Santa Clara University


Dean's Message


Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a Jesuit institution; what is a Jesuit education? Most agree a Jesuit education entails teaching students how to think independently and inspiring them to act responsibly for the good of others. It is the second half of this equation that has gotten me thinking.

There is a beautiful history of SCU, Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart, by Professors George Giacomini and Gerald McKevitt, S.J. This title, I believe, captures the essence of Jesuit teaching. At Santa Clara, we do, indeed, serve the intellect as students are stimulated intellectually in classes and non-curricular activities provided by the University. Their growth is palpable and measurable. Touching the heart, on the other hand, is a process that is only begun here. This is a lifelong journey upon which our students are just embarking; one of fulfillment through doing for others and acting for the betterment of society.

I am inspired and encouraged by our community’s commitment to academic excellence and to the Jesuit philosophy. In these pages you will read how our students, faculty, and alumni are making a difference through their intellect and through their hearts.

Congratulations to all of our graduating engineering students. I wish you all the best on your journey.

Godfrey Mungal
School of Engineering