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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.
Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
The School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab and San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation put on their first Social Innovation Workshop last Sunday, April 27. Sponsored by NASDAQ and Accenture, the workshops (this being the first of four to be held in 2014) focus on how technology can be harnessed to benefit humanity.
"Empowering the Under-Served, One App @ a Time" engaged 30 middle school students for 3 hours at The Tech, where they learned how to empathize with homeless people in Santa Clara County and design mobile applications to improve their lives. Participants were quickly absorbed in the tasks of identifying and defining a problem faced by homeless people, and then designing the functionality and architecture of a mobile application to solve that problem.
To help participants create realistic technology ideas, SCU Computer Engineering Associate Professor Silvia Figueira spoke about mobile projects that help the homeless, including several tools that were designed during the "Hack for the Homeless" event, held at Santa Clara last month. Other participants included a 2013 Tech Awards Laureate, Alejandro Maza, who discussed how his social enterprise in Mexico City (OPI) is leveraging the use of technology to support initiatives in crime prevention, public health, and education. Radha Basu, Director of the Frugal Innovation Lab, taught participants how to innovate for under-served communities, with a design innovation process that emphasizes empathy above all else. The Community Technology Alliance (CTA) in San Jose also provided first-hand narratives about homeless people living in the participants' own neighborhoods, and a young CTA client, who has experienced homelessness in the past, was brave enough to share her experiences with the group.
Upcoming workshops this year include: 3D Bio-Printing for Public Health, Renewable Materials for Structural Stability (during seismic activity), and Pathogen Detection and Clean Water Monitoring. Check The Tech's website for more information on how to get involved.
Submitted by Elizabeth Sweeny
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Nam Ling, chair and professor of computer engineering, has been named "Outstanding Overseas Scholar" by Shanghai University of Electric Power (SHIEP). The IEEE Fellow was appointed due to his extensive research (more than 170 publications in top-tier journals) and because of the contributions he and his team of researchers from Santa Clara University and Huawei Tehcnologies, Inc./Hisilicon are making in the field of 3D video coding—much of which is being adopted as the normative, or required, industry standard.
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Check out this video about Santa Clara Engineering's biggest hands-on project.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Sarah Kate Wilson, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been named an IEEE Fellow in recognition of her outstanding contributions to orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). The highest level of IEEE membership, this prestigious honor is conferred on only a select few—no more than one-tenth of one-percent of voting IEEE members may be granted this distinction each year.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
Shoba Krishnan, associate professor of electrical engineering was named "Woman of the Year" for the 25th Assembly District, represented by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. At the awards ceremony, held December 11, 2013, at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, Krishnan was recognized for her dedication to students both inside and outside the classroom as well as her work on community projects and STEM education. She was also commended for her role in motivating young women and other marginalized communities to pursue science as a profession.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
Research work to detect pathogens in drinking water performed by bioengineering's Jessica VanderGeissen '14 and the School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab was featured in this article in Sci Dev Net.
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
Many local agencies offer services for those in need, but for the estimated 7,000 homeless people in Santa Clara County, help is often elusive. Now a small group of Santa Clara University students has transformed a simple mobile phone into a vital conduit for assistance.
Monday, Sep. 23, 2013
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
View a slideshow of photos from the August 19 Solar Decathlon Send-off Celebration here at SCU. Students, alumni, Santa Clara faculty and administrators were on hand as Congressman Mike Honda wished the team well.
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
Santa Clara was named one of Sierra magazine's top 50 "Cool Schools" for 2013 for leading the way in sustainability initiatives and projects such as Solar Decathlon.
Friday, Jul. 26, 2013
Fr. Jim Reites, advisor to SCU's Solar Decathlon team, is one of the keys to the project's success. Watch this video to see why.
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013
A group of Santa Clara University computer science and engineering students taking the course, Mobile Projects for Social Benefit, have developed an app to help homeless individuals and very-low-income families in Santa Clara County access community services.
Santa Clara University students enjoy a wide range of opportunities to explore the explosive field of mobile health through the Mobile Health Lab housed within the School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab.
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013
Ed Maurer, civil engineering associate professor, reports on ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Read his article in WSJ's Market Watch.
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013
Our SCU Solar Decathletes have been busy with a groundbreaking ceremony and steel delivery that has Radiant House taking shape. See their progress on YouTube.
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
The School of Engineering's new Frugal Innovation Lab has had a busy and productive year. Read all about it in the 2012 year end report.
Tuesday, May. 22, 2012
Two teams of Santa Clara University students will compete against universities across the country in the MaxTech and Beyond: Ultra Low Energy Appliance Design Competition Wednesday, May 23. Santa Clara University is the only Bay Area school participating in the Department of Energy contest.
One team of graduate mechanical engineering students Ying-Heng (Carlo) Peng, Diego Melani, and Miguel Gomez, advised by Professor Hohyun Lee, developed a lighting system that cuts energy use by controlling the angle of window blinds and using LED bulbs.
Team DryAir, comprised of undergraduate senior mechanical engineering students (Michael) Zach Chong, (Peter) Colin Dess, Tim Hussey, and Liz Papengellin, advised by Professor Tim Hight, created an electric clothes dryer that reuses hot air—a basic concept that could have a lasting impact on the future of energy savings.
The competition will be held Wednesday at both the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Department of Energy Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast live on the web: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/2un7890hudc0
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Efficient Lighting System via Automated Control of Blind Angle and LED Light Bulbs
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Reduction in Energy Use in Electric Clothes Dryers
More info on competition: http://maxtechandbeyond.lbl.gov/
Media Contact: Marika Krause, 408-829-4836
Friday, May. 4, 2012
The Frugal Innovation program at Santa Clara University was featured in the Asociation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review in the report's "Innovative campus-community sustainability partnerships" section.
Read the article here.
See the entire report on the AASHE website.
Monday, Apr. 30, 2012
As one of the twenty colleges and universities comprising the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) Santa Clara University shared the honor of being awarded a Gold Edison Award in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support on Thursday, April 26. The award was announced recently during the Edison Awards 25th anniversary celebration in New York City. Christopher Kitts, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of Santa Clara University’s Robotics Systems Laboratory was among those representing the KEEN network of colleges. Kitts was recently named the KEEN 2011 Outstanding Faculty Member and Network Contributor.
The participating academic institutions in the KEEN network were recognized for their collaborative work in creating the 21st-century engineer by instilling the entrepreneurial mindset in all of the nearly 19,000 students collectively represented. In addition to the rigorous technical fundamentals offered as part of their normal courses, KEEN institutions also offer experiential opportunities aimed at instilling in the students a set of professional skills necessary for their future work. Those skills include:
- Effectively collaborate in a team setting,
- Apply critical & creative thinking to ambiguous problems,
- Construct & effectively communicate a customer-appropriate value proposition,
- Persist through and learn from failure,
- Effectively manage projects through appropriate commercialization or final delivery process,
- Demonstrate voluntary social responsibility,
- Relate personal liberties and free enterprise to entrepreneurship.
KEEN is comprised of twenty undergraduate engineering schools including Baylor University, Boston University, Bucknell University, Gonzaga University, Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University, Mercer University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Ohio Northern University, Saint Louis University, Santa Clara University, Union College, University of Dayton, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Evansville, University of New Haven, Villanova University, Western New England University, Widener University and Worcester Polytechnic University.
The above-mentioned schools are supported, in part, by the Kern Family Foundation in order to create this new program of study. The Kern Family Foundation’s mission includes the objectives of enriching lives by promoting educational excellence as well as high quality, innovative engineering talent.
The founders, Drs. Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern, have a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, which opens many doors for students to become productive citizens in a technology-driven world. They believe that a solid background in math and problem-solving concepts, coupled with an understanding of responsible innovation, are the keys to meeting the challenges that America will face in a rapidly changing global economy.
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.