MIT names nanoscience building in honor of AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su

Over the weekend, MIT named one of its buildings after one of its alumni: current AMD CEO and President Dr. Lisa Su.

The Lisa T. Su Building, formerly Building 12, serves as the campus’ open access facility for nanoscale science and engineering and was built in 2018. It houses the MIT Immersion Lab.nanodedicated to “visualizing, understanding and interacting with large, multidimensional data” and prototyping tools for AR and VR.

Dr. Su said in a tweet that she was “honored to be a part of such an amazing place where the future of nano will be discovered and the next leaders will be trained”.

Dr. Su earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in the 1990s. Dr. Su has become one of the most powerful women in technology in her current role as head of AMD. Other accomplishments include being the first woman to receive the prestigious IEEE Noyce Medal for her work at MIT, IBM and AMD.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif explained in a statement why Dr. Su belongs to the building:

“Recognized, admired and respected as a visionary leader for her transformation of AMD, Lisa Su is enabling MIT.nano to push the boundaries of nanoscale research and innovation. Researchers dedicated to inventing new science-based solutions to the most pressing challenges are drawn to the vibrant, collaborative MIT.nano community that the Lisa T. Su Building now boasts.”

According to a former professor, technical recipes developed during Dr. Su. the studies are still being “followed by new student researchers using MIT’s shared toolsets for nanofabrication.”

“MIT has played an incredibly important role in my life,” said Dr. Su to MIT. “I am honored and extremely pleased to be able to impact the next generation of students and researchers. There is no substitute for hands-on learning, and I look forward to MIT.nano empowering and developing the best and brightest technologists and innovators of the future.”

Dr. Su shares this honor with other tech heavyweights like Cecil Green, co-founder of Texas Instruments, and Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel and the first person to make an integrated microchip. According to MITSu is the first student “to make a gift for a building that will bear her own name”.

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