Dedication Information »

photo:: donald bren cuts the ribbon

Donald Bren cuts the ribbon during a June 20th dedication ceremony for Donald Bren Hall
as Dean Debra J. Richardson looks on. view more photos »

Donald Bren, Dean Debra J. Richardson, Chancellor Michael Drake and about 400 campus and community guests celebrated the opening of Donald Bren Hall June 20.

Bren participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting, toured the building’s laboratories and saw faculty research displays. Joining Bren at the event were Chancellor Drake; his wife, Brenda; Assemblyman Todd Spitzer; Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell; and Irvine Mayor Beth Krom.

Both the school and building were named in honor of Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren, whose $20 million gift bolstered the school's efforts.

Bren Hall is the new home of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, a nationally ranked program that promotes cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary learning.

An open house followed the dedication ceremony, allowing the on campus and off-campus community a rare sneak peak into the school's various research projects and their global impact on everyday lives.

To learn more about some of these innovative and collaborative projects, please view these informational videos.

A photo gallery from the dedication can be viewed below and a video recording of the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting is also available for viewing.

A collection of media articles about the event is also available.

Multimedia Showcase »

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Donald Bren Hall took place on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 11:30 (PST). view the video »

History of the Bren School video
Video highlighting the Bren School and its successful achievements since its founding in 1968. view the video »

Donald Bren Hall of Fame video
A commemorative video highlighting Mr. Bren's gifts to UC Irvine and the Bren School and his pioneering real estate work. view the video »

These commemorative videos were produced by Merit/Andrew.

Dedication Photo Gallery »

Click on a photo for a larger version. (Photos by Paul R. Kennedy )

photo:: the ceremony room bh1100
photo:: donald bren checking out a demo
photo:: mr. bren, dean richardson and chancellor drake
photo:: donald bren hall lobby
The ceremony
about to begin
Dean Richardson
and Mr. Bren
view a demo
Dean Richardson,
Mr. Bren and
Chancellor Drake
Multi-screen wall in the
Donald Bren Hall
photo:: mr. bren wears a uci baseball cap
photo:: dean debra j. richardson
photo:: chancellor drake views a demo
Mr. Bren shows
his support for the
UCI baseball team
Bren School Dean
Debra J. Richardson
UC Irvine Chancellor
Michael V. Drake, M.D.
Chancellor Drake views
a Second Life demo
photo:: mr. bren gets flowers from ics students
photo:: dean richardson presents mr. bren with a gift
photo:: bren professor ramesh jain gives a demo
Mr. Bren accepts a
bouquet of flowers
Dean Richardson presents
Mr. Bren with a gift
in honor of his support
Bren Professor
Ramesh Jain
gives a demo
City of Irvine Mayor
Beth Krom tries
a demo
photo:: demo on improving crisis response
photo:: donald bren cuts the ribbon
photo:: bren school technology alliance wall
photo:: enjoying a toast
Demo on improving
crisis response
Mr. Bren cuts the ribbon
in front of Donald Bren Hall
Bren School
Technology Alliance
Enjoying a toast

News Articles »

June 21, 2007
UCI building dedicated to Bren
Daily Pilot

June 20, 2007

Bren Dedicates UCI Computer School Building
Orange County Business Journal