Arizona State University is unstoppable. We believe if you empower students and faculty with entrepreneurial thinking and encourage them to explore at the edge of learning, great things will happen. Check out these extraordinary Sun Devils who pushed the limits. Check out their stories and become your own unstoppable force.
When Anthony Robles was born without a right leg, there was little hope that he would go on to live a normal life, much less one focused on pursuing success in a sport as demanding as wrestling. But Robles proved to be a force that is unstoppable. With steely determination, a dedication to sharpening his mental strength and adapting his technique to win matches, Robles went from being the worst wrestler in the city of Mesa, Arizona to become the 2011 NCAA Division I Champion, a three-time All—American and NWCA Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament—all the while winning with the disadvantage of wrestling able-bodied athletes. Currently a wrestling analyst for ESPN, Robles is the recipient of the 2011 ESPYs Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. He is currently working on a book about his life story slated for release in the fall of 2012. A symbol of perseverance, Robles believes courage and the tenacity to never give up on your dream can make you unstoppable-no matter how overwhelming the odds.
Currently a wrestling analyst for ESPN, Robles is the recipient of the 2011 ESPYs Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Rebecca Finell first distinguished herself in the world of design as a student at the ASU School of Architecture and Design. She began receiving international acclaim as a junior and later that year, launched Boon inc., a baby product manufacturer. She graduated summa cum laude with the class of 2005 and launched her first product one week later. That product, the Frog Pod, received the Juvenile Industry's Innovation award. Finell served as president, principal designer, and chief brand strategist for Boon Inc. Boon is known for sleek modern design as well as being one of the leading innovators in the children's product industry. Boon products can be found in stores nationwide including more than 1,000 baby boutiques, small and large chains including Babies R Us, Target, Nordstrom, and in more than 65 countries across the globe. Taking her entrepreneurial spirit to the next level, she and her partner formed a second venture, Keen Distribution, in 2007 in order to help others bring their products to the juvenile market. Finell has received increasing attention along the way. In 2007, she was named one of the "top 10 women to watch" and this year's "Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35" by the AZ Republic. Today she is working on a new venture in Austin where she lives with her family.
Jeremy Staat, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., came to ASU in the spring 1996. As a member of the Sun Devil football team, he won the Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Conference in 1997. He went on to have stints with the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams in the National Football League (NFL). After retiring from the NFL in 2004, Staat joined the United States Marines to serve his country and was eventually deployed to Iraq. While abroad he worked to bring basic necessities to children in villages with the help of churches in the U.S. When Staat returned from service, he decided to finish his education via ASU Online with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences. Staat then created the Jeremy Staat Foundation. Through the foundation, he works as a motivational speaker in classrooms throughout the nation, recalling his life experiences.Staat recently raised awareness for veteran's services and the prevention of veteran suicide by bicycling across the country on the Wall to Wall tour. The ride began at the Wall of Valor in Bakersfield, Calif., and stretched 4,623 miles over the course of 100 days to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Janelle welcomed their first child together in July of 2012.
Edmund Stump is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, where he has taught geology since 1976. He is also a geologist, polar explorer, mountaineer and photographer specializing in the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains. Over the past 40 years, he has been Principal Investigator on a series of geological research projects funded by the Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, covering more than 1,200 miles of the Transantarctic Mountains. He has spent 13 Antarctic field seasons conducting geological research, most recently as Chief Scientist on an expedition to the Beardmore Glacier area. Other research includes NSF-funded studies in southern Arizona, the Alaska Range, and the Himalaya. His latest book, The Roof at the Bottom of the World, Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains, was published by Yale University Press in 2011.
Kevin Scott graduated from ASU's College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology. For his senior-year capstone project, Kevin worked on a team with six other students to develop a vertical wall-scaling device called the SM-7 as part of a competition designed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The device was built to allow a user to climb higher, faster and with less effort than current techniques. The invention caught the attention of national electronics retailer Best Buy and was featured in the company's national ad campaign about student innovators from around the country. The commercials ran throughout the 2012 NBA Finals and the Summer Olympics. Kevin, the designated SM-7 climbing expert, now works at Aero Components Engineering in Mesa. As a design engineer he creates solid models and engineering drawings of FAA-approved commercial aircraft parts using 3D computer-aided design software.
Todd Graham became the 23rd head coach of the Sun Devil Football program in December 2011. While known for leading programs that post many of the top offensive numbers in the nation in recent seasons, Graham also is known as a tough defensive coach who served as defensive coordinator at both Tulsa and West Virginia. He also has had an eye for hiring some of the nation's top assistant coaches on his staff. Born Dec. 5, 1964, Graham is 49-29 in his six-year head coaching career and most recently was head coach at Pittsburgh in 2011. He is well-known for his four-year stay at Tulsa from 2007-2010 when he led the Golden Hurricane to a 36-17 mark, which included three bowl wins and three seasons of 10-plus wins. Graham earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1987 from East Central University and then later earned his master's degree. Graham and his wife Penni have children Bo, Hank, Natalie, Haylee, Dakota and Michael Todd Jr.