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School of Engineering Alumni Update - December 2013
2013 SCU Solar Decathlon Team

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness.


Godfrey Mungal
Dean, School of Engineering


Make a resolution to stay connected with your fellow Bronco engineers:
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Faculty, student, and alumni News:
Ahmed Amer (COEN)

Ahmed Amer (COEN) was an invited panelist in Stanford University's "Future Faculty Seminar" - a program for helping graduate students prepare for potential careers in academia. The panel, which included faculty from Stanford, Sonoma State, Diablo Valley College, and UC Davis, focused on academic publishing.

Bioengineering Professor Prashanth Asuri

Prashanth Asuri (BIOE) has been invited to serve as editor of Enzyme Bioengineering, a new open access journal published by Versita, a world leader in publishing open access scientific content. More about Versita here.


Radha Basu, Director, and Elizabeth Sweeny represented the School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab at the inaugural symposium on frugal innovations organized by the new Center for Frugal Innovation at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).

Ruth Davis (COEN)

Ruth Davis (COEN) recently attended meetings at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., talking about the TechWomen Program. She met with DeeDee Myers,  Evan Ryan (Asst. Secretary of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), two other mentors, and three of the emerging leaders in the TechWomen program.

Yi Fang (COEN)

Yi Fang (COEN), MS student Juan Hu and PhD student Archana Godavarthy presented "Topical Authority Propagation on Microblogs" at the 22nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), one of the top conferences in the areas of Information Retrieval and Data Mining.

Computer Engineering Professor Silvia Figueira

Silvia Figueira (COEN) and Nicholas Fong '15 are featured in SCU's FYI about their work to develop an app that enables homeless individuals and low-income families to access customized community services. Working with San Jose's Community Technology Alliance (CTA), they are putting their computing skills to use for social benefit. Read it here.

Nike Swoosh

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Undergraduate students competed for a $1500 grand prize in this fall's Innovation Challenge. The winning team proposed a skier monitoring application using Nike in-shoe sensing technology which automatically calls for help through a smartphone if a skier falls and becomes unresponsive.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Hohyun Lee

Hohyun Lee (MECH) and students Claire Kunkle, Rachel Donohoe, and Russell Williams, (all Class of 2014) are making great strides in researching combined solar power and heat generation. They recently presented their accomplishment at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in San Diego, California.

Ralph Morganstern, Dept. of Applied Mathematics

Ralph Morganstern (AMTH) has a two-volume set covering Discrete and Continuous Probability available on The compact Lecture Slide format with explanatory notes directly below each figure makes these books suitable for review or as a handy reference for both undergraduate and graduate students.

NASA Mission Dashboard

Robotics Systems Lab: SCU's mission control team of undergrad and grad engineering students are monitoring a satellite for NASA (launched Nov. 19) that is testing the use of smart phone technology as possible components for future low-cost spacecraft missions. Stay up to date on operations by viewing the Mission Dashboard here

Scott Santarosa, S.J., '88

Scott Santarosa, S.J., '88 (CENG) has been appointed Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. As part of the ongoing national realignment of the Jesuit provinces in the US, he will become the provincial of the new province when the existing Oregon and California Provinces come together. Read more here.

Sarah Kate Wilson, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Sarah Kate Wilson (ELEN) has been awarded a grade elevation to IEEE Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Katie was selected for this honor in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to orthogonal frequency division multiplexing. Congratulations, Katie! More information here.

Question Marks

Questions; we have questions: What have our Bronco engineers been up to? And why are Santa Clara engineering alumni so humble about their accomplishments? Let us know what you've been doing. We want to hear about your accomplishments. Email Heidi Williams, School of Engineering Director of Communications.