Awarded $1 Million IBM Grant To Promote Enabling Technologies For
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.
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 IBMs Microelectronics
Division. "This is extremely important to the advancement of e-business,
IBMs core strategy."
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
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.
Tom Doran, (804) 924-1381