Engineers of Inspiration Welcome to the Winter 2018 Issue of "Chapman Now"

March 16, 2018 by Catie Kovelman '19 | Chapman Now

Cellular shapes permeate eight layers of lighted glass, evoking the biological structures and energy connecting all life on our planet. It’s an artwork that reshapes the language of painting, while mixing in hints of sculpture as well. The powerful work will greet everyone who enters the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, projecting a unique


Anything Imaginable At the Keck Center and throughout Chapman, the Fowler School of Engineering is advancing from concept to reality.

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

Only a few decades ago, the word engineer summoned images of machines, bridges, electrical grids and chemical production plants. To some, it even meant the man – and it was inevitably a man – who drove a locomotive. Today it can mean anything imaginable. Engineers design the medical devices that save lives and fuel Orange County’s


Get Your Motor Running

March 16, 2018 by Erik Linstead '01 and Andrew Lyon | Chapman Now

Anyone who says engineering doesn’t involve emotion needs to spend an afternoon at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson, Calif. An hour behind the wheel of a 500-horsepower, adrenaline-pushing rocket from Stuttgart is enough to make anyone a believer. The howl of the exhaust, the feeling of the track through the steering wheel, and the sensation of


‘Our Job is to Save Lives’

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

The challenges of ailing children live in the medical datasets Louis Ehwerhemuepha scours every day. It’s his job to find and nurture the hope. As data scientist for CHOC Children’s hospital, Ehwerhemuepha (M.S. ’13, Ph.D. ’15) discovers clues to why the health of some patients deteriorated. Then he and his colleagues develop predictive tools to help


A Champion of Achievement

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

Approaching hesitantly, some of the Hispanic students in computer science instructor Rene German’s data structures class had questions for him: “Are you Hispanic? Do you speak Spanish?” “And I said, ‘Yes, I do,’” German recalls. “Then once we got the ball rolling, they said, ‘Where did you go to school?’ I said, ‘Saddleback High School in Santa


Dialed in to Solutions

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

When Reagan Williams was 12, he didn’t have the music-on-the- move luxury of Spotify or MP3 players. So he did what any other overachieving 12-year-old would do. He built his own FM radio station. No, really, he did. And suddenly he and his friends in rural Nuevo, Calif., could listen to Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Foo


Beyond the Google Gauntlet

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

At home with newborn twins and fresh out of work after her job with a mobile-app startup ended, Lindsey Hughes ’10 (M.S. ’13) decided to crack a book. Her selection was Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a software engineer with experience at Google, Microsoft and Apple. Hughes, a


At the Cutting Edge of Care

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

How do you know when you’ve found your calling in life? For Katie Lamkin ’16, unmistakable signs flashed early in her Chapman University experience. “After I took Computer Science 101, I couldn’t stop writing code and I couldn’t stop working on side projects like mobile apps,” she says. “I was scraping the Web for anything under the


Unearthing the Answers

March 16, 2018 by | Chapman Now

Trained as an environmental scientist, Brian Reinsch ’06 is also drawn to engineering by “the logic component,” he says. “You dig deep into the curiosity, then apply logic as you seek out the right answer.” In his current work, it’s the “digging deep” part that initiates Reinsch’s investigations. His work takes him into California’s largest open-pit