The Milwaukee School of Engineering has announced a $34 million gift from alumnus Dwight Diercks ('90) and his wife, Dian, toward construction of a new computer science facility and programs focused on next-generation technologies.
The largest single gift in the university's 114-year-history will support the Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall and an expansion of the school's curriculum to include programs in artificial intelligence, deep learning, cyber security, robotics, and cloud computing. The 64,000-square-foot building will feature a state-of-the-art data center with a GPU-accelerated supercomputer, classrooms, teaching labs, a 250-seat auditorium, and offices and workspaces for corporate and academic partnerships.
Diercks, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering, is senior vice president at NVIDIA, a California-based tech firm focused on AI, supercomputing, and visual computing. He serves as a regent of MSOE and holds an honorary doctor of engineering degree from the university.
"MSOE changed the course of my life and my career, and has a special place in my heart," said Diercks. "Just as the modern computer transformed technology thirty years ago, AI will transform technology as we know it for the next generation and across all industries. I wanted to give MSOE a gift that would position this incredible university as a major application-focused computer science and artificial intelligence center for the Midwest and U.S. for years to come."