For the Remala family, philanthropy—and their interest in Carnegie Mellon—is a family affair.
Rao Remala grew up in India before coming to America in 1981 to work for Microsoft, where he became an industry legend, writing the original code for the first Microsoft Windows platform.
At Microsoft, one of Rao’s responsibilities was to recruit some of the nation’s best graduates of computer science, and Carnegie Mellon was a frequent stop. When his daughter, Sri, joined him on one trip, she fell in love with the university
Graduating in 2002 from Carnegie Mellon’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sri took a hands-on role in her family’s philanthropy, the Satya and Rao Remala Foundation.
Much of the foundation’s contributions went toward communities like the village where Sri’s father grew up – supporting eye clinics and basic education in these Indian communities.
It was through this work that Sri became ever cognizant of the things that allowed the family to be in a position to give back.
“Education is absolutely a humanitarian interest,” Sri says. “So much of what I’m able to do now is a result of a great education. You’re enabled by your education.”
According to Rao, the mission of the family’s foundation is broad, addressing educational, humanitarian and community-based issues. So, Carnegie Mellon became an obvious choice in a beneficiary of the family’s philanthropy.
“Carnegie Mellon, in particular, made sense,” Rao says. “Microsoft has gotten so much from it, the Indian community has gotten so much from it, and my daughter got so much from it. We all feel great gratitude to the school and its role.”
With their generous $150,000 gift to the School of Computer Science, there is now a classroom in the new Gates Center that bears the Remala name.
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