MSOE Was Just Given $34 Million for This New Building

Structure will house instruction in artificial intelligence and other ‘next generation’ fields

Milwaukee School of Engineering on Monday announced a record $34 million gift that will pay for a new building on the college’s Downtown campus that would house instruction is such cutting-edge fields as artificial intelligence.

“With the addition of the Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall, the university will be positioned at the educational forefront in artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, cyber security, robotics, cloud computing and other next-generation technologies,” the university said in a press release.

Dwight Diercks is a 1990 MSOE graduate and a regent of the university. The gift is the largest from an alumnus in the school’s 114-year history, the release said.

Diercks is senior vice president of a technology company called NVIDIA, according to the release “a global leader in AI, super-computing and visual computing.”

See the MSOE release here, as well as images of the planned building,  which will be built on North Milwaukee Street, north of East  State Street. It will be just east of the university’s historic German-English Academy building, which fronts on Broadway.



Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.