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UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Rises to #12 in U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

San Diego, CA, March 20, 2018 -- The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego once again ranks highly among the premier engineering schools in the nation. The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks #7 among public engineering schools and #12 overall, according to the 2019 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings. The Jacobs School’s #12 national ranking is up from #13 last year, and #17 two years ago.

For the second year in a row, the Jacobs School’s faculty ranked #1 in the nation among public engineering schools for research expenditures per faculty member. The Jacobs School performed $178.8 million worth of research during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This is an 18 percent increase from the Jacobs School’s research expenditures from three years earlier.

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The biomedical / bioengineering  graduate program at the Jacobs School moved up to the #2 spot in the nation, up from #3 last year. Bioengineering at UC San Diego has been ranked first by the National Research Council since its founding 50 years ago. Learn more.   (Photo: bioengineering graduate student Jessica Ungerleider)

“These rising rankings underscore the Jacobs School of Engineering’s place among the nation’s top engineering schools,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The faculty, students and research staff of the Jacobs School address the toughest, most relevant engineering and computer science challenges facing society – and then engage with the right partners to ensure solutions make it out of the labs, for maximum impact.”

Over the last four years, the Jacobs School has hired more than 75 faculty into the School’s six academic departments. Graduate enrollment is also on the rise. The Jacobs School’s graduate enrollment is nearly 2,800 students, which is up from 1,715 four years ago. With more than 8,600 total students, the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is the largest engineering school on the West Coast.

“The Jacobs School is on the move. In the last four years, we’ve been working together as a school in new and exciting ways. I’d like to personally thank everyone who has been working so hard to ensure the Jacobs School of Engineering continues to thrive,” said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “I am deeply grateful to our faculty, students and staff; our donors; our industry and government partners and everyone who steps up to empower the Jacobs School to leverage engineering for the global good,” said Pisano, who holds the Walter J. Zable Chair in Engineering.  

Program Rankings: Jacobs School of Engineering

“I am gratified that the latest U.S. News graduate program rankings are reflecting the positive momentum we are generating across the entire school,” said Pisano.

The biomedical / bioengineering  graduate program at the Jacobs School moved up to the #2 spot in the nation, up from #3 last year. Bioengineering at UC San Diego has been ranked first by the National Research Council since its founding 50 years ago. Learn more.  

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ranks #16 in the nation for mechanical engineering, up from #22 last year. In July 2017, UC San Diego ranked first in the nation and second in the world for mechanical engineering, according to a  subject area ranking from Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Additional 2019 US News Grad Program Rankings

Computer engineering #15
Electrical / electronic / communications engineering #15

Computer science #16
Computer science: computer systems #11
Computer science: programming language #13
Computer science: computer science theory #14

Civil engineering #17
Aerospace / aeronautical / astronautical engineering #21 
Materials engineering #24
Chemical engineering #53

Jacobs School Strategic Growth

Over the last four years, the Jacobs School has launched 10 industry-focused agile research centers. Each center is built around a coordinated research vision created by a group of faculty. Through interactions with industry partners, these centers conduct research that is both fundamentally important and relevant to the toughest challenges facing industry and society.

In addition, the Jacobs School has played key roles in launching cross-campus institutes including: the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, the Contextual Robotics Institute and the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur.

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Research in the lab of Boubacar Kante in electrical engineering. Kante is speaking at Research Expo on April 19. Register today

The Jacobs School is now in the process of building a new engineering facility that will bring more of the school’s culture of teamwork and innovation into the physical campus infrastructure. The building is being designed from the ground up to support and facilitate the unprecedented collaborations between academia and industry that are necessary for solving engineering grand challenges for the global good.

In November 2017, UC San Diego alumnus Franklin Antonio made a $30 million gift to the university in support of programmatic expansion of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. In recognition of the generous gift, UC San Diego will name this planned building for engineering research and education Franklin Antonio Hall.

Eleven collaborative research spaces deemed “collaboratories” will make up the heart of Franklin Antonio Hall. Each collaboratory will house five to seven professors, and their respective research groups.

The professors within each collaboratory will come from a mix of different academic departments within the Jacobs School. Co-locating diverse yet complementary research groups will encourage the interdisciplinary systems-level collaborations necessary for solving the toughest challenges facing humanity.

“We are driving a culture of collaboration, trust, teamwork, inclusion and diversity. From this culture, the flow of new ideas has been incredible, and I have great hopes for our future collaborations,” said Pisano.




Media Contacts

Daniel Kane
Jacobs School of Engineering