Campaign for Computer Science

The College of Engineering is about to undertake one of the most ambitious projects in our 125-year history. Due to the unprecedented demand for graduates and a surging enrollment, we are fundraising for a $120M building for computer science.

The University of Utah College of Engineering is launching a $30M private campaign toward in support of the project. The new 209,000 square foot six-story structure is needed to support future growth for the School of Computing. While the School of Computing will be the “anchor tenant,” other occupants will likely include interdisciplinary computing initiatives from across campus, in particular Health Sciences and the David Eccles School of Business.

Currently housed in the 60-year-old Merrill Engineering Building, the School of Computing has long outgrown its current facilities. The U produces 46% of the state system’s BS, MS and PhD computer science graduates with 1,683 enrolled majors. At the current rate of growth, computer science enrollment is projected to reach 2353 by 2030. Utah relies on these highly qualified graduates to fuel the economy.

The College of Engineering is excited to announce a $15 million lead gift for the campaign. Thanks to these visionary and generous donors, the building will be named in honor of John and Marcia Price, pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

The Learning Environment

Employers consider flexibility/adaptability, problem solving, and the ability to work in a team, communication, and interpersonal skills as highly important. The new computing building will provide an environment where students can develop the interpersonal skills that employers expect.

The Campaign

A committee of visionary individuals, led by John Warnock, Ed Catmull and Shane Robison, has joined Dean of Engineering Richard Brown and the university in leading the $30M campaign. Significant naming opportunities are available for gifts beginning at $10,000.

For additional information regarding the campaign, contact Josh Grant at: or 801-585-7173.

Estimated Building Cost:

$120 Million

“At a time of rapid technological change, and when others are competing for talent, the University of Utah can continue to make major contributions in many fields by investing in the expansion of our facilities. We can and will continue to make the U a foundational school for the advancement of technology, its applications, and impact on local businesses.”

Ed Catmull, PhD (1974)
Retired – President
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios