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Richard Filley

Instructional Professnl (FSC)
Academic Professional, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2880

Richard Filley serves as lead social entrepreneurship faculty in the technology entrepreneurship and management (TEM) program in the Polytechnic School within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. In this role he teaches, mentors and advises entrepreneurial students and startups of all types, and has been pioneering innovative ways to teach entrepreneurship online to students located across the United States and around the world.

At various points in his career, Filley has founded and led a technology-based startup (All About You), been a part of a team of inventors developing new patented products (Mountain Safety Research), been an intrapreneur creating new programs at ASU (including EPICS at ASU, ASU Corporate Leaders Program, and the Global Futures Initiative) and mentoring and launching new social entrepreneurship ventures (such as the Digital Backpack Project).

His entrepreneurial students and teams have won a number of major national honors, including winning the 2012 Microsoft U.S. Imagine Cup (FlashFood), winner of the 2012 ASU 10,000 Solutions competition (SafeSipp), winner of the 2013 Ford Motor Company College Community Award (FlashFood), and the world’s top-ranked undergraduate team in the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge (33 Buckets). In addition, G3Box, a team formed in one his entrepreneurship went 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. He also regularly judges student entrepreneurship competitions, including the University of San Diego Innovation Challenge, the ASU Edson Student Entrepreneurship Initiative, and was a judge for the 2013 World Finals of the Dell Education Challenge. 

Earlier in his ASU career, 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).

The successes of two high tech student community service programs he founded have been recognized: In 2002 with an award (presented to him by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate F.W. de Klerk) from the United Way International at their annual conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa. Also, in 1996, when Filley was selected as a “community hero” by the Valley of the Sun United Way and given the chance to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through the Valley headed for Atlanta.

  • M.B.A. Studies Arizona State University 1986
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Washington 1978
Research Interests: 

Social Entrepreneurship, Technology Entrepreneurship, Ideation, Innovation & Creativity, Leadership Development.


Drui, Bert, and Richard D. Filley, Robert Hairfield, and Rebecca Johnson,
Industrial Engineering In The Boeing Company, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, 1978. 154 pages.

Filley, Richard D., and Kathryn Szoka, Communicating With Graphics: A Reprint Of A Series From Industrial Engineering, 1981-82. Institute of Industrial Engineers, Norcross, GA, 1982. 70 pages. $19.50.

"Developing Leadership Via A Corporate Leadership Program,” Proceedings of Australasian Association for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, September 30 - October 2, 2002.

"Leadership Development for Engineers and Computer Scientists: How Industry and Universities Can Work Together to Create Leaders, " China Post, Taipei, Taiwan, October 18, 1998.

"Corporate Partnership Focuses on Leadership Development at Arizona State University,” CPC Engineering Network News, November 1993, pp. 1, 3. (A national newsletter of the College Placement Council).

"Engineering Legacies", ASU Spectrum, Fall, 1990, pp. 14-15.

"How Work Is Changing -- And Why: With Technology Rewriting All The Rules, You'll Do Things Differently In The Future", Futuretalk, October 1989, pp. 6-7.

"Arizona, U.S.A.", Electronics, November 1988, pp. 143-169. (Appeared as part of a special advertising section sponsored by Arizona industry).

"ASU Industrial Fellows Program: Research On The Job", ASU Research, summer, 1988, pp. 8-9.

"Talking Computer To Computer", ASU Research, Spring, 1986, pp. 20-21.

"Systems Integration Series, Part 4: Roundtable Participants Discuss Systems Integration Trends, Strategies,  Champions", Industrial Engineering, August 1986, pp. 26-34. (Organized and moderated the roundtable, edited the transcript for publication).

"Systems Integration Series, Part 1: Systems Integration's Challenges Demand A New Breed Of Industrial Engineer",  Industrial Engineering, May 1986, pp. 64-67. (Co-authored with Dan L. Shunk, Arizona State University).

"IEs Have Tremendous Opportunities For Improving Company's Maintenance Function", "Industrial Engineering, February 1986, pp. 30-32.

"IIE Holds First Annual Electronics Assembly Conference", Industrial Engineering, February 1986, pp. 72-74.

"1986 Project Management Software Buyer's Guide", Industrial Engineering, January 1986, Pp. 51-63, 100.

"IE Leaders Give Views On Where Their Profession Is Headed", Industrial Engineering, December 1985, pp. 34-44.

"1985 Bar Code Equipment Buyer's Guide", Industrial Engineering, November 1985, Pp. 33-44.

"CIE Members Visit Dutch Firm: 2,500 IEs Work For Worldwide Philips, A Leader In Quality And Technology",  Industrial Engineering, October 1985, pp. 96-104.

"Boeing's Executive Information Network", Industrial Engineering, September 1985, Pp. 38-39. (Sidebar).

"Annual IIE Conference Attendees Focus On Productivity, Quality, And Excellence", Industrial Engineering, July 1985, pp. 28-31.

"Three Emerging Computer Technologies Boost Value Of, Respect For Facilities Function", Industrial Engineering, May 1985, pp. 27-39. (Article includes Third Annual Facilities Software Buyer's Guide).

"Industrial Engineering: New Areas Of Opportunity Boost Demand", Engineering Horizons, Spring, 1985, pp. 30-33.

"Health Care Costs Take Spotlight As Technological Advances Collide With Issues And Practicalities", Industrial Engineering, March 1985, pp. 34-45.

"CIMS Series, Part 13: Roundtable Participants Talk About CIM Myths and Realities, People Aspects And The Future", Industrial Engineering, January 1985, pp. 34-51. (Organized and moderated the roundtable, edited the transcript for publication).

"What's Holding IEs Back From The Office Of The Future?", Industrial Engineering, December 1984, Pp. 38-45.

"1984 Bar Code Equipment Buyer's Guide", Industrial Engineering, November 1984, pp. 29-39.

"Radio Frequency Identification Systems Provide Flexibility", Industrial Engineering, November 1984, p. 67. (Sidebar).

"IEs At Top Combine Global Perspectives, People Skills And Risk-Taking As They 'Manage The Future'", (Covered - George L. Anton, P.E., Capitol Products Corp.; Franklin G. Bishop, P.E., Matrix Corp.; C. Stephen Lynn, Sonic Industries), Industrial Engineering, August 1984, pp. 25-32.

"IEs On Olympics Organizing Team Solve Logistics Problems, Apply High Tech To Help Hold Costs Down",  Industrial Engineering, July 1984, pp. 44-55.

"A Survey Of Software For Facilities Planning And Design", Industrial Engineering, May 1984, Pp. 71-79.

"Industrial Engineering: Stepping-Stone To Management", Engineering Horizons, Spring, 1984, pp. 79-81.

"International Conference Looks At Changes in Design, Function, and Role of Warehousing Today", Industrial Engineering, February 1984, pp. 82-84.

"Fall Conferees Focus On Theme, 'Integrating People And Systems'", Industrial Engineering, January 1984, pp. 98-101.

"New Directions In IE Education: Labs And Study Centers At Schools Around The U.S. Taking Innovative Approaches To Student Preparation", (Covered - Arizona State, Engineering Excellence Center; California-Berkeley, Operations Research Center; Georgia Tech, Material Handling Research Center; Lehigh, CAD/CAM Laboratories; Michigan, Center For Robotics And Integrated Manufacturing; Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Productivity Center; Penn State, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Laboratories; Purdue, Computer-Integrated Design Manufacturing And Automation Center; Texas A&M, Industrial Automation Laboratory; Virginia Tech, Human Factors Laboratories), Industrial Engineering, January, 1984. Pp. 52-72.

"IEs Help Avert Plant Closing: GM Plant Kept Open Through Cooperative Efforts Of Company, University, UAW And Community", Industrial Engineering, January 1984, pp. 48-51.

"Results of IIE's Third Annual Productivity Survey: IEs Describe Productivity Improvement Efforts, Identify Obstacles To Their Success", Industrial Engineering, November 1983, pp. 84-88.

"IEs Provide Input For White House Meeting on Issues Raised by Productivity Problems",  Industrial Engineering, November 1983, pp. 30-32.

"Computer Usage Survey Profiles IEs' Own Expanding Applications, Role In Company Use Decisions", Industrial Engineering, October 1983, pp. 88-92.

"Bar Code Guide And Survey Detail What's Available, How It Can Smooth Your Operation",  Industrial Engineering, September 1983, pp. 74-94.

"IEs At The Top: Nine Company Heads Discuss Leadership, Management And The Value Of Their IE Experience", (Covered - Harry E. Teasley, Jr., The Wine Spectrum; Thomas R. Williams, P.E., First Atlanta Corp.; John R. Selby, SPS Technologies; Berl M. Springer, Southwestern Public Service Co.; L. Jack Bradt, SI Handling Systems; Marvin J. Cetron, Forecasting International, Ltd.; David A. Norman, Businessland; Robert E. Reiss, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems; Brooke Reeve, Jr., Great Dane Trailers), Industrial Engineering, August, 1983, pp. 32-57.

"L.L. Bean's IEs Help Mail-Order Institution Handle Success While Holding Onto Tradition",  Industrial Engineering, June 1983, pp. 46-58.

"High Tech Projects In Manufacturing: IEs Put The Mark Of High Productivity On High Technology Applications Projects", (Covered - Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles; Hewlett-Packard, San Diego; IBM Data Systems, Poughkeepsie, NY; AVCO-Lycoming, Stratford, CT; McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis), Industrial Engineering, May, 1983, pp. 58-60, 86.

"IEs Reveal Their 'Superhero' Identity In Fields Ranging From Finance To Forestry",  Engineering* 1983, March 1983, pp. 4-9.

"CAD For Facilities Planning: Survey Identifies Software, Systems Most Useful To IEs",  Industrial Engineering, March 1983, pp. 66-80.

"Productivity Projects In Service/Support: IEs Make Good Use Of People-Oriented Skills In Helping Their Organizations Provide Service Productively", (Covered - Canadian National Railways, Montreal; Wisconsin Electric Power Co., Milwaukee; Burger King, Miami; Harper-Grace Hospitals, Detroit; State of Oregon government, Salem; American Express, Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Industrial Engineering, January, 1983, pp. 36-59.

"High Tech Topics Were Prominent At IIE Annual Fall Conference", Industrial Engineering, January 1983, pp. 30-32.

"Second Annual Productivity Survey Results: IEs Gauge State Of U.S. Work Ethic, Effectiveness Of Productivity Activities", Industrial Engineering, November 1982, pp. 26-32.

"Profile Of An IE: With Identities Revealed, New Industry Heroes Make Mighty Contributions To Productivity", Industrial Engineering, August 1982, pp. 34-44.

"IEs At The Top: Ten Top Execs Place A High Value On Their IE Backgrounds", (Covered - Edward J. Campbell, Newport News Shipbuilding; Richard C. Kessler, Days Inns of America; Robert G. Marbut, P.E., Harte-Hanks Communications; Gordon G. Palmer, Litton UHS; James W. McLernon, P.E., Volkswagen of America; Thomas L. Newberry, P.E., American Software; Harold S. Mohler, P.E., Hershey Foods Corp.; Thomas H. Savage, ITT Canada; J. Barry Johnson, P.E., Baptist Hospitals and Health Systems; L. Stanley Crane, Conrail), Industrial Engineering, July, 1982, pp. 36-60.

"Opening The Door To Communications Through Graphics", IEEE Transactions On Professional Communication, June 1982, pp. 91-94.

"Productivity Case Studies in Manufacturing: IEs Help Companies Plan and Implement Better Methods, More Productive Systems", (Covered - General Electric, Louisville; Garrett

Pneumatic Systems Division, Phoenix; General Motors de Mexico, Saltillo; Tektronix, Beaverton, OR; Firestone Tire & Rubber, Albany, GA; Lockheed-Georgia, Marietta, GA), Industrial Engineering, May 1982, pp. 56-72.

"Part Eight of A Series - Graphics Primer for IEs: Four Case Studies Illustrate Variety Of Graphics Uses, Benefits", Industrial Engineering, April 1982, pp. 52-57.

"Part Seven of A Series - Graphics Primer for IEs: Next Decade Will See Growth in Graphics Versatility, Ease Of Use", Industrial Engineering, March 1982, p. 124-130.

"Part Six of A Series - Graphics Primer for IEs: Using Graphics Effectively Helps Sell Ideas, Raise Image Of IEs", Industrial Engineering, February 1982, pp. 34-37.

"Productivity Improvement Was Emphasis Of IIE's 1981 Fall Conference", Industrial Engineering, February 1982, pp. 26-29.

"Part Five of A Series - Graphics Primer for IEs: Preparation Using Central-Based Computer Systems", Industrial Engineering, January 1982, pp. 52-63.

"Institute Trustees Meet To Discuss Ramifications Of Issues Facing IEs", Industrial Engineering, January 1982 pp. 20-

"Part Four of A Series - Graphics Primer for IEs: A Survey of Available Computer Graphics Systems: Industrial Engineering, December 1981, pp. 36-45, 92-93.

"Part Three Of A Series - Graphics Primer For IEs: Techniques And Supplies For Manual Chart Preparation", Industrial Engineering, November 1981, pp. 130-147.

"Results of an Institute Survey: IEs Offer Views On Reasons Behind and Possible Cures For Declining U.S. Productivity", Industrial Engineering, October 1981, pp. 38-48.

"Part One Of A Series - Opening The Door To Communications Through Graphics: A Primer For IEs", Industrial Engineering, September 1981, pp. 44-50.

"Institute's '81 Spring Annual Conference Puts Emphasis On Productivity As Key To Industrial Rebirth", Industrial Engineering, July 1981, pp. 16-19.

Research Activity: 
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
Fall 2021
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TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 394Special Topics
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
TEM 394Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 394Special Topics
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
TEM 394Special Topics
TEM 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 394Special Topics
TEM 493Honors Thesis
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
TEM 394Special Topics
TEM 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TMC 498Pro-Seminar
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
TEM 200My Technology Venture
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
Summer 2017
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TEM 100Seminar in Entrepreneurship
TMC 110Understanding the Enterprise
Honors / Awards: 

2013 Ford College Community Challenge, Winner
Presented by the Ford Motor Company, the purpose of Ford C3 is to challenge colleges and universities to partner with their local communities to design innovative, student-led projects that address critical community needs. I served as the faculty mentor for Team FlashFood, the first project, and team from Arizona State University to win this prestigious national award.

2012 Outstanding Leadership in Social Innovation Education Award, Honorable Mention
Presented by the Dell Social Innovation Challenge at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at The University of Texas at Austin. The award is 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. Over 100 faculties worldwide were nominated.

2012 U.S. Imagine Cup, First Place, Microsoft. April 2012.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's largest student technology competition. Served as the faculty adviser for Team FlashFood, an innovative project tackling hunger with technology. Accompanied the student team to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, for the U.S. Championship competition, and later, to Sydney, Australia for the World Championships to represent the United States, both trips courtesy of Microsoft.

2011 IMPACT and Excellence Award in Recognition of Outstanding Innovation. April 2011.
Presented by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. This award recognizes innovation within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. All faculty and staff are eligible for nomination by peers, and winners receive a stipend.

Student Affairs Tribute to Faculty and Academic Professionals. 2004.
Presented by the ASU Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, for recognition as “a leader, a mentor, and a person who has contributed in a significant way to the success of our Arizona State University students.”

Outstanding Community Building Project Award. 2002.
Presented by the United Way International at the International World Assembly 2002 in Cape Town, South Africa by former South African President F.W. de Klerk. The award reads “for selfless service to the United Way New Zealand community, for exemplary leadership in seizing opportunities to care for people, and for helping to build communities through voluntary giving and action…”

Award of Appreciation. 2000.
Presented by the Board of Directors, Valley of the Sun United Way.

STATUS Award. Presented twice, in 1998 and 1999.
Presented by the ASU Office of Student Affairs, for “exemplary efforts on behalf of students.”

Award of Appreciation. 1997.
Presented by ASU Corporate Leaders Program Fellows in classes X and XI, “In appreciation for your time and effort to make the Europe ’97 Leadership Study Trip possible.”

Outstanding Support Award. Presented twice, in 1997 and 1996.
Presented by the National Society of Black Engineers, Arizona State University Student Chapter.

Vision Award. 1996.
Presented by the Syin-Lu Foundation of Taiwan.

Olympic Torch Runner, Atlanta 1996 Summer Games. April 30, 1996.
Nominated by the Valley of the Sun United Way, and chosen to represent Mesa, Arizona in the “Community Hero” competition. Carried the Olympic flame for a kilometer through Phoenix.

Award of Merit - Recruiting Brochure, West Awards Competition.  Co-winner, 1991.
Presented by the Business Communications & Marketing Association of Los Angeles.

Silver Award - Best Series. 1983. Silver Award - Best Single Article. 1983.
National awards presented by the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP).

Award of Merit. 1982. Certificate of Achievement. 1982.
Atlanta Chapter Publications Contest, Society For Technical Communication.

Award of Excellence. 1981. Honorable Mention. 1981.
Atlanta Chapter Publications Contest, Society For Technical Communication.

The M.A.R.C. Award. 1980.
Volunteer award presented by the Marc Center, Mesa, Arizona. Youngest recipient to ever receive the award.


American Association of University Administrators
Board of Directors (1998-2001); Chairman, International Committee (1999 – 2001); Delegate, 1997 House of Delegates Assembly (Denver, CO); Homepage webmaster (1997 – 2000).

Arc of Arizona
Board of Directors (1991-1996); Executive Committee (1991-94); Second Vice President (1993-94); Treasurer (1992-93); Secretary (1991-92); Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee (1993); Co-chairman, Finance Committee (1992- 93); “Celebration Of Hope” Concert Committee (1993).

Arc of the United States
International Affairs Committee (1993-94); Arizona Delegate, Arc Congress of States (1993-95).

Ardoch Foundation (Melbourne, Australia)
Co-founder, Corporate Task Force (2002)

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arizona Training Program at Coolidge (ATPC) Advisory Committee (1993-94).

Congressman Matt Salmon (First District, Arizona)
Technology Advisory Group (1995-2000).

Friends of COMPAS (1989-90)
Culture Shock I: Vice-Chairman - Volunteer Committee.

Institute of Industrial Engineers
National -- Co-editor (w/ Dan Shunk) of IE magazine's Systems Integration series (1986-87).
Central Arizona Chapter -- Board of Directors (1979-81, 86-87); Publisher/Editor (and founder) of the CACTIE, chapter newsletter (1980). Community Service Project Director (1979-81, 86-87).
Atlanta Chapter -- Board of Directors (1982-85); Vice President, Public Relations (1984-85); Vice President, Education (1983-84); Community Service Project Director (1982-83).

Jordan Elementary School (Mesa Public Schools)
School Improvement Advisory Council (1995 – 2000); Homepage webmaster (1997 – 2000); Co-principal investigator, NASA IDEA grant (1996-98).

Maricopa County Sports Commission
Homepage Webmaster (1997–98), MCSA Advisory Board Member (1990-95), Rowing chairman - 1995, 1999 Olympic Festival Bids.

Mesa Arc
Board of Directors (1988-1996), Executive Committee (1989-1996), President (1995-1996), First Vice President (1993-94), Second Vice President (1990-92), Production Committee (1986-90), Personnel Committee (1990-96), Preschool Task Force (1992-93), Chairman - Legislative Affairs Committee (1993-94).

Mesa Public Schools
Elementary Principal Selection Committee (1999), Technology Advisory Committee (1999-00).

Mesa United Way
Community Problem Solving Division: Executive Committee (1991-94); Chairman - Management Assistance Committee (1993-94), Vice chairman (1991-93).

Rhodes Junior High School (Mesa Public Schools)
School Improvement Advisory Council (1997-99).

Rio Salado Aquatic Center, Inc. (Co-founder, 1995)
Vice President (1995-97), Board of Directors (1995-97).

Rio Salado Rowing Club (Co-founder, 1991)
President (1992-96), Board of Directors (1992-97), webmaster (1997 – 2001).

United Food Bank
Board of Directors (1989-93; 1997-02), Secretary (1999-02), Chairman - Strategic Planning Committee (1989-93), Chairman - Nominating Committee (1998 - present), and Development Committee (1997-98).

United States Olympic Committee
Chairman - Transportation Committee, 1991 House of Delegates Meeting (Phoenix); Chairman - Volunteer Committee, 1993 Board of Directors Meeting (Phoenix).

US Rowing Association
Member, Project 2000 National Task Force (1993).

Valley Leadership (Class X graduate, 1988-89)
Association Member (1989 - present), Youth Leadership Program Committee (1995-96), Class XVIII Selection Committee (1996), Education Day Committee (1991), Executive One-On-One Committee (1990), Economic Development Workshop Committee (1990).

Industry Positions: 

People & Technologies Editor, Industrial Engineering Magazine, Norcross, Georgia (May 1981- October 1985)
Published by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), a not-for-profit membership organization in Norcross, Georgia
Served as an editor and writer, authoring over 50 articles for this international magazine. I also served as a photographer and participated in special events as requested by the executive director. My travels for the IIE were extensive and included trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and over 20 U.S. states.

Facilities Engineer, Sperry Flight Systems, Phoenix, Arizona (1980-81)

Industrial Engineer, Garrett/AiResearch Manufacturing Company, Phoenix, Arizona (1979-80)

Industrial Analyst, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington (1978)