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USD Engineer Magazine: Outstanding in Their Field

Celebrating the many achievements of USD's Engineering program



I am excited to present our third issue of USD Engineer. With each issue, engineering at USD has continued to grow. Last year, for the first time, we crossed the mark for more than 300 students. This fall, we’ve set yet another record, and welcome more than 350 new and returning aspiring engineers
to our program. In May, we celebrated the commencement of 44 freshly minted USD engineers. And, as the number of students and alumni grows,
so too does the diversity of their accomplishments, both inside and
outside the classroom.

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The first feature story in this issue highlights the achievements of
our engineering student-athletes. While it’s unusual for students
majoring in engineering to participate in NCAA athletics at most
schools, at USD, it’s much more common. This story reveals how their athletic pursuits complement their engineering studies, helping to make them complete engineers who can succeed both technically
and professionally.

Another story recognizes the academic accomplishment of our outstanding students by chronicling the installation of a new chapter of Tau Beta Pi at USD. Tau Beta Pi is the first and most distinguished engineering honor society. Its values of distinguished scholarship, exemplary character and the desire to foster a liberal culture resonate strongly with USD engineering’s mission. The formation of a
USD chapter is a milestone event that gives national recognition to the caliber of our programs and the quality of our students.

While our current students impress us with their achievements on campus, some of our alumni are applying their engineering background to accomplishments well beyond engineering. Ali Almatrouk ’07 (EE) is one such alum. He has been applying himself to a variety of international and entrepreneurial activities, and I am pleased to be able to share his story. But these three stories offer just a few of the ways the USD engineers stand out in their studies, work and communities. Many other stories, as well as news from the latest graduating class and more than 60 alumni, help to complete the picture. I hope you enjoy catching up on the accomplishments of your colleagues, and I look forward to being able to include news from you next year.

Of course, as the ranks of our students and alumni continue to grow, it becomes more difficult to maintain the close relationships that enrich our programs and are of great value to our faculty and staff. For several years, we’ve maintained the university of San Diego Engineering Alumni LinkedIn group, and we encourage you to join us there, even if you aren’t an engineering alumnus. And last spring, we began hosting engineering social events at USD’s O’Toole’s lounge on campus, and will be adding more alumni events throughout the year. The first of these will be an inaugural Homecoming and Family Weekend event on Sat., Oct. 13. We hope to
see you there.

Finally, feel free to send me or my “friend,” USD Engr, a Facebook friend request (, because any friend of USD Engineering is a friend of mine.


Kathleen Kramer, PhD
Director of Engineering Programs