School of Engineering

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Sci Building

School Of Engineering, Fall 2017
New / Transfer Student Orientation Meetings

All new engineering students, both freshman and transfers.
New Freshman and Transfer Students can come on either day of the Orientation.
UPDATED: Monday, August 28, 2017; 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM SCI 256
Wednesday, August 30, 2017; 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM SCI 256
See Flyer for more details - Fall 2017 SOE Orientation Flyer PDF [56 KB]

Alumni BBQ

Annual BBQ

11:00 am ~ 2:00 pm Oct 7, 2017
Courtyard Outside the Science Building
Flyer: 2017 Alumni BBQ flyer Download [PDF 95 KB]


Thirteenth Annual School of Engineering Graduation

Carol Channing Theater at Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco, CA 94132
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 to 11 am (arrive by 8:45am for ceremony)
Flyer: 2017 Engineering Graduation Flyer PDF [324 KB]
Website: SFSU Commencement Website  (Opens in New Window)
Pictures: 2017 Engineering Graduation Pictures  (Opens in New Window)


Civil Engineering Students Won Best Seismic Performance Award

Eight SF State engineering students achieved the Best Seismic Performance award, among 35 national and international teams that were invited to the 2017 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's annual Seismic Design Competition, held last month in in Portland, Oregon.

The team included SF State students Amy Chun, Bashir Habboub, Gerald Macaspac, Josias Galan, Mark Manalo, Selena Gray, Tyler Fallon, and William Solano (team captain), advised by Assistant Professor of Engineering Zhaoshuo Jiang. The group spent 10 months designing and constructing their high-rise building models and testing them on the shake table (earthquake simulator) in SF State's Intelligent Structural Hazards Mitigation Laboratory located at Science Building 130.

For the competition, the final design of the team’s skyscraper which adopted the research outcomes from one of Prof. Jiang’s structural topology optimization research projects funded by SFSU ORSP Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant, is subjected to three different historically devastating earthquake tests. The SF State team’s design outperformed all the other teams in seismic performance and won them the Best Seismic Performance title.

For more information about the competition, visit  (Opens in New Window) and its Facebook page:  (Opens in New Window). Learn more about SF State's School of Engineering at


Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang Selected as a 2017 ASCE ExCEEd Fellow

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang, Assistant Professor of Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, has been selected as a 2017 ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE’s Committee on Faculty Development selected Dr. Jiang because of his commitment to excellence in education and his willingness to serve as a future role model for effective teaching.

Dr. Jiang’s selection as an ExCEEd Fellow allows him to participate in this year’s ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University on June 18-23, 2017. The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop is a six-day practicum that provides engineering educators with an opportunity to improve their teaching abilities. ASCE has successfully presented this workshop each summer for the past seventeen years. Faculty members across the country and around the world have benefited from this workshop. The workshop focuses on basic skills and includes seminars addressing the following topics:

  • Principles of effective teaching and learning
  • Learning styles
  • Communication skills
  • Learning objectives
  • Class organization and course organization
  • Development of interpersonal rapport with students
  • Teaching with technology
  • Classroom assessment techniques

Spring 2017 Scholarships!

Spring 2017 Scholarship application deadline is March 5, 2017.
You can download the application from here:
Spring 2017 Scholarship Application Download [185 KB]



Professor Vaidyanadhan V. Krishnan

Professor Emeritus of Engineering Vaidyanadhan V. Krishnan (known as Krish) passed away on Nov. 17 in India. An excellent tennis player in his younger years, Krishnan remained relatively healthy and active before his final days. While visiting his sister in India, he had a fall and suffered an injury to the spine. He was unable to overcome complications resulting from his spinal surgery. His beloved wife, Judy, was with him. The University has lost a wonderful mentor, a magnificent teacher, and a fantastic colleague. His love for his profession and the people around him was simply exceptional. Krishnan will be remembered fondly, and his friendly presence will be missed by many people... (click for more)  (Opens in New Window)

Nilgun Ozer

The National Advisory Committee of Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) named Dr. Nilgun Ozer, Director of MESA Engineering Program at San Francisco State University, the 2016 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Regional Chapter Advisor of the Year (Region 1). This award recognizes an advisor's outstanding service and leadership provided to collegiate chapters by SHPE advisors. Dr. Ozer has fifteen consecutive years of experiences in advising SF State University's SHPE collegiate chapter.

Zhaoshuo Jiang

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang received industry funding support ($129,000) from Quanser Inc.

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang from the School of Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering received a new funding support ($129,000) from Quanser Inc., a leading structural control company in research/education. The funding supports Dr. Jiang’s research and educational project in developing a mobile remote shake table laboratory which provides unprecedented opportunities for students to participate and conduct hands-on experiments through the portable devices such as smart phones and tablets. This funding sets up a good example of collaboration between academia and industry. (Contact Person: Zhaoshuo Jiang, )


MESA Students Won 1st Place in MESA Student Leadership Conference Video Challenge Competition

Twelve SF State MESA students (8 female and 4 male) attended MESA Student Leadership conference in Santa Clara on October 14-15. One of the SF State teams won the first place in the video challenge competition entitled "Elevator Pitch"  (Opens in New Window) in the Most Creative Video Category. The winning team members are Anna Livshyts (VP of SWE's Collegiate chapter) and Kamila Kondej (Membership chair of SWE's Collegiate chapter). The team's advisor is Dr. Nilgun Ozer, Director of Student Resource Center in the College of Science and Engineering. (Contact Person: Nilgun Ozer, )


New Positions!

Tenure-track faculty position in Electrical/Computer Engineering
For more details click here.

Part-time Instructor Position in Engineering
For more details click here.

New Energy

Master of Science in Engineering (Energy Systems)

There is now a new Energy Systems concentration area in the Master of Science in Engineering degree program. The new program started from Fall 2012 and applications for it are available from the University web site.

New Minor Programs

School of Engineering now offers minors in Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.


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