BERKELEY -- UC Berkeley's College of Engineering will open a new institute for design innovation with a $20 million donation from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation.

The news came Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago. The foundation's president, Paul Jacobs, is the chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc., a mobile technology company based in San Diego.

UC Berkeley says it will begin planning the new facility and curriculum, which will focus on rapid design and the creation of prototypes for manufacturing.

"As we see it, the proposed Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation will be a nexus for student innovators from throughout the college," said S. Shankar Sastry, dean of UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, in a news release. He added that the students "will also develop viable business and service models so that their inventions and ideas can deliver tangible benefits to the real world."

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