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Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
UI College of Medicine/UIHC
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Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Oct. 15, 2001
UI partners with software giant, receives funds for initiatives
CITY, Iowa -- Microsoft Corp. has selected the University of Iowa as one of
only 54 colleges and universities nationwide to be a partner in its Microsoft
Research University Relations group, UI Foundation officials announced today.
In connection with the partnership program, Microsoft gave more than $700,000
in cash and in-kind gifts from August 2000 through June 2001 to programs in
the UI colleges of business, engineering, and liberal arts and science; to
the UI's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program; and to the UI's
Information Technology Services. (NOTE TO EDITORS: See complete listing of
these Microsoft gifts to the University of Iowa at the end of this release.)
Microsoft says the goal of its partnership program, run by its Microsoft
Research division, is to enhance the teaching and learning experience of students
and faculty at member institutions and to collaborate with university researchers
in exploring the dramatic changes occurring in the computer world.
Microsoft Research support allows UI students and faculty to work with the
company's latest software products. Faculty members also benefit by attending
annual conferences with researchers from other participating partner schools.
Robert Reed, a program manager with Microsoft University Relations, said,
"Microsoft's academic partnerships enhance learning, creating a win-win
experience for University of Iowa students, faculty and Microsoft Research.
A strong relationship with the UI will help to inspire technological innovations
that benefit the business community and society as a whole."
The UI computer science department received Microsoft support totaling more
than $240,000. Steve Bruell, professor of computer science in the UI College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the support affirms the company's mission
to increase understanding and innovation through academic-corporate partnerships.
"Microsoft has made tremendous commitments to Iowa and others to advance
business and industry through these cooperative ventures that increase exposure
to computer technologies curriculum," Bruell said.
"Membership in the Microsoft partnership allows the UI to run computer
systems parallel with the business world. These key relationships provide
our students a real-world experience and give them a strategic competitive
advantage, increasing their career opportunities when they graduate,"
Bruell said, adding that more than 50 UI students have completed Microsoft
summer internships and were subsequently hired for full-time employment.
The UI Tippie College of Business has received more than $320,000 in Microsoft
products for use by faculty and in student labs and classrooms. Robert Forsythe,
senior associate dean and a director of the UI Tippie College of Business
Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM), said Microsoft software supports many functions
for the IEM, from running the web server to providing database software that
handles traders' accounts. The IEM, an on-line futures market operated by
UI business faculty as a teaching and research tool, allows UI students to
invest smaller amounts of money ($5 to $500) to predict the outcomes of economic
and political events such as elections.
"Microsoft's gift to IEM, along with financial support from the U.S.
Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and Nasdaq, is helping
the University of Iowa partner with other colleges and universities with significant
populations of at-risk students by providing resources to successfully integrate
the Iowa Electronic Markets into their curriculum," Forsythe said.
Microsoft support also benefits the UI Tippie College of Business' Computing
Service Organization (CSO), a computing and technology service for faculty,
staff and students. Business students enrolled in management information systems
courses gain valuable knowledge and first-hand experience through CSO.
A series of in-kind gifts valued at $168,000 was used to update computer
equipment in the mechanical engineering department, the Center for Computer
Aided Design (CCAD) and other areas in the UI College of Engineering. Professor
K. K. Choi said Microsoft's gift allows CCAD to have a homogeneous computing
"This benefits students, faculty and staff by giving us a consistent
user interface and compatible document formats for research," Choi said.
Microsoft Corporation has generously supported numerous programs at the
UI through the UI Foundation, the preferred channel for private contributions
to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.
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Microsoft gifts to the University of Iowa Foundation
from August 2000 through June 2001
College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
UI Information Technology Services