Tuesday, May. 12, 2015
The School of Engineering proudly announces our 2014-15 Faculty Award recipients: Darren Atkinson, Award for Teaching Excellence; Zhiwen (Jonathan) Zhang, Researcher of the Year; Nicholas Tran, Adjunct Lecturer of the Year, and Stephen Chiappari, Markle Award for Teaching Excellence.
Darren Atkinson, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering is the recipient of this year’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Atkinson challenges students to understand concepts and “to apply those concepts and skills in a technical and practical setting.” In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Dr. Atkinson’s commitment to rigorous instruction, high expectations, fair but tough grading, and honest dedication to learning.
Zhiwen (Jonathan) Zhang, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, is the recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award. Since coming to Santa Clara in 2011, Dr. Zhang has established a strong research program. He has published five papers in peer-reviewed journals, one book chapter, and one conference proceeding. Dr. Zhang has also been successful in receiving several external research grants and gained recognition in the area of Reverse Protein Engineering. In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Dr. Zhang's accomplishment in his scholarship.
Nicholas Tran, Computer Engineering lecturer is our Adjunct Lecturer of the Year. An associate professor with SCU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, seated within the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Tran has taught for the Computer Engineering Department since 2007, and is praised for his ability to convey the abstract and complex concepts of Design and Analysis of Algorithms, a foundational course for computer science and engineering. In 2014 he created and began teaching an advanced level course on this topic. According to students he is an excellent instructor who furthers understanding through his clarity and use of practical examples. In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Prof. Tran’s contribution to the Computer Engineering Department and his positive impact on our students.
Stephen Chiappari is this year’s recipient of the Gerald E. Markle Award recognizing excellence in the teaching of engineering and applied mathematics. Students of Dr. Gerry Markle, the founding chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics at Santa Clara University, have established this award to honor his memory by recognizing excellent teaching. As the long-time chair of Applied Mathematics, Dr. Chiappari has shown an exceptional devotion to the teaching and mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students, continuing a department tradition of rigorous instruction and high expectations. In particular, he was recommended for creating a highly successful new course in risk analysis tailored specifically to the requirements of the civil engineering department. His accomplishments are all the more remarkable given the demands of his many administrative duties, carried out with characteristic patience, efficiency, and leadership. In giving this award, the School of Engineering acknowledges Dr. Chiappari’s consistent commitment to student learning.
Congratulations to all of our faculty award recipients!
Thursday, May. 7, 2015
You are invited to the presentation of our senior engineering students' capstone projects, Thursday, May 14. Student presentations begin at 2:15 p.m. and an exhibition of student projects is 5-6 p.m. in the Engineering Quad. Come and witness the future of engineering. Drop in for one presentation, come for just the demos, or stay all afternoon. All are welcome; please come!
Wednesday, May. 6, 2015
With great pleasure, the School of Engineering announces recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Engineering Award. This award honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. The two individuals receiving the award this year reflect the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
Stephen Sifferman: B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1993; M.S. Computer Engineering, 1998
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry. Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work. Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.
Sheryl Staub-French, Ph.D., P.E.: B.S. Civil Engineering, 1993
Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multi-disciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. Over the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation. She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and Director of the eng•cite program, which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50% by 2020. Eng•cite works with teachers, counselors, parents and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers. For her contribution to the field of civil engineering and her commitment to the education of the next generation of practitioners, Sheryl receives this award.
Congratulations to our awardees! Presentation of the awards will be made at the Senior Engineering Awards and Honors Convocation, Friday, June 12, 1 p.m., Locatelli Student Activities Center.
Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015
Civil engineering senior Theresa McArdle writes about her alternative spring break experience, working with a village in Ghana to improve the sustainability of local construction materials and methods.
Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015
Engineering students are at work designing a net-zero, solar-powered Tiny House in competition with a dozen other California schools.
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Congratulations to computer engineering seniors Jason Dougherty, Nick Fong, and Alek Hurst on winning 1st Place and $15,000 in the Intel Security IoT Hackathon 2015 for their product, Pawpal. The team created hardware and a mobile app to monitor and interact with pets while owners are away from home. Next, the trio plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to advance their product. Check out the demo site here: www.pawpal.io
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Feb. 22-28 is eWeek! This is the time to celebrate the profession and the engineers in your life. Read Dean Godfrey Mungal's eWeek message.
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
At SCU, we pride ourselves on engineering education that stretches both the left and right sides of the brain—engineering knowledge plus good communication skills, technical ability plus creativity.... To that end, this month some of our undergrads are participating in an Entrepreneurial Thinking Pentathlon, five challenges spanning five weeks. The first task was to write a 1-3 stanza haiku capturing the essence of the entrepreneurial mindset.
Congratulations to Dayna Obenauf and Jacob Ososke, mechanical engineering majors from the Class of '17, for their winning entry:
Makes teamwork succeed.
The intentions pure,
Help us change the world.
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Santa Clara University was recognized on the TODAY show for our outstanding rankings of grads landing jobs by Rob Franek, author of Princeton Review’s new book “Colleges That Pay You Back.”
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
SCU students are leading the effort on the second annual 24-hour hackathon to help the homeless. February 28-March 1 students from SCU, San Jose State, and other Bay Area schools will gather to spend 24 hours coding mobile apps that the homeless can use to help find services, food, and shelter.
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Carol Reiley '04 (computer engineering) is making waves with her new children's book, Making a Splash; giving kids a real-world example of how hard work can unlock potential.
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Application is fundamental to engineering; so, in addition to learning theory and analysis, students must apply their knowledge and skills to the real world. Several engineering education initiatives emphasize "real world" experiences, but how "real" are the opportunities SCU's School of Engineering offers? Read an article by Department of Mechanical Engineering's Christopher Kitts to find out.
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
SCU’s School of Engineering added the Mobile Mission Control Lab (MMCL) to its program that monitors and controls government and industry satellites. Using the MMCL, students can communicate with these satellites for longer than ever before. Read a university press release to learn more about the MMCL.
Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014
More than 1.4 million new jobs in computing will be created this decade, yet more than half of California's public high schools don't offer a single course in computer science or programming. What difference does this make? Read an article by Department of Computer Engineering's Dan Lewis to find out.
Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014
SCU's Chancellor William Rewak, S.J., writes about the convergence of the worlds of technology and poetry in this San Jose Mercury News report.
Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014
Imagine a giant landslide on the western shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe that set off a series of tsunamis sending walls of water 30 stories high and house-sized boulders rushing down the Truckee River. Though it might sound like a far-fetched pitch for a Hollywood block-buster, the event really happened about 3 million years ago. A paper in the journal Geosphere, by SCU Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Christopher Kitts (with James G. Moore and Richard A. Schweickert) sheds new light on the event and KQED Science Contributor Andrew Alden writes about the "terrifying picture of geologic uproar" their investigation uncovered here.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
Before heading back to school this week, some lucky high schoolers had a chance to come and live on campus at Santa Clara University, meeting new friends, living in a dorm, eating in the dining commons, attending classes, and staying up late talking, laughing, and working on group projects, while also learning about the engineering profession and the academic expectations of a university engineering program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the School of Engineering’s Summer Engineering Seminar was created to motivate young, mostly underrepresented students to consider studying science and engineering in college and ultimately participate in the scientific and technical workforce.
This year, the highly competitive program drew 530 applicants from 26 U.S. states and 5 foreign countries who vied for the 80 available spots. For five days, two groups of forty students lived and breathed Bronco engineering at no charge to them, thanks to the generosity of Flextronics and The Carl and Celia Gellert Foundation. Read more.
Friday, Jun. 13, 2014
David C. Trindade, Department of Engineering Management and Leadership adjunct lecturer and Fellow and Chief Officer of Best Practices at Bloom Energy, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society. Trindade was honored for outstanding leadership and achievement in high technology industry, promoting the use of statistical methods to improve quality and reliability; for dedicated training of engineers and managers in the application of statistical methods and statistical software using innovative teaching methods; and for service to the profession. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total membership as fellows each year. Individuals are nominated by their peers in the association membership. Read more.
Wednesday, May. 7, 2014
Read about some of our senior's capstone projects in the latest edition of Engineering News, available online now.
Thursday, May. 1, 2014
Bioengineering Assistant Professor Prashanth Asuri's recent publication, "Function, Structure, and Stability of Enzymes Confined in Agarose Gels" (published in PLOS One) was identified by Global Medical Discovery as a "Key Scientific Article," contributing to excellence in biomedical research. Global Medical Discovery alerts the scientific, clinical and industrial community to innovative papers dedicated to investigating causes and discovering cures for major diseases and debilitating illnesses and is viewed almost 685,000 times each month by an audience of academic, clinical and industrial R&D Scientists.