Elizabeth King, John Bardo, Keith Pickus, Royce Bowden, Shadi Marcos, Ahmed Aziz, and Emad Mekhail
Wichita State University recently received a gift valued at 2.5 million dollars from Cybertron International, a Wichita based organization that manufactures personal computers. The donation will provide WSU’s new Experiential Engineering Building with computers, monitors, and five years of desktop support.
The gift commitment was announced at a Tuesday news conference at Cybertron headquarters, founded in 1997 by three Wichita State alumni. Cybertron currently provides jobs to approximately 130 employees in areas of building computers, computer sales, and IT services.
Cybertron has been recognized by WSU’s President John Bardo as the type of company that the school will look to partner with as its Innovation Campus grows. The Experiential Engineering Building, the building that will house the donated computers, is currently slated to open in January of next year.
Cybertron’s donation will not go unrecognized, as Experiential Engineering Building’s lobby will be named for Cybertron. WSU officials have also decided to place the organization’s name on one of the building’s 25 labs, the Flight Simulation and Gaming Hub. A fitting attribution, as computers that are designed to support gaming make up a large part of the computers produced by Cybertron. The hub will also be equipped with a gaming facility for students. This will provide students with both recreational and educational opportunities, according to Bardo.
Cybertron’s three founders are Ahmed Aziz, who is the organization’s current CEO; Shadi Marcos, Cybertron’s CFO and president; and Emad Mekhai, COO. The founders are alumni of Wichita State, Aziz graduated from WSU with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Marcos Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996, and Mekhail was also a WSU Student.
The donated computers are to be adorned with Wichita State’s logo and colors.