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U.Va. Awarded $1 Million IBM Grant To Promote Enabling Technologies For E-Business

Dec. 3, 1999 -- The University of Virginia announced today that it was awarded a $1 million Shared University Research grant by IBM to support initiatives for e-business, pervasive computing applications, and collaborative learning environments. The IBM research award comes on the heels of the e-summit@virginia, which brought alumni leaders from major Internet corporations to the University of Virginia. The award will be shared by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the McIntire School of Commerce, and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Part of the funds from IBM will be used to initiate an interdisciplinary e-business and Internet technology center that will coordinate the innovative technological research and curriculum development needed to realize the potential of e-commerce. "The University of Virginia has a unique combination of engineering and business capability," says John Kelly III, general manager of IBM’s Microelectronics Division. "This is extremely important to the advancement of e-business, IBM’s core strategy."

Extensive resources at the University of Virginia are already dedicated to Internet-based initiatives. The engineering school, for instance, recently inaugurated a $1 million Internet engineering teaching lab, the only one of its kind in the nation, and is moving forward with plans to construct a state-of-the-art Information Technology Building designed to infuse the new technologies throughout the University and to support high-tech enterprises throughout the state. The McIntire School is in the midst of constructing an electronic trading room and the Darden School, with its Batten Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, has become a focal point for high-tech start-ups. Both the engineering and commerce schools have initiated Web-based graduate degree programs.

One goal is to develop the most effective Web-based technology to support virtual teams and mobile professionals. This will entail developing new voice, data, and video integration technologies, as well as multimedia Web-based content.

Contact: Tom Doran, (804) 924-1381

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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