Bill Gates complex opens on UT campus



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Posted on March 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 6:51 PM

AUSTIN -- A computing giant donated money to the University of Texas' computer science school and got his name on the building.

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates helped open up the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall at UT Wednesday.

Staff members showed off their new building, including some of their research projects linked to medicine and robotics.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $30 million to help fund the project, while the Michael & Susan Dell foundation gave $10 million.

The complex is 140,000 square feet.

Gates said he is looking forward to all of the innovations and discoveries in computer science that will happen there.

"I want to express my gratitude to all the people who backed this project: the university itself, the university's board of regents, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation...It's an incredible story. It's kinda unusual that two of your biggest backers are dropouts,” he said, to audience laughter.

Gates said the opening of the new computer science building shows UT is committed to attracting talented young minds to the program.


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