Greater Service to Humanity
Santa Clara empowers students to engage with the global community and improve the lives of those in need. SCU's Global Medical Brigades, led by senior Aliyah Morphis, were recently able to offer critical dental and educational programs in Nicaragua. SCU's dedication to the greater service of humanity enables students to learn and improve the world around them, both domestically and abroad.
Through collaboration, Santa Clara students and faculty are able to effectively produce solutions that are applicable to the real world problems. Manav Jaiswal, a gradate Computer Engineering student, won Best Paper Award for "Design and Implementation of Greener Home Automation System". With help from Dr. Ling and Dr. Liu, Jaiswal was able to apply the theories he has learned to practice.
Santa Clara embraces the intersection engineering practice and Jesuit ideals, promoting advances in service to humanity through student and faculty research. Fr. Guillermo Blason is currently enrolled in the graduate Frugal Innovation Certificate program and hopes to expand his knowledge of sustainable engineering through his work with Dr. Ashley Kim to create portable electrochemical sensors that test for arsenic in water. This project will be of benefit to SCU's sister school Universidad Católica de Córdoba, which works to provide clean water to the surrounding areas.
Santa Clara University's faculty encourages students to use their gifts and talents for global engagement and service to humanity. Inspired by the late Professor Jim Reites, Santa Clara’s Engineers Without Borders chapter teamed up with Associate Dean Ruth Davis to design and build a roof tile press for a Rwandan village. The students bonded through sharing stories with local villagers, gained a deeper understanding of how they could meet the needs of others, and were reminded of their important responsibility to continue engaging with the global community.
Santa Clara strives to develop students who value diversity and apply their gifts towards greater service to humanity. SCU alumna Katie Fitzgerald '09 applied her studies in Theater and Spanish to start a small theater group for youth in Nicaragua. With enthusiastic support from professors, Fitzgerald plans to build the organization to be sustainable so Nicaraguans can maintain it on their own, and encourages students to expand their horizons and use their passions to serve others around the world.
Santa Clara students and faculty pursue new technology, encourage creativity, and share an entrepreneurial mindset. Chris Kitts, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Robotic Systems Laboratory, explains how he grounds engineering education in these principles, preparing students to take on challenges and produce solutions to benefit society.