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What's New: Jacobs School of Engineering

By Denine Hagen | November 13, 2006

What's New: Jacobs School of Engineering What’s new this academic year? This Week@UCSD is taking a quick look at what’s in store for different areas of campus. Here’s what the Jacobs School of Engineering is up to for 2006-07.

  • California voters approved Prop. 1D, a $10.4 billion statewide school bond, giving the green light for construction of the Jacobs School’s new Structural and Materials Engineering Building. The 110,000-square-foot building will provide teaching, office, and lab space for the department of structural engineering and for faculty working in the area of materials science. The first floor will also include studio space for faculty and students in visual arts. Construction of the $73 million building—the 11th major engineering and technology facility on the UCSD campus—is expected to be complete by 2010. 
  • The Jacobs School’s Teams in Engineering Service program deploys multidisciplinary teams of students to provide technology solutions for San Diego non-profits. Among this year’s projects, TIES teams developed a solar-powered water quality monitoring system for the Lakeside River Park Conservancy and created adaptive toys for the United Cerebral Palsy’s library for children with disabilities. In 2007, UCSD TIES plans to team medical students with engineers to improve patient care for the underserved, involve high school teams in engineering projects, and design a “green home”for Habitat for Humanity.  More
  • Eleven new faculty joined the Jacobs School in 2006-07, bringing the school’s total faculty membership to 175. The new faculty help advance the school’s focus on nanoscience and nanomaterials, and complement existing strengths in earthquake engineering, broadband communications, computer architecture, information theory, machine learning, and visualization. With a total enrollment of 5,015 students, the Jacobs School is the largest public engineering school in California.  More
  • Weapons being developed at UCSD for the war against cancer may soon include micron-sized “mother ships” that seek out tumor cells, delivering drugs, sensors and other payloads. The National Cancer Institute awarded UCSD $3.9 million in the first year of a five-year, $20 million initiative to establish a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Initiative which teams engineers, chemists and biologists with physicians at the Moores Cancer Center.  More
  • Visitors to the future San Diego Children’s Museum will experience a model of energy-efficient architecture. The building features a zero-energy-use ventilation system thanks in part to research by Paul Linden, chair of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. More
  • The Jacobs School celebrated two endowed chair appointments this fall. Robert E. Skelton, a Distinguished Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering was been named the Daniel L. Alspach Professor of Dynamic Systems and Controls.  Alspach is a UCSD alumnus and is the former CEO of ORINCON, now Lockheed Martin ORINCON.  University Professor Shu Chien was appointed to the Y.C. Fung Chair in Bioengineering. This chair was made possible through gifts by 70 of Fung’s students, colleagues and friends as well as the the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Senyei Family Foundation, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.  In all, 24 professors in the Jacobs School now hold endowed chair appointments.
  • More than 100 Jacobs School alumni attended a reception hosted by Google this June. It was the largest turn-out to date for a UCSD alumni mixer outside San Diego.  Google’s VP of Research and Systems Engineering Alan Eustace will headline the Jacobs School’s annual Research Expo on February 22. More
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