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Bill Gates speaks at UT computer center dedication ceremony

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is in town to help open the new Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at UT.

UT has one of the top computer science programs in the country, and that's one of the major reasons the Gates Foundation donated $50 million for this state of the art facility

Gates was on hand Wednesday for a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

The 140,000 square foot facility is made up of two buildings, where eventually most computer science courses will be taught. Inside there are 10 research facilities. One of them includes a laboratory where students are learning to build and program robots. Those robots can actually play soccer.

In addition to that there are computer labs and tech savvy study lounges for both undergrad and graduate students.

Gates says UT's ability to attract diversity into computer science is one of the reasons the Gates Foundation is supporting the university.

"It's particularly notable that outreach that it's got to Hispanic students, to women, trying to drive up diversity in computer science, which has always been a major challenge in the field. It's good to see that UT is making a contribution towards improving that," Gates said.

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation also contributed $10 million to the building.

This project took a little more than six years to complete.

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