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Frugal Innovation Hub Staff

Meet the Staff Members of the Frugal Innovation Hub.

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Dr Silvia Figueira

Dr. Silvia Figueira is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering, as well as Director of the Frugal Innovation Hub.  She creates and executes program strategy for FIH, and guides student projects to successful outcomes with clients.

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Director of Programs and Partnerships

Allan Baez Morales

Allan focuses on the development of FIH signature programs with university, corporate and social enterprise partners to create opportunities for faculty and students to engage in the development and implementation of humanitarian technology solutions.

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Assistant Program Manager

Maritza Soria

Maritza is currently pursuing her MS degree in Engineering Management and Leadership while working as a researcher in the biotech industry. She wants to broaden the humanitarian impact of the bronco community by cordinating outreach efforts. She helps manage FIH projects and plan events and workshops.
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Information & Communication Technologies Assistant

Brianna McGovern

Brianna is pursuing her MS in Engineering Management while serving as co-president of the Association of Graduate Engineering Students (AGES) and interning as a software engineer. She manages the Frugal Innovation Hub website and assists in the coordination, development, and deployment of student-built humanitarian software projects.

Frugal Innovation Hub Faculty Leads

Meet the School of Engineering and other SCU Faculty who make it all happen!

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Dr. Hohyun Lee

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Solutions Lab)

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Dr. Shoba Krishnan

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (Community Based Projects)

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Dr. Unyoung (Ashley) Kim

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering (Global Health Lab)

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Dr. Tokunbo Ogunfunmi

Professor of Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing Research Lab)

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Dr. Tonya Nilsson

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering

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Prof. Navid Shaghaghi

Lecturer and Researcher in Math & CS, Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering (EPIC Lab)

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Dr. Laura Doyle

Lecturer in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering and General Engineering Departments

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Tony Restivo

Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Behnam Dezfouli

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, SCU Internet of Things Research Lab (SIOTLAB)
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Dr. Michele Parker

Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Public Health

Key Partners

We thank our key partner organizations for their constant support to FIH’s work around the world

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Cisco Logo Xilinx logo


Supporters and Collaborators

We thank our supporters, contributors and partner organizations for letting the FIH be part of their humanitarian work

Action for India Logo AFR Barometer Logo American India Foundation Logo Benetech Logo
Catholic Relief Services Logo  Clinicas del Azucar Logo Community Technology Alliance Logo Engineering for Change Logo
Engineers without Borders Logo  Nazava Logo Net Hope Logo
The Buturi Project Logo    


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Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Guadalupe Hall, Bldg. 455, 3rd Floor

(408) 554-2334

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