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

Student News

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Lauren Serfas '20 (bioengineering), Global Social Benefit Fellow at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, was one of three students interviewed by Fr. Kevin O'Brien at the Miller Center's recent Action Research with a Mission 2019 Student Showcase. As a Fellow, Lauren traveled to Kenya working with the social enterprise, Eggpreneur. The students reflect on the transformative power of Jesuit education and their experiences as Fellows at the 16:40 mark of this video.

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Bridget Woody (bioengineering) is a featured author in the History Department’s award-winning student journal, Historical Perspectives. Find her article, ”The American Crusades: Exploring the Impact of Marine Persecution of Vodou in U.S. Occupied Haiti,” here.

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Two groups of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering first-year students donned hard hats and became the first students to tour SCU’s new Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation, slated for completion in fall, 2021! Many thanks to Devcon Construction for making it happen. Remember to watch the building progress on our online construction cam: www.scu.edu/engineering/stem.


Faculty News

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Allan Báez (Frugal Innovation Hub) was invited and sponsored to implement a Frugal Innovation Workshop for more than 250 students of IBERO Leon University in Leon, Mexico. The workshop was part of the annual IDEAT conference and it was implemented in partnership with the Latin-America Frugal Innovation Network (a Frugal Innovation Hub initiative).

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Chris Kitts (mechanical engineering) has been reappointed to a new 3-year term as an Adjunct Research Engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, providing him with Principal Investigator status at MBARI and use of research vessels, test tanks, and other resources. Kitts has collaborated with MBARI for nearly 20 years; several of the marine robots developed in the RSL were designed in collaboration with MBARI scientists and engineers.

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Nam Ling (computer science and engineering) with Zhouye Gu (Apple), Chen-Xiong Zhang and Jianhua Zheng (both HiSilicon/FutureWei Technologies) were awarded a U.S. Patent, "System and method for estimating view synthesis distortion," U.S. Patent Publication Number US10326995B2, on June 18, 2019. See it here.

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Saying Goodbye to Samiha Mourad: A visionary, mentor, prolific researcher, innovative academician, and respected colleague and friend, Samiha Mourad, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away in November, 2019. Read about her lasting contributions to the School of Engineering here.

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Godfrey Mungal (mechanical engineering) will serve on the Advisory Committee of the 20th International Symposium on Applications of Laser and Imaging Techniques to Fluid Mechanics to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, July 13-16, 2020. Advisory Committee members are a group of subject specialists who guide the Organizing Committee on the selection of papers for the conference.


Alumni News

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The Computer History Museum recorded the oral history of Bill Carrico '72 (electrical engineering). During his career, Bill co-founded 7 networking companies in Silicon Valley and is widely known and respected for his keen business insight and innovation. In celebration of the School's 100th Anniversary, Bill was selected as a Centennial Award recipient. Listen to Bill's fascinating story here.

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Carl Simpson MS EECS '72, MBA '79, member of the School of Engineering's and the Bioengineering Advisory Boards, has passed away. Founder of Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (later known as Guidant), and Managing Director of Coronis Medical Ventures, Carl was an ardent supporter of Bronco engineering and well-respected mentor, innovator, and entrepreneur dedicated to advancing medical technology. We will deeply miss our friend.


School News

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Dean Elaine Scott was interviewed by senior Gavin Cosgrave for his outstanding Podcast, Voices of SCU. In their conversation, they "touch on the spontaneity of Dean Scott’s career journey, her goals for the School of Engineering, the engineering problem-solving mindset, and what role engineers play in our modern world." Listen here.

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently held its annual Senior Design Review. Faculty, advisory board members, and alumni practicing engineers heard presentations and offered feedback on the 10 ECEN projects (including 4 interdisciplinary). Many thanks to our alumni/ae for supporting our students.

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Frugal Innovation Hub hosted a group of 20 students from the Corporate Strategy program of the Gordon Institute of Business and Science from Pretoria University, South Africa. They came to Silicon Valley to learn about entrepreneurship and businesses. During their visit to SCU, they learned about the Frugal Innovation Hub and the BioInnovation and Design Lab and toured the Maker Lab, Robotic Systems Lab and SCU’s beautiful campus.

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The Robotic Systems Lab has received a new grant installment of $189,000 through Wyle Laboratories, Inc. for their work on a new NASA Ames Research Center solar sail spacecraft. RSL is developing the mission control and ground communication systems for operating the satellite and running the technology demonstration experiment. RSL students will serve as the mission control team once the satellite is launched. 

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Women in Engineering Dinner: Nearly 150 women engineers attended the annual Women in Engineering Dinner in November. The student attendees (undergraduates and graduates) had a chance to talk with those in their discipline as well as faculty from each department. Students felt the empowerment with speeches from Mariah Manzano (SCU SWE President), Olivia Figueira (SCU ACM-W Co-President), and Dean Elaine Scott.

 

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In this season of giving and throughout the year the School of Engineering is deeply appreciative of your support of our students and programs. Doubly impactful, a gift of any amount from our undergraduate alums is matched by the Leavey Foundation with a donation to the new STEM complex under construction now. Please give.


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