Commitment to Action

Fostering Design Innovation & Digital Manufacturing

Commitment by

University of California, Berkeley, Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation

In 2013, UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, with generous funding from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, committed to establishing the new Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley's College of Engineering. The Jacobs Institute will greatly expand the role of design in engineering education at all levels and empower young engineers to design innovative solutions to society's biggest challenges. Launching in 2014, once fully operational, the Institute expects to reach 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students per year by 2017. During its initial five-year period, the Institute plans to engage undergraduate and graduate students, serving approximately 4,600 students during the initial 5-year period and ultimately when in the steady state, serving 7,500 students combined over a 5-year period. Through the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, students will address considerations, including technological innovation, societal issues such as privacy, and the development of new business models to provide market viability. The 'Jacobs Institute Innovation Pipeline' will leverage the dynamic UC Berkeley campus, including resources in the College of Engineering; related schools, institutes and centers; and the strong global network of industrial partners and friends, working to bring new ideas from conception to prototype to commercialization.

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Fostering Design Innovation & Digital Manufacturing



Est. Duration

5 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

University of California, Berkeley, Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

National Science Foundation, The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation