UT and Min Kao Dedicate New Engineering Building
Today, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumnus and Garmin International, Inc. founder Min H. Kao helped dedicate the new $37.5 million engineering building named in his honor—a state-of-the art addition to UT’s iconic Hill and a needed addition to one of UT’s fastest growing colleges.
Min Kao and his wife, Fan Kao, joined Governor Bill Haslam, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, President Joe DiPietro, and other state and local officials to celebrate the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. The couple committed $12.5 million with one stipulation—that the state would match the gift two to one. It did, bringing the project’s total to $37.5 million and marking one of the first such matching arrangements for a new academic building in Tennessee.