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$18.5 Million Gift from Alumnus

Transforming Computer Science

 A UC San Diego alumnus recently made an $18.5 million gift to the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Jacobs School. This gift will enable computer science to reach unprecedented levels of excellence, with a particular focus on students, through new initiatives and projects that would not otherwise be possible (see details). This is the largest gift ever made to UC San Diego by one of its alumni. It comes at a time of tremendous growth in undergraduate enrollments in computer science. With a projected 1,800 undergraduate students in fall 2013, it is one of the largest computer science departments in the nation.

“This gift comes at a critical juncture as we position the department for tremendous growth in its rankings and reputation. It will enable us to significantly enhance the quality of our instructional mission by putting our students at the front and center of all our activities.”

Rajesh Gupta
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science and Engineering

The gift provides permanent resources that will help these students become industry leaders at a time when computer scientists play crucial roles in nearly every field. Computer scientists interface with an increasing number of mission-critical systems and address society's pressing problems – ranging from energy and environmental sustainability, to security, democracy and healthcare. They work as software and systems engineers; application developers; network gurus; database designers; experts in data centers, cloud computing, systems security; and much more.

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