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Engineering News Winter 2016

Dean Godfrey Mungal with Engineering 1 students.

Dean Godfrey Mungal with Engineering 1 students.

Dean's Message

Over the past year, the debate over inclusivity has heated up on a number of fronts, particularly in regard to marriage, border control, and most recently humanitarianism.

At Santa Clara University our mission is to educate leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion who will help fashion a more just, humane, and sustainable world. To do that we must not only champion inclusivity, we must model it—we must live it.

Doing so is not always easy. Inclusivity often requires a sacrifice of some sort at the outset, which—hopefully—is made worthwhile by the net gains achieved in the long run.

Here on our campus, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences are grappling with our own mixed bag of excitement, fear, uncertainty, and promise surrounding inclusivity as we determine how best to bring our programs into closer proximity in a new planned STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) complex to be built over the next decade. How do we maintain academic rigor while offering broadened opportunity? How do we best equip our students with the skills they will need to address the challenges of the 21st century?

Questions arise and emotions run high at times. But keeping our eyes on the end goal of educating ethical, inclusive leaders demands we open our minds and our hearts to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accomplish something groundbreaking for our students and our University. In this issue you will find a number of examples showing how inclusivity is woven into the fabric of SCU engineering. Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Godfrey Mungal
Dean
School of Engineering