The Vision for the UTCS Capital Campaign
The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) is forging a bright digital future for Texas by building a strong interdisciplinary computing facility in the heart of the UT campus. The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex will be the first step in the department's plan to transform computing education and research in Texas. The realization of our vision allows UTCS to pursue key goals that can ultimately ensure a regionally robust and secure digital future.
Where We Are Today
The $120 million Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and the Dell Computer Science Hall, honors a total of $40 million in generous challenge grant gifts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. An additional $80 million in university support completes the funding necessary to complete the building project.
Where We Need to Go
To position UTCS and Texas as the leaders of tomorrow's digital world takes vision, hard work and private support. Now that the building project is secured, we will focus on an endowment campaign to support programs and initiatives. Endowments will be a critical component in establishing the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex as the premier center for computer science research and teaching.
The new complex and endowment campaign will:
- assist in rising to a top five computer science program that will, in turn, support a prosperous high-tech economy with talent and innovation,
- educate innovative, risk-taking, entrepreneurial problem solvers with computing talent to lead and design solutions beyond today’s challenges, and
- create cutting-edge research activity that is embraced by the community of engineers, scientists, scholars, entrepreneurs, and industry, and produces solutions for the 21st century and beyond.
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Name: The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall
Donors: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, UT Board of Regents, and UT-Austin
Location: Central campus, facing Speedway, adjacent to ACES and on the footprint of Taylor Hall
Square Feet: 140,000 net assignable square feet
Capacity: The complex will accommodate a 40% increase in faculty and a 50% increase in computer science students, meeting a pressing demand for computing innovation and talent. It will house faculty, technical staff, visiting scholars, postdoctoral researchers, and students, both graduate and undergraduate. The complex will provide almost 20,000 assignable square feet of flexible and highly programmable research laboratory space, a 200-seat lecture hall, seven classrooms, ten electronic seminar rooms and instructional laboratories, two dedicated study areas for undergraduates and graduate students, over 24 discussion areas, eight conference rooms, student organization offices, and other types of space to encourage interaction and collaboration.