$50 million gift boosts UW computer science

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen shoots purple Allen School T-shirts into the crowd at a University of Washington celebration of the school’s establishment.  (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

There’s no question that an extra $50 million will raise the University of Washington’s profile in computer science and engineering – but how high can it rise? How worried should MIT and Carnegie Mellon University be?

Here’s the message from Ed Lazowska, who’s marking his 40th year on the UW faculty and now holds the university’s Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering: Don’t worry, but make room.

“The goal here is, instead of there being a Top 4 program, to be a Top 5 program, and for us to be the fifth,” Lazowska said. “And we’re very close to that.”

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By Alan Boyle

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