Amazon is making a significant donation to Seattle University to create an endowed chair to lead its Computer Science Department, after a move that promises to help the private Jesuit university raise the profile and expand the capabilities of its computer science program.
The move follows the resignation of the existing chair, Roshanak Roshandel, in December to take a full-time position at Amazon as a principal product manager – technical (PMT) for Alexa Experience.
Michael Quinn, dean of the Seattle University College of Science and Engineering, said in an email to faculty and staff that he worked with Seattle University Advancement to ask Amazon to endow a chair in computer science after Roshandel decided to leave. The email described the endowment as a $3 million gift to the university.
"The Amazon Endowed Computer Science Chair will continue to build the visibility and prestige of the computer science department nationally and internationally as it continues its rapid growth in size and quality," Quinn said in a statement.
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