Engineering with a Mission.
Whether it’s bringing solar-powered lights to classrooms in Ghana, treating post-traumatic stress disorder with virtual reality, delivering life-saving medicines to rural hospitals via drone, or designing houses that create more energy than they consume: most of the solutions that change the world come from engineers, and some of the best engineers in the world come from right here.
Making Sustainable Cob Building Safer, More Accessible
The memory of her late colleague Mark Aschheim often brings tears to the eyes of Santa Clara University civil engineering lecturer Tonya Nilsson, but the realization that he will forever share an honor tied to the work of a group of his SCU students brightens her mood. Though he did not live to see it, their research contributed to a new international residential building code recently approved for sustainable “cob” homes, made of a wet mix of clay soil, straw, and sand.
SCU Maker Lab Joins Local Effort to Produce Medical Face Shields
With eleven 3D printers standing at the ready in the School of Engineering’s Maker Lab, faculty member and lab director Christopher Kitts knew Santa Clara University was in a position to help. Within days, a partnership was launched, a safety protocol was developed and approved, special university access permissions and authorizations were granted, and a small team of engineering graduate students, faculty, and staff began printing parts for medical use face shields.