Engineering News Spring 2015

  • Dean's Message

    Convergence. It's a word that comes up often in conversation at SCU today as we work toward implementation of a new integrated strategic plan for enrollment, facilities, and aspirations.

  • Making Connections

    Sometimes, it's all about connections. For civil engineering seniors Ellen McKay and Kaelynn Willey, connections to faculty advisors, a fellow Bronco engineer, a local developer, and yes, even sewer lines, became paramount as they set out to plan and design a low environmental impact neighborhood district.

  • To Sleep—Perchance to Breathe

    A nighttime slumber for adults affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can include repeated bouts of breathlessness for up to a minute at a time. The malady can lead to side effects—memory problems, high blood pressure, depression and even death. But not if bioengineering seniors Erin Araj, Leah Karlsen, and Abby Kilkenny can help it.

  • Building A Better Nest

    Noticing so much popular attention paid to the Nest Learning Thermostat and facing the challenge of their year-long capstone project, electrical engineering seniors Matthew Allen, Sam Billett, and Kevin Read fixed their laser-like focus on fuzzy logic.

  • Facing Fears through Virtual Reality

    For their Senior Design project, Bryce Mariano (web design and engineering major, studio art minor) and Paul Thurston (computer science and engineering major) developed a simulation tool for therapists to use in guiding patients through a controlled virtual world of exposure to potentially terrifying things.

  • Engineering the Perfect Shot

    It's the last home basketball game of the season, and you can sense how much they want to be at their best. Though their outward demeanor is focused, calm, and determined, there is a palpable undercurrent of excitement for the game to get started. You can almost hear them pleading, "Put me in, Coach!" But this isn't the players' starting lineup chomping at the bit to take the court.

  • High-flying Aspirations

    Senior Micah Klaeser has a dream. As a sophomore, after taking the honors class Entrepreneurship for Social Justice, the mechanical engineering student pitched an idea to SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society about designing an unmanned aircraft that could be used to transport medical supplies to rural health providers in the developing world.

  • Letting the Sun Shine on a Brighter Future

    SCU's School of Engineering has long been a driver in both energy education and community outreach. Recently, the two converged when electrical engineering associate professor Shoba Krishnan and solar advocate Mike Strykowski teamed up to help veterans step into solar careers.

  • Civils Being Civil

    For generations, civil engineering has been known as a "people-serving profession," so maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that two Santa Clara University civil engineering professors recently teamed up to publish a paper aimed at helping humankind restore inner and world peace.