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 Santa Clara University Mechanical Engineering Professor Terry Shoup to Be Inducted Into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011—The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) will induct Santa Clara University Mechanical Engineering Professor Terry Shoup into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
 
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 six 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 also created the nation’s first “degree warranty” program whereby SCU engineering graduates can return to campus and take graduate courses tuition-free if they are ever laid off from their jobs.
 
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.
 
The SVEC Annual Engineers Week Dinner and Hall of Fame Awards will take place Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5–9:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.
 
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
 
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