The College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University has announced a $17 million commitment from alumnus Ratmir Timashev (MS, '96) and his wife, Angela, in support of a new music building, laboratory renovations, and endowed scholarships.
To be awarded through the couple's charitable foundation, the largest philanthropic gift ever to the college will support construction of the proposed Timashev Family Music Building. Slated to be completed in 2022, the facility will feature modern performance and practice spaces and will be connected to Weigel Hall. The gift also will support the renovation of the Celeste Laboratory of Chemistry in honor of Timashev's former mentor, Terry Miller, emeritus professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Born in Russia, Timashev studied physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology before enrolling in Ohio State. He co-founded Veeam Software, a global leader in cloud data management. In 2016, the company awarded $5 million to the College of Arts and Sciences in support of student scholarships, teaching, and research in the areas of data analytics and chemical physics.
"I will always be grateful for the opportunity Ohio State gave me to come over as a graduate student, which defined my career and life," said Timashev, who sits on the Ohio State Foundation board of directors. "It is my privilege and honor to support Ohio State and its students, who all were given that same great opportunity to become a Buckeye."