AUSTIN, Texas — Alumnus Sanjay Chandra and his household gave a beneficiant present to assist assist the way forward for the Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering. Acknowledged as a nationwide chief in analysis and training, with its packages persistently ranked among the many high 10 within the nation, it’s the largest division within the Cockrell College, with greater than 2,200 college students and 80 college members.
“As a devoted advocate for the worth of upper training, Sanjay selected to offer again to this division due to the highly effective impression that his tutorial experiences had on his life and profession,” mentioned Roger Bonnecaze, dean of the Cockrell College of Engineering. “Sanjay and his household have been a fixture inside the Cockrell College neighborhood for a few years. By way of the assets and academic experiences made doable by his present, Sanjay and his household may have a big impression on our neighborhood and depart an enduring legacy in our college.”
Chandra acquired a bachelor’s diploma in electrical and pc engineering from UT Austin in 1987 and has served on the Cockrell College’s Engineering Advisory Board for a few years, most not too long ago as vice chair. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the Cockrell College in 2016. Sanjay and his spouse, Manisha, have three grownup kids, Deepak, Shivani and Malini. Deepak acquired a bachelor’s diploma in mechanical engineering from UT Austin in 2018. For the previous 16 years, Sanjay Chandra has served as managing accomplice for Trinity Traders, a personal fairness agency primarily based in Southlake, Texas, that invests in working firms in quite a lot of sectors, in addition to actual property growth.
“When requested to call the division, I requested it to be named the Chandra Household Division due to how essential household is to my core values,” Chandra mentioned. “I hope this present helps to instill a legacy of philanthropy and impression for a lot of generations of Chandras to come back. I wouldn’t be right here right this moment with out my dad and mom. I’m a first-generation immigrant, and it’s due to my dad and mom’ unbelievable assist that we have been arrange with a chance for achievement. I’m very grateful for his or her sacrifices, for it’s largely due to their foresight to think about a larger future for my brother and me that this present is feasible.”
Their present will assist to supply crucial assets for graduate and undergraduate pupil packages and important investments in college instructing and analysis. And it’ll assist advance current technological breakthroughs in areas together with new computing paradigms, synthetic intelligence and their biases, and the intersection of well being and engineering.
This transformational funding from the Chandra household helps UT’s What Starts Here fundraising marketing campaign — the biggest marketing campaign in Texas increased training historical past. The college publicly launched the marketing campaign in March with a objective to lift $6 billion, with $1 billion earmarked for scholarships and pupil assist packages.