School of Engineering
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.
For their Senior Design project, Bryce Mariano (web design and engineering major, studio art minor) and Paul Thurston (computer science and engineering major) developed a simulation tool for therapists to use in guiding patients through a controlled virtual world of exposure to potentially terrifying things.
How can you reap gigantic benefits from a teeny house? For a group of SCU students competing in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District 2016 Tiny House Competition, the solution was easy: When the contest is over, pass along the 238-square-foot solar-powered home to a very worthy organization.
Computer engineering graduate students designed and produced software to engage visually-impaired preschoolers as a project for their Object-Oriented Analysis, Design, and Programming class, COEN 275, then got the thrill of seeing their work in action.
Finding the right balance between affordability and safety isn't always easy, but civil engineering professor Reynaud Serrette's research is helping make homes seismically safe.