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Jack Baskin donates $1 million to UCSC School of Engineering

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Retired engineer and philanthropist Jack Baskin has donated $1 million to the Baskin School of Engineering. Part of the gift will go to create an endowed chair in the newly forming Department of Biomolecular Engineering.

The new department will feature an interdisciplinary blend of engineering, biology, and chemistry. David Deamer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is currently serving as acting chair and is overseeing the formation of the new department.

The other portion of the Baskin gift will go toward the construction of the Engineering 2 Building, which will provide more than 90,000 square feet of new office, laboratory, and classroom space for the engineering school.