The Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering: Expanding our impact on Washington's students, innovative employers, and economy while developing solutions to society's greatest challenges

Architectural rendering of the Bill & Melinda Gates Center

Architectural rendering of the Bill & Melinda Gates Center, looking across Stevens Way - click to view additional images and floor plans

The Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering - formerly known as CSE2 - will provide the space to double our annual degree production, educating more of Washington's students for Washington's high-impact jobs. It will provide new instructional and collaborative spaces, expanded research labs, a 250-seat auditorium, and a flexible event space that will complement the existing Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering on the University of Washington's Seattle campus. Together, the Allen Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Center will enable us to provide an unparalleled education and research experience to students, and to engage in even more robust collaborations across the campus, the region, and the globe.

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Learn more about the project here

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The Allen School is raising $110 million to fund the project through a combination of public investment and private philanthropy. In January 2017 the University of Washington Board of Regents authorized the start of construction, although fundraising is not yet complete. We expect to open the Bill & Melinda Gates Center to faculty, students and the community in January 2019. Learn more in our Campaign case statement, and partner with us to advance the future of computer science for the benefit of Washington and the world by supporting a second building for the Paul G. Allen School!

Campaign for UW CSE case statement

Read more about the campaign to expand the Allen School and offer an unparalleled student experience

Make a Tax-Deductible Gift

Your gift is tax deductible - you will receive a receipt from the University of Washington Foundation, EIN 94-3079432.

Please consider a multi-year pledge: As you consider your capacity to support the building project, please consider a multi-year pledge. Pledges payable over as many as five years are immediately credited toward our project goal. To make a multi-year pledge, complete this pledge form and email it to Ed Lazowska, lazowska (at) cs.washington.edu. Any of the modes of payment described below may be used, either for one-time gifts or for multi-year pledges.

Give by credit card: Make a gift online here

Give by check: Please make your check payable to "University of Washington Foundation" and include a cover letter stating that it is a gift towards "CSEBLG—CSE Building Phase II—65-7100." Mail your check and letter to:
      ATTN: Professor Ed Lazowska
      Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
      University of Washington
      Box 352350
      Seattle, WA 98195-2350

Give by transfer of appreciated securities: The University of Washington does not give tax advice. However, as a general rule, this method of support is doubly tax-advantaged: in addition to the gift being fully tax-deductible, the donor does not pay capital gains tax. Information on how to effect a transfer is here. In the documentation accompanying your transfer, please specify that the gift is for "CSEBLG—CSE Building Phase II—65-7100." Please give a heads-up to Ed Lazowska, lazowska (at) cs.washington.edu, and Alana Askew, alana01 (at) uw.edu.

Changing the World brochure

Explore how Allen School faculty and students are addressing society's greatest challenges and improving lives around the globe

Give from a charitable fund: The University of Washington's tax ID number is 94-3079432. Specify that your gift is for "CSEBLG—CSE Building Phase II—65-7100." The UW contact is:
      ATTN: Tobin Eckholt
      Interim Director, Gift Services, University Advancement
      University of Washington
      Box 359505
      Seattle, WA 98195-9505
Please give a heads-up to Ed Lazowska, lazowska (at) cs.washington.edu, and Tobin Eckholt, teckholt (at) uw.edu.

Electronic funds transfers: Instructions are here.

Questions? Contact professor Ed Lazowska, lazowska (at) cs.washington.edu.

Join Us!

Allen School faculty, students, and alumni are pushing technological boundaries and generating global impact at a level that was unimaginable a decade ago. We have achieved groundbreaking developments in mobile health, with smartphone apps that detect life-threatening medical conditions; the Internet of Things, with battery-free devices that pull power from thin air; and new frontiers of computing, such as the effort to build a next-generation data storage system using DNA.

The Allen School is a leader in computing innovation due to our ability to attract and nurture expertise in core and emerging areas of the field, from computer architecture to computer vision. The Bill & Melinda Gates Center will provide us with the opportunity achieve an even greater impact here at home, and in communities around the globe.

Join us on our journey to change the world through computing innovation!