Jack Baskin School of Engineering

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Jack Baskin
School of Engineering
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Established1997
DeanAlexander L. Wolf
Location, ,
AffiliationsUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Websitehttp://www.soe.ucsc.edu/
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The Jack Baskin School of Engineering is the school of engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It consists of six departments: Applied Mathematics, Bimolecular Engineering, Computational Media, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Statistics.

The school was formed in 1997 and endowed with a multimillion-dollar gift from retired local engineer and developer Jack Baskin.[1]

Although it is a relatively young engineering school, it is already known in the Silicon Valley region and beyond for producing prominent tech innovators, including the founders of companies Pure Storage, Cloud Flare, Concur Technologies, and a host of other startups.[2] It is a leader in the field of games and playable media, and was the first school in the country to offer a graduate degree in Serious Games.[3] The school is also well known for its research in genomics and bioinformatics, and played a critical role in the Human Genome Project. Researchers at the Baskin school were also responsible for creating the UCSC Genome Browser, which continues to be an important open-source tool for researchers in genomics.

Degrees offered[edit]

Approaching Baskin from McLaughlin Drive

The Baskin School of Engineering offers degrees in the following areas:

Majors & Degrees Offered B.A. B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Other
Applied Mathematics and Statistics * *
Bioengineering *
Bioinformatics *
Bioinformatics & Biomolecular Engineering * * B.S./M.S, B.S./Ph.D
Computer Engineering * * * B.S./M.S.
Computer Science * * * * B.S./M.S.
Computational Media: Computer Game Design *
Computational Media * *
Electrical Engineering * * *
Games & Playable Media *
Network and Digital Technology *
Robotics Engineering *
Scientific Computing & Applied Mathematics *
Serious Games *
Statistical Science * *
Technology and Information Management * *

In addition to these degree programs, the Baskin School also offers emphases in:

  • Human Language Media and Modeling
  • Robotics and Control (graduate minor)
  • Scientific Computing
  • Statistics [4]

Research[edit]

Jack Baskin Plaza is located between Engineering 1 (left) and Engineering 2 (right).

Because of its proximity to Silicon Valley, the Jack Baskin School of Engineering has strong ties to technology corporations and start-ups, and tends to focus its research on innovations in big data, cyber-physical systems, genomics, and computational media. Its current research areas include:

  • Algorithms, logic and complexity
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Bioinformatics and genomics
  • Communications, signals, and image processing
  • Computational biology
  • Computer hardware: architecture, chip design, FPGAs, and design automation
  • Computer games
  • Computer security and privacy
  • Computer vision, visualization, and graphics
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • database systems
  • Data science
  • Distributed systems
  • Electronic circuits
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Mathematical modeling and numerical analysis
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Natural language processing
  • Networks
  • Photonics and electronic devices
  • Power systems and energy engineering
  • Programing languages
  • Real-time systems
  • Remote sensing and environmental technology
  • Robotics and control
  • Systems biology
  • Software engineering
  • Storage systems
  • Vaccines and anti-viral therapeutics[5]

Student demographics[edit]

Undergraduates[edit]

In the 2018-2019 school year, there were 4,165 undergraduate students associated with the Baskin School of Engineering, 3.1% whom were African American/Black, 42.1% Asian, 15.4% Hispanic/Latino, 0.6% Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, 26.1% white, and 9.8% international.[6] Women make up 21% of the undergraduate population in the Baskin School, while men make up 78%.[7]

Graduates[edit]

For the 2018-2019 school year, there were 562 graduate students associated with the Baskin School of Engineering, 1.7% of whom were African American/Black, 11.7% Asian, 6.3% Hispanic or Latino, 24.3% of White, and 48.3% international. The graduate population of Baskin Engineering is 28% female, and 71% male.[8]

Centers and institutes[edit]

Centers[9][edit]

  • W.M. Keck Center for Adaptive Optical Microscopy
  • Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE)
  • Center for Games and Playable Media
  • Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
  • W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics
  • Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS)
  • Center for Research in Storage Systems (CRSS)
  • Center For Sustainable Energy And Power Systems (CenSEPS)
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center (CPSRC)
  • Data, Discovery and Decisions (D3) Research Center
  • Storage Systems Research Center (SSRC)

Institutes[10][edit]

Deans[edit]

  • Founding Dean: Patrick E. Mantey, July 1997- December 2000
  • Sung Mo "Steve" Kang, January 2001- February 2007
  • Acting Dean: Michael S. Isaaccson, January 2006- June 2006, March 2007-April 2009
  • Arthur P. Ramirez, May 2009-June 2014
  • Interim Dean: Joseph P. Konopelski, July 2014-June 2016
  • Alexander Wolf, 2016–present

Connection to Silicon Valley[edit]

The Baskin School of Engineering conducts classes, career training, and professional development programs at the UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus (SCV), located on Bowers Avenue in Santa Clara, California. The satellite campus is part of the University of Santa Cruz's Silicon Valley Initiatives meant to foster new UC research partnerships with innovators in Silicon Valley, one of the largest centers for technology in the world.[11] It currently houses a professional masters program in games and playable media, a distance education site for some BSOE graduate level courses, shared satellite offices for BSOE faculty, the BSOE corporate development staff offices, and a shared office for BSOE administration and BSOE local IT staff support. The Santa Clara location opened in April 2016 and is the co-location of the UCSC Extension and UCSC Silicon Valley Academic Operations.[12]

Facilities[edit]

The Baskin School of Engineering is housed in the Jack Baskin Engineering Building, located on High Street at the north-most end of the UCSC main campus. The structure was completed in 1971 and was originally the Applied Sciences Building before the engineering department was formed in the 1990s. In the summer of 2004, the University of California Santa Cruz completed construction on a 212-seat Baskin Engineering Auditorium and 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) Engineering 2 building to provide more space for the growing department, right across from the original engineering building. The Physical Sciences Building began providing additional space for biomolecular engineering programs and groundbreaking for a new Biomedical Sciences Building in 2010.[13]

Startups and spinoffs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UC Santa Cruz names engineering building in honor of Jack Baskin". June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Spinoffs and Startups | Jack Baskin School of Engineering". www.soe.ucsc.edu. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  3. ^ Alhadeff, Eliane (February 20, 2019). "UCSC Launches The Country's First M.S. Program In Serious Games". Serious Game Market. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  4. ^ "Degrees and Emphases Offered". Jack Baskin School of Engineering. 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Research". Jack Baskin School of Engineering. 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  6. ^ UC Santa Cruz Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies (May 1, 2019). "Three Quarter Average of Undergraduate Major by Race/Ethnicity". Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies. Retrieved August 16, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ UC Santa Cruz Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies (May 1, 2019). "Three Quarter Average of Undergraduate Majors by Gender". Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies. Retrieved August 16, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ UC Santa Cruz Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies (May 1, 2019). "Three Quarter Average of Graduate Majors by Gender". Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies. Retrieved August 16, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Research Centers". Jack Baskin School of Engineering. 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Research Institutes". Jack Baskin School of Engineering. 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "UC Santa Cruz in Silicon Valley". Silicon Valley Campus. August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "BSOE Support at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus". BSOE Facilities. 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "BSOE Building and Location Information". BSOE Facilities. 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.

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Coordinates: 37°00′04″N 122°03′47″W / 37.001°N 122.063°W / 37.001; -122.063