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Donor Recognition

100+ alumni, corporate leaders, faculty and staff members, and friends have made a gift to the Brendan Iribe Center to support students, research, faculty, infrastructure and more.

We recognize their generosity and thank them for supporting us to Be the Future.

“The Iribe Center is, in my opinion, one of the most fantastic and state-of-the-art computer science buildings in the country, if not the world. The Iribe Center is going to enable some amazing new fundamental and experimental research in virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and other interdisciplinary areas. Moreover, it’s going to be a big factor in attracting great people and top technology companies to the area.”

— Dinesh Manocha, Paul Chrisman Iribe Endowed E-Nnovate Professor

Lead Donors

$1 million+

Brendan Iribe

Brendan Iribe is one of the video game industry’s most successful serial entrepreneurs and an alumnus of the University of Maryland. In 2012, he co-founded the virtual reality company Oculus, which Facebook acquired for approximately $2 billion in 2014. Iribe served as CEO of Oculus until 2016 and then departed the company in 2018. Before Oculus, Iribe served as chief product officer of Gaikai, the innovative video game streaming company, until it was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment for $380 million in July 2012. Prior to Gaikai, Iribe spent a decade as co-founder and CEO of Scaleform, the leading user interface technology provider in the video game market, which Autodesk acquired in 2011. Earlier in his career, Iribe worked as a software programmer, helping the Firaxis team develop the user interface for the award-winning Civilization IV video game. Iribe attended the University of Maryland in Fall 1997 and Spring 1998.

Michael Antonov

Michael Antonov is a co-founder and chief software architect at Oculus VR, a company focused on bringing immersive virtual reality to consumers. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science, Michael began his career in software development as co-founder and chief technology officer of Scaleform, which grew to become the #1 user interface technology provider in the video game market. In March 2011, Scaleform was acquired by Autodesk. Michael co-founded Oculus VR in 2012, where he leads the development of the Oculus Rift SDK for the PC. Michael Antonov is an expert in complex multi-threaded software architecture, computer graphics, programming language design and engineering management.

Bill Pugh and Lisa Orange

Bill Pugh, computer science professor emeritus and a pioneer in programming languages and software engineering, taught at Maryland for nearly a quarter century and became a successful entrepreneur. Bill received a Ph.D. in computer science (with a minor in acting) from Cornell University. In January 2012 he became professor emeritus to start new an adventure somewhere at the crossroads of software development and entrepreneurship. For the last several years, he’s been a passionate booster and fundraiser for the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering.

Jagdeep Singh and Roshni Singh

Jagdeep Singh graduated from the University of Maryland at the age of 19 in 1986. After working at Hewlett Packard for a few years, he went on to found several companies including Airsoft, Lightera Networks (sold to CIENA) and Infinera. After he and his cofounders sold Infinera in 2010, Singh went on to found QuantumScape, a stealth battery start-up in Silicon Valley. His wife, Roshni, is a practicing physician specializing in palliative care. Together, they have three daughters, Noor, Kismet and Nageena.

Lead Donors

$100,000 to $999,999

Sergey Brin Family Foundation

Naresh Chand Gupta and Nidhi Gupta

Alan Harbitter

Feng Peng and Xin Lei

Craig and Sharon Stanfill

Honor Roll

$1,000 to $99,999

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Ashok Agrawala and Radhika Agrawala

Peter A. Allen

John Yiannis Aloimonos and Cornelia Fermuller

Nat Ayewah

W. Rance Cleaveland, II and Karen A. Hardee

Eirik and Brenda Cooper

Ernest B. Falcone and Abbie R. Chessler

The Gobioff Foundation

Shravan and Nivedita Goli

John Grant

Sudipto Guha and Emily Pitler

Neha Gupta and Nirmal Sharma

Ilse Haim

Michael and Kimberly Hicks

Trevor E. Hill

Jeff and Petrina Hollingsworth

Maurice and Jean Jacobs

Patrick D. Jenkins, In Honor of Frederick and Kathleen Jenkins

Pete and Rosana Keleher

Khoo Yit Phang

Samir Khuller and Kalyani Chadha

Brady A. Law

Lyn and Stacey Sickels Locke and Kent, Jami, and Leland Heckel

Donna Malayeri

Alex Malozemoff

Alexis and Wiera Malozemoff

Plato Malozemoff Foundation

Frank and Nancy Miller

Jack Minker, Professor Emeritus and Johanna C. Weinstein

Somnath Mishra and Arti Jha

Don Perlis

Stephanie L. Peters

Elnatan Reisner

Debanjan Saha and Kanja Saha

Vibha Sazawal and Vijay Ravindran

Ben Shneiderman

Todd and Ashley Shorb

Tatiana Shpeisman

Zachary Siegel

Neil Spring

Aravind Srinivasan and Anupama Govindarajan

Dan Sugarman

Amitabh Varshney and Poonam Gupta

Leonid A. Velikovich

Yaser F. Yacoob and Hala J. Tomey

Amy Yuan

Marvin Zelkowitz

Up to $999

Analytica LLC

Aisya B. Aziz

Joshua A. Berenhaus

Franklin Rivera Bueno

Roberta J. Cochrane and Daniel Ford

Matthew JB Corrado

Charles DeLauder

John and Jamie Dolinka

Younis and Karen Forsyth

Ryan Forsyth

John F. Gianfrancesco

Evan Golub

Michael and Maureen Graber

Mark and Joan Green

Feng Guo and Qing Xie

Micah D. Jayne

Leigh Leverrier

Matthew and Sharron McElroy

The McNamee-Mahaffey Family

Fuller Ming, Jr.

Shel and Andrea Morris

Kent Nakamura

Vincent Nicklaus Nalupta

Nelson Padua-Perez

Sumod W. Pawgi and Malati Pawgi

Qin Qian

Noel and Veronica Rafael

Mark and Beth Redmiles

Hugo A. Santana Londono

Andrew and Danya Shults

Erika Hope Spencer and William Brent

Howard L. Stein and Leslie R. Stein

David G. Wonnacott

Kevin W. Yant

Amount Anonymous

Ben Bederson

Larry Davis and Joan Weszka

Amol Deshpande

Ramani and Shashikala Duraiswami

Howard C. Elman

Aaron Epstein

Jeffrey and Elise Foster

Jon E. Froehlich and Leah K. Findlater

Prabhat and Shubhra Garg

William and Carolyn Gasarch

Google, Inc.

Larry Herman

Thomas D. Hurst

David Jacobs and Elizabeth Edlind

Jonathan and Jill Katz

Larry Koved

Jeremy Manson

Raymond and Marilyn Miller

Haroon Mokhtarzada

Dana and Lise Nau

Lev Novik

James and Carol Reggia

Robert and Dana Reisse

Vineet Shah

A. Udaya Shankar and Carol Whitney

Nicholas K. Shinn

Ryan W. Sims

Alan Sussman and Linda Moniz

Nikhil Swamy

Shashvat A. Thakor

Endowed Chairs in Computer Science

The University of Maryland’s commitment to elevating computer science and driving fearless innovation has attracted the support of donors in the form of eight new endowed faculty positions in the Department of Computer Science. These positions have aided in the recruitment of world-class researchers to fill the new Brendan Iribe Center.

Three positions endowed by Brendan Iribe’s mother, Elizabeth Iribe, have already been filled. Her $3 million donation received $2.15 million in matching funds from the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI). These combined donations led to the creation of a position in her name and two others—one in honor of her brother, Paul Chrisman Iribe, for his leadership of the family, and another that honors Brendan’s high school computer science teacher, Reginald Allen Hahne.

Soon, the department will fill five more endowed faculty positions.

A $2.1 million gift from Capital One that was matched by the MEI will support an endowed chair and two professorships in machine learning, data science and cybersecurity. Two endowed professorships in theoretical computer science will be supported by a $1 million donation from the Brin family, which includes Samuel Brin ‘09; his brother and Google cofounder, Sergey ‘93; their father, Michael, a UMD professor emeritus in mathematics; and their mother, Eugenia, a former analyst at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Brin family gift was also matched by the MEI.