Doors Open to Powell-Focht Bioengineering
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.
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.
(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
Dedication highlights including keynote speaker Roderic
Ivan Pettigrew, director, National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering available here.
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