Electrical engineer supports student access and faculty excellence

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Charles Tu, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Jacobs School.

San Diego, CA, January 12, 2004 -- UC San Diego has amassed many accolades in recognition of its status as a world-class research university. Yet, there’s one that Charles Tu, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, is most proud of: being named one of the nation’s best public universities for its dedication to upward social mobility, research and public service by both Washington Monthly magazine and the New York Times.

Tu is passionate about supporting student access to higher education. He is the director—and a generous supporter—of the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) at UC San Diego. The four-week residential program invites promising high school students to work alongside researchers to explore topics beyond the standard high school curriculum. Through his philanthropic gifts, Tu helps make financial aid available to students who otherwise may not be able to participate.

In addition to COSMOS, Tu gives back through Chancellor’s Associates, a group of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and community champions who are dedicated to philanthropy. Chancellor’s Associates gifts recognize faculty excellence in research, teaching, performing and visual arts and community service, as well as provide scholarships for local high-achieving students with financial need to attend UC San Diego.

“UC San Diego has provided me with a fulfilling research and teaching career, and I am proud to support the university,” said Tu. “I hope that my contributions will help to increase student access to UC San Diego’s wonderful programs.”

All faculty and staff gifts—of any size and to any fund—help UC San Diego achieve excellence, and contribute to the Campaign for UC San Diego, our $2 billion comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. To learn more about gifts that are making an impact on campus, go here.


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