IBM is a long-time
supporter of U.Va.
new classroom at the Manassas manufacturing plant of Dominion
Semiconductor, a joint venture between IBM and Toshiba Corp.,
is only one of the many ways in which IBM Corp. has enriched academic
life at the University.
the late 1980s, IBM established strong recruiting ties with the
McIntire School of
Commerce and the Darden Graduate
School of Business Administration. Pleased with the quality
of its U.Va.-educated employees, the computer manufacturer sought
to expand its ties with the University, said Michael Van Vranken,
a business consultant and retired IBM business executive who remains
active as a liaison between IBM and U.Va.
the 1990s, IBM and U.Va. discussed projects of mutual interest,
which led to a $1.3 million grant in 1992 to establish the Institute
for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. IATH, which garnered
wide national publicity, put U.Va. at the forefront of universities
exploring ways of combining new technologies with traditional
disciplines, such as history and archaeology.
1993, IBM has given U.Va. more than $10 million in gifts -- cash,
equipment and other support -- to encourage and sustain a number
of research initiatives in business, engineering and the humanities,
making it the largest corporate donor to the University's current
fund-raising campaign, according to the Office of Development.
has supported such U.Va. programs as the Virginia Institute for
Microelectronics, biomedical engineering, environmental sciences,
biology, mathematics, physics, and education. It has also helped
academic year, IBM arranged a Shared University Research grant,
which will allow Darden, McIntire and the Engineering School to
obtain $1 million in IBM equipment for a new interdisciplinary
initiative in e-business.
are grateful for the confidence in U.Va. that IBM has shown through
its continuing generosity," said Gene Block, vice president
for research and public service. "We continue to work with
IBM to find the best matches between our interests and capabilities."