Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering

Department of Engineering

In addition to the courses offered by the individual departments, the School of Engineering also offers courses which are interdisciplinary in nature as follows:


ENGR 207. Medical Device Invention From Ideas to Business Plan
This course will introduce students to various tools and processes that will improve their ability to identify and prioritize clinical needs, select the best medical device concepts that address those needs, and create a plan to implement inventions. Also listed as BIOE 207. (2 units)

ENGR 249. Topics in Bioengineering**
An introduction to the central topics of bioengineering including physiological modeling and cellular biomechanics (e.g., modeling of the human voice production and speech biomechanics), biophotonics, biomedical imaging, visualizaion technology and applications (e.g., virtual endoscopy), biosignals and analysis methods, microfluidic devices and bio-nanotechnology. i. (2 units)

ENGR 250. Introduction to Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis**
Overview of bioinformatics. Brief introduction to molecular biology including DNA, RNA, and protein. Pairwise sequence alignment. Multiple sequence alignment. Hidden Markov models and protein sequence motifs. Phylogenetic analysis. Fragment assembly. Microarray data analysis. Protein structure analysis. Genome rearrangement. DNA computing. Prerequisites: AMTH 377 or MATH 163 or equivalent and programming experience. (4 units)

ENGR 251. Molecular Biology for Engineers**
Comprehensive introduction to molecular biology for the non-biologist. Study of macromolecules that are critical to understanding and manipulating living systems. Proteins. Nucleic acids, DNA, and RNA. Genes and genetic code. Transcriptions, translations, and protein synthesis. Information storage and replication in DNA. Mechanics and regulation of gene expression. Splicing. Chromosomes. The human genome project. Scientific, social, and ethical issues. Also listed as BIOE 251. (2 units)

ENGR 253. Molecular Biology for Engineers II**
The science underlying biotechnology: how DNA, genes, and cells work, and how they can be studied and manipulated in fields as diverse as biomedical research, bioengineering, pharmaceutical and vaccine development, forensics, and agriculture. Laboratory experiments will focus on isolating, studying, and using DNA in a variety of contexts. The course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite or co-requisite: ENGR 251 or equivalent. (2 units)

ENGR 256. Introduction to NanoBioengineering**
This course is designed to present a broad overview of diverse topics in nanobioengineering, with emphasis on areas that directly impact applications in biotechnology and medicine. Specific examples that highlight interactions between nanomaterials and various biomolecules will be discussed, as well as the current status and future possibilities in the development of functional nanohybrids that can sense, assemble, clean, and heal. Also listed as BIOE 256. (2 units)

ENGR 257. Introduction to Biofuels Engineering**
This course will cover the basic principles used to classify and evaluate biofuels in terms of thermodynamic and economic efficiencies as well environmental impact for resource recovery. Special emphases will be placed on emerging applications namely Microbial Fuel Cell Technology and Photo-bioreactors. Also listed as BIOE 157/257. (2 units)

ENGR 258. Introduction to 3D Bioprinting
This is an introductory course to 3D bioprinting, covering basic concepts that drive this technology and fundamental concepts in the biomaterial requirements and 3D cell culture technology. Different techniques in bioprinting highlighting key aspects of each technology will be illustrated. In addition, the requirements and challenges in developing biocompatible scaffolds and 3D cell culture techniques will be discussed. Direct applications of 3D bioprinting in biomedicine and other areas today will be discussed in this course. (2 units)

ENGR 260. Nanoscale Science and Technology**
Overview of key elements of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering underlying this interdisciplinary field. Bulk vs. surface properties of materials. Surface phenomena and quantum phenomena. Self-assembly and soft lithography. Nanoscale materials characterization. Carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanowires, organic molecules for electronics, biological and bio-inspired materials. Emerging applications of nanoscale materials. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (2 units)

ENGR 261. Nanotechnology and Society
Addresses the fundamental scientific and technological underpinnings of the important new field of nanotechnology. Examines how our understanding and our technological capabilities have evolved over the past century, and how nanotechnology proposes new applications that can address social and economic goals. An appreciation of the interaction between these goals and the evolution of the technology is central to the course. Students will develop critical thinking about the prospects for nanotechnology in order to be able to assess the relevant ethical and social issues, and also the possibility and/or likelihood of the development of specific applications. (4 units)

ENGR 262. Nanomaterials**
Physics, chemistry, and materials science of materials in the nanoscale. Thin films, inorganic nanowires, carbon nanotubes, and quantum dots are examples covered in detail as well as state-of-the-art synthesis processes and characterization techniques for these materials as used in various stages of technology development. Also listed as ELEN 360. Prerequisites: ENGR 260 and ELEN 261. (2 units)

ENGR 271. Energy Conservation
It is by no means clear that the shortage of carbon-free energy can be resolved by identifying alternative resources. As a result, conservation must play a key role in the development of new energy policies, both locally and globally. This course explores how conservation and sustainability relate to each other, with special emphasis on the value of cost-effective, innovative water recycling, and strategies for reducing the use of electrical energy. (2 units)

ENGR 272. Energy Public Policy
The class will survey the types of energy used historically from traditional biomass, to coal, to natural gas, to nuclear and renewables, as well as the increasingly diverse possibilities for future use discussed in current policy debates. Coverage will also include a historical review of regulation and policy in the energy industry. The geographic scope will be international. The field of energy analysis and policy is inherently interdisciplinary. Prerequisite: ELEN 280/MECH 287. (2 units)

ENGR 273. Sustainable Energy and Ethics
This course explores the ethical implications of energy production, distribution and consumption, with the aim of understanding those normative considerations that motivate public, institutional and private bodies to develop sustainable energy policies and practices. Through examination of texts and case studies, students will learn to critically analyze, develop and defend ethical judgments and practices with respect to energy. Topics include considerations of environmental justice; tension between global and local spheres of ethical concern; the rights and interests of potential stakeholders, both human and non-human; our duties with respect to prevention or mitigation of harms and management of risk; our ethical obligations to future generations; and the role of personal, civic and professional virtues in guiding sustainable energy practices. (2 units)

ENGR 288. Co-op Educations
Students who extend their co-op experience beyond one quarter must be enrolled in this class. The course may be taken for credit up to four times, and students are required to submit a final report in each quarter in which they are enrolled. The final report should focus on skills, experiences and insights that they acquired in the current term. In order to get a passing grade, students must also submit a new supervisor report, which evaluates their performance during the most recent 10 week period. The prerequisite for this course is ENGR 288. P/NP grading. (1 unit).. (1–2 units)

Note: ENGR 288 can be taken during the first quarter of CPT, or before the training begins. The units associated with ENGR 288 and ENGR 289 are additional to the 45 units that are required by the department.

ENGR 293. Directed Research
Special research directed by a faculty member. By arrangement. Prerequisite: Registration requires the faculty member’s approval. (1–6 units per quarter)

ENGR 302. Managing in the Multicultural Environment
Provides practical, theoretical, and experiential tools to manage a multicultural workforce. Cases from Silicon Valley engineering environments will be studied. Topics will include: (1) insights to various cultures’ approaches to time, information, planning, decision making, relationships, power and change; (2) developing leadership, motivation, and participation in multicultural teams; (3) creating an environment that maximizes the benefits of diversity and retains workers from a variety of cultural backgrounds; (4) resolving conflict when there are different cultural approaches; and (5) the role of corporate culture for multicultural and global companies. (2 units)

ENGR 303. Gender and Engineering
This course, based on brain science, culture and communication, provides a foundation for managing the different worlds—the different cultural lenses, paradigms and different competencies—many women and men bring to an engineering workplace. Gender Competence, effective management of differences increases “fire prevention,” customer focus, and innovation in research, development and marketing of products; and advancement of both women and men.(2 units)

ENGR 304. Building Global Teams
Challenges of working virtually and globally. Building global teams. Working across cultures and distance; achieving goals while managing differences. Diverse approaches to managing task, time, and hierarchy. Social interactions and decision-making. Culture’s impact on teamwork. Global leader dimensions. Trust building. Empowering self and others. Business practices in China, India, Russia, and other countries. (2 units)

ENGR 306. Engineering and the Law
Exploration of legal issues affecting project engineers, contractors, and owners. Topics include structure of project teams, contracts, standard of care, insurance, and dispute resolution. Evolving legal issues with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). (3 units)

ENGR 310. Engineering Ethics
This course is designed to help students develop a set of effective tools for handling everyday ethical dilemmas and for developing their own vision of what it means to be a morally good engineer. Fundamental concepts from classical ethics theory will be used as the framework for discussing a range of topics that are of interest to the engineering profession. The class will include case studies that are related to recent technological advances, as well as issues that practicing engineers commonly encounter in their work. (2 units)

ENGR 330. Law, Technology, and Intellectual Property
Study of available legal provisions for establishing, receiving, preserving, and enforcing intellectual property rights in research, development, engineering, and marketing of products. Includes a study of patents, trade secrets, copyrights, mask works, trademarks, and employer-employee contracts regarding intellectual property. (2 units)

ENGR 331. Patent Law for Engineers
Study of invention, invention disclosure, patent application drafting, patent application assignment, patent application filing, patent prosecution, and foreign filing. Includes a discussion of patent case law, patent statutory law, patent rules, and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). (2 units)

ENGR 334. Energy, Climate Change, and Social Justice
The field of climate ethics has emerged recently to negotiate the serious and complex ethical choices facing human society as we balance energy, environmental, and economic development needs. Social science and ethical lenses are used to examine energy use and climate disruption in light of the moral principle of social justice. This course gives graduate engineering students the background and skills to communicate these issues in several different modes. It consists of three main thematic parts: energy choices; social vulnerabilities; and difficult policy dilemmas. (2 units)

ENGR 336. Engineering for the Developing World
How does one innovate products and services for developing countries? How can complex problems be tackled with simple technologies and low-cost business models? This course presents a framework of engineering design and management techniques that are appropriate for developing markets. Topics such as “ruggedization,” cost control, and local resource use will be explored through a variety of examples and case studies, which range from alternate energy and low-cost diagnostics to mobile applications and micro entrepreneurship. This course examines the potential social benefits that design, manufacturing, and business innovation can provide to address various challenges in the developing world. (2 units)

ENGR 337. Sustainability and Green Information Technology
The course is designed to give a thorough understanding of how IT infrastructure can be managed and optimized for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. It also describes in some detail how IT leaders, data center operators, and other related sustainability advocates can benefit (and profit) from implementing energy efficient corporate IT infrastructure both inside and outside the data centers. Topics that will be covered include technologies and strategies for implementing green data centers, re-configuring existing infrastructure to ensure reduced energy consumption, managing air flow, and implementing sustainable IT asset disposal policies. (2 units)

ENGR 338. Mobile Applications for Emerging Markets
The mobile revolution is changing the lives of people across the globe, from Wall Street to Main Street to rural villages. This course will provide an overview of the technological innovation, including applications and instrumentation, which the mobile revolution is spawning, particularly in underserved communities globally. It will feature guest speakers from technology companies involved in Mobile R&D, look at market and beneficiary needs, and discuss how to innovate products and services for these customers and how to tackle complex ‘life’ problems with simple technologies, applications, and business models, using real-life case studies. (2 units)

ENGR 339. Energy Storage Systems**
Energy storage systems play an essential role in the utilization of renewable energy. They are used to provide reserve power under different circumstances and needs such as peak shaving, load leveling, and ancillary services. Power electronics equipment converts the battery power into usable grid power. The course will survey batteries, pumped storage, flywheels, ultracapacitors, etc., with an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages, and uses of each. Also listed as ELEN 287. (2 units)

ENGR 340. Distributed and Renewable Energy for the Developing World
This course surveys energy engineering and entrepreneurship in emerging market countries, with an emphasis on strategies for coping with the absence of a grid. It analyzes strategies for energy generation, transmission and storage at household, community and regional scales drawing from sector and case studies in the developing world. (2 units)

ENGR 341. Innovation, Design and Spirituality
This course integrates the social, human, ethical, and creative dimensions of frugal innovation for graduate engineering students. Frugal innovation is a creative engineering design process, whose primary purpose is to address the basic human needs of people in underserved communities worldwide. This course presents the what and the how of frugal innovation, but emphasizes the why and the who. Why should engineers and technology creation address the needs of economically marginalized communities? And, who are the kinds of engineers that are able to create frugal innovation strategies? By framing innovation and design in terms of moral purpose and spiritual meaning, students will deepen their self-knowledge and enhance their leadership skills. (2 units)

ENGR 342. 3D Print Technology and Society
This class is designed to introduce students to 3D print technology, which offers a range of exciting possibilities for product design, delivery and democratization of entrepreneurship. Along with hands-on experience of the technology, students will be exposed to the eco-system engaged by the technology. Implications for life sciences, career opportunities, entrepreneurship and restructuring of global markets and society will be examined. (2 units)

ENGR 343. Science, Religion and the Limits of Knowledge**
The limits of scientific knowledge are examined in the framework of nonlinear system theory, metamathematics and modern physics. The technical background developed in the course is used as a basis for exploring the relationship between science, aesthetics, and religion. Particular emphasis is placed on the rationality of faith, and on controversial questions where the views of scientists and theologians appear to conflict. Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with differential equations. (2 units)

** These ENGR courses are eligible for the technical stem in Engineering Management.

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