Yahoo announced today it has donated 40 computer servers to The University of Texas at El Paso. The donation is part of Yahoo’s program to develop and educate diverse student populations in computer science and technology careers.
The donation is designed to provide researchers and educators at UTEP with enhanced computing capabilities, enabling new coursework in distributed and cloud computing, and the processing power to pursue serious data-intensive research.
Today also marks Yahoo’s first server donation to UTEP, and follows a recent donation of 480 servers to The University of Texas at Arlington earlier this year. Yahoo says it hopes to expand partnerships with both universities in the future.
Yahoo recently donated 200 servers to Howard University, a historically black university., At UTEP, a majority of the students are Mexican-American. This is the first time Yahoo has donated servers to The University of Texas at El Paso, and the second time Yahoo has donated servers to Howard — the first time was in 2013, when it donated 125 servers and created the Yahoo Data Center at Howard.
Yahoo aims to give students, researchers and teachers at both universities “enhanced computing capabilities, enabling new coursework in distributed and cloud computing and the processing power to pursue serious data-intensive research,” said Yahoo Senior Campus Relations Manager Don McGillen.
Just yesterday, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that UTEP president Diana Natalicio is one of four recipients of its 2015 Academic Leadership Award. She was honored for, “Demonstrating vision and outstanding commitment to excellence and equity in undergraduate education, in addition to fulfilling … administrative and managerial roles with dedication and creativity.”
UTEP will receive a grant of $500,000 to be used toward furthering the winner’s notable academic initiatives. Also honored were the presidents of Johns Hopkins University, Trinity Washington University and the University of Southern California.
The Carnegie Corporation say the Academic Leadership Award was established in 2005 in honor of Andrew Carnegie’s commitment to education and the diffusion of knowledge as fundamental tools for building a strong society and democracy.