From left, State Senator Bruce McPherson and Assembly
member John Laird present a framed resolution of the California State
Legislature in recognition of the dedication of the Engineering 2 Building
and the Jack Baskin Engineering Auditorium to Acting UCSC Chancellor Martin
M. Chemers and UC President Robert C. Dynes.
Photo: Tim Stephens
November 8, 2004
UC President Dynes helps dedicate Engineering
2 and Baskin Engineering Auditorium
By Tim Stephens
Top UC officials, including President Robert C. Dynes, joined
state government representatives and leaders of Silicon Valley
industry at UCSC on Friday, November 5, to dedicate
and celebrate the campus's new Engineering 2 Building and the
Jack Baskin Engineering Auditorium.
Engineering Dean Steve Kang announced two major gifts to the
engineering school at the dedication. Kumar Malavalli, a prominent
leader in the data storage industry, has made a $1 million gift
to establish the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair in Storage Systems
story). Cisco Systems, a leading provider of network products
and services, has donated equipment for teaching and research
valued at $575,000.
"With strong support from our partners, we are building
21st-century engineering," Kang said.
Engineering 2 includes facilities for two California Institutes
for Science and Innovation: the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical
Research (QB3) and the Center for Information Technology Research
in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). These multicampus research
centers are supported by state funding and industry partnerships
to provide the technological foundation for the state's future
"The California Institutes are increasing the state's capacity
for creating new knowledge and the highly skilled workforce
necessary to drive entrepreneurial business growth and expand
California's economy into new industries and global markets,"
Dynes said prior to the dedication.
Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers said the Engineering 2
Building, with space shared between campus divisions as well
as with QB3 and CITRIS, represents UCSC's commitment to interdisciplinary
education and research. Chemers said the Baskin School of Engineering
reminded him of the title of a Paul Simon concert tour, "Born
at the Right Time."
"The engineering school came together when a new set
of 21s-century technologies were emerging. We now see this fusion
of information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology
around which we have built this school of engineering, and which
will carry it forward," Chemers said.
Chemers also acknowledged the leadership of former Chancellor
M.R.C. Greenwood, now UC provost and senior vice president for
academic affairs, in getting Engineering 2 built. "Without
her, it would never have become a reality," he said.
Other speakers at the dedication of the Engineering 2 Building
were State Senator Bruce McPherson, Assemblymember John Laird,
and Interim Dean of Social Sciences Michael Hutchison. They
were joined by Regis Kelly, executive director of QB3, and James
Demmel, chief scientist and associate director of CITRIS.
Darrell Long, professor of computer science and associate dean
for research and graduate studies, chaired the building committee
that oversaw the Engineering 2 project and served as master
of ceremonies at the dedication. He noted that the building
was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Greenwood joined retired engineer and campus benefactor Jack
Baskin to dedicate the Baskin Engineering Auditorium. Baskin's
gifts to the campus include the $5 million gift that established
the Baskin School of Engineering and, more recently, a $1 million
gift that helped fund construction of the Baskin Engineering
After the dedication ceremonies, the UCSC Foundation Forum took
place in the new auditorium. Featured speaker Lee S. Ting, advisory
director for W. R. Hambrecht and former vice president and managing
director of geographic operations at Hewlett-Packard, spoke
on "Innovation Leadership in the Global Economy."
Ting said the high quality of education in the United States
played a key role the country's past leadership in technology
and will be essential if the country is to maintain that leadership
position. He also said the Baskin School of Engineering is focusing
its efforts in important areas for future technological development.
"Going forward, we will see tremendous developments in
bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and other frontier technologies,
which will have significant impacts on our society," Ting
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