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  • James Wang ’19 Wins Fulbright Scholarship

    Senior James Wang, an environmental science and electrical engineering major, has won a Fulbright Scholarship to research “hybrid-supercapacitors” —a new form of energy storage with potential benefits for renewable energy—in the Paris suburb of Cachan in France.

  • A New Name and Degree Offering for Electrical Engineering

    Starting in fall, 2019, a department name change will take effect and a corresponding major will be offered: Electrical and Computer Engineering. Here, Shoba Krishnan, chair and professor of electrical engineering shares the rationale for the changes.

  • The Big Move is On: Above and Beyond

    Big changes are underway for the School of Engineering with construction set to begin on the new Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation. Here is an update on the moves that have occurred and the people who made it all happen.

  • A Different Perspective

    Undergraduates Austin Colon, Shane Buck, and Steven Pretlove didn’t head for college straight out of high school. Instead, they entered the military. And after serving their country, they enrolled in community college before transferring into Santa Clara University. Here are their stories.

  • Creating Biomedical Robots to Help Doctors Discover and Diagnose

    As part of a team of five researchers from three universities, On Shun Pak is helping develop a new class of robots that will wiggle, swim or drag themselves along the body's natural pathways, making diagnosis safer and allowing access to the most fragile environments.

  • O Pioneers!

    Lots of news coming out of the Department of Bioengineering: Sharing spaces and instruments in their new laboratory facilities is affording new opportunities for collaboration among faculty, and the department has implemented new focus areas in translational bioengineering and BioAI.

  • 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.

  • Building Hawaii: Vince Llorin '92

    SCU's 1990 national collegiate boxing champ, alumnus Vince Llorin '92, loves spending his time surfing and keeping Hawaii's infrastructure safe as a project manager for the State Department of Transportation highways division.

  • Reaching for the Stars, Powered by a Dream

    Kamak Ebadi first dreamed of working at NASA as a 14-year-old boy in Iran. Now, he's living his dream while pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. It didn't come easy, but planning made it happen.

  • What's God Got to Do With It?

    Does God have anything to do with innovation? Does innovation have anything to do with God? These two questions are the catalyst of a conversation Lanny Vincent, engineering adjunct lecturer, is avid about sparking in his new course, Innovation Theology: An Introduction.

  • Remembering JoAnne Holliday

    JoAnne Holliday, computer engineering associate professor, died February 13, 2019. Here, colleagues remember JoAnne's kindness and collegiality, and her many contributions to her department and to the School of Engineering.

  • 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.

  • Impacting the World Through Electrical Engineering

    He always wanted to do big things, and he liked to build things. When Alex Austin '07 and his co-founders of Branch Metrics solved a problem that every app developer in the world faced, he was well on his way to fulfilling his goals.

  • Kamak Ebadi

    Kamak Ebadi, electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate (expected graduation June 2019) and doctoral research fellow in the Aerial Mobility group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is part of the team that had a key role in developing autonomy solutions for the Mars InSight lander.

  • Dean’s Message

    Along with the Class of 2022, Interim Dean Jon Strauss is new to campus this year, but he comes with extensive experience leading numerous world-class institutions. Here, he shares his thoughts and first impressions of SCU and the School of Engineering.

  • Sarah Kate Wilson Receives Prestigious IEEE Award

    Electrical Engineering Professor Sarah Kate Wilson was recently honored with the prestigious Harriett B. Rigas Award for significant contributions to engineering education. Read more about this defender of student learning, champion of diversity and inclusion, acclaimed international researcher, and professional activist.

  • Making a Power Play

    Electrical engineering and environmental science double major James Wang ’19 has built an impressive resume gaining experience in the energy and power systems arenas. Now the sustainability and social justice warrior has an opportunity to take his experience to the next level.

  • The Magic of Ants

    Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Yuhong Liu and undergraduate Louise Li are working with colleagues from California State University, East Bay, to improve cloud security using an algorithm based on the behavior of ants.

  • Sinking into Summer Research

    Bioengineering major Joshua Vincent ’20 spent the summer helping his mentor, Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Hohyun Lee, research how best to harvest body heat to extend the battery life of prostheses. Along the way, he became a programmer, circuit designer, and more.

  • Startup Shoots for a Grand SLAM

    Annapurna Yarlagadda, MBA ’16, used her Bronco connections to pursue an idea for making autonomous cars affordable. Now, she and electrical engineering alumnus Koji Seto, Ph.D. ’14, co-founders of Apollo AI, have a patent pending, NSF funding, and an exciting future ahead.

  • Growing Bacteria that Gobbles Up Microplastics

    As a Hawaiian, Brie Goo ’19 grew up with a deep respect for the ocean. Last summer, she had the opportunity to work on a novel research project developing a plastics-eating bacteria that could be a solution to plastics pollution.

  • A Golden Opportunity to Learn About Bronze Age Engineering

    In an unexpected pairing, professors from mechanical engineering and classics are working together to develop a new interdisciplinary summer course for students to visit archaeological sites in Crete and explore engineering in relation to ancient civilizations using modern technology.

  • Spotlight on Marissa Pimentel ’10, MBA ’15

    After graduating with a B.S. in civil engineering, Marissa Pimentel ’10 took a job with SCU’s Department of Planning and Projects. Here, we catch up with the busy Bronco, getting a peek into her career path and what keeps her at SCU.

  • Kitts Receives Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation

    Mechanical Engineering Professor Christopher Kitts received SCU’s 2018 Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation. Cited for creating and revising numerous courses, Kitts was also instrumental in creating the popular Design Thinking Pathway and crafting the innovation, design, and entrepreneurship minor.

  • Civil Engineering Grad Student Wins Scholarship

    Dayanne Mirra, currently pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering, has won a scholarship from the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada. The award was increased from the standard amount due to her exceptional application. Read how she found herself at SCU.

  • Pavithra Nagarajan '20 Receives SCU Diversity Works Award

    Bioengineering sophomore Pavithra Nagarajan received an SCU Diversity Works Award presented to five students who thoughtfully articulated how diversity and inclusion is shaping their journey and values, and their commitment to making an impact in their future path and career. Read how dance affects Pavithra’s engineering.

  • SCU NSBE Voted Best Small Chapter

    Congratulations to our SCU student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) recently named their region's Best Small Chapter at the 2018 NSBE National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What makes SCU NSBE so great? Find out here.

  • Taylor Yamane Crowned Miss Santa Clara

    Taylor Yamane '20 is going "Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead" as the newly crowned Miss Santa Clara 2018. With her platform promoting STEM and the arts, Taylor hopes to inspire young people to pursue their creative passions in their careers and everyday lives, in the same way she does at Santa Clara.

  • Audrey Gozali Named New Face of Civil Engineering

    From Santa Clara to Buenos Aires, Audrey Gozali's passion for civil engineering has no boundaries. She was recently named one of ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by ASCE for her many accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. As an engineer, Audrey hopes to provide universal access to clean drinking water and empower young women and minorities in her field. Congratulations, Audrey!

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation

    Coffee gained popularity in 17th Century England and “coffeehouses” started sprouting all over London. Open to all men and indifferent to social status, these coffeehouses became public social spaces to learn the latest news and to debate new ideas. Such was the impact of this rendezvous that historians often associate these coffeehouses with the Age of Enlightenment, an intellectual and philosophical movement which laid the foundation of contemporary Western political, social, and intellectual culture. For us, the question to ask is “how do we build a similar powerful platform for channeling creativity and creating and deepening a culture of innovation across SCU?”

  • Alumnus Seeks to Feed the World

    Sam Bertram '16, M.S. '18, is using the engineering and entrepreneurial tools he gained as a mechanical engineering student to launch a fully-automated, indoor agricultural system aimed at addressing the needs of 1.1 billion malnourished people in the world.

  • A Distinct Honor

    For a lifetime of service to the engineering profession, Mechanical Engineering Professor Terry Shoup is awarded ASME Honorary Membership.

  • Pass the wrench, please.

    Working with communities in Honduras and Rwanda through our student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, senior bioengineering student Mohit Nalavadi learns by doing.

  • Inroads to India

    India's Consul General visited the Frugal Innovation Lab to learn about some of SCU's humanitarian projects.

  • Engineering Management Program Ranks High

    SCU’s Engineering Management and Leadership master’s program takes the #37 spot in Eduniversal’s Top 200 Best Master’s in Engineering and Project Management Global Ranking, based on employer recruitment, graduates’ starting salary, and student satisfaction!

  • The Sky’s No Limit for This Alumna

    Alexandria Shearer ’13 received an NSF Fellowship to support her Ph.D. studies at UC San Diego. Soon she’ll take her research from the lab to the jungle, working with archeologists to help them better understand Mayan society.

  • Diversity in STEM Education

    Bioengineering senior Nnaoma Agwu shares his thoughts on diversity, convergent STEM education, and how the two support SCU's Jesuit mission.

  • A Message from EWB President

    The outgoing president of Engineers Without Borders, Mohit Nalavadi, sent out this message to EWB's partners at PICO International.

  • Never Fear, Robots Are Here

    This article was originally published on Re/code (www.recode.net) on April 20, 2016. It was written by Scott Hunter, a master’s student at Santa Clara University studying mechanical engineering with a focus in robotics and mechatronics.

  • Working Toward the Payoff

    “I came to Santa Clara to fulfill my dreams of becoming an entrepreneur,” explains Nikita Sushil Kumar from Bangalore, India, who recently earned her master’s degree in engineering management and leadership at SCU.

  • SCID’s 2016 Product Designathon

    Junior Cory Berdinis shares a recap of the Santa Clara Innovation & Design club’s second annual Product Designathon. Bringing together students from multiple disciplines, the hackathon-style competition challenged participants to identify and solve a problem focused on travel.

  • Advisory Board Member News

    Sitting in Silicon Valley in the midst of the world's most cutting-edge companies, we are blessed to have a stellar group of innovative leaders serving on our advisory board. A couple of their companies were in the news and we thought you'd like to see what they're up to.

  • The Art of Engineering

    Bioengineering's Mohit Nalavadi '16 found beauty lurking within DNA, nucleotides, and amino acids, so he created an algorithm using open source information found online and wrote a computer code, AminoAcidify, which allows him to make what he calls "genetic art."

  • Remote Making for Home School Student in Hawaii

    Kainalu Palaualelo, a home-schooled fourth grader in Hawaii, submitted a design for 3D printing to our SCU Maker Lab, consulted remotely with SCU students on improvements, and then watched it being fabricated here in Santa Clara via livestream broadcast! Read more about how the SCU Maker Lab is expanding its reach through its Makers For Good Program.

  • Making Fans of Making

    SCU’s Mobile Maker Lab hit the road, visiting junior high and high school students in Fremont, who created their own laser-cut balsa wood gliders and catapults and learned about the Lab’s 3D printers, vinyl plotter, laser cutter, and other tools.

  • I Believe

    In 2016, electrical engineering seniors Alejandra Huitron and Nicholas Supan designed educational lantern kits for Ghana. This summer, SCU Global Scholars Catherine Murray ’18 (mechanical engineering) and Nick Redfield ’18 brought the kits to Abenoa. This video tells the story.

  • Tiny House Blog

    Greetings from Sacramento, where SCU’s Tiny House team is readying for competition in California’s inaugural Tiny House Competition. After several looooong nights in Santa Clara this week, the team, their house, and three large rented trucks filled with decking and all sorts of gear arrived in Sacramento around 4 a.m. Saturday.

  • Fixing What Is Broken

    Bioengineering alumna Allie Sibole ’14 turned curiosity about her own injury into a passion for helping others. As product development engineer for a leading orthopedics company, she designs implants and instruments to treat complex fractures, travels, and meets world-renowned surgeons.

  • Alanna Sewalt '17

    Alanna Sewalt ’17 (bioengineering) has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Safety Engineers San Jose Chapter and the Bay Area Environmental Safety Professionals as winner of a $1500 Fall 2016 EHS Scholarship. Congratulations!

  • Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50

    Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50 (electrical engineering) died of heart failure peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on December 14, 2016. When Vince arrived at Santa Clara as a first year student, he joined a unique class of budding engineers—not just the usual fresh-faced high school grads, but also seasoned military veterans resuming their lives at the end of World War II. During his time at Santa Clara, Vince was a member of the Engineering Society, served as A.I.E.E. President, and was a member of the Saber Society, R.O.T.C.

  • George Fegan

    George Fegan, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, passed away December 20, 2016. Steve Chiappari notes, “George played a vital role in the Department of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering, serving as a faculty member, academic advisor to students, and departmental chair as well as assistant dean for graduate programs for the School of Engineering.

  • John Hopkins, P.E. ’74

    John Hopkins, P.E. ’74 (M.S. Public Works Administration) passed away in December, 2016. An ardent friend of Santa Clara University, he served on the Board of Fellows, on the Department of Civil Engineering’s Advisory Board, and on the School of Engineering’s Alumni Board, and was a perennial judge at the School’s annual Senior Design Conference.

  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    First Annual School of Engineering Research Showcase

    We invite you to be part of the inaugural School of Engineering Research Showcase featuring poster presentations of SoE research performed by faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. students. Attended by industry partners, Silicon Valley researchers and engineers, campus affiliates and friends of the School of Engineering, this showcase provides the School with an outstanding venue for research exposure while also affording students an excellent professional development and networking experience.

  • Bioengineering senior Erik Risa '17 has been accepted to the University of Washington Medical School!

    With future plans of being a neurosurgeon or neurologist, Erik fills his time at SCU with a number of activities outside the classroom: member of Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society) and the University Honors Program, engineering tutor, bioengineering researcher, tenor saxophone player in the SCU Jazz Band, member of the SCU Emergency Medical Services Squad, and he is a Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 2016-17 Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics, focusing a research project on neuroethics. Congratulations, Erik!

  • Lunch with an Entrepreneur: Frankie Roohparvar '89

    Frankie Roohparvar '89 MS (electrical engineering) was the guest speaker at this week’s Lunch with an Entrepreneur. A serial entrepreneur and self-professed “idea guy,” Roohparvar is Executive Chairman at Batteroo, has launched multiple start-ups, holds more than 500 patents, sits on the board of three current start-ups, has a spreadsheet filled with ideas for future projects, and enjoys mentoring fledgling entrepreneurs—encouraging them to “look at things sideways to see problems and solutions in ways other people haven’t noticed.” His current venture is a device that has the potential to extend the life of disposable batteries by up to 8x their normal range. As an upstart in this $15 billion market, his company has been the target of online smear campaigns and industrial espionage, but Roo

  • Opinion: Set high expectations of women engineers and they’ll meet them

    Almost every woman in engineering I’ve talked to knows the pressure of having to prove herself. She knows what it’s like to be meticulously perfect in her calculations, and to accept that regardless of her intelligence, her work will be checked again by someone who doesn’t trust her. She knows that at the end of the day, mistakes hold more weight than they should. I say almost every woman because I am one of the few that has rarely experienced this. I’m lucky. I’m an anomaly.

  • Traveling to Rwanda: Top 10 Lessons I Learned

    Traveling to Nyange, Rwanda, with EWB was one of the greatest experiences I have had as a Santa Clara engineering student. The opportunity to use the engineering skills I have gained throughout the years at SCU to empower the tile-making cooperative we work with was truly humbling and rewarding. I also learned a lot and here are my top 10 lessons for any future EWB Rwandan travelers and/or other service-based travelers.

  • NanoGrid

    Energy sustainability and the aging grid infrastructure in the United States are two important subjects at the crossroads between politics, economics and technology. One proposed solution to these two issues revolves around the concept of an islanded microgrid which we named the NanoGrid.

  • Looking Back at Bannan

    SCU Engineering School alums recall special memories about Bannan Engineering Building. What’s yours?

  • Message from the Chair

    Hello! Please let me introduce myself as the new chair of the Department of Bioengineering. I am Jonathan (Zhiwen) Zhang. I would like to thank my colleagues and students who elected me as chair and I offer my deep appreciation and gratitude to Professor Yuling Yan, founding Chair, for her dedicated leadership of the department from 2012-2018.

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