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School of Engineering Alumni Update - March 2014
Winter 2014 SCU Engineering News


Winter Engineering News Available Online Now

The latest edition of the School of Engineering newsletter is available online now. This issue is chock-full of stories about students, faculty, and alumni. Read about our civil engineering professor's summer internship, bioengineering student research, faculty collaboration between the Department of Computer Engineering and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature...and much, much more. Check it out!


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Alumni, Faculty, and School News:
1959 Graduate Engineering Course Announcement

Donlan Jones '59, former assistant professor of electrical engineering, was a key factor in bringing graduate engineering education to Santa Clara. Read his account here.

Robert Kenny Joseph '02

SCU alumnus Robert Kenny Joseph '02, founder and CEO of Step Ahead Solutions, Inc., is working hard to revolutionize cloud computing. Read how he's doing it here.

Chris Menezes '10

Chris Menezes '10, computer engineering alumnus, has worked—and talked—his way to career success in the game industry. Read his story here.

Belen Verduzco '03 and Laura Skinner '10

Gabriela Mercado '11, Laura Skinner 10, and Belen Verduzco '03, civil engineering alumnae and employees of Turner-Devcon working on the new 49ers Stadium, provided an insider's look at the state-of-the-art facility, leading tours to students and participating in a Q&A session on campus during National Engineers Week.

Computer Engineering Professor Silvia Figueira

Silvia Figueira, computer engineering associate professor, has been honored with the NCWIT 2014 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award in recognition of her "outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields."

Computer Engineering Professor Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis, associate professor of computer engineering, received the Quality Educator Award at the International Society for Quality Electronic Design/Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Education Conference, March 3. The award honors educators who exemplify excellence in interdisciplinary engineering education and who are passionate about the quality of engineering education. More on the Conference.

Civil Engineering Professor Tonya Nilsson

Tonya Nilsson, civil engineering lecturer, has been named a Campus Star by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This honor recognizes faculty members who serve as role models to their peers with respect to innovative research and/or educational activities. Read why she was selected here.

Engineers Without Borders Logo

Engineers Without Borders: Though safety concerns kept them from traveling last summer to complete the final design of a water distribution system in Honduras, the team hired locals to survey the pipeline path and distribution points and to complete a door-to-door study. The SCU student team is still on track to complete the design and begin construction in 2015.

The Tech Museum of Innovation

The School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab and the Tech Museum of Innovation signed a partnership agreement and statement of work, officially launching their cooperation on four milti-disciplinary programs to be held over the course of this year. The first of these programs will be held at The Tech in late April. More information will be coming soon.

Students at work at the Hack for the Homeless event.

Hack for the Homeless—A Big Success! More than 50 participants from SCU and SJSU submitted 13 proposals in the first Hack for the Homeless, a marathon of programming to develop tools to help the area's homeless. First prize went to SCU senior web design and engineering major, Neil Chintala. See all the submissions here.

SCU School of Engineering Centennial Book Cover

Santa Clara Engineering: Celebrating Our First Century, a new book, celebrates the School of Engineering's history and our future with a glimpse of this community's rich and storied past and a peek at the future of engineering at SCU. The 114-page, hardcover book is on sale now ($25.00) at the Campus Bookstore.

Mission Control, SCU Robotic Systems Laboratory

Satellite Launch: Students from the Robotic Systems Laboratory (RSL) are preparing for a March 16 launchof SporeSat, NASA's satellite mission to conduct an astrobiological experiment on the biological response of fern spores to varying gravitational environments. Once launched, RSL students, ranging from freshmen to doctoral candidates, will control the satellite.

Global Tech Women

VOICES:Alums Motaz Hajaj '10, Scott Lynn '10, and current students Faisan Ahmed, Shradha Cripe, Noé Lozano, and Udaya Bhaaskar Yalamanchi are panelists in sessions moderated by adjunct professor Bonita Banducci, for VOICES, a FREE international virtual conference.  More on the sessions here.

Wearable Technology

Wearable Technologies: The Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association preswents, "The Wearable Future: Moving Beyond the Hype; the Search for the Holy Grail and Practical Use Cases," Saturday, March 8, 12 - 5:30 p.m., at Intel, Santa Clara. More information here.

2014 Senior Design Conference

Senior Design Conference, Thursday, May 8. The 44th Annual presentation of our seniors' capstone work will be held on campus 2 - 5 p.m. Plan to join us for this highlight of the academic year. More information here.