High-Impact Experiential Learning
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.
One of the goals of Santa Clara's Leavey School of Business is to equip students to become job creators, not just job seekers. Drew Starbird, Director of My Own Business Institute and Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems, explains how students should learn how to create jobs for themselves and those in society, by infusing the traditional work world with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Santa Clara's faculty pushes students to the frontiers of knowledge and experimentation, challenging them to solve persistent problems. Dr. Zhang presented his students with the challenge of creating a noninvasive portable glucose monitor for less than $100, and many of them rose to the challenge by creating innovative products. Bioengineering students Casey Kiyohara '17 and Ciara Gonzales successfully developed a monitoring device that has the potential to bring comfort to millions of people around the world who need to test their glucose levels on a daily basis.
Santa Clara University encourages students to apply their education and knowledge toward building a more sustainable world. SCU Civil Engineering students teamed up to create this year's award-winning 238-square foot rEvolve House and lead in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District 2016 Tiny House Competition, winning first-place. The team members dedicated their house to the nonprofit, Operation Freedom Paws, and are proud to know their energy efficient product will make a difference in people's lives and inspire others to work toward a sustainable future.
A Santa Clara education gives students more than a degree—it engages them in experiences such as community-based coursework and independent research, empowering them to help find solutions to societal problems and effect change in the community. Santa Clara Law Professor David Ball uses his Criminal Law and Policy course to involve his students in impactful, practical research that tackles critical needs in legal reform. Students in Professor Ball's course are getting an early start on transforming the world for the better.