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UMD to Break Ground on Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation

April 25, 2016

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622

Vision and Plans to Be Revealed for First-of-Its-Kind Building Made Possible by
Oculus Co-Founder and CEO’s $31 Million Gift

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Joined by dignitaries, the University of Maryland will break ground Saturday on the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, a new computer science building designed for future-focused developments in virtual reality, augmented reality, computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence and computing platforms. 

Offering unprecedented opportunities for students and faculty to create bold new applications of computer science, the building is fueled by the largest gift in university history. The $31 million gift from Oculus co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe, along with a $4 million gift from Oculus chief software architect and co-founder Michael Antonov and $3 million from Elizabeth Iribe, are helping to make the building possible and increasing scholarship and endowment support for students and faculty. Iribe and Antonov met as students at the University of Maryland.


  • Larry Hogan, Governor, State of Maryland 
  • Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President, Maryland Senate 
  • Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland 
  • Brendan Iribe, Co-founder and CEO, Oculus 
  • Jayanth Banavar, Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences 
  • Peter Weiler, Vice President, University Relations
  • Special Guests 


Groundbreaking and celebration ceremony of Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation


Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m.
Please note: this event precedes Maryland Day, the university’s open house showcasing more than 400 events across campus, happening from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


Future home of the Iribe Center at the University of Maryland
The event is located in Lot GG1. Visit maps.umd.edu for a campus map.


RSVP: Media must RSVP to lawsonk@umd.edu