Dr. Andrew S. Grove ChE’60, a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., is donating $26 million to his alma mater. “This institution is a veritable American-dream machine,” said Dr. Grove. “ I hope to help keep it that way.” “Dr. Grove is the quintessential City College graduate,” said Gregory H. Williams, president of The City College, who noted that this gift is the largest ever made to CCNY. “He entered CCNY in 1957 as a recent immigrant, with no knowledge of English, and went on to graduate at the top of his class.
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He then did as much as anyone to usher in the information revolution that changed the face and pace of our world. “His gift will bring world-class opportunities for generations of gifted engineering students, and enable The City College School of Engineering to take its place among the best schools of engineering in the nation.” City University Chancellor Matthew Goldstein will recommend to the CUNY Board of Trustees that the school be named the Grove School of Engineering. In a letter to faculty members, Dean Joe Barba of the School of Engineering said that the gift will enable the school to continue attracting outstanding faculty and students. “I look forward to continue working with you to promote the excellent programs, faculty and students that convinced Dr. Grove to invest in our college and school,” the dean wrote. Born in Hungary, Dr. Grove fled the Soviet repression of the 1956 uprising and came to the United States at the age of 20. After graduating from CCNY four years later and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, he joined the research and development department at Fairchild Semiconductor. Five years later, he participated in the founding of Intel Corporation, the pioneering semiconductor company that produced the first microprocessor and helped enable the personal computer and the Internet revolution. Dr. Grove spent 26 years at Intel’s helm as president, chief executive officer and chairman, resigning earlier this year as chairman. He has written over 40 technical papers and six books on technology and management. A fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Grove has received honorary doctorates from The City College of New York, Worcester Polytechnic University and Harvard University. He is a board member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, national chair of the Campaign for the University of California San Francisco, and is actively involved with the Grove Foundation, a private philanthropy. He was Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1997. Chancellor Goldstein lauded the gift from Dr. Grove as “an enormous vote of confidence for The City College and CUNY. We thank Dr. Grove for recognizing and supporting the extraordinary role City College and CUNY play in providing access to high quality education and to talented students from diverse backgrounds and in helping to build a workforce with strong technology skills.” The gift will be used to attract and retain new faculty, renovate and equip laboratories for new faculty and rising stars. Funds from the gift will also support development of new interdisciplinary programs and will be used to provide seed money for research initiatives with high potential for external funding. Several improvements to the School of Engineering infrastructure will also be funded through the grant. These include wireless Internet access throughout Steinman Hall, the school’s primary building, installation of a centralized e-mail server and renovation of new space as the School of Engineering expands. The City College of New York was established by the New York City Board of Education in 1847, when the concept of free public education was new and even controversial, especially at the higher education level. The School of Engineering, whose origins date to 1853, is today the only public engineering school in New York City. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering and computer science. The school is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs, and it ranks among the most diverse in the country.