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Dean's Message

This year, the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University is undergoing an intensive visioning process of determining what we hope to do and aspire to become over the next ten or twenty years and how we envision our students thriving in the environment we create.

Part of the process entails taking stock of what we believe we are currently doing well in addition to addressing areas in which we want to grow and improve. It is a collaborative process that includes a wide variety of stakeholders—faculty, staff, campus colleagues, students, alumni, and advisory board members—but one thing we all agree on is that our Senior Design requirement serves our students well. In order to graduate, SCU engineering students must complete a year-long capstone research project of their choice and then present it before a group of alumni, industry leaders, faculty, and others. Teamwork is highly encouraged for this hands-on project and many students choose to work across disciplines or with industry partners or NGOs, giving them an experience that mirrors life in the work world.

In this issue of Engineering News, we highlight a few of this year’s Senior Design projects. Happy reading!