The Iribe Center
The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation will be a new campus hub for cutting-edge work in virtual reality, augmented reality, computer vision, robotics and future computing platforms.
The building, expected to open in 2017, is the brainchild of UMD alumnus Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR. In September 2014, he gave $30 million to support its construction. With an additional $1 million to establish the Brendan Iribe Scholarship in Computer Science, his is the largest gift in the university’s history.
His longtime business partner, Oculus co-founder and Chief Software Architect Michael Antonov ’03, is pledging $4 million to support construction of the building and scholarships, and Iribe’s mother, Elizabeth Iribe, is contributing $3 million for new professorships in the Department of Computer Science.
The building, expected to open in 2017, will be prominently located at the corner of Campus Drive and Route 1 and designed to encourage collaboration, with open work spaces, community areas and “maker spaces” where students and faculty can experiment and create.
Specialized labs will support groundbreaking research in virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision and human interaction. Students will have the opportunity to learn in classrooms designed specifically for interactive, collaborative and active learning. Hands-on training will successfully prepare them for the growing technology workforce.
This gift will support the university’s growing computer science department, which recently ranked 17th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and 15th in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of graduate programs. Undergraduate enrollment in the department has more than doubled in the past eight years to over 2,000 students and more than 200 students are pursuing graduate degrees.