On April 10, 2010, the Jacobs School of Engineering will re-dedicate its "Jacobs Hall" in honor of Irwin and Joan Jacobs and their leadership support for the Jacobs School.
Irwin Jacobs is a former Jacobs School professor and the co-founder of San Diego telecommunications giants Qualcomm and Linkabit. Built in 1988, the building entry (EBU-1) has been remodeled to create a welcoming new space for students, faculty, and visitors.
The new atrium-style lobby includes a digital gallery, serving as both a living laboratory for visualization research, and a showcase for innovation throughout the Jacobs School. It will include a large, multi-tiled display known as the HIPerspace Wall, as well as a peripheral-free 3D video screen, webcams, and other technologies.
Qualcomm Conference Center is a major new feature of Jacobs Hall, made possible by a gift from the company. This 120-seat auditorium provides space for educational programs, meetings, and special events. Adjacent to the conference room and lobby are new administrative homes for the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, and Jacobs School Engineering Student Services.