Santa Clara University


Research Achievements in 2004

For the calendar year, January 1 to December 31, 2004, the scholarly achievements of the School of Engineering are summarized below. These numbers represent the various means to quantify the research output from the 35 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

Grants: over $1.6 million.

Journal articles: 30 Journal articles were published, many in the most prestigious.

Conferences: 70 conference papers were presented by the faculty; most of the conferences print the proceedings or transactions.

Journal Articles and Conference papers: 36 were accepted in 2004. 38 more were submitted and acceptance is pending.

Code Standards: 4 contributions to the content of building code standards were made.

Invited Talks: 23 invited presentations were given by faculty at conferences and symposia.

Technical Reports, Books, and Manuals: there were 2 technical reports published, 1 book published, 1 book contract awarded, and 3 manuals published by the faculty.

While many universities regard funded research as the primary measurement tool for research, the Santa Clara School of Engineering casts the net more broadly. Most of the Journal articles and Conference presentations listed above are the results of unfunded research; they are products of the intellectual curiosities and passions of the faculty. To put in perspective the contributions to building code standards, it is a significant achievement for an engineer to influence a single building standard during a career.

The grants awarded, however, reflect peer recognition and confirm the quality of the research produced by SCU Engineering faculty. In addition, one must also consider the efforts made by the faculty in writing the proposals not only for the successful awards, but also for the unsuccessful ones, as part of their scholarly contributions among others in teaching and service.

Moreover, $163,000 of the grant money was awarded by Santa Clara University as part of a program to use university resources to promote faculty research. This highly effective program provides a small amount of funding to a researcher in an area which appears to have great potential. An illustration of the success of this program is the recent large award given for seismic applications on the grid. The administration of the School of Engineering recognized the importance of the proposed work and supported the granting of seed money for the original research--research which resulted in the awarding of this recent grant.

Finally, in recognition of the quality of both the faculty's research and teaching achievements, over $1.3 million in gifts and pledges have been received from alumni and the community at large.

Kudos to the members of the faculty; their research efforts show that they truly achieve Santa Clara's standard of the teacher-scholars. Kudos to the students who participated in the research. Kudos to the staff that helped to support these efforts. Finally kudos to the administration of the School of Engineering for helping to institute the seed money grants and for providing an environment which respects and fosters research.