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

SoE Research Showcase Poster

Come enjoy a reception and see more than 30 posters covering everything from cancer cell research to deep learning and much more at this event featuring research by School of Engineering faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and Ph.D., master's, and undergraduate students.

All are welcome! More info here.

Student News

Priscilla Diep, bioengineering graduate student

Bioengineering graduate student Priscilla Diep and undergraduates Andrew Schmidt and Mathew Fitzgerald  gave oral and poster presentations at the Inaugural Biomedical Engineering Western Regional Conference held at Brigham Young University, Jan. 19-20. Diep presented on behalf of Erik Risa, Sindhu Venkat and Bergren Antell.

Casey Kiyohara

Casey Kiyohara '17 (bioengineering) has been admitted into the Ph.D. program of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, starting September 2017, with full scholarship and payment of all tuition fees and benefits, etc. 

Peter P. Nghiem, Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student

Computer engineering Ph.D. student Peter P. Nghiem’s  paper,  ”Towards efficient resource provisioning in MapReduce,” is one of the top 5 most downloaded articles in the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC) at an average rate of around 200 downloaded per month! 

Damani Nkeiruka

Damani Nkeiruka, civil engineering senior, has been named to ASCE’s 2017 class of New Faces of Civil Engineering – College, “demonstrating the potential to lead the profession to new heights." Read more about why he was selected here.

Erik Risa

Bioengineering senior Erik Risa '17 has been accepted to the University of Washington Medical School! With future plans of being a neurosurgeon or neurologist, he is a Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 2016-17 Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics, focusing a research project on neuroethics.

Alanna Sewalt

Alanna Sewalt ’17 (bioengineering) has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Safety Engineers San Jose Chapter and the Bay Area Environmental Safety Professionals as winner of a $1500 Fall 2016 EHS Scholarship.

Alumni News

Ryan Kottenstette

Ryan Kottenstette '04 (mechanical engineering) was the featured speaker for Lunch with an Entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of Cape Analytics and former principal with a local VC, Ryan fielded questions about entrepreneurship and lessons learned from witnessing failed ventures.

Pamela (Salas) Nieting

Pamela (Salas) Nieting '05 (civil engineering) was elected Vice President of the San Francisco Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA. Congratulations, Pam!

Victoria Teng

Victoria K. Teng ’99 (MS, Engineering Management and Leadership), and researchers from her company I-Linke Inc., were awarded U.S. Patent no. 9,509,689: “Security for cloud systems and virtualization cloud systems, mobile cloud systems and mobile virtualization cloud systems and computer clusters and mobile device clusters.”

Faculty News

Nam Ling, Computer Engineering

Nam Ling (computer engineering) has a U.S. patent granted: Zhouye Gu (Qualcomm), Jianhua Zheng (Huawei/Hisilicon), Nam Ling, and Philipp Zhang (Huawei/Hisilicon), “Method and Apparatus of Depth Prediction Mode Selection,” U.S. Patent granted (application number US 14/152,904) (publication number US9503723 B2).

Tonya Nilsson, Civil Engineering

Tonya Nilsson (civil engineering) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education. This is a 7-year term.

Sally Wood, Electrical Engineering

Sally Wood (electrical engineering) has been reappointed to a three-year term as a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE, which publishes "articles of broad significance and long-range interest in all areas of electrical, electronics, and computer engineering."

Zhiwei (Jonathan) Zhang, Bioengineering

Jonathan Zhang (bioengineering) has added another US patent to his collection. The technology solved the medical problems of hyperemia and corneal neovascularization from corneal suture of bio-3D printed hydrogel lenses (separate patent). The FDA approval processes have been underway for its white and red technologies.

School News

SCU engineering undergraduates designed a solar powered lighting system for a village in Benin.

Benin Solar Lighting Update: Jacob Leatherberry '16 (electrical engineering) reports that the solar microgrid he and Senior Design teammate Nico Metais '16 designed and installed last spring has more than doubled and now more than 300 people (up from 133) in Alafiarou have lights and can charge their cell phones.

Text messaging using mobile phones is a frugal solution to many problems.

Frugal Innovation Hub: Read all about the exciting projects, events and news in FIH’s latest newsletter, available online now.

In Memoriam

Vincent DiTomaso

Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50 (electrical engineering) died of heart failure peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on December 14, 2016. When Vince arrived at Santa Clara as a first year student, he joined the unique Class of ’50. Read more.

George Fegan

George Fegan, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, passed away December 20, 2016. Steve Chiappari notes, “George played a vital role in the Department of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering…. Read more.

John Hopkins, P.E. ’74

John Hopkins, P.E. ’74 (M.S. Public Works Administration) passed away in December, 2016. An ardent friend of Santa Clara University, he served on the Board of Fellows, on the Department of Civil Engineering’s Advisory Board, and on the School of Engineering’s Alumni Board, and was a perennial judge at the School’s annual Senior Design Conference. Read more.


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