About the Jacobs School

Innovation Happens Here

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is a premier research school set apart by our entrepreneurial culture; education programs that integrate fundamentals with real-world applications; and enthusiastic collaborations across disciplines and industry to solve the toughest problems facing society. (Read about our latest rankings here.)

The Jacobs School's Mission:

  • Educate Tomorrow's Technology Leaders
  • Conduct Leading Edge Research and Drive Innovation
  • Transfer Discoveries for the Benefit of Society

The Jacobs School's Values:

  • Engineering for the global good
  • Exponential impact through entrepreneurism
  • Collaboration to enrich relevance


Meet Albert P. Pisano, Dean and Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering.


Our education models focus on deep and broad engineering fundamentals coupled with hands-on applications of those fundamentals through real-world projects, often in partnership with industry. Our Experience Engineering Initiative aims to give all undergraduates a hands-on engineering course every year.

We encourage students to develop their communications, leadership and problem-solving skills while working in the kinds of multi-disciplinary team environments they'll find when in the professional world. Opportunities include: our Team Internship ProgramGordon Center for Engineering LeadershipGlobal TIES, and competition teams and student organizations, many advised by the IDEA Engineering Student Center.

Industry Relevant

The Jacobs School is home to industry-relevant research centers, such as the Center for Wearable Sensors, the Center for Microbiome Innovation, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, as well as the earthquake shake table and the Qualcomm Institute.

Located at the hub of San Diego's thriving information technology, biotechnology, software, clean technology, and nanotechnology sectors, the Jacobs School proactively seeks corporate partners to collaborate with us in research, education and innovation.