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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Reengineering Engineers

It's a truism that the industry you end up in may not yet exist. With that in mind, the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering launched two new master's programs this fall—Medical Device Engineering and Wireless Embedded Systems. These Master of Advanced Study (MAS) degrees were created for mid-career engineers and focus on emerging interdisciplinary fields and industry-specific application areas not available through traditional master's programs. Course content is closely aligned with the research strengths of Jacobs School faculty and with industry workforce needs. Class schedules are tailored to working professionals.

The new programs, along with the successful Architecture-Based Enterprise Systems Engineering (AESE) program, lead to a Master of Advanced Study (MAS) degree.

ViaSat, Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif., took immediate advantage of the programs. As it prepared to launch ViaSat-1, the media-enabled satellite broadband system, in October, the company required a new way to look at the complex project. Several engineers working on ViaSat-1 completed the AESE program and then took leadership roles in a systems approach to the project, according to Steve Hart, M.A. '80, the company's chief technology officer.

To learn more about the MAS programs, visit maseng.ucsd.edu.

—Daniel Kane