Central State University Gets Grant from Google to Promote Science & Technology

United States North America Higher Education News by Erudera News Oct 05, 2023


Google has donated $10,000 to the Central State University to support the promotion of technology and science in the classroom, the university has announced.

According to a press release by the Central State University, the unrestricted grant will be allocated to John W. Garland College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (JWGCESTA). The investment aims to help Emdad Ahmed, PhD assistant professor of Computer Science, in his work with TensorFlow machine learning courses at the university, Erudera.com reports.

Deng Cao, PhD, interim chair and professor of Computer Science at Central State, said the partnership exemplifies Google’s commitment to promoting innovation and supporting educational initiatives that have a lasting impact.

“Central State University is deeply honored to be recognized by a tech giant like Google, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We are committed to leveraging this support to empower our students and faculty members to reach new heights in their pursuit of knowledge and innovation.” Cao said.

According to him, Google’s donation has a crucial role in strengthening academic programs, increasing efforts in research, and enhancing the overall campus experience.

Commenting on the partnership, Arunasalam Rahunanthan, interim dean of JWGCESTA, also pointed out the grant will help improve the AI and Machine learning courses as society learns to live in a world where AI tools continue to play a crucial role.

TensorFlow is a free open-source software library for machine learning and artificial intelligence, which Google initially developed for international research and production.

Central State was established 135 years ago by free African Americans whose mission was liberation of others through education. The university is the only public Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Ohio.

Central State University has a total of 41 academic degree programs and is one of the most affordable four-year institutions in Ohio. According to US News & World Report, there were 5,406 undergraduate students enrolled at Central State in fall 2022.

On July 26 this year, US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced over $1.6 million for research and education development at Central State University.

“This investment will not only support faculty and students, but will also lead to more technological development and economic growth in the Miami Valley region,” Brown said, announcing the funds.

Earlier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised $20 million in grants to support the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics and promote cybersecurity careers to thousands of students, among other things.

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