October 14, 1999
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Maxwell Dworkin Building Dedication Kicks Off New Era

Maxwell Dworkin, Harvard's new home for the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS)

A $20 million gift from Microsoft Chairman William H. Gates III and Microsoft President Steven A. Ballmer, both members of the Class of 1977, was officially recognized Tuesday with the dedication of Maxwell Dworkin, a new computer science and electrical engineering building named in memory of their mothers, Mary Maxwell Gates and Beatrice Dworkin Ballmer.

Maxwell Dworkin, which welcomed students and faculty this fall, satisfies several needs outlined by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), including expanding substantially the scope of teaching and research activities in engineering and computer science, accommodating a growing number of undergraduates interested in concentrating in these areas, and facilitating an improved student-to-faculty ratio in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS).

Naida S. Wharton Lessin and Robert H. Lessin '77 cut the ribbon at The Robert and Naida Lessin Forum.
The state-of-the-art facility – with its extensive office and laboratory space – will allow Harvard to double the size of its computer science faculty over the next several years. In addition to the William H. Gates Professorship in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, held by H.T. Kung and made possible by an additional $5 million gift from Bill Gates, the DEAS – under the leadership of Dean Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti – seeks to add 8 to 12 professorships in computer science.

"This building represents the coming of a new age in computer science and electrical engineering at Harvard," said President Neil L. Rudenstine. "It symbolizes to some extent the ways in which Harvard is rapidly moving forward to integrate new developments in information technology into research, teaching, and learning. Maxwell Dworkin will enable the University to move to the forefront of computer science and related fields, educating – in many different fields – the leaders of tomorrow."

David Eggli '03 (left) was one of 30 students who joined Steve Ballmer for lunch at Maxwell Dworkin Tuesday.
FAS Dean Jeremy R. Knowles remarked, "This splendid building will allow Dean Venky to re-energize our colleagues, our students, and our programs in computer science and electrical engineering. Venky has ambitious plans for the Division and for making sure this building becomes a resource for the entire University. Maxwell Dworkin will be the home for new teaching, and exciting new research, in the two fields that surely are having the most dramatic effect on our society today. What Bill and Steve have done is transform the opportunities for Harvard faculty and students, and we are proud and grateful for that transformation."

(From left to right) Provost Harvey V. Fineberg, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Jeremy R. Knowles, Microsoft President Steven A. Ballmer '77, William H. Gates Sr., President Rudenstine, and Dean of the DEAS Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti.


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