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Frieder Seible: Forever Building

As Dean of the Jacobs School (2003-12), Frieder Seible built new departments and cross-disciplinary research organizations, focused on industry partnerships, and created an "engineering talent pipeline" that gives Jacobs School students opportunities to develop into engineering leaders.

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Engineering Talent Pipeline

Engineering Talent Pipeline

A dedicated teacher, Seible changed the culture of the Jacobs School by founding and championing a variety of programs and initiatives for students including:

IDEA Student Center
IDEA = Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement

Team Internship Program (TIP)
A program of the Jacobs School's Corporate Affiliates Program

Gordon Engineering Leadership Center

Global Teams in Engineering Service (Global TIES)

Student Organizations / Engineering Teams

Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center

Moxie Center for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship

Master of Advanced Study programs
Technical executive education for engineering professionals

Frieder Seible's Footprint

Faculty Growth: 87 Hires

The Jacobs School hired 87 faculty members, an average of nearly nine hires per year during Seible's term as Dean.

Faculty Diversity: 26 of 87

Women and other traditionally underrepresented minorities in engineering made up 26 of the new faculty hires.

Partnerships: $26.1M to $66.2M

Research expenditures from industry and private funding more than doubled from $26.1M in 2003 to $66.2M in 2012.

New Buildings at the Jacobs School

2002 Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall 109,000 ft2
2005 Atkinson Hall (Calit2) 215,000 ft2
2005 Computer Science and Engineering 148,000 ft2
2012 Structural and Materials Engineering 183,000 ft2

Departments and Research Centers

Structural Engineering Department

Frieder Seible was a key player in the formation of the first and only structural engineering department in the nation. He served as founding chair from 1995 to 2001. Structural Engineering emerged from the Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (AMES).

NanoEngineering Department

In 2007, the Jacobs School established the first Department of NanoEngineering in the nation with a full undergraduate and graduate student curriculum.

Institute of Engineering in Medicine

Created in 2008, the IEM brings academic and industry research teams together to leverage the latest engineering breakthroughs in order to improve human health.