Brendan Iribe may not be a household name but he just made a big difference in the lives of many students who will pledge their allegiance to Terp Nation in the years to come.
Iribe is the CEO of Oculus, a virtual reality company which was just sold to Facebook for $2 billion.
In case you aren’t aware, virtual reality is the next big technology front which is making a huge impact on how we play videogames and how we view our world. Iribe is playing a major role in the industry and credits UMD for where he is today.
He decided to donate $31 million to build a new computer science school and start a student scholarship. His mom also donated $3 million of her own money. Here are 5 reasons why this announcement is pretty dope.
5. The donation was inspired by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Elon Musk – “I’m really fortunate to finally be in a place to make these donations and make a difference,” Iribe told TechCrunch.
4. Iribe met his business partners while he was a student at the University of Maryland in 1997 – Although he finished one semester short of graduating, he met his future business partners (chief software architect Michael Antonov and co-founder Andrew Reisse) in his dorm. “It’s where we met; it’s where we fell in love in a nerd kind of way,” Iribe told The Diamondback.
3. Michael Antonov, a UMD graduate, is donating $3.5 million of his own money to the new school – He’ll also donate $500,000 towards scholarships. (TechCrunch)
2. Iribe saw the bathrooms at the A.V. Williams computer science building and told himself that he had to do something about it. – “How do students get inspired when they have to use that bathroom?” (The Diamondback)
1. The gifts were made in memory of Andrew Reisse, who died in a 2013 hit-and-run accident (Technical.ly)