The Jacobs School is set to double the number
of its faculty holding endowed chairs—from 16 at present, to 32. On
May 31, Dean Robert Conn announced the first holders of three new chairs:
“Our new chairs help us guarantee the quality of our faculty recruitments
in coming years, and they have already helped us recruit and reward fabulous
people even this year.”'
When Bell Labs scientist Sungho Jin joins the Jacobs School faculty
in September, he will hold the Kazuo Iwama Endowed Chair for Materials
Science. The chair is endowed by Sony, and named after the physicist,
co-founder and former president of Sony. Kazuo Iwama was instrumental
in the development of such projects as the Trinitron® and the compact
disc, and also picked Rancho Bernardo for Sony's first engineering and
manufacturing facility in North America.
Sungho Jin is joining the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department.
The National Academy of Engineering member brings with him world-renowned
expertise in materials science and nanotechnology. Jin has authored over
200 technical publications and accumulated more than 140 U.S. patents
issued or pending. His hiring solidifies the School’s leadership in the
area of ultra-small materials for all manner of applications, including
implantable medical devices and high-density, wavelengthdivision- multiplexed
optical telecommunication networks.
Peter Asbeck is the first holder of the Skyworks Chair in High
Speed Semiconductor Devices and Circuits. Cal-(IT)2 founding industry
partner Conexant Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in semiconductor solutions
for communications applications, originally pledged the chair. Skyworks
Solutions, Inc. is the industry's leading wireless semiconductor company
focused on radio frequency and complete semiconductor system solutions
for mobile communications applications. The company began operations as
an independent company in June 2002, after the completion of the merger
between Alpha Industries, Inc. and Conexant's wireless communications
business. Peter Asbeck has been a member of the School's Electrical and
Computer Engineering faculty since 1991, after spending 13 years at the
Rockwell International Science Center. He is a world-recognized authority
on the design and development of high-speed integrated circuits, power
amplifiers and opto-electronic devices using advanced alternate materials
for wireless and other applications. Asbeck currently leads the UCSD High-Speed
Devices Group. "We are delighted that Peter will be the first recipient
of the university chair named for Skyworks," said David Aldrich,
CEO of Skyworks. "Peter is a world-class researcher and we applaud
his efforts in developing high speed circuits and power amplifiers for
wireless applications based on Gallium arsenide and other high speed technologies."
Smarr will be the first holder of the Harry Gruber Chair in Computer Science
and Information Technologies. A member of the School’s Computer Science
and Engineering faculty since 2000, Smarr is also the founding director
of Cal-(IT)². Prior to joining UCSD, he spent 15 years as founding
director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is widely credited with helping
to build the nation’s supercomputing centers and was an early architect
of the Internet and Web browsers.
The Harry Gruber Chair is named after the co-founder and former CEO of
INTERVU Inc., a San Diego-based pioneer in streaming video over the
Internet. The chair was jointly endowed by Gruber, Brian Kenner, and Isaac
Willis. Kenner was the co-founder and chief technology officer of INTERVU
and is currently President and CEO of San Diego-based Learning Framework,
company which provides leading performance management software for
mid-market and enterprise organizations. Willis is an Atlanta-based
physician and early investor in INTERVU. Both Willis and Kenner are members
of the Jacobs School's Council of Advisors.
"Today the School of Engineering is indeed a national treasure, and
delighted to be able to support the school in its continuing quest for
excellence with an endowed chair," said Gruber. "I am especially
with the selection of Larry Smarr as the first holder of this chair as
is a world-renowned visionary in modern information technology."
Gruber also founded and led three other pioneering San Diego companies
Aramed, Viagene, and Gensia Pharmaceuticals. He is currently founder and
CEO of Kintera, Inc., the leading provider of advanced Web-based solutions
to nonprofit organizations helping them raise funds and awareness. Gruber
did his medical residency, fellowships in allergy/rheumatology and
biochemical genetics, and was on the faculty of the UCSD School of
Medicine. He has also served on the UCSD Foundation Board of Directors
Chair of the Development Committee.
Kenner has more than ten years of experience in the development and
implementation of innovative technology applications in digital video
imaging and distribution. He holds seven patents that encompass a range
inventions, including the complexities of multimedia management and
delivery within a digital network and enhancement of multimedia
playback. Kenner received a B.S. in electrical engineering at the Jacobs
School in 1989 and was named the School’s alumnus of the year in 2000.
Willis has a private dermatology practice and serves as a clinical
professor of medicine and director of dermatology research at Morehouse
School of Medicine. He is credited with the development of several
original dermatological drug formulations and devices. He is a consultant
to several major pharmaceutical companies, has served on the research
committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has been an
advisor to the National Institutes of Health. A Fellow of the American
Academy of Dermatology, Willis received a B.S. in physical chemistry from
Morehouse College and an M.D. from Howard University.