Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering

Santa Clara University


Santa Clara University has three Centers of Distinction that serve as major points of interaction between the University and society. Each center’s theme is central to Santa Clara’s distinctive mission as a Jesuit university offering an educational environment that integrates rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative imagination, reflective engagement with society, and a commitment to fashioning a more humane and just world. Each center, home to faculty and students from multiple disciplines, engages experts and community leaders through speaking events, conferences, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities.

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship — formerly the Center for Science, Technology, and Society before being renamed in 2015 — is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Through an array of programs including its signature Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), the Miller Center unites an international network of business, investment capital, and technical resources to build the capacity of social enterprises around the world. Its programs inspire faculty and students with real-world case studies, distinctive curricula, and unique research opportunities, advancing the University’s vision of creating a more just, humane, and sustainable world (learn more at

Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education promotes and enhances the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara University, with a view toward serving students, faculty, staff, and through them the larger community, both local and global.

  • Bannan Institutes provide yearlong thematic programs including academic events and scholarly activities that further the Jesuit, Catholic character of the University.
  • Community-based learning places over 1,200 students each year with community partners, frequently in connection with an academic course.
  • Immersion programs offer students, during academic breaks, the opportunity to
    experience local, domestic, and international communities with little access to wealth, power, and privilege.
  • Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius provide opportunities for members of the community to encounter the spiritual sources of the Jesuit tradition.

Through these four programs, the Ignatian Center aspires to be recognized throughout Silicon Valley and beyond as providing leadership for the integration of faith, justice, and the intellectual life. More at

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is one of the preeminent centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas. The center works with faculty, staff, students, community leaders, and the public to address ethical issues more effectively in teaching, research, and action. The center’s focus areas are business, health care and biotechnology, character education, government, global leadership, technology, and emerging issues in ethics. Articles, cases, briefings, and dialogue in all fields of applied ethics are available through the center. More at

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