Engineering News Summer 2017
Recently I presented my annual State of the School Address (scu.edu/engineering/about) at our Senior Design Conference. Outlining not just this year’s changes, I also recapped the decade of change the School has experienced during my tenure as dean of engineering and took a look at what’s ahead.
Of the many changes we’ve experienced in the past 10 years—50 percent enrollment growth; 38 new faculty members; 15 new degrees, minors, and certificate programs, to name just a few—what astounds me is the growth of computer engineering and projections for its future. Cloud computing, big data collection and storage, and increased connectivity of everyday objects to the Internet of Things is driving a hiring boom for computer engineers. National employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predict more jobs generated in computing between 2014 and 2024 than in all other STEM fields combined. As the field explodes, our computer engineering department has doubled its full-time faculty, added 11 new research and teaching areas, and continues to change, as does the rest of the School.
It has been a decade of change and there is more to come. This fall, the School welcomes a new dean, Alfonso Ortega, who will oversee the next era of SCU engineering. Here’s wishing him and all of Bronco engineering the very best in the years ahead.
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