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  •  Ed Maurer: Fullbright Recipient, Google Fellow

    Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2011

    Civil Engineer contributes to climate change research.

  •  Senior Design Conference May 5!

    Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011

    Come and witness the future of engineering as our seniors present their capstone projects. All are welcome.

  •  Freshman Engineers Shine in Song Contest

    Monday, Apr. 25, 2011

    In March, the Engineering Education Service Center ran a "Sing the Song of Engineering" Contest. Of 32 submissions, 3 of the 7 winning entries came from SCU's freshman class taking our Introduction to Engineering course, ENGR 1!

    Patrick Neill won first place with his band Infinity Squared and their song "Ode to Engineers." Brian Hammond, Robert Golterman, and Robert Ross took third place for their song chronicling great engineering innovations over time. And the band, Mech Attack, featuring Arturo Nunez Perez, Jasper Adamek-Bowers, and Victor Ojeda, received an honorable mention for their tribute to engineering.

    Freshmen were offered the chance to submit an entry in the contest as one of a number of options they could choose from for their final project, reports Ruth Davis, associate dean of undergraduate programs. “We were very impressed with the talent exhibited by our engineers,” she said, “and we’re delighted the students performed so well in the competition.”

    Find the songs and lyrics here.

  •  The importance of right-brain thinking

    Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011

    The complexity of today's global engineering problems requires the use of both sides of the brain to devise technologically-innovative and ethical solutions. School of Engineering Dean Godfrey Mungal explores how engineering schools are changing curricula to educate ethical, compassionate, and innovative engineers.

  •  Civil Engineering Professor Named Google Science Communication Fellow

    Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011
  •  Happy eWeek!

    Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

    The School of Engineering celebrates National Engineers Week, Feb. 20-26, 2011, with lots of great activities! See our website for full details:

  •  Prof. Terry Shoup inducted into Silicon Valley Hall of Fame

    Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

    Mechanical Engineering Professor Terry Shoup was honored by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council at a banquet during National Engineers Week, February 24. Read his acceptance speech here.

  •  2010 Faculty Awards Announced

    Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010
  •  Four Satellites Due to Launch Nov. 19!

    Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

    On Friday, Nov. 18 at 5:24 pm PST, an Air Force rocket is scheduled to launch from Kodiak Alaska, deploying four satellites that are part of the SCU Robotics Systems Laboratory (RSL) program, announced RSL Director, Christopher Kitts.

    The first satellite, O/OREOS, is a NASA Ames Research Center biological sciences spacecraft that SCU students will control for one year. The second, NanoSail-D2, is a NASA Marshall Space Flight Center test of solar sail technology which SCU students will monitor for about two weeks. The last two satellites, FASTRAC A and B, are student-designed satellites created in collaboration with colleagues and students at UT Austin; all of the flight computers on board FASTRAC are SCU designed.  FASTRAC will demonstrate several satellite formation flying technologies.

    The NASA satellites will be controlled from SCU's Satellite Mission Control Room in the School of Engineering, using an antenna suite on top of the Bannan Engineering Building which includes two parabolic dishes and a dual Yagi antenna suite. In addition, automated receive-only communication stations installed across the country will relay satellite status data back to SCU mission control via the Internet. 

    "It is worth noting," said Kitts, "that SCU is the only university in the country that provides comprehensive mission control and distributed communications network services to NASA with a student operations team. The student operations team consists of students ranging from freshman to doctoral candidates, and students operating the spacecraft are trained and certified by enrolling for academic credit in a novel 'Satellite Operations Laboratory' course (which includes the control of a real NASA satellite as the lab exercise!).  Student involvement beyond operating the satellites includes engineering development of the control network, ranging from undergraduates working on senior capstone projects to graduate students working on thesis research." Kitts also notes that while NASA is supporting students to perform some of this work, much of the engineering infrastructure the Lab uses for this purpose has been funded through grants ranging from internal support from SCU's Technology Steering Committee to external research projects funded by the National Science Foundation.

    Barring a launch delay, the  Lab plans to hold a launch party on Friday evening starting around 5 pm in the Mission Control Room area; live video from the launch site will be available for monitoring activities.  For the NASA missions, the Lab maintains two public 'dashboards' providing information on the status of the spacecraft and their experiments.  Over the past week alone, these dashboard web pages have received more than 36,000 page views:

    O/OREOS Dashboard

    NanoSail-D2 Dashboard

    Read more.

  •  Rebuilding the 2009 Solar House, Again

    Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

    One year after Santa Clara University won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon, the award-winning, solar-powered house is finally going up permanently.

  •  Recent Grad Gives Testimonial

    Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010
  •  New Renewable Energy Certificate Offered

    Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

    The School of Engineering is now offering a Renewable Energy Certificate for graduate students.

  •  Bioengineering seeks new faculty

    Friday, Sep. 17, 2010

    The Bioengineering Program is seeking a tenure-track faculty member. See details here.

  •  SCU Scores High on National Survey

    Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

    U.S. News ranks SCU No. 2 in the West and School of Engineering climbs to No. 17 nationally.

  •  New Solar Panels Boost SCU's Renewable Energy Portfolio

    Monday, May. 17, 2010
  •  Electrical engineering professor wins Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award

    Tuesday, May. 4, 2010

    Dragoslav Siljak receives prestigious award for distinguished career contributions to control system theory.

  •  Engineering Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

    Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

    Wendelin Wright, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was granted a five-year NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, one of the Foundation's most prestigious awards in recognition of her outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of Santa Clara University's mission.

  •  SCU Ring Knockers Build Network of Support.

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

    SCU engineering alums are giving back to their school and their fellow Broncos by building a strong network to assist with entrepreneurial development and job search through the SCU Ring Knockers organization.

  •  The School of Engineering announces its 2009 Faculty Award recipients.

    Monday, Feb. 1, 2010
  •  Empowering Future Leaders

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

    Watch a video about the Solar Decathlon and setting a standard in sustainability.

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