In addition to entrepreneurship programs and capital improvements at the college, the fellowship program will fund up to ten engineering doctoral students a year. The Beyster Fellows Program will provide support for students in fields that link high-performance computing to applications with real-world impact, which could include research in bioinformatics, mobile computing, network security, renewable energy materials, advanced imaging and stealth technologies, nuclear reactor safety, and robotic systems for automotive safety and military vehicles.
The gift also includes up to $5 million for renovations at the Ford Nuclear Reactor Building, pending project approval. In addition, $1 million will be allocated to the Center for Entrepreneurship to help educate students and the community about the benefits of employee ownership.
Beyster is a four-time U-M alumnus and founded the Science Applications and International Corporation (SAIC). In recognition of the gift, the computer science and engineering building will be renamed after Beyster and his wife, Betty.
"I hope that the research my gift will support will help keep the United States at the forefront of global innovation and competitiveness," said Beyster. "I believe that the combination of capital improvements, fellowships and research I am funding will provide the right environment for this to take place."