Engineering News Winter 2015

  • Charged Up

    Since he first came to SCU, mechanical engineering junior David Lyons had a yearning to put his talents to good use.

  • Is There an Engineer in the House?

    Of the 535 legislators serving in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, how many do you think hold an engineering degree? Think again; it’s six. A scary thought when you consider the degree to which technology drives our world.

  • A Piece of the Puzzle

    "Coming from India, where resources are constrained, I was always interested in Jugaad," said graduate software engineering student Sushma Devarapalli, referring to the Hindi-Urdu colloquialism for finding creative work-arounds. "So when I came to SCU, I took the class Mobile Labs for Emerging Markets, and then became a research assistant in the Frugal Innovation Lab [FIL], working with Dr. Silvia Figueira [computer engineering associate professor]."

  • A Decade of Electron Device Development

    For the past ten years, the Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory (EDL) has advanced research in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies, conferring ten Ph.D. degrees along the way.

  • Bioengineers Branch Out

    Enriching students' educational experiences through activities outside the classroom is a core value of the bioengineering program at Santa Clara. Here, four bioengineering students comment on their experiences at the 2014 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Feeding a Hunger for Sustainability

    Makena Wong '17 has always had a passion for advancing sustainability. Last year, as a freshman, Wong enrolled in SLURP, SCU’s Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project, where students are challenged to help solve a campus problem related to sustainability.

  • Engineers Acting Up

    We're all familiar with the stereotypes of engineers—they are considered by some to be introverted, lacking in social and communication skills, and perhaps a bit rigid. Spend any time in the boisterous study areas of SCU’s engineering hallways and you will have a different opinion, but for introverts and extroverts alike, the prospect of public speaking can bring on a bad case of stage fright.

  • Civil Engineering Alum Leads $2B Project

    Santa Clara University hosted a number of illustrious visitors and events in 2014 (the Dalai Lama comes to mind!), but one was particularly meaningful for the School of Engineering—the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ frocking (or promotion) ceremony of SCU civil engineering alumnus Michael C. Wehr '85 to the rank of major general.