Propelling Innovation through Partnerships

“This recognition is much deserved given the important roles that Qualcomm and the Qualcomm Foundation have played in helping us to build and cement the institute’s reputation as a world leader in technologies that benefit society.” – Chancellor Khosla

Ramesh Rao, Pradeep K. Khosla, Lynn Schenk, Paul Jacobs, Irwin Jacobs (Photo credit: Alex Matthews, Qualcomm Institute)

More than 200 people packed Atkinson Hall this morning to celebrate the naming of the UC San Diego Division of Calit2 as the Qualcomm Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.  The name change recognizes the critical role Qualcomm, and its affiliated Qualcomm Foundation, have played in Calit2 since the state of California created the institutes in 2000.

At the plenary session, Chancellor Khosla thanked founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm Irwin Jacobs and current Chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs, for their generosity and support of the institute, and talked about the importance of public – private partnerships.  He said the Qualcomm Institute is a model for the way industry and higher education can work together to propel innovation. 

The Chancellor also recognized Lynn Schenk, the former Chief of Staff to then-Governor Gray Davis and a former Congresswoman, surprising her with a “paver” that honors her critical role in founding and funding the institute.  The paver is displayed on Legacy Walk in the engineering courtyard.  Khosla also read a letter from Gray Davis, who wanted to recognize her unyielding determination that made the institutes a reality.

After the plenary session, the Qualcomm Institute hosted a research open house, video showcase and interactive performance.