UCSB Engineering

Karl and Pamela Lopker Help Establish First Endowed Chair in Computer Science

Karl and Pamela Lopker and the Lopker Family Foundation have made a major gift to help establish the first endowed chair in computer science in the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara.

The endowed professorship will support the teaching and research activities of a distinguished scholar and faculty member. The donors have named the chair in honor of Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti, a dynamic leader and distinguished physicist who served as dean of UCSB's College of Engineering from 1992 until 1998. He left UCSB to join the faculty and become Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Karl and Pamela Lopker, both UCSB graduates, are successful entrepreneurs. Karl earned a degree in electrical and computer engineering and Pamela majored in mathematics and economics. Together, the Lopkers founded QAD, a leading developer of software for global manufacturers. Previously, Karl Lopker founded Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

"As UCSB alumni, we wanted to give back to the university and provide funding for public education…,” said Pamela Meyer Lopker '77, chair of the board and president of QAD in Summerland. Karl Lopker '73 is chief executive officer and a director of the corporation.

Matthew Tirrell, Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, said "Venky's energy, contagious enthusiasm, and vision were instrumental in propelling the College of Engineering to the status it is accorded today among the nation's premier engineering schools. We are grateful for this generous gift and proud to have such dedicated alumni committed to the continued excellence of education at UCSB."

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