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Dear Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends of the School of Engineering,

As you may well know, in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Santa Clara University suspended face-to-face meetings of classes beginning March 10, moving to a virtual format until Monday, April 13. During this time, classes and finals will meet or be offered in an online format. Read President Kevin O'Brien's message here.

Rest assured that the University and the School of Engineering remain dedicated to student learning during this time, and faculty are being supported with resources from the Academic Technology team to shift to online and digital instruction. Please continue to stay informed through the SCU website. Email any questions to or call the dedicated hotline 408-551-3321.

Bronco engineers are agile and resilient problem-solvers, and we will weather this storm. As we do, we celebrate the many wonderful accomplishments and events from the last five weeks of the winter quarter.

Be well,


Elaine P. Scott
School of Engineering


Student News

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Trey Novara, Jeffrey Meier, Joshua Seo, Peter Naughton, Noah Rapadas, and Nicholas Mahler were 2nd Place winners in the Project Management contest, and Patrick Maguire was on the 1st Place winning alternate competition team for the Associated Schools of Construction’s regional competition. 1500 students competed and 1400 from industry attended to manage the competition and recruit.

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IEEE EPICS Expo: SCU hosted the second annual Engineering Projects in Community Service Expo. Students from SCU and SJSU presented student-led, technological solutions-based projects and networked with corporate and nonprofit representatives. Both universities received $10,000 from the EPICS in IEEE program, and received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Ro Khanna.

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Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Kamak Ebadi's groundbreaking research—a collaborative simultaneous localization and mapping algorithm for multi-robot exploration—has helped NASA JPL's Team CoStar win First Place in the Urban Circuit of the worldwide DARPA Subterranean challenge! The team previously took 2nd Place in the Tunnel Circuit competition last August. Two more competitions are slated for August 2020 and 2021.

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Career Center Award for Grad Student: In accepting an award from SCU's Career Center for how he will bring his whole self to work, computer science and engineering M.S. student Manas Prakash Sadhwani cites a diverse set of influencers, among them Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, and SCU's course "Gender and Engineering," that shaped his approach to working with others. Read more.

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School of Engineering Research Showcase: 39 posters, 300 visitors, 3 division winning posters! UG: Anna Fraser-Philbin, Alex Heiler, How do Mammalian Cells Talk to Bacteria Cells; MS: Annie Brown, Utilizing a Gaucher's Disease Model for the Evaluation of a Novel Exosome-Based Enzyme Replacement Therapy; PhD: Bingxin Hou, A Super-Fast Deep Network for Moving Object Detection. Congratulations, students! Find a list of all the posters here.

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SWE Shadow Day: This quarter, the student chapter of Society of Women Engineers started a mentorship program with a local group of Dartmouth Middle School girls interested in pursuing STEM. SWE invited the girls to SCU on Girl Day during National Engineers Week for "SWE Shadow Day," where they enjoyed a campus tour and lunch. (Pictured in the back row, L to R: Kristi Nguyen '21, Story DeWeese '20, and Mariah Manzano '20)

Faculty News

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Ahmed Amer and Yuhong Liu (computer science and engineering) participated in Association for Community Growth Silicon Valley's Keynote event on Computing Trust and Security in a Hyper-Connected World. ACGSV is the premier organization for C-Suite leaders in Silicon Valley. Amer moderated and Liu was a panelist, along with Irina Raicu from SCU's Markkula Center and reps from SpearTip, Exponent, and Wipro. Quick synopsis video here.

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Nam Ling (computer science and engineering), with Zhouye Gu (Apple), Jianhua Zheng, and Chen-Xiong Zhang (both Futurewei/Hisilicon), have a new U.S. Patent awarded, "Illumination compensation (IC) refinement based on positional pairings among pixels," Patent number US10554967B2, granted February 4, 2020.

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Mahmud Rahman (electrical and computer engineering), along with three faculty colleagues from Texas A&M University, received a $40,000 seed grant award for the project, “Accelerating the Development and Deployment of Emission-Free Smart Infrastructure,” by Texas A&M Energy Institute, February 1, 2020.

Alumni News

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Thanks to alumni panelists at the Mechanical Engineering Industry Networking Night Chris Ledesma '12, Speck Products; Ursula Vaughn '10, MS '12, Intuitive Surgical; Brady Knowles '10, MS '12, Intuitive Surgical; Paul McDonald, Maxar, Lockheed Martin; Andrew Nguyen MS '01, Ph.D. '16, Applied Materials; and Shawn Tokairin '11, MS '14, Lam's Research, for encouraging the next generation of Bronco engineers.

School News

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to our many alumni, parents, and friends of the School of Engineering who supported their favorite causes during SCU's recent Day of Giving! We so appreciate your support! If you missed out and would like to give, click here.

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Broncos celebrated National Engineers Week with fun and informative events! From a panel discussion of A Faculty Perspective on Mental Health, to themed spirit days, late night breakfast and games, paper airplane contest, carnival, graduate students' art fair, and even an eWeek formal, SCU turned out! Find a 1-minute video recap on our Facebook and Instagram posts.

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Celebrating Girl Day: In recognition of Girl Day February 20, Dean Elaine Scott shared some of the many ways the School of Engineering celebrates Girl Day every day at SCU in this LinkedIn article.

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Hack for Humanity: The School of Engineering's 7th annual hackathon, Hack for Humanity 2020, held February 22-23 was a tremendous success—180 students participated and 32 projects were judged! This year, 32 students from 10 universities in 4 countries also participated. Learn more about the projects and winners here.

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Distinguished Engineering Alumni Nominations: Help us find our superstars! Nominate candidates for the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. The highest honor bestowed by the School, the DEA Award recognizes graduates whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University services have set them apart. Find the nomination form here.

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