Meet the Landoch triplets! SCU has a set of triplets in the Class of 2024. Sam, who loves physics and problem-solving, is enrolled in the School of Engineering, brothers Shawn and Seth are enrolled in the School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. Watch a fun video about them here.
Grace Ling '19
(bioengineering, computer science and engineering and current graduate student) recently presented "Learning from a Generation Z student: Leading a Fast-Growing Virtual Community," at an I-WIN (International Women's Innovative Network) event. Grace is the founder of Design Buddies, a fast-growing online community of budding and professional designers. More about her here
Stephanie Lu ’22 (computer science and engineering) spent her summer as an intern with the New York Times Games team, where she helped design and prototype a digital game in three weeks with five other teammates, via Zoom. Read about it here.
Catherine Moore ’20 (civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering), received the Gracelyn Bateman Award for Inclusive Excellence, recognizing students for providing leadership and programming that enhance excellence through diversity and inclusion in the SCU community. Catherine, now a grad student, continues to support and help draw attention to the American Indian demographic at SCU.
Kristi Nguyen ’21 (electrical and computer engineering) was awarded a scholarship through the Clare Boothe Luce Program supporting outstanding female undergraduate students in STEM-related research. The award is supporting her work with Kurt Schab (electrical and computer engineering) on electromagnetic theory problems related to the optimal performance of nanophotonic devices.
Women in computing: Recently, 112 women from Computer Science and Engineering, Web Design and Engineering, and Computer Science attended the Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of women technologists. More here.
University Faculty Awards and Recognition
Tonya Nilsson (civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering) received The Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence (the university's highest award for teaching excellence). Challenging and supportive, Tonya was recognized for her "embodiment of the three Cs".
Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (electrical and computer engineering) received the President's Special Recognition Award in honor of his 30 years of service with distinction in teaching, research, and advancement of diversity here at SCU and of engineering education in Africa.
New Faculty Endowed Professorship: Congratulations to Silvia Figueira (computer science and engineering), the Regis and Dianna McKenna Professor.
New Faculty Endowed Professorship: Congratulations to Nam Ling (computer science and engineering), the Wilmot J. Nicholson Family Professor.
Congratulations to our faculty celebrating major anniversaries with SCU: Sally Wood and Mahmudur Rahman (both electrical and computer engineering) 35 years, and Dan Lewis (computer science and engineering) 45 years!
Prashanth Asuri (bioengineering) has received a $122,424 grant from NIIMBL to support an industry-academic collaboration dedicated to data analytics in bioprocessing. Maryam Mobed-Miremadi (bioengineering), Navid Shaghaghi (computer science and engineering, math and computer science), and Gangshu (George) Cai (information systems and analytics) will serve as the key faculty personnel on this project.
Nirdosh Bhatnagar (applied mathematics and computer science and engineering lecturer) has a new book published: "Introduction to Wavelet Transforms," 2020, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, 455 pages. Find it here.
Ruth Davis (computer science and engineering, associate dean of undergraduate programs) has been selected as recipient of the Society of Women Engineers’ Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, for her impact on SWE as well as the engineering community. Over the past 40 years, she has blazed many trails and championed women in computing and engineering. Read more.
Yi Fang (computer science and engineering) has received a $125,511 grant from Docomo Innovations, Inc., to support "Deep Learning of Representations for Complex Data," exploring novel deep learning approaches to representation learning for various kinds of data such as audio, image, video, text, etc. This is the third project sponsored by Docomo for Yi Fang's research on information retrieval and machine learning.
Christopher Kitts, Michael Neumann, Ignacio Mas, Robert McDonald, Thomas Adamek, researchers in the Robotic Systems Laboratory, have a new patent focusing on a novel class of adaptive navigation techniques applicable to environmental monitoring, disaster response, exploration, and homeland security.
Hohyun Lee (mechanical engineering) and Yuhong Liu (computer science and engineering) have been awarded a $74,999 grant from NIST. These funds will support their project, "Co-simulation of Residential Buildings Energy Control Systems under Transactive Energy Approaches,” exploring a home energy system control strategy with dynamic utility pricing.
Nam Ling and Co-PI, Ying Liu (both computer science and engineering) have received a $150,873 award from Kwai, Inc. These funds will support the project, "Low Complexity and High Efficiency Image and Video Processing with Neural Network on Heterogeneous Platforms." The project investigates image and video processing with neural networks on heterogeneous platforms.
Godfrey Mungal (mechanical engineering) has been renewed to serve as an External Advisory Board Member for the journal, Experiments in Fluids, for three years beginning January 2021.
Kurt Schab (electrical and computer engineering), under the Office of Naval Research’s Summer Faculty Research Program, spent the summer remotely working with colleagues in the electromagnetics division of NIWC-Pacific (US Navy, San Diego, CA) on projects related to next-generation wireless communications systems.
Julia Scott (BioInnovation and Design Lab) shares insight into her work to develop a neurofeedback therapeutic using virtual reality in this LinkedIn post.
Navid Shaghaghi (computer science and engineering, mathematics and computer science) has received the College of Arts and Sciences Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award, “in recognition of having established a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity." Read about his work here and here.
Toshishige Yamada (research professor of engineering) was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for Nanotechnology for 2019, in recognition of the high quality and timeliness of his reviews during the year.
Uchechukwu Agwu '18 (mechanical engineering) and Naeem Turner-Bandele '18 (electrical engineering) were panelists for a recent Walking the Walk Together panel discussion with STEM leaders on social and racial justice. Both Uche and Naeem are current Ph.D. students at Carnegie Mellon University. Watch here.
Sydney Thompson '20 (mechanical engineering, ethnic studies) with Khiely Jackson '20 (ethnic studies) and Ethnic Studies faculty Allia Griffin and Jesica Fernández, have curated "a digital archive of anti-racist public scholarship" for the SCU community.
Lauren Serfas ’20 (bioengineering) begins a new journey as she enters a vocation as a Catholic sister with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Watch to learn how a degree in bioengineering and a passion for social enterprise helped her discern religious life.
Kathy Chou, Engineering Advisory Board member, was honored at the 2020 YWCA Tribute to Women Awards, recognizing women in technology and business who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to Silicon Valley in executive and professional roles. Kathy is SVP, Worldwide Sales Strategy and Operations at VMware, is a member of SCU’s Board of Regents, and the mother of SCU alumni Grant '17 and Kevin '15.
Computer Science and Engineering’s Web Design and Engineering Degree was ranked #4 in College Magazine’s Top 10 Colleges for the New Generation of Web Designers. The B.S. Degree program in Web Design and Engineering was also ranked #5 of the Top 10 Best Web Design Degrees by College Choice.
Frugal Innovation Hub: Omwana Thrive, an app developed by students in the FIH to help decrease the infant mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa, was deployed in Uganda. While students were unable to travel due to the pandemic, FIH’s partner, Rose Academies, was able to launch the app in country, with community workers teaching mothers how to use it.
Krzysztof Izdebski (bioengineering advisory board member) became contractual consultant-provider to the Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DODMERB), which all US Military Officer candidates go through to ensure they are medically qualified to serve. His area covers speech, language, voice, and respiratory conditions.
Maker Lab PPE Production Update: Since the campus shut down in March, Maker Lab personnel have created and delivered more than 30,000 components of PPE and COVID-19 related equipment—face shields, ear savers, test tube holders, and more—for Maker Nexus, Valley Medical Center Foundation, Santa Clara County, and SCU Facilities. More on the Maker Lab here.
SoE Apparel available online now! Looking to spruce up your shelter-in-place wardrobe and show your School spirit? The SCU bookstore has a new School of Engineering t-shirt, hoodie, and quarter zip fleece sweatshirt available online now!
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