Fall 2012

Volume 54 Number 2



Steven Boyd Saum


Creative Director

Linda Degastaldi-Ortiz



Charles Barry


Editorial Interns

Holly Hanbury-Brown '12
Nicolas Carrillo '12
Sarah Perkins '13
Danae Stahlnecker '15
Liz Wassmann '13


Web & Media Interns

Nicolas Carrillo '12
Sarah Perkins '13


Class Notes & Obituaries

Christine Cole Harden
Marisa Solís
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Clay Hamilton
Brian Washburn


Literary Editor

Ron Hansen M.A. '95


Associate Editor,

Clay Hamilton


Department Contributors

John Deever
Mitch Finley '73
Dona LeyVa
Deborah Lohse
Alden Mudge
Chris O'Brien
Sam Scott '96
Marisa Solís
Heidi Williams '06


Copy Editors

John Deever
Patrick Dutcher
Jeff Gire
Marisa Solís
Darienne Hosley Stewart


Santa Clara Magazine Advisory Board

Margaret Avritt—Director of Marketing
Terry Beers—Professor of English
Michael Engh, S.J.—President
Elizabeth Fernandez '79—Journalist
Rich Giacchetti—Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Robert Gunsalus—Vice President for University Relations
Ron Hansen M.A. '95—Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities
Kathy Kale '86—Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
Paul Soukup, S.J.—Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Professor of Communication



Fall 2012

Table of contents


Engineering with a Mission

The engineering work being done today was the stuff of imagination when the School of Engineering started a century ago. Where do we go from here?

We, robots

Adventures with the Robotics Systems Laboratory by land, sea, and sky. And in orbit.

Can you stand the heat?

It took months of space flight for the Curiosity rover to reach Mars. And, to survive the heat of entry, it took a shield that a team led by Robin Beck ’77 designed.

Mission Matters

A grand new gateway

Step inside the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building.

A rivalry like no other

It's only a game, right? Not if we're talking soccer and USA vs. Mexico.

Player of the year

Computer engineering major Katie Le ’14 becomes the first Bronco to battle in the NCAA women's singles tourney.