State matches $1M donation to UMD by family of Google cofounder Sergey Brin - Baltimore


Aug. 30, 2018 9:49 am

State matches $1M donation to UMD by family of Google cofounder Sergey Brin

The donation will fund two professorships in theoretical computer science.

A rendering of the Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation.

(Image courtesy of Whiting-Turner/University of Maryland)

Earlier this year, the family of Google cofounder Sergey Brin donated $1 million to the University of Maryland for computer-science education.

This week, state leaders said they will match the donation through the clunkily named Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative, which is a program of the Maryland Department of Commerce that looks to spur private donations to state universities.

The donations will fund two endowed professorships in theoretical computer science, which tends toward the mathematical.

The Brins are longtime residents of Prince George’s County, and active in science and math. Sergey Brin’s father, Michael Brin, is a UMD Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, and his mother, Eugenia Brin, is a retired NASA scientist who worked on climate issues and weather forecasting. The donations are being headed up by Samuel Brin, Sergey’s younger brother.

“Our family is committed to Prince George’s County and the University of Maryland, our home for many years,” Samuel Brin, a 2009 compsci grad from UMD, said in a statement. “These professorships will help the computer science department continue to push forward and thrive, across all frontiers of computation.”

A previous donation in 2015 from the family, which was also matched by the state, created an endowed chair in mathematics.

More recently, gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous hosted Google executives, with Samuel Brin in attendance.

Brin isn’t the only former UMD student who made it big in tech and gave back. Oculus cofounder Brendan Iribe donated $31 million for a new computer science center at College Park which is scheduled to open next year.

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