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University of Maryland Feature

·University Newsdesk

We've Been Googled!

Thanks to the generosity of Maryland alumnus and co-founder, Sergey Brin, '93, Google Technology, Inc. donated the Google search appliance for use on the University of Maryland's award-winning website, www.umd.edu.

Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin '93 CMPS

The top performing search engine in the world has been adapted for use by educational institutions. Brin's alma mater was the first to benefit from this gift through the newly established Google Search Appliance Donations Program.

The arrangement allowed the University to use the search engine free for two years, representing a contribution valued at $28,000. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and others visit the Maryland site 50,000 times on a typical day. The Google search function allows users to find what they need quickly and accurately.

Steve Halperin, Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, says, "Sergey's remarkable talent, combined with the education in computer science and mathematics that he received in Maryland, has resulted in a search engine that uses sophisticated mathematics to outperform all the competition. We are proud of him and grateful for the gift."