with an honorable mention in
the global 2012 Dell Social Innovation Education Awards, given for
commitment to supporting and mentoring students involved in developing
innovative solutions to social problems, fostering creativity in
classroom teaching methods and dedication to building institutional
support for social innovation education. He was selected from over 100
faculty nominees worldwide.
Earlier in his ASU career, Filley was the founding
director of the Global Futures Initiative, and for nearly 20 years,
served as founding director of the international award-winning ASU
Corporate Leaders Program. Prior to joining ASU he was an editor for
Industrial Engineering magazine (published by the Institute of
Industrial Engineers), and worked in the aerospace industry.