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  •  Engineering Education: Keeping it Real

    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.

  •  Mobile Mission Control Lab

    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.

  •  Teens Get a Glimpse of Engineering

    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.

  •  Empowering the Under-Served, One App @ a Time

    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

  •  Nam Ling Named Outstanding Overseas Scholar

    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.

  •  Solar Decathlon @ SCU

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

    Check out this video about Santa Clara Engineering's biggest hands-on project.

  •  Sarah Kate Wilson Named IEEE Fellow

    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.

  •  EE Prof Named "Woman of the 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.

  •  Student Field Work Featured in Article

    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.

  •  Computer Engineers Create App for Homeless

    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.

  •  SCU Solar Decathlon Updates

    Monday, Sep. 23, 2013

    Catch all the news as our SCU Solar Decathletes compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Irvine, CA, Oct. 3-13. Read regular updates on our Solar Decathlon Blog!

  •  Solar Decathlon Send-off Photos

    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.

  •  SCU Ranked Tops in Sustainability

    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.

  •  The Solar Decathlon Team's Secret Weapon

    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.

  •  SCU Mobile Project Helps Area Homeless

    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.

  •  America's Infrastructure Report Card

    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.

  •  Solar Decathlon News

    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.

  •  Frugal Innovation Report

    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.

  •  Engineering Students Compete with Next Generation of Energy Efficient Appliances

    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

    Blind Team:
    1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Efficient Lighting System via Automated Control of Blind Angle and LED Light Bulbs

    Team DryAir:
    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

  •  Frugal Innovation Program Recognized

    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.

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