This article explores six decades of pioneers in the university's programs, including the origins of Center for BrainHealth in the 2000s.
The Two Thousands
- Margaret McDermott donated $32 million in 2000 to establish the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program.
- In 2004, an economic development project known as Project Emmitt and led by Texas Instruments began pumping more than $300 million into the University to strengthen science and engineering programs.
- Center for BrainHealth opened a state-of-the art facility in Dallas in 2007 and expanded clinical and research programs, buoyed by significant gifts from supporters such as Dianne Cash and T. Boone Pickens.
- In 2009, just two months after Texas law made the University eligible for Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) matching funds, 16 donors made gifts totaling nearly $17 million, including seven that were $1 million or more — the largest number of seven-figure donations ever received in a single day at UTD.