Mission Matters

Academics

Harness the power

by Justin Gerdes |
New programs prepare SCU students to work in the clean-energy economy, study environmental challenges, and turn ideas into opportunities.

Master’s in Sustainable Energy

A new interdisciplinary program in the School of Engineering focuses on project-based learning, case analyses, and industrial practices, so that graduates are prepared to enter the clean energy workforce. The program is open to all students who have completed their bachelor’s in any engineering discipline. It follows on the heels of the development of the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy, an interdisciplinary program for Bay Area professionals that teaches specific engineering skills to work in the solar, wind, hydropower, and biofuel sectors.

 

Department and major in Environmental Studies

Educating the next generation of social and physical scientists dedicated to studying environmental challenges, in the College of Arts and Sciences the new Department of Environmental Studies and major launched last fall. The new department builds on the work of the former Environmental Studies Institute.

Educating the next generation of social and physical scientists dedicated to studying environmental challenges, in the College of Arts and Sciences the new department of Environmental Studies and major launched last fall. The new department builds on the work of the former Environmental Studies Institute.

Earlier in 2011, Peter Kareiva, who serves as dean’s executive professor in the new department, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Kareiva is also chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

 

Minor in Entrepreneurship

In February, the Leavey School of Business rolled out a new minor in entrepreneurship, with the program open to students of business, engineering, and arts and sciences. It’s an opportunity to “harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” says Daniel Aguilar, executive director of SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Spring 2012

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Features

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Why women professors?

Marking 50 years of coeducation at Santa Clara—and recognizing that it’s not just the composition of students that has changed profoundly.

Mission Matters

Here comes the sun ... and our solar decathletes

The 2013 Solar Decathlon is on! Santa Clara is competing for the third time, after third place wins in 2007 and 2009.

Bigger than all of us

Baseball Coach Dan O’Brien goes old school. He wants players—and fans—to rekindle a love affair with the game.

Opening new doors in the Philippines

Introducing Casa Bayanihan—a place to learn, work, and be changed forever.