Engineering News Spring 2017

  • Dean's Message

    Dean of Engineering Godfrey Mungal shares his thoughts on the three types of mindsets today’s engineering students need to adopt to ensure future success: a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a stretch mindset.

  • Hey, Kids—Let’s Put on a Show!

    Nearly 400 people turned out as the School of Engineering hosted its first-ever Engineering Research Showcase with a poster display of work by faculty, post-doctorate, Ph.D. candidate, master and bachelor students.

  • Building a Passion

    Seniors Olivia Carreon, Nabila Farah Franco, and Makena Wong didn’t start out as SCU civil engineering students, but the commitment they bring to their senior design project shows how they have taken “Engineering with a Mission” to heart.

  • Fish Gotta Swim, Engineers Gotta Build

    They wanted to get into engineering “to build things,” and they are doing just that—taking on the challenge of building a self-powered watercraft, and engineering its stability and power, transmission, propulsion, lift, drag, buoyancy, and dynamics.

  • Guarding a Precious Commodity

    A podcast about the importance of breast milk donation led three bioengineering seniors to design, from the ground up, a low-cost paper-based sensor to detect the presence of E. coli in human breast milk donated to breast milk banks.

  • Interfacing Expertly

    Read how, with the fluency of a crew of seasoned NASA engineers, a team of seniors explains their work advancing small satellite technologies—structure and power systems, attitude control, and more—to enhance amateur radio disaster communications.

  • Watching the Invisible to Save Babies’ Lives

    To ease parents’ minds, electrical engineering seniors are prototyping an IoT baby monitor, converting video of a sleeping baby’s movements to a pulse per minute (PPM) signal and notifying parents in real-time if the PPM falls below an acceptable range.

  • Grad Students Aren’t Horsing Around

    For their software engineering capstone project, a team of computer engineering master’s students took the reins on designing an entire front and back end web portal to coordinate daily operations of a therapeutic horseback riding ranch in Woodside, California.

  • 2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

    Meet the 2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award recipients, whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart: Richard (Dick) DeBlasio ’77 BSEE, Bill Holt ’77 MSME, and Scott Santarosa, S.J., ’88 BSCE.

  • Mungal Honored for Championing Jesuit Mission

    For “outstanding contribution to the mission of the University,” School of Engineering Dean Godfrey Mungal was honored with a Special Faculty Senate Council Award. Faculty from across schools and disciplines and Jesuits from around the world offered testimonials of support.