Santa Clara University has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus John Ocampo ('79) and his wife, Susan, in support of the university's new STEM campus.
The gift will fund the completion of interdisciplinary space in the north wing of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation, underwritten by a $100 million gift from John A. and Susan Sobrato and scheduled to open this fall. To be named after the Ocampos, the space will serve as a hub for innovative programs and initiatives and feature a 3,000-square-foot, 30-foot-high, glass-enclosed Innovation Zone and an Innovation Lounge; the wing also will house eight research labs, two student project spaces, five shops, and a laser suite.
John Ocampo, who immigrated from the Philippines with his mother and siblings after his father died, received a scholarship to study electrical engineering at SCU, landed an internship at Addington Labs and, after graduation, worked at various radio frequency and microwave companies before co-founding Sirenza Microdevices with his wife in 1984. After selling the company in 2007, the couple launched a private investment fund targeting the communications semiconductor market. The Ocampos, who previously donated $1.3 million to establish the Center for Nanostructures in the School of Engineering, said their support for the new center was aimed at helping SCU enhance its undergraduate STEM education and attract and retain more diverse professors and students.
"We are greatly honored that the Ocampo family has chosen to support our ambitions in interdisciplinary, collaborative STEM education with such a generous gift," said SCU president Kevin O'Brien. "Through their gift, John and Susan, who have done so much to advance innovation in semiconductor technology, will inspire in future students ingenuity and creativity in service to the common good."