University-Industry Engagement Week

Lowe’s donates $1.5M to UNC Charlotte to help enhance tech talent pipeline

By David Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2021

Lowe’s is donating $1.5 million to the College of Computing and Informatics (CCS) at UNC Charlotte to help strengthen the university’s position as a leading technology hub and talent provider for the giant retailer.

“We are actively hiring to build the best tech team in retail, and artificial intelligence and machine learning play increasingly important roles in how we serve customers and our associates,” said Seemantini Godbole, executive vice president and chief information officer at Lowe’s. “We are excited to extend our partnership with UNC Charlotte with this donation, which highlights our mutual dedication to developing skilled technology professionals and improving the economic health of our hometown Charlotte region.”

The donation will establish the Lowe’s Endowed Chair in Computer Science and the Lowe’s Technology Innovation Fund, which will provide $50,000 annually in support of innovative research. The endowed chair will focus on a scientist whose research focuses on AI and machine learning.

The donation will also be used to help remove financial hurdles for students and staff. “As the number one producer of African American, Hispanic and female computer science graduates in North Carolina, CCI will use the fund to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in the technology field, including bolstering representation from women and those from underrepresented communities,” Lowe’s says.

The second-floor atrium in Woodward Hall, home to CCI, will be named in Lowe’s honor.

“We are so thankful to Lowe’s for their continued commitment to strengthening research and creative expression across our University,” said Fatma Mili, dean of the College of Computing and Informatics. “This partnership is aligned with the shared commitment between UNC Charlotte and Lowe’s to make a significant impact through the continued innovation of our faculty and students and the education of the next generation of computer scientists.”

The donation builds on a long-standing partnership between Lowe’s and UNC Charlotte, and CCI’s expertise and talent pool were among the reasons Lowe’s selected the Charlotte region for the Lowe’s Tech Hub and its expanded technology presence.

Source: WBTV

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