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  • Ivano Caponigro, Linguistics

    Ivano Caponigro, Linguistics

    Faculty Co-Director

    Ivano Caponigro is an associate professor in the linguistics department. He received his B.A. in philosophy in Italy (after studying in Cambridge, UK for a semester) and his Ph.D. in linguistics from UCLA. He was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and then a researcher at the University of Milan - Bicocca. In Milan, he was a member of team in charge of ERASMUS, the European student exchange program. He has been at UC San Diego since 2006.  To learn more, see:

  • Jan Kleissl, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Jan Kleissl, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Faculty Co-Director

    Jan Kleissl is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where he oversees the Environmental Engineering major and Renewable Energy and Environmental Flows specialization. He is also the director of the Center for Energy Research. Kleissl received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He has traveled extensively in Europe, China, Korea, and Japan and speaks German, French, Spanish, and some Italian. To learn more, see:

  • Matthew Herbst, Eleanor Roosevelt College

    Matthew Herbst, Eleanor Roosevelt College

    Faculty Co-Director

    Matthew Herbst is the Faculty Director of the Making of the Modern World general education program at UC San Diego’s Eleanor Roosevelt College.  He also teaches in Environmental Studies and holds affiliate appointments in History and Classical Studies.  He has led 14 programs abroad (ten undergraduate world history programs, two international service programs, and two programs for secondary educators) as well as 22 experiential humanities programs in the deserts and mountains of California.  To learn more, see: