On March 6, the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex (GDC) and Dell Computer Science Hall officially opened at UT Austin. The 140,000-square-foot GDC is located on Speedway and consists of two buildings and a connecting glass atrium. The north building is the Dell Computer Science Hall and connects with the O’Donnell ACES Building.
The complex was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and was supported in part by a $30 million gift from the Gates Foundation and $10 million from the Dell Foundation.
With high-tech collaborative laboratories and spaces, the complex marks the start of a new era for the university’s top-10 ranked Department of Computer Science, stated a UT Austin article.
The Computer Science Department is home to more than 1,700 undergraduates and 42 faculty members. It produces 20 percent of computer science graduates in Texas and 18 percent of all computer science graduates from top-10 departments across the United States.
Through technology development and workforce production, the department is credited with an $8.7 billion per year strategic economic impact on Texas. Faculty members and students excel in areas such as cybersecurity, computer systems, artificial intelligence and robotics.