Santa Clara University


100 Years Strong...and We've Got Momentum

Hundreds of alumni, faculty, and friends celebrated the School of Engineering Centennial at The Biggest Bash Ever! in October. Photo: Charles Barry

Happy Anniversary, School of Engineering! This fall the School of Engineering kicks off a year-long celebration of a century of engineering excellence at Santa Clara University.

Founded in 1912 under the direction of George L. Sullivan, the College of Engineering later gave Santa Clara the distinction of being the first Catholic institution west of St. Louis to have an accredited engineering program. Sullivan led the College for a remarkable 43 years, shepherded the program safely through the turbulence of two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Korean War, and wave after wave of technological innovation.

Through the decades, Santa Clara engineering faculty and alumni have contributed greatly to their professions, to their communities, and to the world. In the 1940s, Santa Clara engineering was instrumental in helping the war effort by training civilians in the defense industry; in the 1960s our newly instituted “Early Bird” graduate program gave local engineers the opportunity to expand their knowledge while they were transforming the Valley of Heart’s Delight into Silicon Valley, a hub of technological innovation. Pioneering research in the field of alternative fuel sources in the 1970s brought SCU international recognition, which was further enhanced by our recent advancements in sustainable engineering and our 3rd Place finishes in the 2007 and 2009 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competitions.

Today, we take pride in educating students who put their heads, hearts, and hands to work in areas of focus that could hardly be imagined back in 1912—bioengineering, nanotechnology, sustainability, and frugal innovation for the developing world. The best is yet to come for the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University and we invite you to join with us as we embark on our next 100 years of engineering excellence.

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