Michigan State's College of Engineering gets $10.7M gift

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - (12/08/16) - The Michigan State University College of Engineering says it's received its largest individual gift in the history of the college.

The school says the $10.7 million bequest from entrepreneur and computer scientist John R. Koza announced Thursday follows a previous cash gift of $2 million. It brings his total giving to $12.7 million to support the college and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

In a statement, Koza says he believes that the BEACON Center and the College of Engineering are the best place to carry forward his life's work.

The bequest will fund two endowed faculty positions to attract scholars for the development of computational tools inspired by nature. New endowments also will advance genetic programming and evolutionary computation through endowed prizes, fellowships and programs.

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