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Engineering News Spring 2019

  • Interim Dean’s Message

    Springtime always brings a ramping up of activity for engineering students, with Senior Design presentations just around the corner. Announcement of a new dean and building on campus adds to the excitement. Here, School of Engineering Interim Dean Ron Danielson recaps progress on construction of the landmark STEM facility for SCU, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation.

  • Meet Our New Dean, Dr. Elaine Scott!

    Dr. Elaine Scott will join the School of Engineering as Dean, beginning in August, 2019. As founding Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington in Bothell, Dr. Scott brings a wealth of experience as SCU creates its own transformative STEM initiatives.

  • Mind Your Music

    Musicians and computer engineering seniors Rachel Goldstein and Andy Vainauskas have designed a device to help those of us less talented or disabled make music using our own brain activity. Pairing EEG technology with music improvisation software, they have created MindMusic, interpreting biofeedback and translating it into music.

  • Engineering a Helping Hand

    Jamie Ferris '19, along with fellow undergraduates and graduate students, is developing the HELP Hand, a Human-centered Electric Prosthetic to be manufactured in India and given free of charge to those in need by the Jaipur Foot Foundation.

  • Destigmatizing Asthma

    When a local pediatrician reached out to the School of Engineering’s BioInnovation and Design Lab seeking a solution to the problem of kids with respiratory issues resisting nebulizer use, bioengineering seniors got right to work. Murray Bartho, Michael Breshock, and Megan Nolte have designed an ingeniously disguised nebulizer that’s a breath of fresh air.

  • Restoring Paradise

    Civil engineering seniors Sedona Leza, Karin Komshian, and Brianna Eremita were moved by the devastation caused by the firestorm that besieged Paradise, California, last winter. After meeting with townsfolk and studying the landscape, the team researched home design, construction techniques, and municipal strategies to minimize future loss, and will present their findings to the Paradise City Council this spring.

  • Switching Things Up

    “Good old-fashioned engineering design” is what Electrical Engineering Chair and Professor Shoba Krishnan calls Bradford Kidd and Anne Hsia’s innovative scheme for enabling Internet of Things technologies. The pair have designed a device that reduces the physical footprint and the power consumption of traditional voltage converters that are crucial to advancing connected computing.

  • Getting “WeighstEd” for the Good of SCU

    Mechanical engineering seniors Vince Heyman, Timothy Jaworski and Tatianna Schleup are helping SCU reach its goal of a ten percent reduction in food waste by 2020 by creating a standalone device for weighing food waste. In collaboration with SCU’s Center for Sustainability, the team iterated their design that will be installed in the campus dining hall.

  • James Wang ’19 Wins Fulbright Scholarship

    Senior James Wang, an environmental science and electrical engineering major, has won a Fulbright Scholarship to research “hybrid-supercapacitors” —a new form of energy storage with potential benefits for renewable energy—in the Paris suburb of Cachan in France.