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UCSD’s Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering ( was ranked 15th in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report annual survey of engineering schools. This marks the sixth year running that the Jacobs School has climbed in the rankings, and the School is by far the fastest rising institution among the top 20 universities. In addition, the Jacobs School was 9th among public universities and 2nd in the University of California system. The Department of Bioengineering was ranked 3rd in the nation.

“The ranking clearly reflects the extraordinary quality of our people and our programs – both in the School and on the UCSD campus,” said Robert W. Conn, who has served as dean of the Jacobs School since 1994. “We are delighted and proud. It is stunning news for both San Diego and the State, because the ranking will help us to continue to attract the very best faculty and students to the region.”

Within the criteria used to formulate the ranking, the Jacobs School was second in the nation for research expenditures per faculty member. The School’s overall 1999 research expenditures were $83.7 million with an average of $728,200 per faculty member.

The School leads the nation in a number of critical research areas including bioengineering, earthquake and renewal engineering, energy, high performance computing, materials, and networking and communications. Much of the leading edge work is transferred to industry through the School’s affiliated research centers including the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Center for Magnetic Recording Research, the Whitaker Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Center for Wireless Communications and the Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking follows on the heels of the announcement in January 2000 that seven Jacobs School faculty were elected Fellows of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest number elected from any university in the world. This prestigious honor is a testament to UCSD’s remarkable strength in high technology, particularly communications.

Since 1995, the Jacobs School has grown from 92 to 130 faculty, and its research expenditures have grown from $33 million to $83.7 million. The School offers B.S., M.Eng., M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs through five academic departments. Enrollment includes 700 graduate students and 3,140 undergraduate students. The School awarded approximately 500 bachelor degrees and 150 graduate degrees last year.

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