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Diversity in Engineering

The diversity of the SCU community is its greatest strength.

2016-17 28% Underrepresented Minorities in Undergraduate Programs and 8% Underrepresented Minorities in Graduate Programs

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.

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    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

Diversity Initiatives

Program mission or purpose:

Upholding the values of a Jesuit education, we strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, fostering 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.

Key features:

  • Established Engineering Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Required faculty search committee training
  • Target of opportunity hires
  • Workshops on teaching practices that improve inclusiveness and equity in STEM classrooms
  • Bias busting workshops for faculty and staff to facilitate recognition and response to incidents of unconscious/implicit bias (or conscious bias)
  • Workshops to recruit, retain, and improve attitudes of faculty
  • University required discrimination and harassment prevention workshops

Tracking or assessment measures:

  • University Human Resources tracks candidate diversity
  • Women faculty comprise ~30%

Program impacts:

Target population:

Related links:

https://www.scu.edu/engineering/diversity-in- engineering/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/women-in- engineering/

Program mission or purpose:

Upholding the values of a Jesuit education, we strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, fostering 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.

Key features:

  • SES (summer residential program) and SEEDS (multi-Saturday day program), programs aimed at increasing engineering interest and enrollment from high school age underrepresented groups
  • Support Unity Night Faculty-Student Mixers before Preview Days for admitted students
  • NSBE hosts an outreach program for elementary students (grades 4-6)
  • NSBE and SWE students aid recruitment through calling campaigns
  • SWE outreach through GAINS One Step Ahead program
  • Travel grants for black students to attend Preview Day and Unity events
  • Annual lunch for women admitted students
  • Annual Women in Engineering Dinner for faculty and undergraduates
  • MUSE mentoring program open to all undergraduate engineering students
  • Support for national professional societies
  • Partnership with NCWIT to advance women in IT
  • Funding for attendance at NSBE, SWE, SHPE, GHC conferences
  • Funding for engineering student groups performing outreach
  • Office for Multicultural Learning conducts campus climate survey
  • Office for Multicultural Learning provides transportation for underrepresented students to attend graduate studies fair

Tracking or assessment measures:

  • Annual demographic reports track admittance and retention
  • Undergraduate enrollment in 2016-17: 28% underrepresented minorities, 29% women
  • Graduate enrollment in 2016-17: 8% underrepresented minorities, 39% women

Program impacts:

Target population:

Related links:

https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the- classroom/outreach/summer-engineering- seminar-ses/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the-classroom/outreach/spring-engineering- education-days-seeds/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the- classroom/outreach/one-step- ahead/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/women-in- engineering/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/student-support/mentoring- underrepresented-students-muse/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the- classroom/student-organizations/
https://www.scu.edu/oml/

Our Diverse Faculty and Staff

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    A Magnetic Research Field

    As a youngster, Ramesh Abhari, an electrical and computer engineering department lecturer, found the field of electromagnetics magnetic. Drawn to the subject by its very mystery, she loved the deep thought process it took to make sense of it all and she knew she could figure it out. Now, with numerous patents granted or in the works, and with more than 100 journal and conference publications and 7 best student paper awards to her credit, she is even more passionate about putting her knowledge and creativity to work on what she considers “one of the main pillars of modern engineering.”

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    Next Level IoT

    Inside this room packed with imposing server stacks and desks covered with laptops, blinking electronic components, and test equipment, student researchers from undergraduates through Ph.D. level are working to advance networking and embedded systems for a myriad of applications. This is the SCU Internet of Things Research Lab (SIOTLAB), founded in 2017 and directed by Behnam Dezfouli, assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

Our Diverse Student Body

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    Graduate Profile: Laura Rivas Yepes, Bioengineering

    Graduate student Laura Rivas Yepes has always wanted to contribute to society and improve quality of life, especially for people in developing countries like her native Colombia, and she sees bioengineering as the perfect career to help her do that. “The difficulty many people in rural areas in my country face in obtaining healthcare has motivated me to help provide solutions for improving access to medical attention. Additionally, my mom played an important role in choosing my career; she is a nurse and I always saw her passion to help patients."

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    De Novo Fellowship Sparks Diversity in Undergraduate Research

    To encourage traditionally underrepresented students to become involved in research, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences put out a call to undergraduates last spring: apply for a De Novo Fellowship; get paid for up to 10 weeks of full-time research with a faculty mentor; travel and present your work at an academic conference.

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    A Major Exploration

    Bioengineering senior Shani Williams is focused on getting all she can out of her time at Santa Clara University, even when school is not in session. She spent the summer as part of Assistant Professor Emre Araci’s research team, developing a “wearable sensor for  physical activity tracking”—an ultrathin microfluidic sensor that can be placed on the skin to measure how the tissue reacts in connection with a particular movement. Shani was paid to work on the project for 10 weeks as a De Novo Fellow—a program designed to encourage underrepresented students in engineering and the sciences to take on a research challenge.

Our Diverse Alumni/Alumnae

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    A Big Picture Engineer

    As an Executive for Real Estate at Google, Roshan Mehdizadheh Corsiglia ’06, M.S. ’07, applies her talent for the big picture to oversee multi-billion dollar projects and millions of square feet that deliver Google’s award-winning workplace experience. But “talent” really isn’t the right word for it. 

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    8 Questions for Rathi Murthy, SVP/CTO of Gap Inc.

    Rathi Murthy received her master’s degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University in 1995. Since then, she has held senior positions at American Express, eBay, Yahoo!, and WebMD, among others, and is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Gap Inc., where she thrives on “removing friction and avoiding the status quo” while helping the company “get faster, cheaper, better.” Here, she answers a few questions about SCU, diversity in the workplace, mentoring, and more.

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School of Engineering
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Santa Clara, CA 95053

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