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  •  Alumna Wins TechCrunch Disrupt

    Friday, Sep. 25, 2015
  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  Engineering Education: Keeping it Real

    Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

    Application is fundamental to engineering; so, in addition to learning theory and analysis, students must apply their knowledge and skills to the real world. Several engineering education initiatives emphasize "real world" experiences, but how "real" are the opportunities SCU's School of Engineering offers? Read an article by Department of Mechanical Engineering's Christopher Kitts to find out.

  •  Mobile Mission Control Lab

    Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

    SCU’s School of Engineering added the Mobile Mission Control Lab (MMCL) to its program that monitors and controls government and industry satellites. Using the MMCL, students can communicate with these satellites for longer than ever before. Read a university press release to learn more about the MMCL.

  •  Teens Get a Glimpse of Engineering

    Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

    Before heading back to school this week, some lucky high schoolers had a chance to come and live on campus at Santa Clara University, meeting new friends, living in a dorm, eating in the dining commons, attending classes, and staying up late talking, laughing, and working on group projects, while also learning about the engineering profession and the academic expectations of a university engineering program.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the School of Engineering’s Summer Engineering Seminar was created to motivate young, mostly underrepresented students to consider studying science and engineering in college and ultimately participate in the scientific and technical workforce.

    This year, the highly competitive program drew 530 applicants from 26 U.S. states and 5 foreign countries who vied for the 80 available spots. For five days, two groups of forty students lived and breathed Bronco engineering at no charge to them, thanks to the generosity of Flextronics and The Carl and Celia Gellert Foundation. Read more.

  •  Empowering the Under-Served, One App @ a Time

    Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014

    The School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab and San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation put on their first Social Innovation Workshop last Sunday, April 27. Sponsored by NASDAQ and Accenture, the workshops (this being the first of four to be held in 2014) focus on how technology can be harnessed to benefit humanity.

    "Empowering the Under-Served, One App @ a Time" engaged 30 middle school students for 3 hours at The Tech, where they learned how to empathize with homeless people in Santa Clara County and design mobile applications to improve their lives. Participants were quickly absorbed in the tasks of identifying and defining a problem faced by homeless people, and then designing the functionality and architecture of a mobile application to solve that problem.

    To help participants create realistic technology ideas, SCU Computer Engineering Associate Professor Silvia Figueira spoke about mobile projects that help the homeless, including several tools that were designed during the "Hack for the Homeless" event, held at Santa Clara last month. Other participants included a 2013 Tech Awards Laureate, Alejandro Maza, who discussed how his social enterprise in Mexico City (OPI) is leveraging the use of technology to support initiatives in crime prevention, public health, and education. Radha Basu, Director of the Frugal Innovation Lab, taught participants how to innovate for under-served communities, with a design innovation process that emphasizes empathy above all else. The Community Technology Alliance (CTA) in San Jose also provided first-hand narratives about homeless people living in the participants' own neighborhoods, and a young CTA client, who has experienced homelessness in the past, was brave enough to share her experiences with the group.

    Upcoming workshops this year include: 3D Bio-Printing for Public Health, Renewable Materials for Structural Stability (during seismic activity), and Pathogen Detection and Clean Water Monitoring. Check The Tech's website for more information on how to get involved.

    Submitted by Elizabeth Sweeny

  •  Nam Ling Named Outstanding Overseas Scholar

    Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

    Nam Ling, chair and professor of computer engineering, has been named "Outstanding Overseas Scholar" by Shanghai University of Electric Power (SHIEP). The IEEE Fellow was appointed due to his extensive research (more than 170 publications in top-tier journals) and because of the contributions he and his team of researchers from Santa Clara University and Huawei Tehcnologies, Inc./Hisilicon are making in the field of 3D video coding—much of which is being adopted as the normative, or required, industry standard.

  •  Solar Decathlon @ SCU

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

    Check out this video about Santa Clara Engineering's biggest hands-on project.

  •  Sarah Kate Wilson Named IEEE Fellow

    Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

    Sarah Kate Wilson, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been named an IEEE Fellow in recognition of her outstanding contributions to orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). The highest level of IEEE membership, this prestigious honor is conferred on only a select few—no more than one-tenth of one-percent of voting IEEE members may be granted this distinction each year.

  •  EE Prof Named "Woman of the Year"

    Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

    Shoba Krishnan, associate professor of electrical engineering was named "Woman of the Year" for the 25th Assembly District, represented by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. At the awards ceremony, held December 11, 2013, at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, Krishnan was recognized for her dedication to students both inside and outside the classroom as well as her work on community projects and STEM education. She was also commended for her role in motivating young women and other marginalized communities to pursue science as a profession.

  •  Student Field Work Featured in Article

    Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

    Research work to detect pathogens in drinking water performed by bioengineering's Jessica VanderGeissen '14 and the School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab was featured in this article in Sci Dev Net.

  •  Computer Engineers Create App for Homeless

    Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

    Many local agencies offer services for those in need, but for the estimated 7,000 homeless people in Santa Clara County, help is often elusive. Now a small group of Santa Clara University students has transformed a simple mobile phone into a vital conduit for assistance.

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