Central State University has received a donation of $10,000 from Google for the advancement of science and technology education. In an official statement, the university revealed that the unrestricted grant would be channelled towards the John W. Garland College of Engineering, Science, Agriculture, and Technology (JWGCESTA).
This significant grant is aimed at fueling a range of initiatives geared towards enriching educational opportunities and fostering innovation within the realms of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Deng Cao, PhD, interim chair and professor of computer science at Central State University, expressed heartfelt gratitude for Google’s support. He emphasised the collaboration’s crucial role in upholding the university’s commitment to educational excellence and innovation within the local community.
The collaboration mirrors Central State University’s mission: to provide a transformative educational experience and contribute substantially to the advancement of knowledge in critical fields. Moreover, the investment will strengthen the efforts of Emdad Ahmed, PhD, an assistant professor of computer science, particularly in his work related to TensorFlow machine learning courses.
TensorFlow, an open-source software library for machine learning and artificial intelligence, stands at the heart of these advancements. However, Emdad Ahmed further highlighted the crucial role of Google’s donation in fortifying academic programmes, thereby enhancing the overall campus experience.
Central State University, renowned for its 41 diverse academic degree programmes, is notably one of the most affordable institutions in Ohio. According to the latest data from US News & World Report, the fall of 2022 saw an enrollment of 5,406 undergraduate students at Central State, reaffirming its status as a prominent educational institution in the state. In a recent development, Sundar Pichai, the Chief Executive Officer of Google, made a commitment to allocate a substantial sum of $20 million in the form of grants. Moreover, these funds are designated to strengthen the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics, with the dual purpose of nurturing the growth of cybersecurity professionals among a significant number of students.