May 2018 Newsletter: Tech Predictions — Then and Now

Recreation Professor Emeritus Maureen Glancy talked with a KQED reporter 25 years ago about her tech predictions. At the time, she had noted the incessant red light on her new office phone that indicated she had unread voicemail messages. In the story update, she noted that mobile devices provide a “digital chain” that keep us tied to work.

In another news report, Francesca Favaro, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation and Technology at San Jose State University, said despite recent accidents, driverless cars are here to stay. She was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Counting on hopes the accidents will help identify and correct flaws in the technology, Favaro said California officials, who typically enact stringent regulations, are increasingly allowing autonomous vehicles that meet the highest industry standards. She compares this current auto technology with fly-by-wire, a computer-regulated system of controlling aircraft developed in the 1970s that has led to dramatically improved airplane safety during the ensuing years.

May 2018 Newsletter: Engineering Students Convert School Bus into Small Home

San Jose State University engineering students continue to imagine novel solutions to Silicon Valley’s intractable affordable housing crisis, converting a donated short school bus into a home on wheels. The student project was featured on KTVU. Racing to finish the project by the end of the school year, engineering majors like junior Maria Rivera and senior Semon Ankirsky have already figured out how to outfit the bus with a bed, bathroom, stove, refrigerator, desk and chair, and hope to add a heating unit. It could provide immediate housing help for Ellen James-Penney, an SJSU adjunct professor, who has been living with her husband and two dogs out of their two cars since last summer.

May 2018 Newsletter: Famed Judo Coach Honored for 70 Years of Service at SJSU

Yoshihiro Uchida, left, with SJSU President Mary A. Papazian, still helps coach team practice sessions every night. (Photo: David Schmitz)

Yoshihiro Uchida, who was honored this spring for seven decades of service, is a living legend at San Jose State University. When he was honored for 70 years of service at the April Faculty Service Recognition and Awards at SJSU, many news outlets reported on his long history at the university. Watch a video from ABC7News and read about him in the San Jose Mercury News. Uchida, 98, founded the university’s judo program in 1946, transformed the fledgling program into a collegiate powerhouse, and is still going strong by helping coach team practice sessions every night. The coach of the U.S. Olympic judo team the last time the Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo in 1964, Uchida said he hopes to attend the 32nd Summer Games when they return to Japan’s capital city in 2020.

May 2018 Newsletter: Design Team Uses 3D Printing to Address Housing Issues

A “Cabin of Curiosities” tucked away into an Oakland backyard — composed of 3D printed walls, tiles, furniture and assorted objects — has the distinct imprint of Virginia San Fratello, associate professor of interior design at San Jose State. San Fratello and her award-winning design studio partner Ronald Rael, associate professor of architecture at University of California, Berkeley, were featured on CBS SF Bay Area for their collaboration on designing and building the structure after the city of Oakland relaxed its restrictions on secondary housing units amidst the Bay Area’s severe affordable housing crisis. “I think in the world of 3D printing and architecture, there is a race of who can print the fastest and the cheapest and it’s a race to the bottom,” San Fratello said, adding she and Rael were more interested in “making something really beautiful.”

May 2018 Newsletter: SJSU Professors Discuss Facebook F8 Conference

Professor Jan English-Lueck, an expert on Silicon Valley culture, talked to KQED about how language was used at the Facebook event. (Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Journalism)

In the wake of Facebook’s privacy scandals and public hearings in Washington, two San Jose State University professors were quoted in news stories this month about the tech company. Jan English-Lueck, an anthropology professor and expert on Silicon Valley culture, responded to the use of human words like “community” throughout the event in a KQED interview. Ahmed Banafa, an engineering professor, commented on cybersecurity concerns for the social media giant as it rolls out new tools such as an online dating platform, for CBS This Morning and ABC7 News.