University of Michigan's physics center secures $8M gift

Posted at 3:03 PM, Oct 19, 2017

University of Michigan plans to boost physics research, attract more experts and support fellowships with an $8 million gift.

The Ann Arbor school announced Thursday it received the gift from the Leinweber Foundation. That's led by Michigan-based software engineer Larry Leinweber and Claudia Babiarz of Bloomfield Hills.

Leinweber says in a release he wants the university to "make groundbreaking discoveries," particularly "around the origin and scope of the universe."

Leinweber and Babiarz also created the Leinweber Software Scholars Program at the College of Engineering. This program provides scholarships to computer science undergrads.

The Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics will be renamed the Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics.

Leinweber and Babiarz are Michigan State University graduates. He founded and led a software company in which she served as corporate counsel.