Dear Friends of the School of Engineering,
The spring quarter is quickly drawing to a close and we have so much to celebrate! Two of our faculty recently received tenure and promotion, and this year we are conferring six engineering Ph.D. degrees—quite an impressive number for our program. More good news: three of our graduating master's students are receiving the School's Award of Excellence for Graduate Engineering and dozens of our seniors are being recognized for outstanding achievement. Find this, and more great news about faculty and one of our own alumnae moving up at SCU, here in this edition of the Five10 Report.
As we look forward with excitement to all that lies ahead—completion of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation and students and faculty coming back together on campus in the fall—we pause to celebrate our community of students, faculty, and staff who have persevered and triumphed in so many ways this year. Here's to you all!
Best wishes for a safe and happy summer,
Elaine P. Scott, Ph.D.
School of Engineering
Tenure and Promotion
Congratulations, I. Emre Araci, for receiving tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering! Department Chair Zhiwen (Jonathan) Zhang said, "Dr. Araci is a devoted teacher, his curriculum is essential to the Biodevice track. He has established himself in the research fields of microfluidics and biowearables. Dr. Araci displays the special qualities and maturity of a colleague who can further the interests of the School and University."
Congratulations, Michael Taylor, for receiving tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering! Department Chair Drazen Fabris said Dr. Taylor "has added to our department strength in finite elements and numerical methods, and has contributed to the development of new vibrations labs and a graduate concentration in Theoretical and Computational Mechanics. His research is in the area of auxetic materials and finite element methods."
2020-2021 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees
We are proud to announce the latest recipients of the Doctorate of Philosophy Degree from the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University! Congratulations to these scholars whose hard work and dedication over countless hours have earned them this distinction. Best wishes to all for a successful and fulfilling future.
Rami Akeela - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Configurable HW/SW Co-design Partitioning Methodology
Advisor: Dr. Shoba Krishnan
MSc: Computer Engineering, Lehigh University
Kamak Ebadi - Electrical and Computer Engineering
A Drift-Resilient and Degeneracy-Aware Loop Closure Detection Method for Localization and Mapping In Perceptually-Degraded Environments
Advisor: Dr. Sally Wood
MS: Computer Engineering, Florida International University
Sanad Kawar - Electrical Engineering
An Input Power-Aware Maximum Efficiency Tracking Technique for Energy Harvesting in IoT Applications
Advisor: Dr. Shoba Krishnan
Co-Advisor (External to SCU): Khaldoon Abugharbieh
MS: Electrical Engineering, Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Ali Khoshniat - Electrical Engineering
Metamaterial Absorbers for Mitigating Unintended Radiated Emissions
Advisor: Dr. Ramesh Abhari
MS: Electrical Engineering, Utah State University
Chelsey (Chia Chi) Li - Computer Engineering
Taming the Challenges of Accurate and Ultra-High-Rate Data Collection in Wireless Sensing Systems
Advisor: Dr. Behnam Dezfouli
MS: Computer Engineering, Syracuse University
Chenli Wang - Mechanical Engineering
Cost effective and non-intrusive occupancy detection in residential building through machine learning algorithm
Advisor: Dr. Hohyun Lee
MS: Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University
Congratulations to our stellar graduate students whose academic standing (the highest GPA in the prior 4 academic quarters in any department) has earned them the School of Engineering’s Award of Excellence for Graduate Engineering 2020-21: Tina Alikahi, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering; Parnya Baradaran, M.S. Engineering Management and Leadership; Yichen Pan, M.S. Computer Science and Engineering.
Congratulations seniors! Our engineering seniors presented their capstone projects before an audience of alumni, parents, and friends last month. Find a list of session winners here. A big thanks to the faculty advisors, student session chairs, and alumni and industry judges who helped make the day a great success!
Virtual Senior Awards and Honors Convocation: Watch a recording of the 13th Annual Senior Awards and Honors Convocation where we celebrated our outstanding seniors from the Class of 2021, as well as faculty award recipients. Find it here.
John Barr, Andrew Boyle, Matthew Goodfellow, Nick Rogers, and Caroline Stephens, advised by Michael Taylor and On Shun Pak, and in collaboration with Multiscale Systems, are participating in the American-Made Challenges series (the E-ROBOT Prize) to develop solutions for building envelope retrofits. Learn more in the video here.
David C. Anastasiu (computer science and engineering) co-organized the 5th AI City Challenge. The Challenge, which focuses on designing novel algorithms for smart city and traffic analytics from video, attracted 700 researchers organized in 305 participating teams from 38 countries.
Maryam Khanbaghi (electrical and computer engineering, power systems and sustainable energy) gave a talk, "Building the next generation of engineers," in the "Women in Tech Ignite: North America" session at MATLAB EXPO 2021 on May 5. Her talk promoted our School of Engineering Power Systems and Sustainable Energy program.
Jeff Klaben (adjunct lecturer) co-authored a book in collaboration with SCU Board of Fellows member, Sherri Douville. Mobile Medicine: Overcoming People, Culture, & Governance is currently the #1 best selling new release in Medical Technology and Medical Informatics on Amazon. Jeff's primary contribution is the chapter “Security in Motion: Protecting Devices and Data on the Move. More details here.
Emily Park (bioengineering) received an Office of Student Life Cura Personalis Award recognizing her dedication to promoting human dignity and care for the mind, body, and spirit of the individual. Her student nominator said, "She always checks in on students and ensures them that she is there for them and willing to listen/work with you if needed."
Marissa Pimentel '10 (civil engineering), MBA '15 has been appointed SCU's Director of Facilities. In her 11 years on staff, Marissa was most recently Project Manager. In her new role, she will provide strategic leadership to both in-house and contract staff as well as oversee minor construction work on campus buildings, utilities, structures, and systems at SCU and JST campuses.
The Robotic Systems Laboratory has received an in-kind donation valued at approximately $48,000 from Hitachi ABB Power Grids. The donation consists of mesh networking equipment that will be used to support the field grade operation of autonomous and teleoperated robotic systems and distributed multi-robot sensing networks.
Engineering Outreach: We recently wrapped up our Spring Engineering Education Days (SEEDs) program. Averaging 45-50 underrepresented, low-income, first-generation 10th and 11th grade students each week, participants enjoyed engineering department workshops, a Senior Design Showcase, and a Student Panel discussion.
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