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Doors Open to Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall

Nearly 450 guests joined the Jacobs School August 12 for the dedication of the Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, new home to the Department of Bioengineering and Whitaker Institute of Biomedical Engineering, as well as the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The Powell-Focht Hall is the first to be completed of three new buildings under construction, which altogether will nearly double the physical size of the Jacobs School.

(l to r) Shu Chien (UCSD Bioengineering), Joel Holliday (Powell Foundation), G. Burtt Holmes (Whitaker Foundation), Frieder Seible (UCSD Jacobs School), Richard C. Atkinson (UC President), Jean Goggins (von Liebig Foundation), Edward W. Holmes (UCSD School of Medicine), Donna J. Dean (NIBIB)

Dedication highlights including keynote speaker Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering available here.

With its modern facilities, the Powell-Focht Hall is a place where bioengineers apply emerging technologies to develop new ways to diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other medical problems. Each of the four floors of the building is dedicated to one of the Department’s major focus areas: genomic bioengineering/bioinformatics, molecular biomechanics, cellular and tissue engineering, and systems bioengineering. Five core technology laboratories including nanotechnology, information technology, imaging and microscopy, biofabrication, and in vivo technology, are available to faculty, students and visiting scientists. The building also includes instructional design laboratories which provide students with direct hands-on education experience.

As headquarters for the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, conference rooms and work rooms will be available for Jacobs School faculty and students actively involved in commercialization projects.

The centerpiece of the Powell-Focht Hall is the beautiful, 150-person capacity Fung Auditorium (named in honor of Professor Y.C. Fung, a founding faculty member of the UCSD Bioengineering Program) equipped with state-of-the-art electronics donated by Sony Corporation. The fourth floor will include a library leading onto an outdoor terrace. The library is named in honor of the late professor Benjamin Zweifach, also a founding faculty member of the department.

The Department of Bioengineering is consistently ranked among the top three bioengineering programs in the country. The Department provides undergraduate and graduate programs in bioengineering and bioinformatics, as well as undergraduate pre-medical and biotechnology programs.