MathWorks Gives $2 Million to UNM to Create an Endowed Chair for the Department of Computer Science : UNM Newsroom

MathWorks recently announced that it had donated $2 million to establish an endowed chair within the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico.

The gift will establish the Cleve Moler and MathWorks Chair of Mathematical and Engineering Software Endowment Fund, which will generate funds to hire a faculty member in computer science. The UNM Board of Trustees voted today to approve the nominated president, who is one of the few in the School of Engineering.

Lydia Tapia, professor and chair of the Computer Science Department, said the endowed chair would have a significant impact on the department.

“Thanks to the generosity of MathWorks, the Department of Computer Science will be able to recruit a high quality faculty member,” she said. “This honors the long tradition between UNM and MathWorks, recognizing the birth of our university’s computer science program.”

Tapia said investing in the high-growth field of IT is a strong strategic move that will help UNM and the state.

“Putting resources into a strong computer science department is key to building connections between global companies like MathWorks, national labs, and other local research agencies with a focus on mathematical software,” he said. she stated. “This endowment will strengthen the state of New Mexico by increasing UNM’s high rate of computer science graduates and help us in our quest to recruit more underrepresented groups into computer science, especially Native Americans and women. .”

MATLAB is a programming and numerical computing platform that millions of engineers and scientists use to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models. Moler began developing MATLAB when he was a math professor at UNM in the late 1970s, so that his students could easily access LINPACK linear algebra libraries without writing Fortran. He was a faculty member at UNM for 13 years and became department chair in 1980.

Moler said he was proud that MathWorks is investing in UNM’s computer science department.

“There are a lot of future topics and challenges for IT, issues that we don’t even know about yet,” he said. “It will be important to adapt to what continues to evolve, and it will be important to have a strong IT department ready to work on solutions for these future topics. I hope this endowment helps.

Among the many students Moler mentored during his time at UNM was Jack Dongarra, a recent winner of the Association for Computing Machinery’s AM Turing Award who earned his doctorate. from UNM in Mathematics and Statistics in 1980. Dongarra visited the campus for a lecture and reception on October 10.

Cleve Moler (front right) with current chair Lydia Tapia joined former chairs of the Computer Science Department (back row, left to right) Brian Smith, Bob Veroff, Ed Angel, Henry Shapiro and Deepak Kapur at the Jack Dongarra at UNM on October 27. ten.

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