The gift includes just over half the estimated $5.5 million needed to expand and remodel UCSD's undergraduate computer science labs and create a Design Innovation Center, which will provide space and equipment for student-researcher interaction and team projects. The gift, which advances the computer science and engineering department's "Inspiring Imaginations" campaign more than halfway to its $25 million goal, also will help fund five endowed faculty chairs; new project-based undergraduate classes in networking, distributed computing, and embedded and mobile computing systems; enhanced mentoring and tutoring programs for undergraduates; and fellowships and other support for graduate students. With eighteen hundred undergraduate students projected to enroll this fall, UCSD's computer science and engineering department is the largest in the nation.
"This gift is not about me," said the donor, a graduate of the UCSD computer science and engineering department. "It is about the computer science and engineering department — and most importantly, the students. I made this gift to recognize the wonderful education I received and to assist the department in its efforts to reach even higher levels of excellence. It is my wish to 'pay it forward,' and I hope other alumni, at all giving levels, will consider doing the same."