Each summer Cornell Computing and Information Science invites 30-40 elite undergraduate students from China for a month-long program in Ithaca jointly hosted by the Departments of Computer Science at Zhiyuan College and Cornell University. The goal of the program is to introduce these students to Cornell to form relationships for internships and research opportunities that may lead to them applying as PhD students in the future. The students attend two courses in computer science taught by Elaine Shi and David Gries, professors in the department. This year 33 students came from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), one of the top five universities in China. In addition, we invite students from other top universities in China, 4 from Tsinghua and 2 students from Huazhong Univeristy of Science and Technology.
The most recently constructed engineering building is Bill and Melinda Gates Hall which opened in 2014. The building, funded in part by a $25 million gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , is located across Campus Road from Barton Hall and east of Phillips Hall, across Hoy Road, on the site of a parking lot for Hoy Field and Grumman Squash Courts. The building is home to the Department of Computer Science, previously located in Upson Hall, and the Department of Information Science, formerly located off campus. The 100,000 square foot building was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne . The budgeted cost of the building was $60 million and was funded entirely from outside sources without the need for any additional debt. Gates Hall is expected to earn at least silver LEED certification.   Occupancy of the building began in early 2014 and the building will be dedicated in October 2014.