Academics

Harness the power

by Justin Gerdes |
New programs prepare SCU students to work in the clean-energy economy, study environmental challenges, and turn ideas into opportunities.

Master’s in Sustainable Energy

A new interdisciplinary program in the School of Engineering focuses on project-based learning, case analyses, and industrial practices, so that graduates are prepared to enter the clean energy workforce. The program is open to all students who have completed their bachelor’s in any engineering discipline. It follows on the heels of the development of the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy, an interdisciplinary program for Bay Area professionals that teaches specific engineering skills to work in the solar, wind, hydropower, and biofuel sectors.

 

Department and major in Environmental Studies

Educating the next generation of social and physical scientists dedicated to studying environmental challenges, in the College of Arts and Sciences the new Department of Environmental Studies and major launched last fall. The new department builds on the work of the former Environmental Studies Institute.

Educating the next generation of social and physical scientists dedicated to studying environmental challenges, in the College of Arts and Sciences the new department of Environmental Studies and major launched last fall. The new department builds on the work of the former Environmental Studies Institute.

Earlier in 2011, Peter Kareiva, who serves as dean’s executive professor in the new department, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Kareiva is also chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

 

Minor in Entrepreneurship

In February, the Leavey School of Business rolled out a new minor in entrepreneurship, with the program open to students of business, engineering, and arts and sciences. It’s an opportunity to “harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” says Daniel Aguilar, executive director of SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Winter 2014

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Features

Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters

Goooaal!

Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.