On Friday, October 24, 2003, the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering celebrated in a joint ceremony the beginning of construction of their new facilities on Centennial Campus.
The facility, funded by the generosity of North Carolina taxpayers in a bond referendum, will provide over 200,000 square feet of much-needed space to the two growing departments.
Dean Nino Masnari welcomed guests to the ceremonies which began on the top level of the Red Hat parking deck at the corner of Varsity and Main Campus Drives. Legislative guests, University officials and the faculty of both departments were recognized. Following the Dean, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox addressed remarks to the assembled audience. The keynote speech was given by Thomas R. McPherson, Jr. (BSEE '76, MSEE '77). Following the Dean's closing remarks, a reception for all guests was held in the Red Hat cafeteria facilities.