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Shoup inducted into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame
T. Shoup

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) inducted Santa Clara University mechanical engineering Professor Terry Shoup into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame earlier this year.

The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of engineers, technical leaders, and scientists in the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community and the Greater Bay Area communities.

Shoup has written more than 100 technical papers on mechanical design and applied mechanisms, and is the co-author of the book, Design of Machine Elements. He has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Service Award of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms in 2007, the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award of the Society of Women Engineers in 2002, and the Distinguished Service Award from the ASME Council on Education in 1988.

Shoup has been at SCU since 1989, where he currently teaches mechanical engineering and is also the interim executive director for international programs. He served as the School of Engineering dean for 13 years, overseeing 6 academic departments, 40 full-time faculty, 600 undergraduate students, and 800 graduate students. During his time as dean, Shoup established a merit scholarship program that helped to raise the average SAT score for the engineering freshman class by 125 points. He also inaugurated a group of five programs to serve underrepresented high school students and to encourage them to undertake college study/engineering careers. In the past 10 years, more than 1,200 students have benefited from these programs.

Shoup started his academic career at Ohio State University, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. In 1969, he became an assistant professor at Rutgers University, later teaching at the University of Houston. He became assistant dean of Texas A&M University in 1980 and the dean at Florida Atlantic University in 1983.

Maurer receives Fulbright Award and named Google Science Communication Fellow
E. Maurer

Congratulations to Edwin Maurer, associate professor of civil engineering, on receiving a Fulbright Visiting Scholars grant and “joining the ranks of distinguished scholars and professors worldwide who are leaders in the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of their countries.” Dr. Maurer will spend a portion of his upcoming sabbatical year in Central Chile where he will work with colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from July through December, conducting research to aid resource planners and managers in anticipating and adapting to impacts of climate change on water resources.

Before leaving for Chile this summer, Maurer will join a world class team of scientists and educators at Google headquarters to develop ways to communicate the science of climate change more effectively. Google selected Maurer to be one of their 21 Google Science Communication Fellows because of his extensive research on the impact of climate change on water resources.

Maurer joined Santa Clara University in 2003 and teaches courses including hydraulics, hydrology, and sustainable water resources development. He first studied climate change and sea level rise and impacts on the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989. During the past decade, most of his research has focused on translating global climate model output to local and regional scales, where he assesses projected impacts on water resources. Dr. Maurer also contributed dozens of projections of global climate change for a Web-based tool called Climate Wizard that provides the general public with simple analyses and innovative graphics conveying how climate has and is projected to change within specific geographic areas around the world.

In June, Maurer and the 20 other fellows will head to Google’s campus in Mountain View, Calif. for a workshop, which will integrate hands-on training and brainstorming on topics of technology and science communication. Following the workshop, fellows will be given the opportunity to apply for grants to put their ideas into practice. Those with the most impactful projects will be given the opportunity to join a Linblad Expeditions & National Geographic trip to the Arctic, the Galapagos, or Antarctica as a science communicator. More information about the program can be found on Google’s blog.