Bill and Melinda Gates. (Photo via Facebook / Gates Foundation)
Before they launched Microsoft and changed the personal computing world forever, Bill Gates and Paul Allen spent their teenage years at the University of Washington, tinkering with the latest technology inside computer labs. Their time on campus helped lay the foundation for one of the world’s most influential companies.
Now, buildings named after Allen and Bill and Melinda Gates will house the UW’s computer science school, standing across from each other on the UW’s Seattle campus, as a testament to their impact on technology and future generations of computer scientists.
The UW Board of Regents on Thursday afternoon approved the naming of the UW’s second computer science building as the “Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science Engineering.”
The planned “Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science Engineering.” (LMN Architects Rendering)
The decision to name the new building, which is currently under construction, was made by Microsoft and a group of local leaders who are longtime friends of Bill and Melinda Gates. Today they announced a $30 million donation toward the $110 million building; the $30 million includes previously-announced contributions from Microsoft ($10 million) and Charles and Lisa Simonyi ($5 million). Microsoft added another follow-up donation of $10 million, while the “Friends of Bill & Melinda” group helped complete the full $30 million contribution.
The group includes several top local tech leaders like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; and Expedia co-founder Rich Barton. Here’s the full list:
Jim & Catherine Allchin; Rich & Sarah Barton; Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos; Lloyd & Janet Frink; Craig & Marie Mundie; Satya & Anu Nadella; Jeff & Tricia Raikes; Charles and Lisa Simonyi; Rob Short & Emer Dooley; Harry Shum & Ka Yan Chan; Brad & Jan Silverberg; Brad & Kathy …read more