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

Student News

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Maggie Dong '21 (computer science and engineering major, studio art minor) plans to use her education to further technological advancements in the areas of biomedical devices, sustainability, and universal education. To further develop her spiritual and moral education, she recently participated in the Ignatian Center's Appalachia Immersion. Read her reflection here.

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Congratulations, Madeline Eiken '19 (bioengineering major, chemistry minor) who was selected as the University's 2019 Saint Clare medal recipient, judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University! The award will be presented at Commencement on June 15.

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Anne Hsia ’19, triple major in electrical engineering, mathematics, and music, won the SCU Concerto and Aria Competition for the second time in March. Never before had a student who plays Principal on one instrument (viola) also won the competition on another instrument (piano). See her performance at the 59 min. mark.

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Claire Hultquist, Julia Lanoha, Rosie McDonagh, Hallie McNamara (bioengineering), Nicola Gerbino, Dave Heil, and Mason Seeley (public health sciences), were selected recipients of the Library Undergraduate Research Award for their work on CERVIS: Cervical Cancer Visual Identification System. Congratulations, team!

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Congratulations, Richard Matthews '19 (civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering) who was selected to receive the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of community service, and the Neider Family Alumni Service Award, which provides financial support to seniors who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project. Ricky will be joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

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Congratulations, Axel Perez '19 (computer science and engineering) who, during Commencement June 15, will receive the Gracelyn Rillorta Bateman Award for Inclusive Excellence for demonstrating a commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment at SCU.

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Congratulations, Lavelle Simmons. The SCU National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) President received a Bronco of the Year Award. He helped raise over $20,000 to bring a record breaking 17 members to the National NSBE Convention in Detroit, and worked tirelessly to put on outreach events with local African American youth groups in San Jose to engage the future generation of engineers.

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Congratulations to the student chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers named SCU’s Student Organization of the year. SHPE improves the pipeline from predominantly LatinX communities to jobs in technological fields by inspiring and supporting LatinX students' education in a STEM degree

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Solar Regatta: SCU students competed for the second year in the Solar Regatta competition in Sacramento. Team lead James Wang ’19 reported the team improved their standing over last year, coming in 8th out of 18 teams. The team was co-led by sophomores Eric Bressinger and Kristi Nguyen to ensure the longevity of the project for future competitions.


Faculty News

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Nirdosh Bhatnagar (applied mathematics, computer engineering), had his work recently published by Taylor & Francis: Mathematical Principles of Internet. Volume 1: Engineering Fundamentals (pp. 1076), and Volume 2: Mathematical Concepts (pp. 728). This solo work is based on over 900 references. One reviewer called it "extraordinarily comprehensive."

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Laura Doyle's and Tonya Nilsson's (both civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering) paper, “Flipping the classroom—do student learning gains and perceptions vary based on gender?” has been nominated for the ASEE Best Diversity Paper for the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Conference.

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Congratulations to Silvia Figueira (computer science and engineering), recently promoted to the rank of full professor! An avid proponent of student research, Dr. Figueira also serves as the Director of the School of Engineering's world-renowned Frugal Innovation Hub, engaging students and faculty in technological and humanitarian projects through partnerships and programs. Read more.

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Congratulations to Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering), recently promoted to the rank of full professor! Dr. Kitts heads the School of Engineering's innovation and entrepreneurship efforts, and also serves as the Director of the Robotics Systems Laboratory, a world-class field operation advancing robotic systems for air, land, sea, and space. Read more.

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Robotics Systems Laboratory: Students, staff and faculty from the Robotic Systems Laboratory took part in a STEM expo with NASA Ames Research Center at the Hubbard Media Arts Academy. More than 1,300 K-8 students and family members visited the Mobile Mission Control trailer to witness real-time satellite contacts with NOAA weather satellites, drive a new tracked land rover, enjoy a 3-D printing and sticker-making station, and other activities.

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Michael Taylor (mechanical engineering) was a Visiting Professor for two weeks at the University of Cagliari Department of Mechanical Engineering in Sardinia. As part of the visit, he gave two seminars: "Auxetic Metamaterials: Exploring the Negative Side of Poisson's Ratio" and "Peridynamic Theory and Application: Branching into the Frontiers of Elasticity."


Alumni News

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Allison Kopf '11 (2009 Solar Decathlon team lead) founder and CEO of Artemis (formerly Agrilyst), a leading enterprise Cultivation Management Platform, announced the company has closed an $8 million Series A funding round co-led by Astanor Ventures and Talis Capital with participation from existing investors Empire State Development Fund and iSelect Fund.

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Renee (Bader) Niemi '86 BSEE was selected for the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, in recognition of her long and distinguished career leading a variety of technical startups and corporations and of her service to the university and to the School of Engineering. Read more here.

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Marc van den Berg '83 BSEE was selected for the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, in recognition of his support of socially responsible innovation and entrepreneurship and for his service to the university and to the School of Engineering. Read more here.


School News

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State of the School Address is online now. Interim Dean Ron Danielson presented the State of the School Address during the 49th Annual Senior Design Conference on May 9. Find out about enrollment, department news, student/faculty/alumni achievement, and much more. It's all right here.

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Order of the Engineer: Nearly 80 engineering graduating seniors and graduate students joined the Order of the Engineer at the School of Engineering's 33rd annual installation, pledging to practice their profession ethically for the benefit of humanity.

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Alums, help us unlock a $1M gift! When 10,000 alumni make a gift before June 30, Santa Clara will receive a $1M donation from the Leavey Foundation, benefiting the School of Engineering's STEM initiative. Your gift of $25 or more earmarked for ANY undergraduate experience, department, program, or scholarship counts toward the Leavey Challenge. Please give here today!

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