Min Kao News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Min Kao

When UT alum Min Kao, founder and chairman of Garmin, heard that the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science had outgrown its current home in Ferris Hall, he donated $12.5 million toward a new building to house the department. Kao visited the campus last month to dedicate the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.

UT and Min Kao Dedicate New Engineering Building

Min Kao Building

UT Knoxville alumnus and Garmin International, Inc. founder Min H. Kao helped dedicate the new $37.5 million engineering building named in his honor—a state-of-the art addition to UT’s iconic Hill and a needed addition to one of UT’s fastest growing colleges.

News Sentinel: Connection with mentors brought benefactor, businessman Min Kao back to UT

The university dedicated the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building on Wednesday, March 14. The Knoxville News Sentinel published a Q&A with Kao, discussing his $37.5 million namesake; his mentor, the late James Hung; his memories at UT; and more. Kao, a UT alumnus and CEO and chairman of Garmin,Ltd, donated $12.5 million to the building project.