Academics

Harness the power

by Justin Gerdes |
New programs prepare SCU students to work in the clean-energy economy, study environmental challenges, and turn ideas into opportunities.

Master’s in Sustainable Energy

A new interdisciplinary program in the School of Engineering focuses on project-based learning, case analyses, and industrial practices, so that graduates are prepared to enter the clean energy workforce. The program is open to all students who have completed their bachelor’s in any engineering discipline. It follows on the heels of the development of the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy, an interdisciplinary program for Bay Area professionals that teaches specific engineering skills to work in the solar, wind, hydropower, and biofuel sectors.

 

Department and major in Environmental Studies

Educating the next generation of social and physical scientists dedicated to studying environmental challenges, in the College of Arts and Sciences the new Department of Environmental Studies and major launched last fall. The new department builds on the work of the former Environmental Studies Institute.

Educating the next generation of social and physical scientists dedicated to studying environmental challenges, in the College of Arts and Sciences the new department of Environmental Studies and major launched last fall. The new department builds on the work of the former Environmental Studies Institute.

Earlier in 2011, Peter Kareiva, who serves as dean’s executive professor in the new department, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Kareiva is also chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

 

Minor in Entrepreneurship

In February, the Leavey School of Business rolled out a new minor in entrepreneurship, with the program open to students of business, engineering, and arts and sciences. It’s an opportunity to “harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” says Daniel Aguilar, executive director of SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Spring 2014

Table of contents

Features

Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.