Santa Clara University

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Dean's Message

In its recent history, the School of Engineering has experienced the waves of invention and reinvention that are the essence of Silicon Valley’s habitat for innovation—from the development and commercialization of integrated circuits and storage technology in the 1970s, to the development of the microprocessor and personal computer in the ’80s, and the Internet in the ’90s. Through each of these periods Santa Clara has been a vital resource to Silicon Valley and beyond, providing the critical knowledge and skills needed to sustain new waves of innovation. And today the School continues its cycle of reinvention with nanotechnology collaborations that integrate industry partnerships with our growing research strengths in electrical and mechanical engineering, student-led robotics research projects in the development of control systems for satellite-based biological experiments, a growing program in bioengineering, and emerging strengths in design for sustainability.

Working side by side with faculty, our students experience first hand the process of discovery and how to integrate diverse design elements into working prototypes. In the context of Santa Clara University’s Jesuit tradition, they are uniquely situated to grow as whole persons while developing the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to future waves of innovation, be it in Silicon Valley or in understanding how technology can be designed for meeting humanity’s needs in developing countries. We invite you to come see for yourself why the run-up to the Engineering School’s 100th anniversary in 2012 might be the most dynamic and promising period yet in our proud history.

 

James Koch
Interim Dean,
School of Engineering