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Alumni Update

The five10 Report - engineering news from weeks 5 and 10 of the quarter

Congratulations 2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award Recipients!

Richard DeBlasio

Richard (Dick) DeBlasio '72 BSEE was selected for the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his contribution to the field of electrical engineering and the advancement of renewable energy research and adoption. Read more.

Bill Holt

Bill Holt '79 MSME was selected for the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his impact on the semiconductor chip industry and the advancement of computing. Read more.

Scott Santarosa, S.J.

Scott Santarosa, S.J. '88 BSCE was selected for the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for the contributions he has made to enriching the lives and furthering the prospects for the poorest of society, and for his leadership within the Society of Jesus. Read more.

School News


SCU's rEvolve House, the winner of California's inaugural Tiny House Competition last October, has been named Best College Sustainability Project as part of Green Builder® Media's Green Home of the Year Awards

Visitors enjoy the inaugural School of Engineering Research Showcase

An estimated 400 guests visited the first-ever Engineering Research Showcase, held during National Engineers Week last month. Nearly 40 (35% female!) faculty, post-docs, PhD candidates, MS, and BS students shared their research in bioengineering, mathematics, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and web design and engineering!

Student News

Jamie Ferris

Jamie Ferris '19 (mechanical engineering) participated on the SCU Ethics Bowl team at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl regional competition last fall; SCU's team went on to place 4th (out of ~200 teams and 37 finalists) in the National Tournament. Brian Green (engineering and Markkula Center) helped coach the team.

Anna Harris ‘17 (civil engineering) shares the lessons she learned from working on SCU’s winning Tiny House team in this article appearing in US Today College.

Shiyin Lim ‘19 (bioengineering) writes about her experience as a female engineering student at SCU and advises “set high expectations of women engineers and they’ll meet them,” in this opinion piece appearing in The Mercury News.

Naeem Turner-Bandele ‘18 (electrical engineering) looks to the hidden histories of the past to find inspiration and motivation to help shape the future in this article that also appeared in USA Today College. Inspired by African American engineers, inventors, and scientists, the NSBE President also helped create a ”Black and Brilliant Timeline” that was displayed during National Engineers Week.

Twenty-eight SCU civil engineering students, advised by Hisham Said vied against more than 1300 students from 45 universities in the construction management competition of the Associated Schools of Construction, entering four competitions that used real-life construction projects to practice design-build principles, risk determination (SCU took 2nd place!), heavy civil construction, and mixed use project management.

SCU mechanical engineers, with Sonoma State research staff members and engineers from Moog are developing satellite subsystems—antenna deployment mechanism, orientation control devices, satellite's structure—for EdgeCube, selected by NASA for launch through its CubeSat Launch Initiative. EdgeCube will be manifested on a space launch, when completely engineered.

SCU’s Engineers Without Borders shared their tile press and clay mixer project with students and teachers at the Dartmouth Middle School STEM Fair, bringing along a 3D printed model of the press. bioengineering sophomore Madeline Eiken reports: “We were excited to show students the possibility of applying engineering knowledge to help communities around the world."

Faculty News

Computer Engineering: Nam Ling, research assistant professor Minqiang Jiang, and PhD students Promila Agarwal and Michael Schimpf,  together with researchers from Huawei/Hisilicon (Futurewei), filed a provisional patent, "System and Method for Coding Intra Prediction Mode using a Second Set of Most Probable Modes," application serial no 62/425,425.

Rahim Esfandyarpour (electrical engineering adjunct professor) and colleagues at Stanford University have created a "lab on a chip" that costs just one cent to make but could help democratize health care by diagnosing diseases such as malaria, TB, and HIV throughout the world. Read about it here.

Alumni News

Frankie Roohparvar '89 MS (electrical engineering)  Executive Chairman at Batteroo, has launched multiple start-ups and holds 500+ patents. Batteroo is a device with potential to extend disposable battery life by up to 8x. Disrupting this $15 billion market, the company has been the target of online smear campaigns and industrial espionage, but Roohhparvar relishes the challenges.

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