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Women in Engineering

See yourself as an engineer!

We know how important it is to have faculty role models to mentor and encourage you, as well as lively peer activities to help you grow professionally and personally.

At Santa Clara we have one of the largest percentage of women engineering faculty in the United States, so you'll find lots of shining examples of success in your professors.

Outside of the classroom, organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery-Women), Women in STEM, and Engineers Without Borders offer inspiring speakers, informative workshops, and lots of opportunities for outreach, travel, networking, and social engagement.

You'll not only see yourself as an engineer, you'll become one!

  • 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.

        • Broadening Horizons

          Last quarter, 39 undergraduates from bioengineering, civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, computer science and engineering, and mechanical engineering fulfilled their dreams and expanded their horizons through Study Abroad. Here, two of our students share their experiences.

          • 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.

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            Santa Clara University
            School of Engineering
            500 El Camino Real
            Santa Clara, CA 95053

            Heafey-Bergin, Bldg. 202
            Guadalupe Hall, Bldg. 455

            408-554-5474 fax


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            Women in Engineering 17-18 Graphic: 967 Undergraduates, 29% female; 951 graduates, 38% female.

            Notable Women Engineering Alumni

            Jayshree Ullal '86image

            Jayshree Ullal '86

            President & CEO at Arista Networks, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2013

            Renee Niemi '86image

            Renee Niemi '86

            Head of Smart Home Business at Logitech

            Pam Rissmann '86image

            Pam Rissmann '86

            mBlox, Former Executive VP Operations

            Robin Beck '77image

            Robin Beck '77

            Project Engineer and Engineering Manager at Aerotherm Corporation, Lead Engineer at NASA AMES Research Center, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2016

            Sheryl Staub-French '93image

            Sheryl Staub-French '93

            Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2015

            Sylvee Proehl '15image

            Sylvee Proehl '15

            System Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin

            Allison Kopfimage

            Allison Kopf

            Co-founder and CEO at Agrilyst