Jacobs School mechanical and aerospace engineering students captured first
place out of 30 entrants in the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA) 2002 international design, build and fly competition.
It was the teamís third year in the competition and they prevailed with
their TLAR3, a radiocontrolled composite airplane. Sponsors included the
Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego, General Atomics, High Tech RCD, and
the Jacobs School.
Graduate applications for Fall 2002 admission into engineering programs
increased by 71% to 5,255, following a 42% increase last year when applications
increased to 3,072. The Jacobs School offered Fall 2002 admission to 815
M.S. and Ph.D. students. Applications were also up at the undergraduate
level with requests for admission from 8,877 students including 1,526
transfer students. The Jacobs School offered admission to 4,104 undergraduates.
Fall 2002 marks the first cycle in which freshman applicants were admitted
under UCís comprehensive review process. All students are now analyzed
for both grades and test scores, and for evidence of such qualities as
motivation, leadership, intellectual curiosity, and initiative.
The Jacobs School will be the headquarters for educational programs operated
by PEER (Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center), a consortium
of nine universities. Jacobs School professor Scott Ashford will direct
the $300,000 education program aimed at encouraging undergraduates to
pursue graduate studies in earthquake engineering.