Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered to celebrate and honor Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Daniel Strickland, who died in a car accident on Sept. 23. They poured into Mission Church on Sept. 28 to share touching moments and listen to inspiring and at times humorous stories about him.
The 27-year-old professor’s life was cut short by a car crash on Sept. 22. He was driving southbound on 280 just north of Alpine Road, when he hit a deer, damaging his car. Before emergency vehicles could arrive, another vehicle crashed into his. He died the following day.
Although Strickland has been teaching at Santa Clara University for just one year, he was admired and respected by his colleagues and loved by his students.
“Not only is Professor Strickland extremely intelligent, but he’s also one of the most hardworking individuals I know,” said Ross Pimentel ’12 at the memorial service. “Dan, you’re a great teacher and friend. We miss you, I really miss you, and we’ll always love you.”
With a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University, Strickland joined Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering in 2010 to teach classes in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. His research interests were in affordable energy conservation with particular emphasis on mass transport and innovative fabrication processes in electrochemical systems.
Strickland was proud to be a part of Santa Clara University and its mission, particularly in serving the poor and benefiting society. Among his many contributions to Santa Clara during his short time here, he served as a faculty advisor on senior design projects and was named a Roelandts Fellow with SCU’s Center for Science, Technology and Society. Beloved by his students and colleagues alike, Strickland had a passion for Santa Clara, a commitment to Jesuit education, and dedication to student learning.
A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Strickland. Donations can be sent to:
Santa Clara University
Development Office, Gift Processing Department
Daniel Strickland Scholarship Fund
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Notes of condolences may be sent to:
Kerry Strickland (mother) and her partner Shawn Hays
Rick Strickland (father)
P.O. Box 1946
Vancouver, WA 98668