Texas Instruments Makes Gift to Transform Student Lounge

On the top floor of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science is a quiet space perched above three flights of stairs. With two walls of floor to ceiling windows, natural light floods the area. Now, with support from Texas Instruments (TI), students can use the lounge to study in comfort and style.

With an in-kind gift valued at over $25,000, TI provided new leather chairs, a spread of tables and other furnishings that transform the space into an area that invites collaboration and inspires creativity.

On the wall reads a sign: “Designed to help cultivate the minds of future generations of engineers.”

Undergraduate student Avinaash Vasudaven said he often comes to the lounge between classes to catch up on reading or to meet with classmates.

“It’s one of the quieter spaces on campus,” he said. “The new features make it even better to study here.”

Executives from TI, including Steve Lyle, director of university and engineering workforce development programs, gathered with students, faculty and staff to celebrate the space.

“We really want to improve the student experience,” said Lyle. “We travel across the world meeting with Universities, but visiting UT Dallas is like visiting with family. It’s special.”

Dr. Lawrence Overzet, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, thanked TI for their gift.

“TI has been a great benefactor to us in research and teaching – their contributions have been incredibly beneficial to our faculty and students,” said Overzet. “To have a space that celebrates TI is a great thing for the University.”

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