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5. Maxwell Dworkin

Maxwell Dworkin Laboratory, named after the mothers of the building’s donors (Microsoft Chairman William H. Gates III and Microsoft President Steven A. Ballmer, both members of the Class of 1977) is a contemporary structure, fully owned and operated by SEAS.

Designed to house computer science and electrical engineering, the structure was completed in 1999. Often mistakenly called the Maxwell Dworkin Building, the word “Laboratory” is in recognition of the former Aiken Lab.

Maxwell Dworkin Laboratory has the largest classrooms and public spaces available at SEAS and contains a new undergraduate design lab, student lounges, and a teaching lab for electrical engineering. The structure has also become iconic due to its ties to Microsoft and more recently, Facebook (a facsimile of the building was featured in the movie The Social Network).

  • Built: 1999
  • Architect: Payette
  • Program: Classrooms; Teaching Labs; Faculty Offices; Administration and Staff; Graduate Student Space; Design Lab
  • Areas/Offices: Administration; Applied Mathematics; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering