Chamath Palihapitiya kept it light but heartfelt during his speech via video when he was announced today as the largest private donor to the new Engineering 7 (E7) building as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate its official opening.
Palihapitiya, an alumnus, venture capitalist and former Facebook executive went on to give his alma mater high praise while explaining why he gave back by contributing $25 million to construction of the seven-storey, 242,000-square-foot building on the east campus.
The University of Waterloo is hoping to become a pioneer of the next industrial revolution.
On Monday it opened its newest engineering building, Engineering 7, an $88 million project featuring an robotics research and testing facility facility that has technology unavailable to the rest of the world.
A new engineering building complete with a start-of-the-art robotics research hub has opened on the University of Waterloo campus.
Students have been using Engineering 7 since the start of the semester in September, but the school held an official grand opening on Monday to highlight the research that will be done in the new facility.
The latest addition to the RoboHub, a new, state-of-the-art robotics facility at Waterloo Engineering, took its first tentative but impressive steps during an impromptu demonstration this week.
A full-size, electric, humanoid robot capable of seeing, hearing and feeling the world around it via sensors, it also shuffled sideways, waved and took a bow as students stopped to shoot videos with their smartphones through the glass walls.