Diversity in Engineering
The diversity of the SCU community is its greatest strength.
Upholding the values of a Jesuit education, our diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and alums, fosters an environment that fuels intellectual growth, stimulates creative and critical thinking, and nurtures empathy and respect. Learning and working together with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and differences enhances growth and prepares our Bronco engineers for future success, both personally and professionally.
Black and Brilliant: Timeline of Inventions
Throughout history, African-American contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math have been underreported or underrepresented. Through engaging images and captivating information, the Black & Brilliant: Timeline of Inventions illuminates the illustrious contributions of African-Americans to our modern world
Our Diverse Faculty and Staff
A conversation with Tokunbo Ogunfunmi
In celebration of Black History Month and National Engineers Week, Aldo Billingslea, SCU’s associate provost for diversity and inclusion, sat down for a chat with the School of Engineering’s first black professor, electrical engineering’s Tokunbo Ogunfunmi.
Computer engineering Assistant Professor Behnam Dezfouli and senior Angelina Poole are working to enable existing WiFi infrastructures for medical applications, such as an in-home medical monitoring systems, to collect and transmit data in an energy-efficient and timely manner. And Kaiser is interested.
With nearly $330,000 in funding from NSF, mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Panthea Sepehrband and a group of undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. students have teamed up with K&S, a leading provider of wire bonding machines, to find out exactly how ultrasonic vibration enables solid-state bonding.
The School of Engineering is fortunate to draw top talent from industry as adjunct faculty for our graduate program. Read about Electrical Engineering’s Bob Schaffer, Ph.D., who exemplifies the best in engineering education and the Jesuit tradition of helping others.
Our Diverse Student Body
Bioengineering undergraduate Grace Ling and Assistant Professor Bill Lu, M.D., Ph.D., are testing a new method of gene therapy that safely delivers DNA to mutated cells without using viruses for transport, as is the current norm.
A podcast about the importance of breast milk donation led three bioengineering seniors to design, from the ground up, a low-cost paper-based sensor to detect the presence of E. coli in human breast milk donated to breast milk banks.
Manav Jaiswal grew up in India experiencing intermittent electricity availability. At SCU as a graduate student, he created an inexpensive, efficient energy-saving home automation system, and his research also netted him a “Best Paper” award at a prestigious conference.
To expand his knowledge of sustainable engineering and further his students’ advancement of social justice through their own work, Fr. Guillermo Blason, a Jesuit engineering professor at Universidad Católica de Córdoba, is pursuing a Frugal Innovation graduate certificate at SCU.
Our Diverse Alumni/Alumnae
As San Francisco’s newly appointed City Engineer, John Thomas '86 faces big problems—transportation, aging infrastructure, projected effects of climate change and sea level rise—but he credits his civil engineering profession with giving him the tools to meet the challenge.
As a member of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, Richard Navarro ’10, M.S. ’12 gained the confidence and drive to take on grand challenges. Now he does just that on the job every day as a sustainability engineer for Google.
As a civil engineering senior in 2012, Nathan Rogers helped bring sustainable building practices to a small village in Ghana. Now he continues his good work through his NGO dedicated to bringing clean water to Ghana’s poorest rural regions.