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  •  2011 SCU Engineering Faculty Awards Announced

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

    Congratulations to our 2011 School of Engineering faculty award winners:

    Researcher of the Year Award: Yuling Yan, Program Director, Bioengineering

    Award for Teaching Excellence: Frank Barone, Interim Chair, Department of Engineering Management and Leadership

    Adjunct Lecturer of  the Year: Nhan Nguyen, Mechanical Engineering

    Gerald E. Markle Award for Teaching Excellence: Sergio Zarantonello, Applied Mathematics

    These professors will be honored at an event on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 4 p.m.
    Read more here

  •  Obama Announces Partnership with ASEE

    Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

    With a strong endorsement from President Obama, ASEE  and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness have launched a partnership to measure, evaluate, and celebrate excellence in retention, graduation, and diversity in engineering education. The effort is intended to further the council’s goal of seeing at least a 10 percent increase in engineering graduates over the next decade. A Seal of Excellence will reward engineering colleges that produce more graduates and provide an incentive to others.

    Obama greeted a roomful of engineering deans, including Santa Clara University's Dean of Engineering Godfrey Mungal (shown below shaking hands with the President) on February 8 with a pledge to “use the bully pulpit to emphasize how important your work is” and an assurance that “everyone in this administration is four-square behind you.” He spoke at a reception in the Old Executive Office Building for the Engineering Deans Council and leaders in the “10,000 engineers” initiative launched by the Jobs Council. Obama described the effort as one of figuring out “how to help you do more good work all across the country” and finding the best practices in engineering education. The reception came a day after release of a series of recommendations by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology to strengthen activity- and discovery-based undergraduate STEM instruction, particularly in the first two years of college.

    “America has always been about innovation,” as well as scientific inquiry, the president said, and has “an incredible diversity of talent out there waiting to be tapped.” He said that “for every Steve Jobs we need 10,000 others.” His pledge of support  for the deans was underscored by the presence at the reception of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, presidential science adviser John Holdren, National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Alan Krueger, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

    Intel CEO Paul Ottelini, who is leading the 10,000 engineers effort, said the private sector has raised $20 million toward the effort and promised to hire 7,000 first- and second-year engineering undergraduates as summer interns.

    An ASEE survey of public and private institutions showed a four-year engineers’ graduation rate of 22 percent at the public schools and a 45-percent rate at the private institutions. Addressing these statistics, ASEE members recognize that something must be done to improve how faculty teach and how students learn.

    Energy Secretary Chu encouraged the deans to concentrate on research and education that will bolster a renaissance in manufacturing, and said funding from DOE can help. He cited “huge opportunities in power electronics” as well as high-strength steels, and predicted “a golden age in materials and materials manufacturing."

    “We will help get faculty excited,” Chu said.

    Dean Mungal Meets Obama
  •  Wilson Named IEEE Communications Society Director of Journals

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

    Sarah Kate Wilson, associate professor of electrical engineering at Santa Clara University has been appointed Director of Journals for the IEEE Communications Society.  Her two-year appointment began January 1, 2012.

    The  IEEE Communications Society Director of Journals is responsible for seven journals and, among other duties, appoints  new Editors-in-Chief,   is a sounding board for current Editors-in-Chiefs, and evaluates new journal proposals.

    Wilson, who joined the SCU faculty in 2006, has a distinguished background in both academia and industry. Lauded for her undergraduate and graduate teaching at Purdue University, she was also honored by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm for her work in promoting gender equity. She has also served as a consultant to a number of Silicon Valley companies. Her current research interests include OFDM, wireless optical communications, and scheduling.

    A generous collaborator, Wilson is frequently called upon to mentor student projects and join academic committees at Santa Clara and she has served in a number of roles for the IEEE Communications Society: associate editor for three journals,  member-at-large of the IEEE Communications Society Board-of-Governors and for the past three years Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters.

    Wilson received her A.B. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in 1979 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and 1994, respectively.

    The IEEE Communications Society is an international community comprised of more than 50,000 members; "a diverse group of industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies. To that end, the Society sponsors publications, conferences, educational programs, local activities, and technical committees that: Foster original work in all aspects of communications science, engineering, and technology."

    Congratulations, Dr. Wilson!

  •  SCU Chosen for 2013 Solar Decathlon

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

    We're in! Now the fun really begins. Read more here.

  •  Cisco Networking Session a Big Hit

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

    School of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students enjoyed a great opportunity to network with Cisco this week. In "round robin" style, Bronco engineers met with professionals from the company's Engineering, Sales, IT, and Technical Services groups, learning about the corporate culture, the participants' job functions, and employment opportunities at the worldwide leader in networking.

    Approximately 50 students turned out for the event that was sponsored by SCU's student chapter of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). February 6 ACM is hosting "An Evening with Cisco's VP of IT, Kevin Pint."  For more infomation on that event, visit:

    Cisco regularly recruits Santa Clara engineering students and has hired more than 30 interns and fulltime employees this year alone.


  •  Alumna makes the cover of MAKE Magazine

    Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    Congratulations to SCU Engineering Alumni Board member Carol Reiley '04 who appears as the superhero cover model on MAKE Magazine's January 2012 issue! Carol is the first female engineer to appear on the cover of this magazine that is at the heart of the Maker Movement.

    Featured in the magazine (Vol. 29, Do-it-Yourself Superhuman) are an interview with this superstar who recently received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in the area of surgical robotics, plus two articles she co-authored: Air Guitar Hero, a project Reiley reports "was originally created as a fun rehab exercise for people with amputations;" and DIY Blood Pressure Monitor, a low-cost, smart and mobile device to be used to test hypertension in third world countries.

    Christopher Kitts, director of Santa Clara University's Robotics Systems Laboratory, notes that as a senior computer engineering major, Reiley "led a great robotics capstone on haptic manipulation." She and Kitts are currently brainstorming the creation of a hands-on course on haptics for SCU.

    Read more about SCU's robotics programs here.



  •  Kitts Named KEEN Outstanding Faculty Member

    Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

    The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) recognized Santa Clara University's Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Chris Kitts with the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Member and Network Contributor at the 2012 Winter KEEN Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 8.

    KEEN's mission is to graduate engineers equipped with an action-oriented entrepreneurial mindset who will contribute to business success and transform the U.S. workforce. KEEN fulfills this mission by supporting the creation of programs that develop technical leaders with strong skills and an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering programs at select private U.S. colleges and universities, including Santa Clara University.

    Kitts has served as Santa Clara's principle investigator on the awards, and he and his colleagues in Engineering and Business have worked over the past three years on the following initiatives:

    •    Continue the new Design Thinking pathway;  
    •    Refining the flagship Smart Product Design course;
    •    Adding BUSN 198, a course that allows business students to work on engineering’s capstone teams;
    •    Developing new Culture of Innovation course;
    •    Introducing one to three hour modules into existing classes to expose 100 percent of SCU engineers to the KEEN topics during all four years of their education;
    •    Introducing several co-curricular initiatives, including competitions, seminars, mentoring events, student club support, co-operative program, etc.;
    •    Working with teams from the 20 other KEEN schools to introduce them to SCU's Robotics Lab model of real-world projects, which involve the long-term provision of products and services to professional customers, with students involved in every stage of these activities;
    •    Conducting new series of faculty seminars to improve business acumen among engineering faculty; and
    •    Starting new initiative to assess all engineering students during their freshman and senior years, as well as near the mid-point of their college program.

    The Kern Family Foundation created KEEN in 2005 as a collegiate initiative to complement efforts at the K-12 level to increase the quantity and quality of U.S. engineering talent.

    Learn more about innovation at SCU.

  •  SCU Gives Boost to Women in Computing

    Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

    Mentoring and innovative programs help increase number of women enrolled in computing-related majors at SCU.

  •  Celebrating a Century of Engineering Excellence!

    Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011

    Engineering hits the 100 mark! Check out our Centennial website.

  •  Forbes Names SCU One of America's Best Colleges

    Monday, Sep. 5, 2011
  •  Newsweek Names SCU One of Happiest Colleges

    Friday, Sep. 2, 2011

    Life is a little sweeter for SCU students according to this report.

  •  New M.S. in Sustainable Energy Offered

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

    Feeding the growing need and interest in understanding and solving environmental problems around the world, the School of Engineering announces a new master's degree program in sustainable energy

  •  Serial startup sensation

    Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011

    At just 19 years old, computer engineering sophomore Diane Keng is already a serial entrepreneur.

  •  Water, water, everywhere

    Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011

    Ed Maurer has a well-earned reputation as an expert on sustainable water resources development.

  •  New Scholar Program for PV Research Launched

    Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011

    $1.3 million gift from alumnus helps create some of the country's top students in the field of renewable energy.

  •  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
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