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Engineering News Spring 2021

  • Dean's Message, Spring 2021

    "Spring fever" has hit our engineering seniors, as they work feverishly to put the finishing touches on their senior design projects before presenting them on May 13. Though the requirements for senior design haven't changed much since they were initiated in 1935, the projects certainly have!

  • A Campus Within a Campus Comes to Life

    As the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation nears completion, palm trees planted in the courtyard make the space feel like home to our Broncos. This summer, the adjacent Heafey-Bergin Hall buildings will undergo a transformation, as well, as work begins on an interdisciplinary hub for computing and mathematics.

  • Senior Design Snapshot

    On May 13, 2021, more than 80 teams of senior engineering students will present their capstone projects at the 51st Annual Senior Design Conference. Everyone is welcome to join in for this virtual event. In the meantime, here is a peek at a few of the student projects that will be presented.

  • From Design to Deployment

    Many Senior Design projects are developed for real-world clients. One such project, Omwana Thrive, designed to decrease the infant mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa, was successfully deployed in Uganda last fall.

  • Closing the Gender Gap in VC Funding

    Assistant Professor Margareta (Maya) Ackerman's research has uncovered a clear and consistent pattern that exists in most industries, regardless of geography: the CEO’s gender is the most important factor for fundraising success. Even after controlling for external factors such as attending an Ivy League school or having a prior successful business “exit”—women were still disadvantaged in VC funding.

  • Modeling the Future of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

    A new partnership between Santa Clara University and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, will equip scientists and engineers in the ever-advancing field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing with data-driven decision-making skills and tools to speed up time to market.

  • New Scholarships Address Pandemic Inequities

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has hit underrepresented university students especially hard. To help address the inequities and to support our diverse student body, the School of Engineering has launched four new scholarship funds.

  • Bronze Level Recognition

    Bronze Level achievement from the American Society for Engineering Education only spurs us on to make SCU Engineering a more welcoming and supportive environment for all.

  • Expanding the Picture of Success

    Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Tokunbo Ogunfunmi, advisor for the student chapter of National Society of Black Engineers, recently launched a new speaker series that will help underrepresented students envision their own career success.

  • Building Connections

    The School of Engineering's Engineering Advisory Board has created Engineering Connections, a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Speaker Series to foster a sense of community and strengthen our SCU network.

  • Academician Accolades

    The School of Engineering honors top faculty on an annual basis with awards for both teaching and research. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 academic year award winners: Michael Taylor, Bill Lu, Lanny Vincent, and Sergio Zarantonello!