Pat Pataranutaporn, a third year biology student at Arizona State University, is a creative social innovator who believes in the power of technology, human-centered design, and use-inspired research to develop transdisciplinary solutions to the world's most pressing and complex problems. In his freshman year at ASU, Pat worked collaboratively with peers, faculty and community members to develop an award-winning data analytics technology which identifies crisis key words on social media and connects users to suicide prevention resources. Additionally, he has leveraged biomimicry design to develop an affordable product that traps high-protein insects as a solution to the global hunger crisis. This design was a top 3 winner of the Global Biomimicry Design Challenge. Pat was also awarded the ASU Changemaker Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016 for his many efforts to inspire and encourage other students to employ an entrepreneurial mindset to solve society's grand challenges. Pat exemplifies the principles and values of the Newman Civic Fellowship and those of Frank Newman, including a belief in the interconnectedness of individuals to make a difference and a relentless and selfless optimism for the future.
I think what is beautiful about humanity is that each of us has unique talents and powers to contribute to our world. For me, I am passionate about solving global challenges using innovation and creativity. I have led and co-founded projects ranging from using technology for suicide prevention to solving world hunger using a biomimicry approach. My dream is to become a research professor of a new kind of future interdisciplinary studies so that I can help teach and inspire the next generation of scientists, artists and innovators solve problems that are adversely impacting our way of life and the human condition. I want to help motivate others just as I have been inspired over the years. I see the problems that our world is facing right now to be solvable by bringing together and applying what traditionally seem like unrelated subjects and using their synergistic philosophies to solve and demystify complex problems. If we can utilize the power of art in designing future innovative inventions to our everyday challenges, we can identify mechanisms that not only function as a tool or machine, but will also inspire us to become better people every day. Our society would be better place.