UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering University of California San Diego
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First Place
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.

Applications on the rise
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.

Earthquake engineering education
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.