Santa Clara University

Frugal Innovation Lab

Our Team

FIL Staff

Radha Basu
Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Dean's Executive Professor, School of Engineering
Radha Basu has over 30 years experience in executive management. She is widely recognized as a leading woman entrepreneur in technology companies and as a pioneer in the Indian software business. Read the full profile »
Elizabeth Sweeny
Program Manager, Frugal Innovation Lab
Elizabeth Sweeny is a Bay Area native, and a recent Santa Clara University graduate. Elizabeth majored in business management, with a minor in political science that emphasized Middle Eastern foreign policy. Read the full profile »


Silvia Figueira
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Computer Engineering - Head of Mobile Lab within the Frugal Innovation Lab Read the full profile »
Unyoung (Ashley) Kim
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering Program
Prof. Kim is an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University where she serves as the Director of the Biological Microtechnology Laboratory. Professor Kim is a mechanical engineer by training with an emphasis on the integrated microfluidic systems for biotechnologies. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with her Ph.D. and Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT) in 2009 and joined the Bioengineering faculty at Santa Clara University in 2009. Read the full profile »
Mark Aschheim
Professor of Civil Engineering, Santa Clara University
Mark Aschheim is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University. He also serves as the chair of the Equality category for The Tech Awards. Read the full profile »
Chris Kitts
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering (by Courtsey) Robert W. Peters Professor, W. J. Nicholson Fellow, KEEN Fellow
Dr. Christopher Kitts is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University where he serves as the Director of the Robotic Systems Laboratory. He is also the Director of the Center for Robotic Exploration and Space Technologies, a multi-institution consortium or academic institutions focusing on aerospace research and education and which is located at the NASA Ames Research Park. In addition, he holds an Associate Researcher appointment at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in conjunction with whom he and his students develop several advanced marine robotic systems. Dr. Kitts is also the Mission Operations Director for a series of NASA small spacecraft, which are controlled on-orbit by students in the Robotic Systems Laboratory. Read the full profile »
Shoba Krishnan
LEAD Engineering Elective Professor
Shoba Krishnan received her B. Tech. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 1987 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 1990 and 1993 respectively. Read the full profile »
Hohyun Lee
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Hohyun Lee has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University in 2009. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2009. He is interested in heat transfer mechanisms in nanoscale, and therefore engineering thermal properties of nanomaterials for the purpose of energy harvest. Read the full profile »
Craig M. Stephens
Professor, Biology Department and Public Health Program
Craig M. Stephens Read the full profile »


Keith Douglass Warner OFM
Director, Education and Research
Keith Douglass Warner OFM directs the Center's education, fellowship, grants and action research activities. He is a practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition. He directs the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, which provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and research for SCU juniors within the Center's worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. Read the full profile »

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500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
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