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Dr. John Birmingham (Associate Professor, Physics) and Dr. Shoba Krishnan (Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering)

We are happy to recognize two colleagues (Dr. Birmingham and Dr. Krishnan) who have worked to make the integrated vision of STEM at SCU a reality. As the faculty leads on the STEM Operations Planning Team, they have worked collaboratively with faculty and staff in the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, developing essential processes for SCDI and managing (as it surely must have seemed to them) endless details around the move--everything from overseeing lab design reviews to equipment needs, lab support, and staff position descriptions and MOUs.

Throughout the challenging and complex move-in process, they have been the key contacts to answer questions and address faculty and staff concerns.



Dr. David Hess (Associate Professor, Director Biotechnology Program), Dr. Katherine Saxton (Associate Professor, Biology Department & Public Health Program), and Dr. Craig Stephens (Sanfilippo Professor, Biology Department & Public Health Program)


Over the past eighteen months, they (Dr. Hess, Dr. Saxton, and Dr. Stephens) have made us safer. They have carefully analyzed the public health conditions facing the local and regional community and used that information to develop health and safety protocols for the campus. They have engaged County public health officials, biotech vendors, and University leadership in significant conversation about the realities of the COVID 19 virus, prevention strategies, and safety protocols. They gave generously of their own free time to develop and implement testing protocols, tracing procedures, and public health awareness campaigns. I cannot think of a cadre of faculty who have given more of themselves in the past year to advance the mission, goals, quality, and safety of Santa Clara as a Catholic, Jesuit university. We are all in their debt.