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

Student News

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James Wang '19 has won a Fulbright Scholarship!  The electrical engineering and environmental science major will research “hybrid-supercapacitors”—a new form of energy storage with potential benefits for renewable energy—in the Paris suburb of Cachan in France. Read more.

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Civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering students visited the U.S. Concrete National Research Laboratory and the Batching Plant of Central Concrete in San Jose to become familiar with the process of mixing and batching concrete. The lab manager explained the new research and latest concrete technology this company is using. The company invited the students to join in their research, and offered job positions and paid internships.


Faculty News

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Prashanth Asuri (bioengineering, bioinnovation and design) has a new LinkedIn article, "Bioprinting: A Revolution in the Making," available online. With the rise in life expectancy and the resulting increase in organ failure in the world's citizenry, Asuri makes the case for adding bioprinting to the suite of solutions addressing this need. Find it here.

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Tim Healy (electrical engineering) has been named recipient of the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Award in recognition of his distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University! He and other university awardees will be honored at the President's Dinner on Saturday, March 23.

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JoAnne Holliday, associate professor of computer engineering, passed away February 13. Valued for her teaching, advising, and research, JoAnne was also instrumental in the creation of SCU's Center for Advanced Study and Practice of Information Assurance, which she co-directed since 2002. Read a remembrance of Dr. Holliday here.

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Nam Ling (computer engineering), with Zhouye Gu (Apple), Jianhua Zheng and Chen-Xiong Zhang (both HiSilicon/FutureWei Technologies), were awarded a U.S. patent, “System and Method for Depth Map Coding for Smooth Depth Map Area,” U.S. Patent publication number US10097838B2, on October 9, 2018. More.

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Gregory Theyel, Ph.D. has been appointed as the Vern and Annie Norviel Executive Fellow in BioInnovation and Design. The position was made possible by a gift from Vernon ('92 M.S. electrical engineering) and Annie Norviel. Among other things, Dr. Theyel will build biomedical industry partnerships, offer student training workshops, advise BioInnovation and Design curriculum. Learn more.

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Sally Wood (electrical engineering) was selected as a member of the Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA). The CEAA is responsible for implementing IEEE involvement in the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the accrediting agency for engineering programs in the United States.


Alumni News

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Kristen Jackson '08, PE, LEED AP (alumna and civil engineering advisory board member), water engineer for CH2M and former water and sanitation technical consultant and Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, was featured in a "Those Who Care" segment on a television broadcast for KGW8. Watch it here.

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Hemant Thapar BS ’73, MS ’75, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering! He was selected for this honor for his "contributions to theory and practice of coding and signal processing for high-density magnetic recording." Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Dr. Thapar is also a 2018 recipient of the School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. More here.


School News

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Aerospace Engineering Master's Degree: The Department of Mechanical Engineering is proud to offer a new master's degree in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE), starting in fall 2019. This program provides courses in the areas of flight dynamics and guidance, navigation & control (GN&C), structures, propulsion systems, and aerodynamics. The program is now accepting applications. More information.

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BioInnovation and Design Partnership: The BioInnovation and Design Lab has a new partnership with SCU's LEAD Scholars Program supporting first-generation college student success. The Lab will offer four fellowships for talented sophomores and juniors who will undertake project-based research and engineering design work related to healthcare innovation. Learn more.

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Changes for COEN: Starting in Fall 2019, the department name will change to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). The new name will be consistent with the three major undergraduate and graduate programs which bear the name Computer Science and Engineering, and the new name will show its difference with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. CSE programs cover both the science and the engineering aspects of computing. 

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Changes for EE: In fall 2019, the department name will change to Electrical and Computer Engineering and a new ECE undergraduate major will be offered. The new major fills a gap between current majors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering, allowing students to follow a major program with a focus on computer hardware, architectures and embedded systems. Read more.

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Day of Giving: The School of Engineering friends and family went #AllinforSCU #SCUEngineering on Day of Giving. With 237 gifts—surpassing last year's total—this generosity helps fulfill our mission to provide the very best education for our Bronco Engineers in our classrooms and laboratories, in Silicon Valley, and across the globe. Did you miss Day of Giving? You can still support Santa Clara Engineering. Give here.

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Frugal Innovation Hub: Two senior design teams and three special projects groups presented their projects during the IEEE-EPICS Showcase, “Innovation for Our Community.” Ten more SCU Engineering/Public Health Science projects were showcased during a poster session. This event was held in partnership with IEEE-EPICS and SJSU, to share with the local community the work both universities are doing in the field of technology for social good.

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SCU's 6th Annual Hack for Humanity was a tremendous success: 172 students teamed up to address humanitarian issues and created 37 projects focused on education, health, sustainability, and creativity. Thanks to our student chapters of  ACM and ACM-W and to Paul Ahrens and Jen Luo for leading the effort for this awesome and well-organized event! More here.

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Congratulations, 1st Place Research Showcase winners: Ugrad: David Diebold, Kyle Asano "Targeted Delivery to Neurons Using Engineered Exosomes." MS: Licheng Xiao, Hairong Wang " Image Compression with Deeper Learned Transformer" and Jerard Madamba "Scale Optimization of Milkguard Biosensor for Detecting E. coli in Breast Milk." PhD: Kamak Ebadi "Rover Localization in Mars Helicopter Aerial Maps." More.

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ENGR 1L Robot Show - Mar. 19: Please join our winter ENGR 1L students as they showcase their final projects! Students were tasked with designing and constructing an arduino-controlled machine for less than $30 that does "something interesting." Always a fun and exciting event, all are invited to come and see what they came up with. Tues., Mar. 19, 2-4 p.m., Guadalupe Hall 3rd Floor, 455 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.


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