The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has announced a $50 million gift from board member Andrew J. Viterbi in support of its Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
The gift from Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm Corporation and a distinguished visiting professor at Technion, will enable the school to retain and attract outstanding electrical engineering faculty and graduate students and upgrade its teaching and research infrastructure. In recognition of the gift, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering will be renamed for Viterbi, the creator of an algorithm that is used in all international digital cellular telephone standards as well as in data terminals, digital satellite broadcast receivers, and deep space telemetry.
Previous gifts to the Technion from Viterbi and his late wife, Erna Finci Viterbi, have included support for the Andrew J. and Erna F. Viterbi Chair in Information Systems/Computer Science, the Andrew and Erna Finci Viterbi Center for Advanced Studies in Computer Technology, and the Andrew and Erna Finci Viterbi Fellowship Program.
"This is a spectacular point in the growth and development of the Technion," said Jeff Richard, executive vice president of the American Technion Society. "This gift will enable the Technion to maintain its place at the forefront of electrical engineering and its wide-ranging applications in industries ranging from medical devices to advanced computing."