Nvidia Founding Couple Donate $50 Million for AI Computing to Alma Mater Oregon State University

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Oregon State University today announced that Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun (Jensen) Huang and Lori Huang have donated $50 million to the school to build a new innovation complex on campus.

The university has also raised a total of $100 million in donations to launch what will eventually be a $200 million research and education center with one of the most powerful supercomputers in the country.

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The center will conduct research in artificial intelligence, materials science and robotics to solve global challenges in areas such as climate science, oceanography, sustainability and water resources.

The complex will also support OSU research and education supporting the semiconductor industry and broader technologies in Oregon and beyond. Jensen Huang is the founder and CEO of Nvidia, and he and his wife Lori are graduates of Oregon State University.

“We are thrilled with this extraordinary philanthropy and commitment to advancing research discovery and problem solving,” OSU President Jayathi Murthy said in a statement.

Artist’s impression of a new Innovation Center at OSU.

Murthy said the three-story, 150,000-square-foot center is under design and is expected to open at the school in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2025.

Murthy said the center is part of Oregon State’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education and research. The Huangs graduated from high schools in Oregon and met when they were undergraduates at OSU’s College of Engineering.

“We discovered our love for computer science and engineering at OSU. We hope this gift will help inspire future generations of students to fall in love with technology and its ability to change the world,” the Huangs said in a statement.

“AI is the most transformative technology of our time,” they added. “To exploit this force, engineering students must have access to a supercomputer, a time machine, to accelerate their research. This new AI supercomputer will allow OSU students and researchers to make very important advances in climatology, oceanography, materials science, robotics and other fields.

The center will have an Nvidia supercomputer to help teachers solve extremely complex and difficult computational problems. The OSU supercomputer, powered by next-generation Nvidia processors, GPUs and networks, is expected to be among the fastest academic supercomputers in the world, powerful enough to train the largest AI models and perform complex digital twin simulations . The complex will also have a state-of-the-art clean room and other specialized research facilities.

During Oregon’s 2023 legislative session, OSU will seek $75 million in state-paid bonding to match philanthropic and academic contributions for the Collaborative Innovation Complex.

The complex will include a state-of-the-art supercomputer integrating the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD and OVX SuperPOD systems. The water used to cool it will help heat more than 500,000 square feet of building space on OSU’s Corvallis campus.

OSU Foundation CEO and President Shawn Scoville praised the Huangs’ philanthropy.

“Lori and Jen-Hsun are outstanding Oregon State alumni and truly visionary philanthropists,” Scoville said. “They bring so much to the table. Every project they are involved in is enhanced by their input, and OSU is the great beneficiary of their experience and active engagement. It is a joy and an honor to work with them. »

The Huangs’ donation was announced as the OSU Foundation launched the second university-wide fundraising and engagement campaign.

Nvidia is funding a new supercomputer at OSU.

The university has received four donations of $25 million or more to the campaign to date. In 2021, the OSU Foundation announced an anonymous donation of $50 million to support the completion of Reser Stadium. In 2018, the university received its first $50 million gift, a contribution from alumnus Gary Carlson to name the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

Lori Huang is President of the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Foundation, which supports higher education, public health, and STEM initiatives across the United States, alongside local community organizations in the San Bay Area. Francisco.

The Huang Foundation previously donated $5 million to build a cancer research lab at Oregon State University and $30 million for Stanford University’s Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center. The Huangs joined Melinda Gates in supporting AI4ALL, a national nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI. They have also awarded large educational grants to Johns Hopkins University and City Year San Jose. Lori graduated from Oregon State University in 1985 with a BSEE. The Huangs have two children.

Oregon State has over 34,000 students.

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