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Dean's Message

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I recently heard a description of the “T-model” of engineering education. This expression captures succinctly the type of education we provide at SCU—a deep technical core (the vertical stem), paired with a broad set of soft skills that are essential for success (the horizontal arm of the “T”).

In today’s global marketplace, the T-model will define future successful engineers who must be innovative, ethical, humanistic, and able to communicate clearly in a multicultural environment while effectively managing complex projects staffed with interdisciplinary teams located around the world. Of course, this is what we strive for at SCU—to impart to our students the knowledge, skills, vision, and heart necessary to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

Certainly, some of the greatest challenges facing us today involve the generation and improvement of renewable energy and sustainable engineering practices. As 3rd Place winners in the 2007 and 2009 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon international competitions, SCU is a recognized leader in solar and sustainable studies. The passion that our students, faculty, and industry collaborators bring to this field have brought us to the cusp of a new age in engineering at SCU, and we are excited by the promise that lies ahead.

In this edition of Engineering News, we report on our students’ international travels, faculty input on California’s climate strategies, research in green computing, and our expanding program in renewable energy studies here at SCU. Each story presents a tangible outcome that aligns perfectly with the T-model of engineering education.

Godfrey Mungal
Dean
School of Engineering