UC San Diego Opens State-of-the-Art Computer Science and Engineering Building
The ceremony is expected to draw more than 400 UCSD alumni, corporate and community partners, faculty, students and staff. Among the dignitaries speaking at the dedication are Irwin Jacobs, former UCSD faculty member and QUALCOMM chairman, UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible, Computer Science and Engineering Professor Mohan Paturi, and 2005 Alumna Lindsey DeSalvo. Joan Jacobs, co-chair of the Friends of the Stuart Collection will introduce Bear, the new 370,000-pound natural granite sculpture that sits in the Engineering Courtyard just outside the new CSE building. The formal program will be followed by building tours, where CSE faculty and students will share interactive exhibits. The event takes place at 5 p.m. in the UCSD Engineering Courtyard on Voigt Drive.
|Marye Anne Fox|
Co-chair, Friends of the Stuart Collection
| Irwin Jacobs|
“This new building helps capitalize on the intellectual and programmatic growth of our computer science and engineering department, and provides the facilities we need to educate the next generation of technology leaders,” said Chancellor Fox.
Within the past decade, the CSE Department has more than doubled in size, with 32 new faculty members joining the school, bringing the CSE faculty to its current level of 51 members. Student enrollment has increased from 720 in 1995 to 1,230 today. In turn, the department has launched new programs in bioinformatics and computer engineering, created education and research programs in computer vision, graphics, embedded systems and software, and established leadership positions in fields ranging from networking to cryptography.
CSE faculty also play a leadership role in two of UCSD’s major multi-disciplinary research centers: the San Diego Supercomputer Center, a national resource for data-intensive computing; and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, which will transform a range of applications important to the State of California's economy and citizens' quality of life. Both centers are using information technology to improve healthcare, manage the environment, improve safety and disaster response and advance education and the arts.