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  •  Engineering Profs Honored

    Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013

    At the September 17 Santa Clara University Faculty Recognition event, the School of Engineering was the shining star as a number of our faculty members were honored for their distinct and far-reaching contributions to the School and to the University. Shoba Krishnan, Tim Healy, and Ed Maurer received Presidential Awards and Samiha Mourad was honored with the Faculty Senate Professor Award.

  •  SCU Solar Decathletes Shine in SJMN Article

    Monday, Sep. 16, 2013

    Mike Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News goes looking for a heated rivalry between Santa Clara Solar Decathletes and competitors from a certain neighboring university, but finds Jesuit-inspired goodwill instead. Read his fun article.

  •  SCU Frugal Innovation Lab Featured

    Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

    The School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) was featured in an article in the recent edition of New Scientist. Read how the FIL is helping to shape the emerging field of frugal engineering.

  •  Santa Clara's Radiant House is Ready to Rock

    Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013

    Read about SCU's entry in the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Solar Decathlon in this article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  •  SCU Engineering Ranked in Top Ten

    Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013

    In the newly released U.S. News & World Report rankings, Santa Clara University's School of Engineering is now in the top 10 undergraduate engineering programs offered by master's universities.

  •  SCU Engineering Nets Top Honors for ROI

    Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013

    Santa Clara University has been identified as one of the nation's top engineering programs for lifetime return on investment by (AC Online), a leading resource for college affordability and financial aid information. Graduates of SCU, which was ranked 12 out of the 20 programs recognized, enjoy one of the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over thirty years, and earn more on average than engineering graduates from other schools.

  •  Solar Decathlon Send-off Photos

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

    View a slideshow of photos from the August 19 Solar Decathlon Send-off Celebration here at SCU. Students, alumni, Santa Clara faculty and administrators were on hand as Congressman Mike Honda wished the team well.

  •  SCU Ranked Tops in Sustainability

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

    Santa Clara was named one of Sierra magazine's top 50 "Cool Schools" for 2013 for leading the way in sustainability initiatives and projects such as Solar Decathlon.

  •  The Solar Decathlon Team's Secret Weapon

    Friday, Jul. 26, 2013

    Fr. Jim Reites, advisor to SCU's Solar Decathlon team, is one of the keys to the project's success. Watch this video to see why.

  •  Energy Scholars Attend Summit

    Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

    Jocelyn Tan, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, and Mindy Nguyen, a senior studying biochemistry, investigate fuel cells at SCU’s Latimer Energy Lab, a multidisciplinary laboratory focusing on renewable energy research. They recently attended the Silicon Valley Energy Summit (SVES) to broaden their understanding of local green tech endeavors and network with a diverse group of clean energy initiators, enactors and enthusiasts. Following is an account of their experience.

  •  A World-Class Experience

    Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013

    This summer, three Santa Clara students are working in India with social enterprises Anudip and iMerit. As Santa Clara's Global Social Benefit Fellows, they are spending seven weeks in the field putting their talents and training to good use. Melissa Bica '14, a computer science and engineering major, is developing tools and assisting with IT training while having the experience of a lifetime. Read about her experiences in the students' blog.

  •  A Vision Realized

    Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013

    Since 2009, three teams of Santa Clara civil engineering seniors/social activists have helped villagers in Gambibgo, Ghana, construct a library and meeting hall using sustainable building materials and innovative architecture designed to withstand the wind, rain, and floods that would typically destroy a traditionally-built mud and thatch-roofed structure within a couple of rainy seasons.

    Motivated by a strong desire to improve the lives of this underserved population while also respecting the environment, the students made great progress in furthering sustainable design and teaching local masons new construction methods. But when it came time to fill the library with books, the project foundered. Read how a fortuitous meeting in Ghana led to a happy ending.

  •  Inspiration to Study Engineering

    Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

    Solar Decathlon team member Nicole Pal '14 shares her story in the Washington Post.

  •  SCU Mobile Project Helps Area Homeless

    Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013

    A group of Santa Clara University computer science and engineering students taking the course, Mobile Projects for Social Benefit, have developed an app to help homeless individuals and very-low-income families in Santa Clara County access community services.

    Santa Clara University students enjoy a wide range of opportunities to explore the explosive field of mobile health through the Mobile Health Lab housed within the School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab.

  •  America's Infrastructure Report Card

    Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

    Ed Maurer, civil engineering associate professor, reports on ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Read his article in WSJ's Market Watch.

  •  Solar Decathlon News

    Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

    Our SCU Solar Decathletes have been busy with a groundbreaking ceremony and steel delivery that has Radiant House taking shape. See their progress on YouTube.

  •  Ready for Radiant House

    Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

    The fences are up, the steel is on its way, and the bamboo construction beams are taking shape—the 2013 SCU Solar Decathlon team is ready to break ground on the Radiant House.

  •  Engineering Dominates List of Top-Paying Majors

    Friday, Apr. 12, 2013

    Engineering majors claimed 7 spots on the list of top-10 paying majors according to NACE's April 2013 Salary Survey.

  •  SCU Solar Decathlon News

    Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

    Check out the latest news and highlights of Santa Clara's entry in the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

  •  Jesuit Education: A Special Gift

    Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013

    The following piece, written by electrical engineering alumnus David Njuguna '08, M.S. '10, was extracted from the proposed Jesuit University of Eastern Africa's JU e-Newsletter.

    I believe that the best gift one can ever be given is education; not just any education, but one that allows for respectful exchange of ideas. Leaving the comfort of my home in Kenya, I travelled to the USA to study at the Santa Clara University School of Engineering. Though not my first choice, attending a Jesuit institution turned out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me in my quest for higher education. It has allowed me to see the world in a different light with respect to the importance of social justice, ethics, community, freethinking, and building, using the engineering skills that I learnt during my time there.

    The values that I shared and obtained, while in this community, have afforded me the opportunity to have a better understanding of the world as a whole. I remember with nostalgia substituting food for fines in the library, for overdue books. I did not mind the penalty knowing that though I was fined it helped me put food on the table of a needy person. For me, education at a Jesuit institution came with some very special characteristics, key among them being the level of intellectual rigor encouraged by the teaching staff who continually set very high expectations for the students in both their studying and community activities. We learnt the spirit of community, the sense of embracing different kinds of people from all parts of society, as well as the integration of both ethics and social justice values. All this with the goal of making better future leaders that have a sense of purpose, driven by the right values for the human race and encouraging free thinking on all topics irrespective of their palatability. I fondly recall chatting with friends at Benson Center over a cup of coffee, enjoying an invitation for conversation and lunch with the Jesuits at their residence at the University.

    I believe that the Jesuit University of Eastern Africa will provide a higher level of education that has yet to be experienced in this region. It will be an education centered in a high level of thinking, and doing at the same time; more so for the local community. An education grounded and steeped in ethics and social justice as the pillars of building a new community that respects each other in spite of their ethnic differences. An education that will set the beginning of changing Africa, one student at a time, by showing them that real change is possible through individual participation. Later, helping their fellow citizenry within their communities as a whole instead of following the “me first” mantra that has produced the current social quagmires.

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