The Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex (CIC) is a research and teaching center that will harness one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers and team-based research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science to solve global challenges in areas such as climate science, oceanography, sustainability and water resources.
The complex is named the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex following a gift of $50 million from Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, and his wife Lori, both of whom are Oregon State University graduates.
The Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex will be built on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus near the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center in the vicinity of Northwest Monroe Avenue, Southwest Park Terrace Place and Southwest Memorial Place.
The three-story, 150,000-square foot Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex will employ a next-generation NVIDIA supercomputer, a state-of-the-art clean room and other specialized research facilities. It will also include laboratories for materials scientists, environmental researchers and others throughout the university, as well as an extended-reality theater, robotics and drone playground, and a do-it-yourself maker space.
The complex will feature a state-of-the art NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD and OVX SuperPOD supercomputer cluster. Water to cool the supercomputer will help heat more than 500,000 square feet of building space on OSU’s Corvallis campus.
The complex underpins OSU’s research and education efforts supporting Oregon’s semiconductor industry. It will be a key component of efforts championed by Oregon federal and state leaders, and business and Oregon university leaders to sustain and expand the strength of Oregon’s semiconductor industry. The complex will support innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships with industry and other higher education institutions, while helping to prepare bachelor through Ph.D. degree graduates for Oregon’s workforce and beyond.
The $200 million Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex is supported by $100 million in philanthropic gifts to date. During the 2023 Oregon legislative session, OSU will request $75 million in state-paid bonding to match philanthropic and university contributions to the collaborative innovation complex. The university also will seek additional public and private sector support for research programs within the collaborative innovation complex, enabling targeted faculty hires and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM education.
The complex is being designed and construction could begin in late 2023.
The Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex is anticipated to open in 2025.
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