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June 2013 Engineering Alumni Update:
Spring 2013 SCU Engineering News

Engineering News

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Read how our civil engineering students are advancing the field of sustainable construction, how our bioengineering seniors' work is helping to commercialize Nobel Prize winning technology, and about our electrical engineering undergraduates' collaboration to expand the use of solar photovoltaic technologies in Uganda. Catch up on what our mechanical, web design, and computer engineering students have been up to, as well. All this and more in this quarter's edition.

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Faculty and Student News, Upcoming Events, and More:
2013 SCU Solar Decathlon Logo: Radiant House

A Night of Wine and Innovation: Join Team Santa Clara for wine, appetizers, dessert, and a presentation by the 2013 Solar Decathlon students at their fund raiser June 6, 6:30 p.m., Testarossa Winery. RSVP here. And watch time-lapse videos of the house taking shape on the team's YouTube channel.


Frugal Innovation Lab Open House

Frugal Innovation Lab: More than 250 attendees from Engineering, Business, Arts & Sciences, and external corporations and enterprises gathered for an Open House in the FIL last month to celebrate the Lab's first anniversary. With more than 20 project teams presenting their work, it was an outstanding event that tangibly illustrated the energy and demand for all things Frugal! Read more about FIL.


SCU Bronco Buildings Association - SCUBBA

SCU Bronco Builders Association held their inaugural 2013 Expo May 7. The event was sponsored and attended by major construction companies in the Bay Area and proceeds benefited the SCU Solar Decathlon team and ASCE student chapter concrete canoe team. More about SCUBBA.

2013 School of Engineering Senior Design Conference

Senior Design Conference: Senior engineering students presented their capstone projects to alumni, parents, industry partners, and friends of the School of Engineering May 9. A big "Thank you!" to the 100+ alums who came out to judge the presentations. See a list of the winning project presentations here.


Order of the Engineer rings are worn proudly

Order of the Engineer: The School of Engineering hosted its 27th Annual Order of the Engineer Ceremony May 29. Joining the Order, which fosters a spirit of pride and responsibility in engineering, were 72 seniors and graduate students who pledged to practice integrity and fair dealing in their profession. If you are interested in joining the Order at our ceremony next year, contact Nicole Morales.


SCU engineering outreach

Outreach: The School of Engineering hosted 50 Bay Area high school students for Spring Engineering Education Days. Youngsters participated in workshops designed to encourage and motivate them to study engineering. This summer, 80 high school students will explore engineering while living in SCU residence halls, attending workshops, and completing a hands-on project. More information.


Mark Aschheim, SCU Civil Engineering

Mark Aschheim (civil engineering) testified at ICC Committee Action hearings for inclusion of an appendix on strawbale construction in the 2015 International Residential Code (approved 9-1). This is the first time these provisions will be included in a code applicable nationally. Seismic design requirements rely heavily on Aschheim's work over the last decade.


Christopher Kitts, SCU Mechanical Engineering

Chris Kitts (mechanical engineering)was appointed Associate Editor of   IEEE Access, a new multidisciplinary open access mega-journal focused on the rapid dissemination of applications-oriented, interdisciplinary research. He was also appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.

Nam Ling, SCU Computer Engineering

Nam Ling (computer engineering) was appointed Guest Professor for the third three-year term (2013-16) by the President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The University is ranked #2 in China in engineering and has an MOU wih SCU since 2009.


Sarah Kate Wilson, SCU Electrical Engineering

Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) is running for the IEEE Communications Society Vice President of Publications. More information about the election here.


Cary Yang, SCU Electrical Engineering

Cary Yang (electrical engineering) has a unique distinction: his paper, "Extraction of Contact Resistance in Carbon Nanofiber Via Interconnects with Varying Lengths," is one of Applied Physics Letters most downloaded articles of the last five years.


John Judnich '13, SCU Computer Science and Engineering

John Judnich '13, computer engineering senior, received Honorable Mention for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award 2013. This is a national award and most recipients are from top research R1 universities. Congratulations, John! See a list of awardees and honorable mentions here.


SCU Bioengineering

SCU's Department of Bioengineering is partnering with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Pittsburgh to produce a series of workshops. The first, International Summer Academy of Pharmacy, will focus on research in the areas of drug discovery and development, biotechnology, bioengineering, and clinical practices and will be held at SJTU July 1-10.  More information.


An example of 3D printing

Curious about the future of 3D printing? Engineering Management and Leadership lecturer Pravin Jain announces the launch of a new blog to provide credible, current information for events and projects related to the craft of 3D printing, and solutions to issues facing the developing and changing world. Check it out!


John J. Montgomery, aeronautics pioneer

John J. Montgomery, Santa Clara professor and aviation pioneer, will be the subject of a talk by Craig Harwood and Thom Taylor at the Golden West Regional Fly-in and Airshow, Yuba County Airport, June 7-9. More information and schedule here.


The Leavey Challenge

Broncos needed: What if you had the chance to help future Broncos attend SCU? Well, it's your lucky day: The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation will give $1 million for student scholarships if 9,000 undergraduate alumni make a gift by June 30. More than 8,000 individual alums have stepped up. Help us reach this goal; make your gift today.


School of Engineering Big Bash! October 12, 2013

Save the date for the Bash! Don't miss the School of Engineering's Big Bash!, Saturday, October 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar now for the best party of the year, held during Grand Reunion Weekend. More information coming as the date approaches. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!