The University of California, San Diego has announced a $30 million gift from alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio in support of a programmatic expansion of its Jacobs School of Engineering.
Made as part of the $2 billion Campaign for UC San Diego, the gift will support the design and construction of a planned engineering research building. To be named Franklin Antonio Hall, the 200,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled to open in 2021, will feature eleven collaboration-focused laboratories, or "collaboratories," each of which will co-locate between five and seven professors and their research groups, as well as a 250-seat auditorium, spaces optimized for online teaching and learning, and a high-bay laboratory.
"It's absolutely crucial that we provide our faculty and students with the resources they need to learn and to innovate," said Albert P. Pisano, dean of the Jacobs School. "These are the people who will create the next Linkabits and Qualcomms....Collaborations that cross between academia and industry multiple times are critical for developing systems-level solutions to challenges in medicine, energy, security, robotics, and more. I won't be surprised when I see our industry partners starting to collaborate with one another in the new building."
Antonio, who graduated from UCSD in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in applied physics and information science, worked for twelve years at Linkabit before joining its co-founders Irwin Jacobs and Andrew Viterbi along with four other Linkabit alumni to create Qualcomm in 1985. He now serves as chief scientist at Qualcomm.
"It's been fun to watch the incredible growth and evolution of UC San Diego since my graduation," said Antonio. "I'm privileged to be a small part of it."
(Photo credit: David Baillot, Jacobs School of Engineering)