The gift will help fund construction of the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), a 430,000-square-foot facility that will house advanced teaching, research, and student project spaces. Scheduled to be completed in 2017, the building is expected to foster multidisciplinary collaboration among students and researchers in the Cockrell School's seven departments as well as across the UT Austin campus. In January, the Mulva Family Foundation pledged $20 million to EERC as part of a multiyear, $60 million commitment to the university.
Tillerson, who received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and whose two sons also graduated from Cockrell, is a member of the school's Engineering Advisory Board and the UT Development Board. The couple's gift will count toward UT Austin's $3 billion Campaign for Texas, which has raised more than $2.82 billion to date.
"The Engineering Education and Research Center will expand hands-on project-based opportunities within the Cockrell School and will provide the kind of learning environment that suits the needs of students today," said Tillerson. "That's why Renda and I have made the commitment to support the center."