The University of Chicago has announced gifts totaling $20.5 million to expand and strengthen the efforts of its Department of Computer Science — including support for faculty, graduate students, and undergrads — and bolster connections to other areas of the university's work.
To that end, Joseph Neubauer (MBA '65), chair of the university's board of trustees, and his wife, Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, have pledged $10.5 million to establish three Neubauer Professorships in Computer Science, while board member John Liew (AB '89, MBA '94, Ph.D. '95) and his wife, Serena Liew (Lab '85, AB' 89), will donate $10 million. Half of the Liews' gift will be used to endow the Liew Family Chair of Computer Science and provide the chair with a fund for faculty recruitment and retention, research, student fellowships, instructorships, and program and curriculum development, while $3 million will support graduate students in computer science, who will be known as Liew Family Graduate Fellows, and the remaining $2 million will provide support for up to thirty annual research opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty members as Liew Family College Research Fellows.
"The university is committed to creating opportunities for our faculty and students to provide leadership in computer science and in the emerging discipline of data science, which are of fundamental importance for approaching a growing number of problems relevant to disciplines across the university," said UChicago president Robert J. Zimmer. "We are grateful to the Neubauer and Liew families for their longstanding and staunch support of the university, and for providing resources to enable work in data and computer science with the greatest possible reach and impact."