Princeton Receives Gift From Eric, Wendy Schmidt for Computer Sciences

Princeton Receives Gift From Eric, Wendy Schmidt for Computer Sciences

Princeton University has announced a gift from alumnus Eric Schmidt ('76) and his wife, Wendy, to establish a centralized location for the university's computer science department.

Slated for completion in 2026, a renovated Guyot Hall will house the computer sciences department, currently spread across nine buildings, in a single location. Computer science is the largest undergraduate major at the university, with nearly 25 percent of students majoring or earning a certificate in the discipline; more than 36 percent of the department's undergraduates are women — about twice the national average.

Longtime supporters of the university, the couple established the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund in 2009 and earlier this year established the Schmidt DataX Fund, which is dedicated to advancing the breadth and impact of the sciences on campus. Eric Schmidt served as the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and currently serves on the board of Alphabet, Inc., Google's parent company. Wendy Schmidt is president of the Schmidt Family Foundation and co-founder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

"Princeton recognizes that computational thinking as a model of scholarship, inquiry, and critical thinking is essential across campus," said computer science department chair and Gordon S. Wu Professor of Engineering Jennifer Rexford ('91). "We are deeply grateful for Eric and Wendy Schmidt's gift, which makes it possible to have a central location for computer science in which we can create intellectual collisions and serendipitous encounters between faculty and among students, creating human connections that spark new ideas across campus and beyond."