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A Tradition of Academic Excellence at SCU:
Engineering a Career Perspective
The School of Engineering, now in its 92nd year, strives to educate students to fulfill the Jesuit mission in tangible ways. In addition to a rigorous program of scientific and engineering fundamentals, hands-on experience, and multidisciplinary teamwork, the program has an earnest emphasis on the world in which the engineer will work. Students exposure to philosophy, ethics, political science, literature, foreign languages, economics, the arts, and other cultures gives them important perspective on their role in that world. And students work with faculty to produce scholarship so that they experience not only the conveyance of knowledge but also its creation.
Engineering students, under the guidance of Davis, have created community-based project to help the women in HomeSafe, a nearby transitional housing community for survivors of domestic violence. The students have helped to outfit the facility with computing and networking facilities suitable for the women and their children and have taught the women how to use these technologies to seek employment and gain access to information.
The VDC has not only helped community members, it has given the department great insight into how best to recruit, engage, and teach female engineering students, who are a minority in the profession.
The future is now
Each year, teams of undergraduate students completely design, fabricate, test, operate, and manage high-quality robotic systems for performing a variety of scientific investigations. Past and ongoing projects include spacecraft, underwater vehicles, terrestrial rovers, airships, telescopes, and industrial robots.
Beyond being "cool," the projects are often devoted to beneficial causes. Scientific teams from nearly every marine research center in the West regularly deploy the RSLs marine robots, which are operated by our students. The lab has an extensive partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, but its robots travel far beyond Monterey Bay. The robots and SCU students have been from Lake Tahoe to Alaska and have been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Weekly.