Engineering News Fall 2014

  • Water, water, anywhere?

    As the golden hills surrounding Santa Clara Valley crack and turn dusty brown in the driest year on record for many parts of the state, the subject of water is, naturally, on our minds here in California.

  • Onboard with Online

    MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, are causing a stir in academia. But while the opportunity for reaching thousands of students who would otherwise not have access to higher learning appeals to faculty at a Jesuit university whose dedication to social justice and global engagement are cornerstones of its very existence, the nuts and bolts of how to enter this arena while still providing personalized education has been a challenge for the engineering professors at SCU.

  • Teaching the Teachers

    It's a common problem: you go to a workshop, learn some exciting new methods for doing what you do in a more innovative and effective way, but when you step back into your workaday world, you find the changes you'd like to make require too much work, so the ideas and intentions are pushed aside.

  • More Power to These Summer Scholars

    For two months this past summer, one graduate and 10 undergraduate engineering students were paid by the School of Engineering’s Latimer Energy Lab to design and build a prototype of a solar-powered, autonomous vehicle and wireless charging station.

  • Bioengineers Bring 3D Tech to The Tech

    The School of Engineering's Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) has teamed up with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, and their partners NASDAQ OMX and Accenture to present a series of Social Innovation Workshops showcasing some of the exciting ways technology is being put to good use for social benefit.

  • Robotics Students Stay Busy at the Lake and in the Lab

    Summertime … and while the living might not be easy, it's not too shabby for the team in the Robotic Systems Laboratory (RSL). For years, this world-class field robotics program has had undergraduates, master's, and Ph.D. students running satellite missions for NASA and conducting research in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

  • Big Data—A Big Deal

    Tired of scrolling through your cable provider's seemingly endless television listings to find a program you want to watch? Well, my friend, those days are numbered.

  • On Shun Pak Joins Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Talking fluid mechanics with mechanical engineering's newest faculty member, On Shun Pak, makes you recall the feelings you had when you first played with water as a kid, splashing in a pool. His passion for fluid mechanics is joyful and infectious.