Jen-Hsun Huang, the ever controversial CEO of green graphics peddler Nvidia, has had a building named after himself at his former alma-mater, Stanford University, in California.
The structure, now known as the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center, comprises one of four constituting Stanford’s “Engineering Quad”. The Quad consists of four interconnected buildings dedicated to Nano Science, Energy and Environment, Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering and Jen-Hsun Huang’s namesake department.
Jen-Hsun Huang, as an alumnus of Stanford - he got his Masters in Electrical Engineering right there, in 1992 - had previously pledged to donate $30 million for the construction of the Engineering Center. The project, originally set to be completed in the first half of 2010, was dedicated yesterday. Nvidia had already named the Engineering School’s Auditorium. You can check the layout of the building, here.
Rustling up sponsorships amongst the vain, and thereby growing campus sites is a booming business across the pond, especially in higher education, privately funded universities, and it is fairly common for successful businessmen to indulge themselves in such activities. Jen-Hsun Huang is among the more successful and notable engineer-entrepreneurs to come out of Stanford, whether you like his leadership or not. This is something that, at the least, Stanford has been fertile in: unorthodox leadership.
We hear the Rgt Hon. Charlie D. is busy rustling up ten bob to have a lounge in the Student Commons of the building named after him.