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  •  A Distinctive Honor

    Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

    Recognizing a lifetime of service to engineering or related fields, Terry E. Shoup, Ph.D., mechanical engineering professor and former dean of the School of Engineering, has been awarded Honorary Membership in ASME. He was recognized at a ceremony held November 16, 2015, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE).

    Shoup received this honor in recognition of his distinctive career contributions as a researcher and educator, and service to the engineering profession as exemplified by leadership positions in various engineering societies.

    A champion of engineering education for more than 45 years, before coming to Santa Clara Shoup served as a teacher, researcher and administrative leader at Rutgers University, the University of Houston, Texas A&M University, and Florida Atlantic University. During his tenure at SCU he served as the Dean of Engineering for 13 years, as Interim Dean of Education, Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries, and as Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. He received the President's Special Recognition Award from Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., in 2012.

    An innovator in the field of machine design and design optimization methods, Shoup's research has focused on the use of spreadsheet modules to augment the design process in the analysis and synthesis of machine elements. The author or co-author of more than 15 textbooks and more than 140 technical articles, Shoup was also editor-in-chief of the foremost international mechanism design journal, Mechanism and Machine Theory, for more than 25 years.

    Shoup served as the 125th president of ASME in 2006-07. As an ASME Fellow, he held a number of leadership positions within the organization and received ASME's Centennial Medal in 1980, the Society's Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award in 1981, and a Distinguished Service Award from the ASME Council on Education in 1988.

    He earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The ohio State University in Columbus in 1966, 1967, and 1969. He earned an M.A. in pastoral ministry from SCU in 2002.

  •  Charged Up

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    Garrett Fitzgerald '08, says he discovered his love of renewable energy at SCU. Since earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering here, he has gone on to earn a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University and is now Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy think tank.

    The Washington Post recently featured his work in their article, "How installing batteries in homes and businesses could already make economic sense." Read it here.

  •  Smart App for "Smart Cities"

    Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015

    Solar Decathlon alum Preet Anand '10 created an app that's been picked for President Obama's "Smart Cities" Initiative. Bluelight connects the user to the nearest emergency help, and is faster than calling 911. The app, which has been tested on college campuses, will now be put to the test in a $160 million federal research project bringing more than 25 new technology ventures together "to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth," and more.



  •  The Future of Solar Power

    Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015

    Brad Mattson, SCU Engineering Advisory Board member, recently appeared on NBC's Press Here, speaking about the future of solar power. Mattson is founder of two publicly traded semiconductor companies, Novellus Systems and  Mattson Technology. He currently serves as CEO of Siva Power, a thin film solar cell company based in Silicon Valley. He is also the author of The Solar Phoenix.

    Watch the show here.

  •  Alumna Wins TechCrunch Disrupt

    Friday, Sep. 25, 2015
  •  SCU is No. 2 in the West

    Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Santa Clara as the No. 2 regional university and the School of Engineering as No. 12 in the top engineering programs offered by master's universities across the U.S.

  •  On a Mission

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    Dean Godfrey Mungal and his 21 fellow engineering deans of Catholic colleges and universities are committed to educating the engineers of the future who possess the skills, desire and sense of duty "to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations." Read their op-ed in U.S. News & World Report.

  •  We've Got an App for That

    Friday, Jul. 31, 2015

    The School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab was featured on NBC's Bay Area Proud for their work on mobile apps for the underrepresented.

  •  Santa Clara best for STEM grads

    Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015

    Santa Clara, along with neighboring cities Sunnyvale and San Jose, was ranked as the second best place to live for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates, based on the size of the STEM industry and income for STEM jobs in the area. Read more here.

  •  Engineering Faculty Awards Announced

    Tuesday, May. 12, 2015

    The School of Engineering proudly announces our 2014-15 Faculty Award recipients: Darren Atkinson, Award for Teaching Excellence; Zhiwen (Jonathan) Zhang, Researcher of the Year; Nicholas Tran, Adjunct Lecturer of the Year, and Stephen Chiappari, Markle Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Darren Atkinson, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering is the recipient of this year’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Atkinson challenges students to understand concepts and “to apply those concepts and skills in a technical and practical setting.” In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Dr. Atkinson’s commitment to rigorous instruction, high expectations, fair but tough grading, and honest dedication to learning.

    Zhiwen (Jonathan) Zhang, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, is the recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award. Since coming to Santa Clara in 2011, Dr. Zhang has established a strong research program. He has published five papers in peer-reviewed journals, one book chapter, and one conference proceeding. Dr. Zhang has also been successful in receiving several external research grants and gained recognition in the area of Reverse Protein Engineering. In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Dr. Zhang's accomplishment in his scholarship.

    Nicholas Tran, Computer Engineering lecturer is our Adjunct Lecturer of the Year. An associate professor with SCU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, seated within the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Tran has taught for the Computer Engineering Department since 2007, and is praised for his ability to convey the abstract and complex concepts of Design and Analysis of Algorithms, a foundational course for computer science and engineering. In 2014 he created and began teaching an advanced level course on this topic. According to students he is an excellent instructor who furthers understanding through his clarity and use of practical examples. In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Prof. Tran’s contribution to the Computer Engineering Department and his positive impact on our students.

    Stephen Chiappari is this year’s recipient of the Gerald E. Markle Award recognizing excellence in the teaching of engineering and applied mathematics. Students of Dr. Gerry Markle, the founding chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics at Santa Clara University, have established this award to honor his memory by recognizing excellent teaching. As the long-time chair of Applied Mathematics, Dr. Chiappari has shown an exceptional devotion to the teaching and mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students, continuing a department tradition of rigorous instruction and high expectations. In particular, he was recommended for creating a highly successful new course in risk analysis tailored specifically to the requirements of the civil engineering department. His accomplishments are all the more remarkable given the demands of his many administrative duties, carried out with characteristic patience, efficiency, and leadership. In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Dr. Chiappari’s consistent commitment to student learning.

    Congratulations to all of our faculty award recipients!

  •  Senior Design Conference May 14

    Thursday, May. 7, 2015

    You are invited to the presentation of our senior engineering students' capstone projects, Thursday, May 14. Student presentations begin at 2:15 p.m. and an exhibition of student projects is 5-6 p.m. in the Engineering Quad. Come and witness the future of engineering. Drop in for one presentation, come for just the demos, or stay all afternoon. All are welcome; please come!

  •  2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2015

    With great pleasure, the School of Engineering announces recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Engineering Award. This award honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. The two individuals receiving the award this year reflect the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.

    Stephen Sifferman: B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1993; M.S. Computer Engineering, 1998
    For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry.  Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work.  Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.

    Sheryl Staub-French, Ph.D., P.E.: B.S. Civil Engineering, 1993
    Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multi-disciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. Over the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation. She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and Director of the eng•cite program, which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50% by 2020.  Eng•cite works with teachers, counselors, parents and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers. For her contribution to the field of civil engineering and her commitment to the education of the next generation of practitioners, Sheryl receives this award.

    Congratulations to our awardees! Presentation of the awards will be made at the Senior Engineering Awards and Honors Convocation, Friday, June 12, 1 p.m., Locatelli Student Activities Center.

  •  Spring Break in Ghana

    Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

    Civil engineering senior Theresa McArdle writes about her alternative spring break experience, working with a village in Ghana to improve the sustainability of local construction materials and methods.

  •  Tiny House, Big Dreams

    Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

    Engineering students are at work designing a net-zero, solar-powered Tiny House in competition with a dozen other California schools.

  •  First Place!

    Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

    Congratulations to computer engineering seniors Jason Dougherty, Nick Fong, and Alek Hurst on winning 1st Place and $15,000 in the Intel Security IoT Hackathon 2015 for their product, Pawpal. The team created hardware and a mobile app to monitor and interact with pets while owners are away from home. Next, the trio plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to advance their product. Check out the demo site here:

  •  National Engineers Week!

    Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

    Feb. 22-28 is eWeek! This is the time to celebrate the profession and the engineers in your life. Read Dean Godfrey Mungal's eWeek message.

  •  Exercising the Right Brain

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    At SCU, we pride ourselves on engineering education that stretches both the left and right sides of the brain—engineering knowledge plus good communication skills, technical ability plus creativity.... To that end, this month some of our undergrads are participating in an Entrepreneurial Thinking Pentathlon, five challenges spanning five weeks. The first task was to write a 1-3 stanza haiku capturing the essence of the entrepreneurial mindset.

    Congratulations to Dayna Obenauf and Jacob Ososke, mechanical engineering majors from the Class of '17, for their winning entry:

    Great tenacity,
    Creative innovation,
    Business emerges.

    Vital communication,
    Makes teamwork succeed.

    The intentions pure,
    Meaningful transformation-
    Help us change the world.

  •  "Colleges That Pay You Back"

    Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

    Santa Clara University was recognized on the TODAY show for our outstanding rankings of grads landing jobs by Rob Franek, author of Princeton Review’s new book “Colleges That Pay You Back.”

  •  Hack for the Homeless

    Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

    SCU students are leading the effort on the second annual 24-hour hackathon to help the homeless. February 28-March 1 students from SCU, San Jose State, and other Bay Area schools will gather to spend 24 hours coding mobile apps that the homeless can use to help find services, food, and shelter.

  •  Engineering the Perfect Children's Book

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

    Carol Reiley '04 (computer engineering) is making waves with her new children's book, Making a Splash; giving kids a real-world example of how hard work can unlock potential.

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