Thursday, June 6, 2013

$18.5 Million Alumni Gift to Computer Science

An $18.5 million gift from a UC San Diego alumnus will set the computer science and engineering department on a new course into the future, funding new faculty endowed chairs, top-of-the-line teaching labs, support for graduate students, and expanded mentoring and tutoring programs for the next generation of undergraduates.
The gift marks a milestone in UC San Diego’s history as it is the largest gift ever made to the university by one of its alumni.
“This is a game-changing gift for UC San Diego – both in terms of alumni support and in terms of the tremendous impact it will have on our computer science and engineering department,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Now that UC San Diego is over 50 years old, we are entering an era in which alumni are coming forward in unprecedented ways to strengthen this institution.”
This gift will enable the computer science and engineering department at the Jacobs School of Engineering to reach new levels of excellence in all areas, with a particular focus on students.
Undergraduate students, for example, will benefit from a greatly expanded computer science and engineering tutor program. Tutors are stationed in computer science and engineering labs, where they provide one-on-one and small-group mentoring. Students in introductory classes get help at crucial moments; tutors develop marketable leadership and teaching skills; and the entire department benefits from a stronger sense of community.

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