University of Michigan renames computer science and engineering building after $15 million gift
A Fortune 500 company founder and his wife donated $15 million to the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, and the college's Computer Science and Engineering Building will be renamed after the couple.
J. Robert Beyster, who holds four U-M degrees and started Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), devoted at least $9 million for an endowed fellowship program that will support up to 10 doctoral engineering students a year.
The gift, which benefits entrepreneurship functions and building renovations, also includes $5 million for renovations of the university's decommissioned nuclear reactor.
To acknowledge the gift, the university is renaming its Computer Science and Engineering Building as the Bob and Betty Beyster Building.
"This gift will touch so many lives — from the graduate students whose education it supports, to the professors whose research it propels, to the people across the globe who benefit as a result of the innovations it enables," U-M College of Engineering Dean David Munson said in a statement.
Among Beyster's goals is to educate students about companies that are owned by their employees, U-M said.