Dean's Council of Advisors
|“The Jacobs School has become
a powerhouse. There is tremendous capability--in the School,
the ancillary academic units, and the centers of research excellence.”
Chairman and CEO Cymer, Inc.
|"We are at a pivotal juncture
in the development of the Jacobs School. We plan to nearly double
the size of the School in the next decade. Our distinguished
Council, with top executives of America’s leading technology
companies, provides us ideas and an international perspective
on our strategic plans."
--Robert Conn, Dean
THE JACOBS SCHOOL COUNCIL OF ADVISORS recently convened for a two-day
meeting to hear about the School’s progress and plans, and to provide
advice. The Council is chaired by engineering alumnus Robert P. Akins,
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cymer Inc., with Paul E. Jacobs, President
of QUALCOMM's Wireless and Internet group, as vice-chair. The 20-member
Council includes five Jacobs School alumni.
At its November 30/December 1 meeting, the Council heard presentations
from the leadership of the School's five academic departments and four
of its many affiliated research institutes. "The Jacobs School has risen
in stature faster than any other engineering school in history," said
Akins. "When an institution becomes that good, it must focus on long-range
planning in order to ensure excellence over time."
The Council endorsed the School's strategic plan to:
Reach a steady state of 250 faculty and a student body totally 6,000
including 4,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students;
Continue to grow our research program with a focus on ensuring adequate
resources so that the School can have a major impact and provide leadership
in particular focus areas;
Continue to lower barriers to interdisciplinary research and education;
Ensure leadership in engineering education, with undergraduate and graduate
programs that provide both engineering fundamentals and leadership skills.
Some of the Council's observations and recommendations included:
The School is doing an excellent job of recruiting and retaining the
best faculty and this should remain the highest priority.
The School's ratio of undergraduate students/ faculty members is too
high and threatens the quality of learning; the School and UCSD must develop
creative ways to manage the situation.
The School is working well with the UCSD campus to develop interdisciplinary
research institutes. The Council offered to help evaluate how to ensure
maximal interactions between these great institutes.
The School's strategy of focusing on major subject areas within the academic
departments, and of encouraging interdisciplinary research through joint
appointments of faculty to more than one department, is an excellent approach.