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An Amazing Year of Scholarship Accomplishments by the School of Engineering

This article summarizes scholarship achievements of our school over the last academic year (2004-2005). It serves as an indication of the important accomplishments and contributions our faculty members have made to their profession in the advancement of the knowledge and their impact in the engineering community. Faculty scholarship also benefits our students by enriching the teaching materials and keeping our students informed of the latest technology. These recognitions and accomplishments improve our image and visibility nationally and internationally, and differentiate us from many teaching institutions. Over the past month, we received an overwhelming number of responses from many of our faculty listing many of their accomplishments. Although we can only provide a concise summary here, we are proud of the many accomplishments from our faculty.

Recognitions received as subject scholarly journal or newspaper article: It was indeed a display of highest respect from peers in the profession when Drago Siljak (Electrical Engineering) became the subject of a major scholarly mathematical journal, Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete & Impulsive Systems (Volume 11, Issues 2-3, April 2004). The journal has two parts (one in each issue): (A) Mathematical Analysis, and (B) Applications and Algorithms. Both were devoted to Siljak’s 70th birthday, for a total number of 28 papers. The first paper, “An Overview of the Collected Works of Dragoslav Siljak,” appeared as the first essay in the issue of Part A. Al Hoagland (Electrical Engineering) was the subject of an article, “Remembering RAMAC,” in San Jose Mercury News (May 26, 2005). He was also the subject of an article, “The Drive to Create,” in the Fall 2005 issue of the SCU Santa Clara Magazine (article posted on Hoagland was recognized as one of principal driving forces behind the development of magnetic storage technology. He was one of a small group of IBM engineers (led by Rey Johnson) who developed the first magnetic disk drive for data storage back in the 1950s. The Random Access Method of Accounting and Control (RAMAC) disk drive was created as a result of their effort. Today, Hoagland works hard to preserve this important piece of history.

Appointments to Major Leadership Positions: Terry Shoup (Mechanical Engineering) was named the 125th President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for June 2006 – July 2007. ASME has 120,000 members worldwide and is the most influential mechanical engineering society in the world. In addition, Shoup was also appointed as Interim Dean for the SCU School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries.

Most Influential Paper Published: At the most recent Computers and Information in Engineering Conference of the ASME, the Division celebrated its 25th year. As a part of this celebration, they published the titles and some of the papers that were regarded as the most influential 39 papers from the period 1980 - 2000. A paper from Terry Shoup, “On the Use of a Hybrid Pattern Search Method for Design Optimization,” in the proceedings of this conference in 1988, was listed as one of the most influential 39 papers.

Endowed Professorship: The academic year began with Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) being named as the Robert W. Peters Professor, in recognition of her professionalism and dedication to engineering education and scholarship, and to her commitment to minorities and women in engineering.

University Awards: In this year’s university faculty recognition, two of the eight university awards went to the< School of Engineering Timothy Healy (Electrical Engineering) was named the Faculty Senate Professor of the year. Healy’s many accomplishments over decades of service were cited in his winning this award. Next year he will deliver the after-dinner address at the Faculty Recognition Dinner. Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) received a President’s Faculty Special Recognition Award. Ling was cited for his teaching, curriculum innovations (including a course in building global teams), and his many publications and invited talks around the world.

New Books Published: Mark Ardema (Mechanical Engineering) completed two books in the last year. The first book, Newton-Euler Dynamics, published by Springer (2005), presents the basic definitions and principles of dynamics with the goal of enabling the reader to solve dynamics problems by Newton-Euler method. The second book, Analytical Dynamics, published by Kluwer/Plenum (2005), takes a classical approach to development of the methods of analytical dynamics. Both books have received excellent reviews.

Awards from Professional Organizations: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board presented the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education to Cary Y. Yang (Electrical Engineering) for his “extensive and innovative contributions to the continuing education of working professionals in the field of micro/nanoelectronics.” The IEEE is the largest technical professional organization in the world, with membership approaching 400,000. Nam Ling and his Ph.D. student Gunnar Hovden won the Best Paper Award (First Place Winner) from the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) for their paper on MPEG‑4 face animation. A paper by John Noll (Computer Engineering), coauthored with three others, “Multi-modal Modeling, Analysis, and Validation of Open Source Software Development Processes,” won the award for Best Paper of the Conference, in First International Conference on Open Source Systems.

Faculty Promotions: This year, two members of our faculty received promotions. Aleksandar Zecevic (Electrical Engineering) became a full Professor and Steve Chiappari (Applied Mathematics) became a Senior Lecturer, for their accomplishments and dedications to teaching, scholarship, and service.

External Funding and Contracts: The Engineering School recently received a gift of $1 million for undergraduate research, from Jack and Carmen Kuehler. Jack is an alumnus of the school and a former IBM President. The gift was inspired by Silvia Figueira and JoAnne Holliday (both Computer Engineering), whom he met at a donor’s dinner and who are among the faculty members in engineering who have pioneered undergraduate research projects in recent years. This gift enables the school to institute its undergraduate research program in perpetuity to benefit more students and faculty. Christopher Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) and his Robotics Lab received a $110,000 research and development grant from the ONYX Nanosatellite Program to develop a small 30 kg satellite prototype to demonstrate advanced technologies relating to autonomous control. In addition, Kitts also received a $70,000 research and development grant to continue the development of the Mantaris underwater robot. This work will allow SCU students to commission Mantaris for operations to a depth of 500 feet and will be one of the most powerful shallow water robots on the West Coast. Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering), Timothy Healy (Electrical Engineering), Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering), and Drazen Fabris (Mechanical Engineering) received a grant of $98,531 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “CLEER: Community Learning Enabling Engineering Reform.” In addition, Davis also obtained an equivalent of $15,000 in equipment and software from HP, Microsoft, and National Instruments. Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) received a $30,000 subcontract award from 3DGeo, Inc. (U.S. Department of Energy funding) to support “Performance Monitoring, Prediction, and Run Time Adaptation of Grid Distributed Applications.” Cary Yang (Electrical Engineering) received a NASA-Ames award providing third year funding of $24,000 to support “Modeling of Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Interconnects for High-Frequency Hybrid Si-CNT Integrated Circuits.” The award with this amendment totaled $72,000. This is a training grant award under NASA-Ames Graduate Student Researchers Program. In addition, Edwin Maurer (Civil Engineering) acquired a $12,658 contract by the California Institute for Energy and Environment. Thomas Schwarz (Computer Engineering) received a Microsoft Research Grant of $10,000. Besides external funding, many faculty members received internal grants within the university. Examples of recipients of the SCU Technology Innovation Grants include Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering), Hans Peter Dommel (Computer Engineering), and Aleksandar Zecevic (Electrical Engineering).

Research Accomplishments in the Media: Christopher Kitts was featured on three Discovery Channel specials that were televised throughout the summer. The features involved a comparison of real robotics technology with systems seen in science fiction films such as Star Wars. Edwin Maurer appeared on KPIX-San Jose television newscast with Michelle Marvier (SCU Environmental Studies Institute) in summer to discuss climate change and California.

Research Achievements with Major Impact: The satellite program at SCU is highly active. Christopher Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) and his Robotics Lab’s partnership with UT Austin has led to the selection of two satellites to be launched by the U.S. Air Force (the FASTRAC Nanosatellite Program). The satellites are currently being planned for launch in late 2006. Nam Ling and Weijia Shang (both Computer Engineering), together with their Ph.D. students Xiaoquan (Bill) Yi and Jun Zhang, developed an improved and simplified fast motion estimation method that was adopted by the latest video coding international standard (the H.264/MPEG-AVC standard) in July 2005. Mark Aschheim has a co-authored (with C. Comartin) chapter on “Multiple Degree of Freedom Effects” in Improvement of Nonlinear Static Seismic Analysis Procedures, a report for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Keynote Speeches Delivered: Drago Siljak (Electrical Engineering) delivered a keynote address, “Control of Complex Systems Under Information Structure Constraints: A Brief Review and New Results,” at the Fourth International Conference on Engineering Applications and Computational Algorithms, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in July. Samiha Mourad (Electrical Engineering) delivered a keynote address at the WRLT Workshop in Japan last fall quarter as part of a month-long stay as a visiting scientist sponsored by the Japanese government.

National Engineering Event at SCU: Shoba Krishnan (Electrical Engineering) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter of SCU organized and hosted the IEEE Region 6 Central Area Meeting and Micromouse Competition as well as its student paper and design contests in Spring 2005. The event drew participants from industry and universities in California, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii.

Faculty Publications: As a community of teaching scholars, the school has published over a total of about 100 publications (2 books, about 30 journal papers, and about 70 conference papers and book chapters) over the year, among the 40 members of our full-time Engineering faculty. Many of these publications appeared in prestigious and major journals and conferences. We can only cite a few examples here:

Jorge Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering) has an article, “Urban Heat Islands Developing in Coastal Tropical Cities,” in Eos of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Eos is the leading and most important newspaper of AGU. The article occupies the entire top half of the front page of Eos. Mark Aschheim has a total of six journal publications in the area of earthquake and structural engineering in one year. Our faculty also published in areas outside traditional engineering: Robert Parden (Engineering Management) has a paper on “Collegial Leadership” in Portland, Ruth Davis has a chapter on community-based learning, Steve Chiappari and Drazen Fabris (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored with S. Zarantonello an article in the math area, and Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) was active in the areas related to the future of signal processing education and future directions, just to name a few.

Professional Activities: Many of our faculty members are active in their profession. Involvement in the profession enhances our visibility and influence. Our faculty members serve actively in professional organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Their service positions include journal editors, technical and conference committee members, committee chairs, paper reviewers, and many others. Dean Dan Pitt (Computer Engineering) conducted a review of the Center for Networking Technology for the Information Economy in Sydney, Australia, as a guest of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Pitt is a member of the Center's steering committee. At the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sally Wood and JoAnne Holliday participated in its panel reviews. Wood is also active in the evaluation of digital signal processing education. Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) was active in promoting women leadership, especially in technology. Hans Peter Dommel (Computer Engineering) was a judge in the education panel of the Technology Benefiting Humanity Awards.

Final Notes: Finally, it should be noted that the SCU School of Engineering supports its faculty scholarship through internal seed money grants and pilot research assistantships, and continues to foster and promote a rewarding scholarly environment for our faculty and students.