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New UW Computer Science & Engineering building receives $5M gift

New UW Computer Science & Engineering building receives $5M gift from Charles and Lisa Simonyi.

Longtime philanthropists Charles and Lisa Simonyi have given a second Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) building on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus a major boost with a $5 million gift.

Charles and Lisa Simonyi

Charles and Lisa Simonyi

The architect of Word and other core Microsoft programs and the founder of Intentional Software, Charles Simonyi is an innovator and philanthropist who has pushed the boundaries of technology and space travel. Lisa Simonyi, who holds degrees in corporate communication and international management, is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who serves on the boards of multiple civic and cultural organizations, including the UW Foundation Board. The couple’s gift will help fund construction of a new 135,000-square-foot building that will provide space for the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering to double the number annual degrees it awards.

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