School of Engineering

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School Of Engineering, Fall 2016
New / Transfer Student Orientation Meeting

All new engineering students, both freshman and transfers.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016; 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM SCI 256
See Flyer for more details - Fall 2016 SOE Orientation Flyer PDF [54 KB]


Twelfth Annual School of Engineering Graduation

Carol Channing Theater at Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco, CA 94132
Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 9 to 11 am (arrive by 8:45am for ceremony)
Flyer: 2016 Engineering Graduation Flyer PDF [331 KB]
Website: SFSU Commencement Website  (Opens in New Window)


Society of Women Engineering Collegiate Chapter had a wonderful evening with our industry partners on April 29.

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2016 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Competition

On the week of April the 4th, San Francisco State University (SFSU) participated in the 2016 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)’s annual Seismic Design Competition. This competition challenges students to design and construct a scaled balsa wood model of a skyscraper with high seismic risks. The models, weighing less than 3 pounds each, are loaded with over 20 pounds of weights and are subjected to three different devastating earthquakes on an earthquake simulator (shake table). The team whose structure has the best design, architecture, and seismic performance is deemed the winner.

Seven students from the School of Engineering at SFSU formed this year’s seismic design team as part of the Civil Engineering capstone design project. The team, Marisa Araujo, Jamie Brownell, Lungyuen Lau, Kathleen Ocampo, and Ryan Schofield, led by the project manager Stephen Pereira Schork and the faculty advisor Prof. Zhaoshuo Jiang, began working on their design at the end of the spring 2015 semester. In the 10 months that followed, the team compared dozens of different designs, performed extensive testing on the materials, and constructed two full size models. The first prototype model was tested to failure on the shake table in the Intelligent Structural Hazards Mitigation Laboratory at SFSU to investigate the realistic structure performance, which allowed the team to refine their numerical models and verify their predictions from the computer analyses. With the knowledge gained from the testing of the first model, the team constructed an improved model to bring to the competition.

This year, 45 teams from around the world signed up for the competition, among which 33, including SFSU, were invited after the first round screen process. With the innovative design incorporating the findings from structural topology optimization and spectrum analysis, SFSU received very encouraging results in this international seismic competition. To be more specific, SFSU scored the 3rd in design proposal, the 6th in seismic performance, and the 9th in the overall final ranking. Of all the U.S. participants, SFSU ranked the 5th; and among the six participating California State Universities, SFSU ranked the 1st. More details can be found on the official website:  (Opens in New Window). This year’s team is proud of how well their structure performed and is pleased to have elevated the SFSU and the School of Engineering with their outstanding performance.
Pictures: 2016 Seismic Design Competition Pictures PDF [607 KB]


New Scholarships (Deadline 3/28/2016)!

The School of Engineering has a variety of scholarship opportunities you may wish to apply for (link below):

Below are a list of scholarships with deadline on 3/28/2016:
American Public Works Association Scholarship
Beth Pack Memorial Scholarship
Femineers Scholarship (Endowed)
Kimball L. Hamberger Scholarship
Luigi & Luigia Franco Scholarship
Michael Sugarman Scholarship
Oyvind Knut Oseberg Scholarship
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship
Wolf Stadler Memorial Scholarship

You may also wish to visit San Francisco State University's Financial Aid webpage at: and click on "Academic Works Campus & External Scholarship Search" on the top left side of the page. In the search box, type in "School of Engineering" and press the search button, the available scholarships will appear below the instructions. Financial Aid's Scholarship main page also has a wealth of Scholarship tips that you might find useful to learn.


College of Science and Engineering Presents...

Self-Driving Vehicles: A Technological Overview And Industrial Outlook
Featuring Special Guest Speaker Alex Rodrigues
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: SCI 256
Flyer: COSE Flyer.pdf Download [PDF 102 KB]


New Positions!

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 will is available from University web site.

New Minor Programs

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


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