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College of Science and Engineering

College of Science and Engineering

The STEM College

The College of Science and Engineering is “the STEM college” at Seattle University, with more than a dozen majors spanning the fields of science, health, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. The College is dedicated to preparing students for responsible roles in their chosen professions and to advancing the educational qualifications of practicing professionals. Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of liberal education, the College seeks to foster among all Seattle University students an understanding of scientific inquiry and a critical appreciation of technological change, and to inspire them to lifelong intellectual, professional, and human growth.

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Math Professor, Brian Fischer, Awarded a Significant National Institutes of Health R01 Grant

Math Professor, Brian Fischer, and colleagues have recently been awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant under the BRAIN Initiative. This grant will combine four PIs from Seattle University, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to use novel anatomical, physiological, and statistical tools to understand the microcircuit basis of sound localization behavior.

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National Science Foundation Awards Grant to the Department of Mechanical Engineering

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,861,527 to Seattle University to support a project in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The title of the project is “Revolutionizing Engineering Education through Industry Immersion and a Focus on Identity,” and it will be directed by Teodora Shuman, Yen-Lin Han, Greg Mason, Kathleen Cook, and Jennifer Turns. In the words of Teodora Shuman, the grant “will allow us to implement a new approach to teaching mechanical engineering: we will bring engineering practice to students and students to engineering practice. We will study how students’ identities change along the way. We hope that it will have a positive impact on all students, including women and underrepresented minorities.”

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Math Professor Steven Klee, PhD, Receives Prestigious National Teaching Award

Steven Klee national teaching award

What makes for an award-winning college math professor? An “uncanny” ability to simplify complicated concepts. A passion for undergraduate research. A dedication to student success beyond earning a degree. A commitment to math education for middle- and high school students. And a sense of humor. These attributes and more have earned Steven Klee, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics, a prestigious 2017 Henry L. Alder Award from the Mathematical Association of America, which was announced today by the organization. The MAA awards up to only three of these annually “to honor beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.”

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Professor Jennifer Loertscher Wins Provost’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Jennifer Loertscher, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, has been named the 2017 winner of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Loertscher is a nationally recognized leader in the area of chemical education. She combines her passion for education with pedagogical research and has been the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation grant awards to study and disseminate best practices in science education. Her approach to active learning is carefully guided by the five principles of Ignatian pedagogy: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation. She demonstrates a deep care for students and a focus on educating the whole person.

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Mary Alberg Wins Scientific Research Award

Professor Mary Alberg of the Department of Physics has been named by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust as the inaugural winner of the Lynnwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award. This award “honors a professor whose work has gained national recognition, and demonstrated leadership in engaging undergraduate students and promoting research and their institution.” Mary was acknowledged at the Murdock College Science Research Conference for her work in theoretical nuclear physics (long supported by the National Science Foundation), her mentorship of undergraduate student researchers, and her founding of the Anacapa Society.

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Seattle University Recognized for High Percentage of Women among Faculty and Students in STEM Disciplines

An October 2016 article in Crosscut.com notes that 45% of the full-time faculty and 40% of the students in the College of Science and Engineering are women. In the areas of engineering and computer science, 26% of the students are women.

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