MAY 2023

Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell Named 17th Utah State University President

The Tech Parks Arizona team is thrilled to celebrate Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell! She was selected to be the new president of Utah State University. Cantwell is the current senior vice president for research & innovation at the University of Arizona and has been a true champion of Tech Parks Arizona and the UA Center for Innovation since the day she arrived in Tucson four years ago. We are proud of all that has been accomplished to advance technology and bring new innovations to market!


The Innovation Revolution at UArizona

From optical technology aiding the legally blind to sustainable rubber production alternatives, read about UArizona's innovation ecosystem, fueled by a robust research enterprise, strategic partnerships, focus on economic and workforce development and a commitment to societal well-being. The innovation ecosystem is comprised of UArizona Research, Innovation and Impact units Tech Parks Arizona, The UA Center for Innovation, Tech Launch Arizona and Arizona FORGE. For a deeper dive into the “Innovation Revolution” read the latest Arizona Alumni Magazine to discover the unique role each organization plays in developing the entrepreneurial experience.


International AZ Commerce Authority Reps Tour Campus

Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) international partners learned the business benefits of the UA Tech Park through a walking tour of campus. The Tech Parks Arizona team enjoyed meeting ACA officers from Taiwan, Korea and Europe to discuss areas of collaboration and how we can expand economic development through the benefits of a well-established university tech park and business incubator programs.


Electric Mine 2023

Tech Parks Arizona leadership joined mining industry pioneers at The Electric Mine 2023 conference. The three-day summit with over 700 attendees, offered a platform for mining companies, OEMs, service providers and research institutes to exchange ideas on best practice within the fast-changing sector of mining including future safety and sustainability practices as well as renewable energy infrastructure and storage.


UArizona Ranks Among Top 0.5% of Global Universities

A new ranking from the Center for World University Rankings places the University of Arizona very highly among universities worldwide. UArizona is ranked No. 95 overall, No. 48 among U.S. institutions and No. 25 among public colleges and universities in the annual rankings. The following indicators are used as criteria to rank the world’s universities: quality of education, employability, quality of faculty and research performance. UArizona’s overall score (82.1 out of 100) was bolstered by its global quality-of-faculty ranking (No. 73) and research performance ranking (No. 102).


People of the Park:

Kamran "Kam" Rad

Meet Kam Rad, Program Manager at FitZona/Movement Company, the corporate fitness center onsite. He develops health & fitness programs and manages FitZona to meet the needs of the employees who call the UA Tech Park home. Kam was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Canada as a teenager, living there for the past 36 years until he recently moved to Tucson in January 2023! Be sure to stop by FitZona to welcome Kam to Tucson and the UA Tech Park, then stay to learn about the great wellness programs.



Building 9040

If you’re searching for turnkey ready, rentable multi-use space ideal for offices, prototyping, R&D and much more look no further than the UA Tech Park. Building 9040 is in the heart of the park, providing convenient access to amenities such as the event center and café and offers up to 39,953 square feet of customizable space to fit your business. Located off Rita Road and Insterstate-10, the UA Tech Park is a great location for those seeking great air and train logistics and the benefit of close proximity to major markets including California, Texas, the Mountain West and Mexico.



America's Cycling Destination

From smooth asphalt to desert dirt and from green suburban parks to towering saguaros, Tucson, Arizona has perfect paths and amazing views that any bicyclist could want. In 2021, Tucson's popular Chuck Huckleberry Loop, earned the distinction of being named the number-one recreational bike trail in the country by USA Today. Among many of the great accolades Tucson receives for cycling, one that tops the list is the fact that Tucson is a gold-level bike-friendly city according to the League of American Bicyclist. These are just a few reasons why cyclists come from around the world to enjoy the bike paths here in Tucson.

Cyclist ride along the Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park on the Julian Wash Greenway, part of the Chuck Huckelberry Loop, which is 130+ miles of paved pathways all around Tucson.


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