News Release

Moving forward, looking back

The Jacobs School of Engineering is preparing to emerge from the pandemic stronger and more relevant than ever

How will the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering emerge on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic? The ground has shifted in many ways, and it's up to us to respond, evolve and adapt.

As we look back at 2020 and move forward in 2021, there are two high-level moves we are also making. These moves are designed to ensure the Jacobs School emerges more ready than ever to confront the challenges, injustices, and societal and innovation needs laid bare by the pandemic.

First, the Jacobs School has initiated and strengthened a series of culture-building programs. The goal is to ensure that we empower all of our students, faculty and staff to do the creative and innovative technical work they are so capable of (more details below).

Second, we are facilitating critical national and international conversations on research. In particular, how academia, industry and government can partner and collaborate in new ways. The goal is to build on the existing research enterprise in order to increase the pull through of innovation to society. Getting this right will inevitably lead to an ever more diverse and empowered innovation workforce.

"Framed by this work on culture building and more effective research partnerships, I'm pleased and humbled to share some of the momentum we've built this year and over the last handful of years," said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. "I offer my deepest gratitude to everyone in our Jacobs School community."

A few of our Jacobs School 2020 wins are captured in this video.

Jacobs School Momentum: looking back and looking forward

World-class faculty
We have hired more than 130 new faculty into the Jacobs School over the last 7 years. More than 36% of these new professors are women and/or from other groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering and computer science.

Growing research enterprise
At $212M, our research expenditures are up 34% over the last 5 years.

Rising reputation
We jumped to #9 in the nation this year, in the closely watched US News and World Report Best Engineering Schools rankings. This is up from #17 just four years ago.

Innovation workforce
We have awarded nearly 15,000 Jacobs School degrees over the last 6 years. More than 9,170 talented students enrolled in Fall 2020.

Research relevance
We have launched 14 new agile research centers and institutes since 2014 to drive deeper and more relevant collaborations that tackle the fundamental challenges no research lab or company can solve alone.

Franklin Antonio Hall
We are on schedule for our Spring 2022 opening of Franklin Antonio Hall. Our new building will serve as a model for how to build innovation ecosystems with physical roots and virtual infrastructure with national and international impact. This is how engineering for the public good will get done in the future.

Culture building
As I mentioned above, we are working hard to build a school culture where every student, staff member and professor is empowered to bring their whole self to the classroom, lab, office, and screen. Just this year, we launched the Student and Faculty Racial Equity Task Force; the Racial Equity Fellows Program; the Jacobs School Research Ethics Initiative; and the Jacobs School Anthropology, Performance, and Technology Program. The Jacobs School is a key part of the new Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego. We are also celebrating 10 years of the IDEA Engineering Student Center; and we are proud to be collaborating with our UC San Diego Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.



Media Contacts

Daniel Kane
Jacobs School of Engineering