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Engineering professor runs for Congress

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Feb. 7, 2002-Sukhmander Singh, Santa Clara University engineering professor and departmental chair, is one of six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for the congressional seat currently held by Gary Condit.

Singh, born in India, moved to the United States in 1968 to attend graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a doctrate. Today, he is the chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at SCU, a position he has held since 1992.

According to Singh, the University was significant in his political quest for "integrity and trust." Singh said, "SCU has infused in me a sense of service, leadership, and compassion."

The professor is a former president of the Sikh Council of North America. As a member of the Political Action Committee of Sikhs in California, he helped Jimmy Carter campaign for Democratic votes during his presidential campaign. From 1983-1985, he was the publisher of the first-ever Punjabi-English newspaper in California and wrote editorials aimed at influencing political thinking.

Singh's professional background includes experience in both agriculture and technology. Following graduate school he grew grapes on a farm outside of Fresno. As a former project engineer and manager he worked on projects such as the Alaskan pipeline, San Pablo Clearwell Dam, and the Treasure Island dike.

For his engineering expertise, he has achieved numerous honors including an invitation as chairman to several international conferences, including the International Symposium in China. In 1991, he was included in the "International Who's Who." As a faculty member at SCU, he received a special recognition award for teaching, research and service in 1996, Researcher of the Year in 1997 and is a Nicholson Family Endowed Chair.

Singh's platform includes bringing high-tech jobs to the valley and improving education in the region.

MEDIA: To obtain a photograph image of Singh, contact Kelly Shenefiel at (408) 554-0125 or

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Sukhmander Singh, chair of SCU civil engineering, came in fourth among six candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 18th Congressional District, in March 5 elections.

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