Alumni Appreciation Award presented to Rick Howarth
ASU Alumni Association honors Sun Devil leaders with Homecoming awards
The ASU Alumni Association will honored Sun Devil leadership during the Homecoming game pitting ASU against the University of Colorado on Oct. 29. The Alumni Association recognized two alumni who have played key roles in the development of the W. P. Carey School of Business and a friend of ASU who has facilitated a key collaboration between ASU universities and colleges in Vietnam, as well as the 2010-11 chair of the organization’s board of directors.
The ASU Alumni Association presented Rick Howarth, the general manager of Intel Products Vietnam, with the Alumni Appreciation Award.
Howarth is being honored for his role in collaborating with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering to modernize engineering education in Vietnam. He is the general manager of Intel Products Vietnam, and has been charged with overseeing the construction and launch of an assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. He has partnered with ASU, USAID and the Vietnamese government to create the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), which works with the top technical universities and colleges within the country to improve the institutions’ engineering curricula and to help the programs support Vietnam’s growing high-technology sector. The initiative also aims to advance women as engineers in Vietnam. His facilitation of HEEAP has allowed ASU to serve as a model and mentor for Vietnamese schools that teach engineering.
Howarth, who has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, has resided in Vietnam with his family for the past four years. He serves on the board of directors for the American Chamber in Ho Chi Minh City and has been on the board for the Washington State MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) organization.
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